Innovate>Forward Scores High! July 4, 2012 RICCentre By: Tim Scott Innovate>Forward has concluded the last of its 6 sessions and the word is in: evaluations give the program an 8 of 10. A combination of first-hand industry experience, niche expertise and practical take away tools struck a chord with attendees from 38 companies that came to at least one of the six sessions from January to June. Innovate>Forward hit at the core of need for manufacturers in Southern Ontario; with manufacturers feeling the global competitive pinch, having a path to strengthen their foundation and understanding a better way forward, was of significant benefit. My numbers have our program at 8 out of 10! Missed a session? Want to review a topic, download one of the tools? Click here for resources and video presentations for the entire series. The final session on “collaboration” was a timely topic. Innovate>Forward was the result of collaboration among many like-minded businesses, partners, suppliers and researchers that worked together to strengthen Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector. Kudos to Innovate>Forward sponsors, the ABB Group and RIC Centre, and all participating partners: National Research Council of Canada Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Ontario Centres of Excellence Business Development Bank of Canada Sheridan Collage City of Brampton Thanks to all and our participants in particular, many of which attended all 6 sessions. Remember, it’s never too late to turn what you have into a new product or service. Tim is a serial entrepreneur and business professional with over 25 years of experience mainly in the advanced manufacturing sector. As Entrepreneur-In-Residence at RIC Centre, Tim’s role is to guide, connect and grow the collaboration of support resources for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) within the Peel Region. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.