WEtech Alliance Joins Canadian Digital Media Network to Contribute to Digital Media Innovation
Windsor, Ontario -November 27, 2012 – WEtech Alliance, Regional Innovation Centre for Windsor-Essex today announced that it has joined the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) a cross-Canada network of digital media innovation nodes collaborating to advance digital innovation nationally.
Through membership in this unique national network, WEtech Alliance will gain domestic and international market exposure for the organization and its client companies. WEtech will also benefit from having access to unique services that enable the facility and its clients to leverage proven regional programming and best practices of network members. Joining Canada’s largest members-only online collaboration of commercialization resources immediately expands the node’s client support capability, while enabling national access to WEtech’s 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 another organization dedicated to furthering Canada’s competitiveness in the global digital economy, and to advancing commercialization of digital media innovations.”
As a participating Node, WEtech will be in a position to strengthen our exisiting services and programs for the digital economy, delivering optimum opportunity for this region.
“WEtech Alliance is thrilled to have been selected to be a partner in this initiative. Along with our regional stakeholders we look to each and every opportunity to create a globally competitive sector.” Karen Behune Plunkett President & CEO WEtech Alliance.
Effective today, WEtech will be a channel for driving participation in national initiatives that support the commercialization of innovation. 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 December 1, companies can apply for up to $4000CDN 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. To learn more, visit www.softlanding.cdmn.ca.
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 this week. Further details will be posted at www.cdmn.ca/canada30.
About The Canadian Digital Media Network
The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) www.cdmn.ca is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media by enabling connections and collaboration of people across the country – entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes and government – and bringing more digital solutions to market. The CDMN comprises Canada’s largest concentration of business-driven digital media research, technology development, and digital commercialization expertise; it connects digital media expertise and capability from coast-to-coast, creating a digital convergence corridor. Digital media covers a broad spectrum of technology and services, and includes any information created and shared virtually. Follow @CDMN on Twitter, join the Canadian Digital Media Network Group on LinkedIn and like the CanadianDigitalMediaNetwork Page on Facebook.
About WEtech Alliance:
WEtech Alliance is Windsor-Essex’s Technology Accelerator; an industry-led non-profit organization focused on driving the growth and success of Windsor-Essex’s technology centric companies & entrepreneurs through, mentoring, programs and connections. WEtech strives to identify, find solutions and foster the development of the technology industry and innovation sector, as well as companies who utilize technology. WEtech is a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence, which is funded by the Government of Ontario. As a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence, WEtech is able to provide an extensive roaster of programs, services and training through MaRS Discovery www.marsdd.com the majority at no cost to clients and members in the technology and innovation sector.
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