The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) announced today that two more digital media innovation centres have joined the CDMN’s cross-Canada network to enable collaboration and advance digital innovation nationally. The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre in northern Ontario, and Tech SouthEast in Moncton, New Brunswick become the newest nodes on the CDMN network, bringing the total number across Canada to 12 nodes with 20 locations. The CDMN has ambitious expansion plans for the network, and intends to sign additional nodes west of Ontario before the end of the year. Prospective nodes are eager to take advantage of the many benefits associated with membership in this one-of-a-kind national network.
Nodes will gain domestic and international market exposure for their organizations and client companies, and have access to unique services that enable their facilities and their clients to leverage proven regional programming and best practices of network members. In addition, they will join Canada’s largest members-only online collaboration of commercialization resources, immediately expanding their client support capability while enabling national access to their regional resources.
“The CDMN was initiated in 2009 and has grown over the past three years to become a collaboration network connecting innovation hubs across the country,” said Kevin Tuer, CDMN Managing Director. “We’re delighted to bring on board two more organizations that are dedicated to furthering Canada’s competitiveness in the digital economy and advancing commercialization of digital media innovations.”
Headquartered in Waterloo Region at CDMN node The Communitech Hub, which houses approximately 100 digital media startups, CDMN brings together the regional commercialization centres across Canada and makes the full complement of services and expertise of the nation available to Canada’s entrepreneurs in ICT and mobile, in order to create companies, jobs and opportunity for wealth creation.
Applications are currently open for the CDMN Soft-Landing Program, an initiative for mature startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who can benefit from a getting a toe-hold outside Canada to expand their businesses. Until November 16, companies can apply for up to $4000 worth of funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses associated with an up to three-month stay at a business accelerator in an economy of interest.
Another major initiative is CDMN Canada 3.0, Canada’s only national digital media forum, which is in its fifth year and will be staged in Toronto in May 14 & 15, 2013. Registration opens in November 2012.