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Innovation and Services for Inventors Presented by:  Bruce Rutley PhD PAg Director April 29, 2010 The Centre for Research ...
<ul><li>Who’s in the room? </li></ul><ul><li>A bit about the Innovation and the economy; and Creativity and Innovation. </...
Protecting your idea is best  THEREFORE – it is important that you do not share an unprotected idea in public.  PLEASE DO ...
<ul><li>Name and location </li></ul><ul><li>Business  </li></ul><ul><li>New Product or Service </li></ul><ul><li>Stage of ...
<ul><li>First a bit about: </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation and the Economy, Creativity and Innovation. </li></ul>
Further development of value-added and knowledge components of the regional economy  (the Next Generation Economy). Why In...
<ul><li>Canada:  </li></ul><ul><li>last-place ranking with G8 countries –  Canada’s Innovation Strategy (2004) </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Canada: (update – October 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>4 th  place ranking against 66 countries is 6 categories (R&D; I...
<ul><li>Alberta – compared with Canada </li></ul><ul><li>More patents per capita </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest venture capital ...
‘ We are not used to thinking of ideas as economic goods, but they are surely the most significant ones that we produce.  ...
The paradox for the Peace Country is that our strongest asset may be our ideas. Yet as an economic good they are undervalu...
‘ We live in a period of very rapid change... That also means that the opportunities for improving, for getting results, a...
<ul><li>‘ Adults are obsolete children.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Seuss   </li></ul>Creativity and Innovation
Creativity and Innovation ‘ Imagination is more important  than knowledge.’  Albert Einstein
<ul><li>What is creativity? </li></ul><ul><li>What is innovation? </li></ul><ul><li>What is invention? </li></ul>Creativit...
Creativity and Innovation Creativity is the ability to combine ideas in a unique way or to make unusual associations betwe...
Process to Capture Innovation ‘ The truth that sets you free is that you can experience in imagination what you desire to ...
Process to Capture Innovation <ul><li>Where does innovation start? </li></ul><ul><li>Between the ears!? </li></ul><ul><ul>...
What does innovation look like?
What does innovation look like?
<ul><li>Applied Research </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Led by GPRC Faculty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client projects...
Rural Innovation Service Model  GPRC:  Fairview College Campus GPRC: Grande Prairie Campus Centre 2000  City and Chamber o...
The CRI and how we help?  The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators
Before the CRI  2002 – 2005  <ul><li>Client Services </li></ul><ul><li>Invention management </li></ul><ul><li>New product ...
<ul><li>Integrated Research Unit &  </li></ul><ul><li>The Innovation Network </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PREDA </li></ul></u...
Rural Alberta’s Development Fund contributes $3.4 m  Room B309 Project Vision “ Growing a Culture of Innovation in Northwe...
<ul><li>The CRI seeks to advance the culture of innovation and the commercialization of innovation initially in the Peace ...
Partners <ul><li>Peace Region Economic Development Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Alberta’s Development Fund </li></ul><...
Trinity of Management  Sirolli Production Marketing Our Approach Leadership Business  Management “ Show me someone who wan...
www.innovationexpert.net/
Marketing 1. What business are you in? 2. Who are your customers? 3. How’s business? 4. If you weren’t already in your bus...
Financial Management Angel Investment (access to capital) Angel Capital Workshop  (August 2009) Angel Capital Network  (un...
Who is the Entrepreneur? Creativity  and Innovation General management skills, business know-how, and networks high high l...
The CRI and how we help?
Stakeholders  <ul><li>Innovation Clients –  over 476 people served  </li></ul><ul><li>(IP, Workshops, advice, projects, ne...
<ul><li>“ Your team (at the CRI) has provided our business with more support than we could have ever imagined! Thank you s...
<ul><li>Innovation Workshops  (new and refurbished) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea to Implementation – The Innovation Workshop...
<ul><li>Innovation Workshops  (new and refurbished) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equity Capital Workshop (ECW) </li></ul></ul><ul...
