[community] Accessibility Innovation Showcase

monique modesnoyers at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 00:36:34 UTC 2018

In case anyone is interested


Accessibility Innovation Showcase
Application deadline: March 9



Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), in partnership with the Ministry of
Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) and the Accessibility Directorate of
Ontario (ADO), will host the next Accessibility Innovation Showcase and
Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition at Discovery 2018 on April 30 and May

In 2005, the Government of Ontario created the Accessibility for Ontarians
with Disabilities Act (AODA), which sets out a clear goal and timeframe to
make Ontario accessible by 2025. Through this act, public, private and
non-profit organizations across Ontario have been working together to
improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Thirty-five Ontario-based companies will be invited to exhibit their
innovative assistive devices and technologies on the Discovery show floor.
This will build broader awareness of the companies that exist in this niche
market, provide exposure to potential private investors, and engage the
entire innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive a complimentary 10'x 10' booth, two full
conference passes, and will have their travel costs covered (if outside the
GTA).  This exclusive opportunity gives you access to experts, industry,
government funders, investors, engaging keynote speakers, fascinating panel
discussions, networking opportunities, an awards luncheon and a chance to
meet face-to-face with sector experts.

Further, the Tech Pitch Competition at this year's Discovery will provide a
platform for five of the showcase companies to pitch during Discovery for a
$20,000 award to assist with their business development. Participation in
the Tech Pitch Competition is completely optional. However, we encourage any
innovative Ontario-based assistive device and technology company applying to
be a part of the Accessibility Innovation Showcase to consider this
incredible opportunity.


Monique Desnoyers


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