IBM Innovation Incubator Project

Under the IBM Innovation Incubator Project, qualifying businesses can leverage programs and infrastructure including IBM’s technical, design and business resources to lower the cost of introducing emerging and enabling technologies to the global marketplace.

The IBM Innovation Incubator Project helps level the playing field for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provide a platform for ongoing productivity and economic growth by offering an integrated suite of globally disruptive, advanced computing technology infrastructure and programming to Ontario’s SMEs.

There are four streams.

  • Demonstrating the value of a smart computing product or service with a strategic customer by matching market leaders and market disruptors
  • Building specialized expertise and skill sets through Data Analytics internships
  • Giving post-doctoral fellows access to advanced computing tools and infrastructure through the SOSCIP-TalentEdge Post-doctoral Fellowship Program
  • Establishing innovation hubs where SMEs can get support services to help them scale up; identify and pursue new markets; access cognitive and cloud computing through IBM technology platforms including IBM BlueMix, and IBM Watson; and where SMEs, start-ups and students can access skills development, workshops and training events.

The I3 Customer Demonstration Program aims to demonstrate the value of a smart computing product/service with a strategic customer by matching market leaders and market disruptors. The program will make connections between Ontario-based companies and small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SME), matching industry needs with innovative solutions, to pilot early market engagement and demonstrate innovative products and services in a setting relevant to the sector.

The program aims is to advance smart computing innovation to increase economic impact, export market development, innovation and adoption of technologies and enhance productivity, competitiveness, and skills development.

For more information or to apply

TalentEdge Data Analytics Internships will build skills related to advanced analytic and smart computing technologies and techniques for analyzing large and/or diverse data sets to allow company to address important business questions, uncover patterns and pursue breakthrough ideas. Data Analytics Internships must be company-based at a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) (with less than 500 employees) and aim to support the broader adoption of smart computing technologies.

You can apply for a TalentEdge Data Analytics Internship through OCE’s TalentEdge program.

SOSCIP Research Consortium (SOSCIP) will deliver this post-doctoral fellowship program for companies and/or post-secondary institutions to hire postdoctoral fellows where they will gain advanced computing tools and infrastructure as part of smart computing R&D projects.

​Note: The program is currently at capacity. Application intake is closed for the fiscal year, 2017-2018.

As part of Stream 4, innovation hubs are being established throughout the province where SMEs can access support services to help them scale up; identify and pursue new markets; and access cognitive and IBM Cloud computing through advanced technology platforms including IBM Bluemix and IBM Watson.

Collaborative environments create a strong foundation for high-value job creation by providing start-ups and developers with the expertise, resources and advanced technologies needed to grow their business and compete on a global scale.

  • The IBM Innovation Incubator Project led and managed by Invest Ottawa at Bayview Yards was officially launched in September 2017.

    Located at 7 Bayview Road, the space is truly a one-stop shop for business development, with access to impactful services such as IBM's cloud and cognitive technologies, and bringing together mentors, funding agencies and other key partners, allowing companies to succeed at all stages, from ideation ending with expansion into global markets.

  • The IBM Innovation Incubator at the Communitech Data Hub was officially launched in July 2017. Located at 14 Erb St W, Waterloo, the space provides start-ups with support to achieve scale. Startups will receive early access to and training in advanced IBM techniques and technologies, like Design Thinking and IBM Watson, and will receive mentorship and access to IBM's large customers to solve their big problems.

  • The IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre, an enterprise-led innovation hub, was launched in May 2017.  Located at the IBM Canada headquarters, 7271 Warden Ave, Markham, the space brings together developers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, funding agencies, researchers and experts and mentors from IBM and ventureLAB in one collaborative space to help companies scale up development and drive economic growth.
  • The IBM Innovation Space was launched in September 2016. Located at 185 Spadina Avenue in Toronto, this startup hub accelerates innovation activities and investments in Ontario by helping businesses propel into the global marketplace. The IBM Innovation Space was the first initiative to launch under the IBM Innovation Incubator Project, providing capacity, networking, infrastructure, and a multitude of new IBM cloud and cognitive business technologies to help entrepreneurs, startups, and developers incubate and innovate ideas and more rapidly move their business plans from research to commercialization.

Stay tuned for details on additional locations to be announced.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Lord
Senior Business Development Manager, High Performance Computing
(905) 823 2020 x3236

Derrik Leach
Business Development Manager
Tel.: 416-861-1092 x1028