The Manitoba government has selected nine businesses to receive more than $750,000 through the Innovation Growth Program (IGP), an investment designed to help them develop and commercialize new, innovative products and services, Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.
“The Innovation Growth Program provides support to businesses that are pursuing innovation and new opportunities, building on Manitoba’s many economic strengths,” said Eichler. “Investments in these nine companies will also significantly expand their workforces and help grow Manitoba’s economy over the long term.”
The second round of recipients of the Innovation Growth Program include:
• All-Net Municipal Solutions;
• Aurora Aerial Inc.;
• Callia Flowers;
• Cerebra Health;
• Elmer’s Manufacturing Ltd.;
• Evotrux Inc.;
• Micro Traffic Inc.;
• Prairie Grain Analyzers; and
• Red River Press.
“We help businesses book freight and trucks more efficiently, which is better for the environment, for their bottom line and for all of us as consumers,” said Daniel Santos, chief executive officer, Evotrux Inc. “We are experts in our field, but our ability to grow has been limited by our ability to connect with prospective clients. The IGP will help us market our innovative approach to transportation and secure the long-term growth of our company in Manitoba.”
“At Elmer’s, we maintain an explicit focus on innovation,” said Wendy Dyck, controller, Elmer’s Manufacturing. “It is this spirit that wins us praise and enables us to gain market share on the international stage. With the assistance from the IGP, we will be able to improve time to market of our new grain cart design concept to commercialization in order to meet the needs of new customers.”
Eichler noted these companies are forecasting the addition of more than 260 new full-time jobs and $90 million of export sales over the next five years. Manitoba’s Innovation Growth Program is cost-shared with recipients, with Manitoba providing up to 50 per cent of total project costs.
The Innovation Growth Program was launched in June 2019 and is a key element of Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan.