DAILY NEWS Nov 2, 2012 8:01 AM - 0 comments

National Digital Media Network Adds New Members

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Two additional high-tech innovation centres have joined the cross-Canada digital media network to enable collaboration and advance digital innovation nationally.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre in northern Ontario, and Tech SouthEast in Moncton, New Brunswick are the newest nodes on the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), bringing the total number across Canada to 12 with 20 locations.

Both new member organizations hope to gain domestic and international market exposure for their members and client companies.

“The CDMN was initiated in 2009 and has grown over the past three years to become a collaboration network connecting innovation hubs across the country,” described Kevin Tuer, CDMN Managing Director. “We’re delighted to bring on board two more organizations that are dedicated to furthering Canada’s competitiveness in the digital economy and advancing commercialization of digital media innovations.”

CDMN’s focus on developing successful digital media companies in Canada by connecting innovators nationally encourages domestic and international collaboration.

Tech South East is a not-for-profit enabling organization dedicated to helping accelerate the growth of technology- based economic development and entrepreneurship in south east New Brunswick. Tech South East’s network currently comprises over 100 member companies and partner organizations involved in the dynamic ICT and health and life sciences sectors.

“Joining CDMN enables Tech South East to further enhance the services we can offer to our member companies” said President & CEO Doug Robertson.“In addition to expanding our national reach and exposure, this partnership positions Tech South East to play a stronger role in the attraction foreign tech start-ups to our region and supporting the internationalization efforts of our own member companies”, he added.

”We look forward to joining the CDMN to improve the service offering to our clients and take part in this growing, national network,” said Tom Vair, executive director, SSMIC. “We see the CDMN programs having direct benefit to companies in our region and believe strongly in advancing the digital media sector to build prosperity.”

Effective October 30, SSMIC will be a channel for driving participation in national initiatives that support the commercialization of innovation.

CDMN also reports it is now accepting applications for the Soft-Landing Program, an initiative for mature start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who can benefit from a getting a toe-hold outside Canada to expand their businesses.

Until November 16, companies can apply for up to $4,000 (CDN) worth of funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses associated with an up to three month stay at a business accelerator in an economy of interest.

CDMN is also planning for Canada 3.0, the national digital media forum and conference, to be held in Toronto in May, 2013.

For more Mediacaster Magazine coverage related to this topic, please see:

CDMN Digital Media Forum Heads to T.O.

CDMN Seeks Online Portal for Digital Media Development

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