Round 2 Innovation Voucher recipients David Forseth Cherry Point  Enviro/Clean Technology Terry Bullen   Clairmont  Energy...
Round 2 Innovation Voucher recipients Innovation Voucher  Approved Service Provider Sam Perera    Grovedale  Enviro/Clean ...
The Centre for Research & Innovation  ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~ Innovation and Services for Inventors Presented by:  Bruc...
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  • Canada is an uneven performer, according to the new report card that benchmarks Canada’s performance against that of leading OECD countries across six broad domains—Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health and Society. With one “A,” three “B”s and two “D”s, our mediocre overall standing confirms the message the Conference Board of Canada has been reiterating for the last decade: Canada is not keeping up with the top performers in the new global economy. Most startling and important to Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity is the “D” grade on Innovation, where Canada ranks fourth to last in the 17-country comparator group. Our only “A” grade is earned in Education and Skills where, despite our ability to deliver a high quality education to children and youth, a large percentage of adults with low level basic skills and literacy remain underserved. Additionally, we do not stimulate enough students to complete post-graduate degrees.
  • Canada is an uneven performer, according to the new report card that benchmarks Canada’s performance against that of leading OECD countries across six broad domains—Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health and Society. With one “A,” three “B”s and two “D”s, our mediocre overall standing confirms the message the Conference Board of Canada has been reiterating for the last decade: Canada is not keeping up with the top performers in the new global economy. Most startling and important to Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity is the “D” grade on Innovation, where Canada ranks fourth to last in the 17-country comparator group. Our only “A” grade is earned in Education and Skills where, despite our ability to deliver a high quality education to children and youth, a large percentage of adults with low level basic skills and literacy remain underserved. Additionally, we do not stimulate enough students to complete post-graduate degrees.
  • Canada is an uneven performer, according to the new report card that benchmarks Canada’s performance against that of leading OECD countries across six broad domains—Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health and Society. With one “A,” three “B”s and two “D”s, our mediocre overall standing confirms the message the Conference Board of Canada has been reiterating for the last decade: Canada is not keeping up with the top performers in the new global economy. Most startling and important to Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity is the “D” grade on Innovation, where Canada ranks fourth to last in the 17-country comparator group. Our only “A” grade is earned in Education and Skills where, despite our ability to deliver a high quality education to children and youth, a large percentage of adults with low level basic skills and literacy remain underserved. Additionally, we do not stimulate enough students to complete post-graduate degrees.
  • Canada is an uneven performer, according to the new report card that benchmarks Canada’s performance against that of leading OECD countries across six broad domains—Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health and Society. With one “A,” three “B”s and two “D”s, our mediocre overall standing confirms the message the Conference Board of Canada has been reiterating for the last decade: Canada is not keeping up with the top performers in the new global economy. Most startling and important to Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity is the “D” grade on Innovation, where Canada ranks fourth to last in the 17-country comparator group. Our only “A” grade is earned in Education and Skills where, despite our ability to deliver a high quality education to children and youth, a large percentage of adults with low level basic skills and literacy remain underserved. Additionally, we do not stimulate enough students to complete post-graduate degrees.
  • With the change in status, the College was looking to solidify its applied research activities in an innovative manner. Leading up to the amalgamation, PREDA was searching for a way to solidify its efforts related to diversifying the regional economy through innovation. The Innovation Network had been created for that purpose and had operated as a regional network since 2003. Previously, and with Western Economic Diversification funds among others, The Innovation Network had a full-time Executive Director and part-time staff and contract consultants that were assisting regional inventors develop new products and move them into the market place. I would like to note that while The Innovation Network worked with many clients, developed a number of workshops, and was considered a success by most of us in the region, it worked primarily with inventors working out of their garage’s and little capacity. What made the launch of the CRI possible was a 3-year $330,000 grant from Advance Education and Technology that enabled the CRI to start. GPRC gave it a home, PREDA provided project funds and it operated under the direction of a GPRC-PREDA Steering Committee. From April 2007 until July 2008, the CRI was operated by a very part-time project manager, a part-time administrative assistant and contract consultants who more often than not volunteered their time to keep the client services support alive.
