“Today’s partnership between NRC IRAP and Innovate BC will help small and medium-sized businesses grow and compete in the global marketplace. By supporting these tech companies, our government is helping to create more jobs across B.C. while getting new, innovative ideas off the ground.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains,
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Small and medium-sized companies need the opportunity to demonstrate their products to grow sales and scale up their business. The B.C. Fast Pilot gives companies the chance to prove their ideas in a real-world environment to help them get to the next level. The end result is thriving companies that will spur economic growth and support job opportunities for British Columbians.”
The Honourable Michelle Mungall,
Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness
“The NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program is proud to partner with Innovate BC to support innovative small and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia. Through the B.C. Fast Pilot Program, we are enabling companies to gain valuable market feedback by testing and validating their technologies in real-world conditions to meet real-world sector needs.
President, National Research Council of Canada
“The B.C. Fast Pilot Program provides our province’s tech companies with an opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of their technology to potential customers. By accelerating technology development and adoption across British Columbia, we’re enabling our traditional industries to become more efficient, competitive, and resilient while directly supporting the province’s economic recovery efforts.”
Innovate BC President and CEO
Since 2019, $3.8M has been invested into 34 B.C. pilot demonstrations through the B.C. Fast Pilot Program
The first round of 12 projects featured pilot demonstrations across British Columbia, including regional communities in Merritt, Kamloops and Okanagan Lake. Notable companies to receiving funding during the first round of the program include:
- Open Ocean Robotics (Okanagan Lake, B.C.) The firm created the first solar-powered uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) for seafloor mapping and revolutionized the way hydrographic data is collected in coastal areas and lakes. This demonstrated the feasibility of using a zero-emission autonomous vessel for work that is typically done using a crewed boat, which has advantages of no greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increased safety for crew, reduced cost, and faster results.
- CommandWear (Kamloops, B.C.) The project enabled Field Commanders and Emergency Operations Centre Commanders to communicate, collaborate, access, and assess real-time situational data to enable a cohesive, fast, accurate, and safe team response to emergency situations in remote areas, including forest fire management and response in B.C.’s First Nations communities.
- Acuva Technologies (Burnaby, B.C.) The project provided low-maintenance, mercury-free, and off-grid water disinfection systems that can meet the demand for purified water in First Nations communities in BC.