Inspiring Collaborative Innovation

We chatted with Vinay Gupta, an advisor with the Business Development Team at Mitacs; Bronze Sponsors of this years’ SmartMTX. Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to industries most pressing problems. Mitacs is a not-for-profit national research organization that, powers research & development creation by connecting private sector with the best post-secondary institutions to solve organizational challenges — in Canada and internationally. For 20 years, Mitacs has funded cutting-edge research, created job opportunities for graduate students and helped companies reach their goals, achieving results that have bolstered the Canadian economy and impact.  As Canada’s premier research internship program, Mitacs programs provide interns with the opportunity to transfer their skills from theory to real-world application. Vinay Gupta, will be present during the SmartMTX event. Leveraging his expertise in building collaboration between academia and community partners, Vinay specializes in developing work-integrated learning opportunities for students in Canadian universities to catalyze innovation and build talent pipelines for non-profits and businesses.

Q: What’s your main reason for exhibiting at SmartMTX?

A: We want to promote awareness about Mitacs funding programs that are geared towards solving industry R&D challenges via collaborations with post-secondary institutions.

Q: Who do you want to connect with at the show and why? 

A: We are hoping to connect with leading industry innovators in the manufacturing sector in Western Canada during the SmartMTX event. In doing so, we hope to learn about their cutting-edge technologies aimed at transforming the manufacturing ecosystem in Canada and spread awareness about Mitacs funding programs.

Q: What solution(s) are you exhibiting and who are they designed for?

A:  Mitacs offers more than 100 Advisors with 45+ offices across the country, dedicated to building and supporting new partnerships. I am just one of those connectors in our innovation ecosystem.  We have a proven ability and passion to build partnerships with a wide range of academic, industry, and non-profit stakeholders.

Mitacs is proud of its diverse community of innovators and collaborative model, attracting and deploying top talent to industry, and matching need with expertise to create ambitious solutions to real-world challenges. In partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, Mitacs continues to design and deliver research and training programs across Canada. Mitacs remains committed to its core vision of supporting collaborative research projects between the academic community and industry or non-profit partners. To learn more about how Mitacs is inspiring collaborative innovation for creative solutions visit, connect with them on LinkedIn, or contact them directly.

Posted: March 21, 2023

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