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    1. 1. Innovation and Services for Inventors Presented by: Bruce Rutley PhD PAg Director April 29, 2010 The Centre for Research & Innovation ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    2. 2. <ul><li>Who’s in the room? </li></ul><ul><li>A bit about the Innovation and the economy; and Creativity and Innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>What does innovation look like? </li></ul><ul><li>The CRI and how we help? </li></ul><ul><li>The next idea?! </li></ul>Presentation
    3. 3. Protecting your idea is best THEREFORE – it is important that you do not share an unprotected idea in public. PLEASE DO NOT speak openly about your unprotected idea in this workshop! This is a workshop about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and nothing within this workshop can constitute an agreement, implicit or explicit, between the workshop organizers, instructors and the Centre for Research & Innovation and/or any participants or among any participants. Intellectual Property 101 Workshop/ IP services Caution re: Disclosure
    4. 4. <ul><li>Name and location </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>New Product or Service </li></ul><ul><li>Stage of development </li></ul>Introductions
    5. 5. <ul><li>First a bit about: </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation and the Economy, Creativity and Innovation. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Further development of value-added and knowledge components of the regional economy (the Next Generation Economy). Why Innovation?
    7. 7. <ul><li>Canada: </li></ul><ul><li>last-place ranking with G8 countries – Canada’s Innovation Strategy (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>most startling and important to Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity is the “D” grade on Innovation, where Canada ranks fourth to last in the 17-country comparator group . Conference Board of Canada 2007 </li></ul>Innovation and the Economy
    8. 8. <ul><li>Canada: (update – October 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>4 th place ranking against 66 countries is 6 categories (R&D; Infrastructure; Human Capital; Support; Legal Environment; Business Climate) </li></ul><ul><li>Surprising - the 1 st place ranking for R&D for Canada BUT we are not commercializing our ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Rankings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Netherlands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Software Alliance – commissioned study </li></ul>Innovation and the Economy
    9. 9. <ul><li>Alberta – compared with Canada </li></ul><ul><li>More patents per capita </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest venture capital investments </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Country </li></ul><ul><li>~40% of patent requests </li></ul><ul><li>5% population </li></ul><ul><li>Grande Prairie ranked #2 in Canada for entrepreneurship </li></ul>Innovation and the Economy
    10. 10. ‘ We are not used to thinking of ideas as economic goods, but they are surely the most significant ones that we produce. The only way for us to produce more economic value – and thereby generate economic growth – is to find ever more valuable ways to make use of the objects available to us.’ Paul Romer Ideas & Things, in The Economist, September 11, 1993 Ideas as Economic Goods Innovation and the Economy
    11. 11. The paradox for the Peace Country is that our strongest asset may be our ideas. Yet as an economic good they are undervalued. The challenge is to capitalize on and commercialize our ideas. In this way, the idea as an economic good can, in time, complement resource extraction as the basis of our economy. We need to change our thinking in order to more fully appreciate the value of new ideas and recognize them as an economic generator. Ideas as Economic Goods Innovation and the Economy
    12. 12. ‘ We live in a period of very rapid change... That also means that the opportunities for improving, for getting results, are changing very fast. Things that were not possible or were not needed yesterday suddenly become possible, and things that made a great deal of sense yesterday do not make sense.’ Peter Drucker Innovation and the Economy
    13. 13. <ul><li>‘ Adults are obsolete children.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Seuss </li></ul>Creativity and Innovation
    14. 14. Creativity and Innovation ‘ Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein
    15. 15. <ul><li>What is creativity? </li></ul><ul><li>What is innovation? </li></ul><ul><li>What is invention? </li></ul>Creativity and Innovation
    16. 16. Creativity and Innovation Creativity is the ability to combine ideas in a unique way or to make unusual associations between ideas. Webster Innovation is the process of taking a creative idea and turning it into a useful product, service, or method of operation. Webster Invention is the act of creating a novel device, method, product, process or technique. Quantum3.co.za
    17. 17. Process to Capture Innovation ‘ The truth that sets you free is that you can experience in imagination what you desire to experience in reality, and by maintaining this experience in imagination, your desire will become an actuality.’ Neville Goddard The Power of Awareness
    18. 18. Process to Capture Innovation <ul><li>Where does innovation start? </li></ul><ul><li>Between the ears!? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In many ways: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is a way of thinking; an approach to life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage your mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be careful of what you say to yourself & any tightly held assumptions (often don ’ t even know they are there) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch the can ’ t/don ’ t/shouldn ’ t messages </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. What does innovation look like?
