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Ottawa to unveil 'supercluster' winners of $950 million for innovation

Ottawa to unveil 'supercluster' winners of $950 million for innovation
From CBC - February 15, 2018

The Trudeau government is poised to unveil the winners of a competition to form technology "superclusters"a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding.

Thursday's announcement will close out a nine-month contest central to the Liberals' so-called innovation agenda. The project, which will name up to five government-designated superclusters, was designed to encourage academia and businesses to work together on strategies to boost fast-growing sectors.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will announce the winners at an event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Last fall, the government narrowed a field of about 50 applicants to nine finalists that are made up of groups pitching projects in many different areas, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and clean technology.

The money will be distributed over five years to the winners, which will have to match the federal funding they receive, dollar for dollar.

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