Toronto – February 2010 - The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)’s announced over $2.9 million in funding of 17 projects for the Ontario’s creative economy via its Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnership Fund (ECCPF). Nordicity was commissioned by C3 Network (of Waterloo’s Communitech) to support applications for three projects, all of them successful. In fact, C3 Network, with Nordicity’s help, submitted applications that received approximately 17% of the total funding allocated by the ECCPF in its current round of funding.
Drawing on an extensive knowledge of digital media content and platforms, the joint C3 Network-Nordicity team made contributions included the signing up strategic partners, defining the application rationale, integrating various service offerings, budgetary planning, and the preparation of in-depth application documents.
The three funded projects cover emerging and fast growing areas of the creative cluster in Ontario: digital games, interactive narratives, and the future of media. They are described as follows:
Nordicity’s Senior Partner, Peter Lyman notes that “Nordicity is very pleased to have been involved in these three projects. Each is an intelligent building block toward a competitive digital media creative cluster for Ontario.” C3’s Project Director, Kathleen Webb adds: “It demonstrates the diverse richness of Ontario institutions that you just have to catalyze to bring important benefits to Ontario.”
C3 Network—Connect, Construct, Commercialize—is building success for Ontario's digital media industry.
Ontario's digital media industry is a magnet for talent, expertise, and economic success. The Province boasts considerable concentrations of hardware and visualization technologies in communities like Markham and Waterloo Region, and a rich content creators' community in the Greater Toronto Area. Through the C3 Network project, Communitech is strengthening Ontario¹s digital media industry by:
Communitech fully understands and succeeds at the art and science of commercialization and what it takes to build successful technology industries. As such, Communitech is pleased to lead C3—a public-private partnership jointly funded by the Ontario Research Commercialization Program and matched in-kind by Ontario colleges, universities, and companies.
C3's activities fall into two main areas: student mentorship, and industry engagement events.
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