    20. 20. What does innovation look like?
    21. 21. <ul><li>Applied Research </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Led by GPRC Faculty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Research Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>White Spruce – Dr. Weixing Tan </li></ul><ul><li>CO 2 Sequestration – Dr. Weixing Tan </li></ul>What does innovation look like?
    22. 22. Rural Innovation Service Model GPRC: Fairview College Campus GPRC: Grande Prairie Campus Centre 2000 City and Chamber of Commerce Peace River Community Futures Peace Country What does innovation look like?
    23. 23. The CRI and how we help? The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators
    24. 24. Before the CRI 2002 – 2005 <ul><li>Client Services </li></ul><ul><li>Invention management </li></ul><ul><li>New product development </li></ul><ul><li>Commercialization Services </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Integrated Research Unit & </li></ul><ul><li>The Innovation Network </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PREDA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AB Advanced Education & Technology (2007-2010) ‘one-stop-shop for SME’s’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the College gave it a home </li></ul></ul></ul>ROOM B309 ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~ April 2007
    26. 26. Rural Alberta’s Development Fund contributes $3.4 m Room B309 Project Vision “ Growing a Culture of Innovation in Northwest Alberta” July 2008 Centre 2000 ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    27. 27. <ul><li>The CRI seeks to advance the culture of innovation and the commercialization of innovation initially in the Peace Country and then throughout rural Alberta by sharing our best practice model. </li></ul><ul><li>Funds are being used to: </li></ul><ul><li>develop best practices in rural innovation </li></ul><ul><li>to provide a suite of services to rural innovators. </li></ul>~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    28. 28. Partners <ul><li>Peace Region Economic Development Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Alberta’s Development Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Education & Technology – Technology Commercialization Division </li></ul><ul><li>Community Futures / Business Link </li></ul><ul><li>Grande Prairie www.cfofgp.com </li></ul><ul><li>- Business Planning; Youth Technopreneurship Program </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Country www.peacecountry-cfdc.com </li></ul><ul><li>- Business Planning; Youth Technopreneurship Program; Office Space </li></ul><ul><li>Business Link www.canadabusiness.ab.ca </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IRAP </li></ul><ul><li>clients in common; projects (marketing competitive intelligence 2009-2010) </li></ul><ul><li>AACTI – Innovation / Regional Forest Industry / City of Grande Prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research </li></ul>~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    29. 29. Trinity of Management Sirolli Production Marketing Our Approach Leadership Business Management “ Show me someone who wants to do something and I’ll help them!”
    30. 30. www.innovationexpert.net/
    31. 31. Marketing 1. What business are you in? 2. Who are your customers? 3. How’s business? 4. If you weren’t already in your business, would you enter it today? http://www.marketingprinciples.com/index.php Peter Drucker
    32. 32. Financial Management Angel Investment (access to capital) Angel Capital Workshop (August 2009) Angel Capital Network (under development)
    33. 33. Who is the Entrepreneur? Creativity and Innovation General management skills, business know-how, and networks high high low Timmins & Spinelli 2007 Inventor/Innovator Entrepreneur Promoter Manager Administrator
    34. 34. The CRI and how we help?
