Empowering Innovation: IRAP and ITAs in the Canadian Business Ecosystem

by Mikaela Cunha

Altitude Accelerator is pleased to work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), recognizing the immense value it brings to the Canadian business landscape. As a leading incubator committed to fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurial ventures, Altitude Accelerator believes that its clients and community members can benefit from the expertise and resources offered by NRC IRAP and gain access to a wealth of opportunities for growth and development.


NRC IRAP stands as a pillar of support for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), providing advice, connections and funding to help businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market. With a track record of success spanning more than 75 years, the program stimulates wealth for Canada though business growth, technological advancement and job creation.


Central to NRC IRAP are its Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs), seasoned industry professionals that provide SMEs with technical and business advice, referrals, and customized services through every aspect of the innovation cycle. In particular, Altitude Accelerator is pleased to announce that it is working with ITA, Oi Wun Lee, an expert in chemical engineering and food technology. With a diverse background encompassing both global corporations and smaller enterprises, Oi Wun brings a wealth of experience to the table, specializing in areas such as process engineering, product development, project management, and line design.


As an ITA, Oi Wun’s mission is to guide SMEs through the intricacies of the innovation process, offering tailored advice and strategic insights every step of the way as they grow. Whether founders are navigating technical challenges, exploring new avenues for growth, or tapping into the vast network of resources, Oi Wun guides businesses to unlock their full potential. By fostering open dialogue, ITAs help SMEs chart a course towards sustainable growth, generating opportunities for revenue expansion and job creation along the way.


Beyond financial assistance, NRC IRAP offers a network of resources to support SMEs on their innovation journey. From access to a vast network of regional, national, and international partners to specialized advisory services, the program ensures that businesses have the tools they need to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.


Ultimately, NRC IRAP thrives on its ability to forge strong partnerships, invest in people, and maintain technical credibility. By harnessing the collective expertise of ITAs like Oi Wun and leveraging a wealth of resources, the program continues to empower Canadian SMEs to push the boundaries of innovation and achieve sustained success.


Learn more about NRC IRAP by visiting its website or participate in our upcoming office hours. To express your interest in participating, please contact Rutuja at rutuja.jori@altitudeaccelerator.ca.

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