OMDC Collaboration and Innovation Pilot Fund (CIF) 2015-16: Call for Expressions of Interest
OMDC CIF APPLICATION DEADLINE for PHASE ONE – DEVELOPMENT: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm
INFORMATION SESSIONS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Session 1: 9.30 – 10.30 am (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Session 2: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
WEBINAR – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Access to this session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges and registrants outside of the GTA. (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Does your business have a compelling new idea that crosses sectors and/or distribution platforms, involves non-traditional collaboration, or reimagines your operational model?
Have you received funding from any of these OMDC programs – OMDC Export Fund; OMDC Book Fund; OMDC Film Fund; OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund; OMDC Magazine Fund?
The Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) is a new funding opportunity from OMDC.
It’s a pilot program developed in response to ongoing changes in the marketplace, the continued blending of content across sectors and platforms, and evolving business models. The CIF will help transform innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into goods and services, and drive growth and productivity.
The CIF will be delivered in two phases. Participation in Phase One will be adjudicated through an Expression of Interest (EOI) application process. Successful Phase One applicants will participate in a project development cycle that will strengthen strategic and project plans.
Only Phase One participants will have the opportunity to apply for project financing in Phase Two.
The deadline for Phase One EOI applications is: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm
Guidelines and Application Process
Contact the OMDC to discuss your project at least 2 weeks in advance of the Phase One EOI deadline.
· Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted. All applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their applications early should assistance be required.
· Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”. For assistance, please see OMDC’s website for the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.
· Applicants who have a user account should ensure that relevant company information is up-to-date. Applicants that are already registered will see both the Phase One and Phase Two application deadlines in their dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start New Application” and follow the directions through the five step wizard to access the application form. Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in ad vance of the deadline in case technical support is required. If you encounter problems setting up your Company’s corporate information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.
Please note that this is a competitive process with the number and amount of awards contingent on total demand for funding and the program funds available.
Complete Guidelines and the link to the Online Application Portal (OAP) are posted on the OMDC website at: http://www.omdc.on.ca/collaboration/collaboration_and_innnovation_Fund.htm.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Information Sessions.
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: Session 1: 9.30 – 10.30 am (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Session 2: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre,
35th Floor, 250 Yonge Street, Toronto, M5B 2L7 (Map)
Registration is required. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Access to this session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.
Please note: If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to email@example.com by Monday, February 2, 2015 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.
If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.
For further information, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
Bianca Spence | Coordinator, Industry Initiatives, Industry Development
Ontario Media Development Corporation
175 Bloor Street East | South Tower | Suite 501 Toronto | Ontario M4W 3R8
Direct phone: 416-642-6652 | Main phone: 416-314-6858 | Fax: 416-314-6876
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