AN INNOVATION CENTRE FOR SALMON ARM!


Friday, November 10, 2017
Business Services

 

Over the past two years we have been developing a plan to establish an Innovation Centre in our community.  Innovation Centres are a new trend that establishes a workspace, or makerspace, with a vast array of equipment (3D Printer, robotics, etc.) that can be used by both students and entrepreneurs.  The Innovation Centre project we have developed for Salmon Arm is planned to include three distinct but complementary services:

1.       A community makerspace

2.       A business accelerator program

3.       A co-working space

The goal of the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre will be to support technology sector workforce and business development for both local students and entrepreneurs. 

In 2016, SAEDS partnered with Community Futures Shuswap to conduct an Innovation Centre feasibility study to determine demands, needs of the community, financial feasibility, governance, and best place to locate within our community.  Brent Moffat, Vice-Chairperson of the SAEDS Board explains “the outcome of the study revealed strong support from industry as well as extensive community demand for the makerspace and related tech programming. 

The completed feasibility study was adopted by the SAEDS Board in early May 2017, with the goal of moving forward with establishing a Salmon Arm Innovation Centre.  In support of this project, we recently received funding approval from the BC Rural Dividend Fund for two years pilot funding to support the development of our Innovation Centre. 

One of the next steps in moving forward with this project has been obtaining input from various stakeholders including industry and government to help guide the centre design and program offerings, in order to ensure a truly “made in Salmon Arm” solution to growing our local technology cluster, and that will also meet the needs of local industry and residents.  Stay tuned for more information on this exciting community project!

 
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