January 28, 2019

Innovation Saskatchewan Introduces The Made in Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) Program

Innovation Saskatchewan has started accepting applications for the Made in Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) Program.  The program is designed to find solutions from Saskatchewan technology-based companies whose products may improve public service delivery in government.

Successful applicants will receive a government contract of up to $10,000, and have their product validated by and receive feedback from government users.  Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and Innovation Saskatchewan will assess each applying company for eligibility.  Interested tech entrepreneurs and small or early-stage technology companies can submit their proposed solutions to Innovation Saskatchewan for consideration now.

“Saskatchewan is home to a thriving technology sector, and the MIST program is another way government can encourage its growth,” Innovation Saskatchewan Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “The MIST program gives our tech startup companies the opportunity to work with government to improve service delivery for Saskatchewan citizens.”

Companies are eligible if they are based in Saskatchewan with annual revenues under $500,000 and 30 or fewer employees.  The proposed technology must be ready for implementation with the capacity to work with government.  Once accepted, companies and their solutions will be offered to ministries, agencies and Crown corporations to identify partnerships.  If a match is found, the company will be invited to present their technology and may be offered a six-month pilot project agreement of up to $10,000.

The Made in Saskatchewan Technology program was piloted with ORA, a Saskatoon-based company that produces personal alert safety devices.  ORA worked with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

To learn more about the MIST program and how to apply, visit www.innovationsask.ca.