$80 Million Pilot Program Helps Small Businesses Adopt Digital Technologies

The new Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) is an $80 million pilot program that will run until March 31, 2014. Its mandate is to increase productivity and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Canada through the adoption of digital technologies.

A representative of DTAPP presented this new program at MISTIC’s and BCIT’s recent commercialization boot camp in Cumberland. Some of the main reasons why SMEs are resistant to incorporating digital technologies into their businesses include:

  • Unclear of the benefits of technology
  • Short-term issues take precedence over long-term issues
  • Risk aversion
  • Lack of information
  • Lack of staff
  • Economics

The DTAPP addresses all of these challenges through funding, awareness, diagnostics, analysis, assessment, and strategy sessions.

What’s included in digital technologies?

  • Design, engineering, and virtual manufacturing
  • Business systems
  • Plant systems
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Other digital technologies

How do you qualify? Firms must

  • Be willing to engage with program representatives
  • By an incorporated, for-profit company operating in Canada
  • Have fewer than 500 employees
  • Be growth oriented
  • Be willing to pursue the adoption of digital technologies
  • Be willing to make necessary changes

Eligible costs

  • Labour
  • Contractors
  • Travel
  • Training
  • Not eligible: computer hardware and off-the-shelf software

If any of this applies to you and you want to find out more information, contact www.nrc.gc.ca/irap/dtapp or call toll-free 1-855-453-3940.

Jamie Lawlor, Program Manager

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