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Liberals narrow list of contenders for 'supercluster' innovation hubs to 9

Liberals narrow list of contenders for 'supercluster' innovation hubs to 9
From CBC - October 10, 2017

The Liberal government has whittled down the list of contenders eligible for a piece of its $950-million "supercluster" program, an initiative to foster innovation and create jobs in five specialized hubs across the country.

The nine finalists on the government's short list include partnerships in ocean and digital technologies, artificial intelligence, transportation, manufacturing, mining, agri-food and infrastructure.

The government defines superclusters as collaborations between companies anduniversities, colleges or not-for-profit organizations "to turn ideas into solutions that can be brought to market."

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains likened the model to California's Silicon Valley, a region defined by its software and computer industry.

"Superclusters are job-creating regions with strong economies, like Silicon Valley, and our government intends to create five of them in Canada," Bains said in a release.

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