Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) Partnering Forum
We are pleased to invite you to attend Ontario’s Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) Partnering Forum.
This event is being hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Government of Ontario on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 starting at 8 a.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The Ontario government is seeking high-potential, technology-driven small and medium-sized businesses with up to 500 employees to solve public sector business challenges and drive economic benefits to Ontario with two new innovative challenges.
The two areas of focus are:
- The need for a cost-effective and minimally-intrusive solution(s) to rapidly detect cannabis-impaired drivers at or near roadside to combat drug-impaired driving on Ontario’s roads;
- The need for a cost-effective, user-friendly, and secure solution(s) to prevent electronic sales suppression and sales tax fraud.
Small Business Innovation Challenge #1: Cannabis and Drug-Impaired Driving
Problem Statement: Drug-impaired driving is a growing threat to the safety of road users in Ontario and abroad. The pending legalization of recreational cannabis use may result in an increase in drug-impaired driving and associated injuries and fatalities. While Ontario has several tools to combat drug-impaired driving, none are currently capable of rapidly and objectively determining drug-impairment under a wide variety of environmental conditions (e.g., weather, lighting, traffic) at the roadside. There is an opportunity for drug detection solutions that will provide an enforceable means of determining impairment by drugs (especially tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]) in drivers at or close-in-time to a driving event.
Small Business Innovation Challenge #2: Electronic Sales Suppression
Problem Statement: Recognizing the importance of a fair and competitive market and to ensure the integrity of the sales tax system, there is an identified need for a cost-effective, user-friendly and secure means of ensuring sales transactions are recorded and sales taxes are being remitted in line with tax obligations.
If you have not yet registered for either event, we encourage you to do so now as attendance capacity is quickly being reached. Please note that these events will be running concurrently and participants should register for only one.