A key element of business innovation lies in research and experimentation. For many researchers, the commercialization of their work yields many benefits. However, the bridging of the gap that exists between business interests and academic interests is not a natural phenomenon. NEIA endeavours to connect the work being done in colleges and universities in Newfoundland and Labrador with businesses in the province’s green economy.
Each year, one of the primary components at NEIA’s Newleef conference is its Research Matching Business session. This session invites firms, environmental professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, and funding partners into the same space to share their interests.
The interactive session provides an opportunity for firms and academic researchers to communicate information related to environmentally focused research and innovations.
Representatives from NSERC, the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, ACOA, RDC, Mitacs, and more are usually on hand to discuss their programs to support research, hire researchers, hire students, etc. Environmental sector researchers from just about every science related discipline – engineering, marine systems, geography, biology, chemistry, geo sciences, environmental studies, innovation, food sciences, technology programs, etc. – are present to introduce their work. NEIA member businesses are invited to explain their business interests and decide if partnerships can be struck.
In short, the Research Matching Business session builds bridges between businesses in the environmental sector and the various related academic programs.
For information on the next Research Matching Business session, and to indicate your interest in participating, visit our Newleef conference website at www.newleef.ca.