    35. 35. Stakeholders <ul><li>Innovation Clients – over 476 people served </li></ul><ul><li>(IP, Workshops, advice, projects, networking) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>268 Clients </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>48 ‘serious’ client projects (CRI and 3 rd party resources) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 Round 1 Innovation Voucher projects - $ from client & AET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free Wing Industries – Valleyview [Rugged Terrain Herbicide Applicator] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Endeavor Equipment Inc. – Grande Prairie [Slice Saw] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CritiCare Emergency Response – Grande Prairie [Emergency Conveyance Vehicle) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>On-Track Supplies & equipment Ltd. – Grande Prairie [‘protective shoe’] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NordicPac Ltd. – Nampa [glulam timber frame buildings] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    36. 36. <ul><li>“ Your team (at the CRI) has provided our business with more support than we could have ever imagined! Thank you so much!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>NordicPac Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The CRI and its staff have proved themselves invaluable to us, business owners and inventors, time and time again.   Without their passion, dedication and knowledge we would not be in the position we are today; Ready to market.   We at Golden Sheep whole heartedly thank the staff at the CRI for all their hard work ” . </li></ul><ul><li>- Golden Sheep Power </li></ul><ul><li>Client Services </li></ul><ul><li>(tech com & organizational) </li></ul><ul><li>IP protection </li></ul><ul><li>Design/Prototypes </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Programs (LEAN, PeRRMA, IRAP Marketing - CI) </li></ul>The CRI and how we help?
    37. 37. <ul><li>Innovation Workshops (new and refurbished) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea to Implementation – The Innovation Workshop (I2I) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ In this workshop, participants will be guided through the steps of the new product development process.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researching Products & Markets (RPM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Where the marketing process begins – an introduction to the importance of product and market research” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Marketing Techniques (CMT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li> “ This workshop will help you apply key marketing techniques to your own product idea. You will leave knowing what your next steps should be.” </li></ul><ul><li> Marketing Competitive Intelligence (MCI) Series </li></ul><ul><li>- series of external workshops: Duct Tape Marketing, Eureka Ranch ; Donald Cooper </li></ul>
    38. 38. <ul><li>Innovation Workshops (new and refurbished) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equity Capital Workshop (ECW) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This workshop provides information on the types of investment capital; the application of that capital at every stage of the development process, and tips on how to access it!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual Property Management (IP 101) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ If you do not routinely protect all of your business assets with patents, copyrights and trademarks - what’s to stop someone from using them? This workshop addresses why you should make intellectual property protection a standard operating procedure!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation Ambassador Training (IAT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Obtaining the training you require in order to be a confident Innovation Ambassador and or be a more informed (about innovation) Advisory Team member” </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. Round 2 Innovation Voucher recipients David Forseth Cherry Point Enviro/Clean Technology Terry Bullen Clairmont Energy Dave Rigler Grande Prairie Energy Chris Anderson Grande Prairie Industrial Technology Davco Solutions Inc. Grande Prairie Industrial Technology Bill Wilt Valleyview Other (Ag. Equipment) Dave Larson Fairview Enviro/Clean Technology Rhinokore Composites Ltd. Grande Prairie Industrial Technology Innovation Voucher Approved Service Provider
    40. 40. Round 2 Innovation Voucher recipients Innovation Voucher Approved Service Provider Sam Perera Grovedale Enviro/Clean Technology James Munro Grande Prairie Industrial Technology Avalon Research Ltd. Grande Prairie Energy Pomeroy Construction Ltd. Wembley Industrial Technology The Green Fuel Company Inc. High Prairie Enviro/Clean Technology Samurai Trucks Grande Prairie Other Foehn Energy Services Grande Prairie Energy V2 Enterprises Ltd. Grande Prairie Health/Bio Technology
    41. 41. The Centre for Research & Innovation ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~ Innovation and Services for Inventors Presented by: Bruce Rutley PhD PAg Director April 29, 2010
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