Cleantech Commons at Trent University recently announced a new “knowledge partnership” with ProLytics Research Synergies as part of its ongoing efforts to foster opportunities for creative collaboration and create a connected and supportive community of clean technology entrepreneurs and innovators at Trent.
“We know that many of tomorrow’s clean, green, and sustainable innovations begin right here on campus,” says Cleantech Commons executive director Martin Yuill. “By partnering with experts like ProLytics, we provide the next generation of cleantech entrepreneurs with the mentorship, knowledge, and professional support services they require to bring their innovations to the market.”
Cleantech Commons’ partnership with ProLytics is specifically designed to support start-up and spinout ventures in developing, testing, and scaling their novel products while addressing the affordability and expertise challenges experienced by many cleantech companies.
Through this new value-adding partnership, current Cleantech Innovation Portal members, as well as future Cleantech Commons tenants, will enjoy access to a range of scientific, advisory, and analytical services, including chemical analysis, experimental design, data consultation, food technology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and bioinformatics.
A partnership with deep Trent roots
Not only is ProLytics locally owned and operated, but the organization also has strong ties to the Trent community, employing several Trent graduates and post-doctoral research fellows.
“We understand that many early- and growth-stage companies often lack the capital required to build and operate their own research facilities or procure expensive equipment and talent that they will use only occasionally,” says Jill Emery, co-founder of ProLytics. “Through this partnership, we will provide Cleantech Commons clients with a personalized roadmap to achieve company-specific goals, including experimental design, analytics and data consultation plans, budgeting, milestones, and timelines to accelerate their time and path to market dramatically.”
Growing Cleantech Commons’ complement of value-adding services
The Cleantech Commons-ProLytics relationship represents the first of several new “knowledge partnerships” the research park is putting in place with professional service providers. All are designed to bring value to Cleantech Commons clients, future tenants of the research park, as well as faculty, students, and researchers looking to increase the impact of their research in the market.
“Working together is critical to adding value to emerging cleantech companies,” says Yuill, “and partnerships are key to the Cleantech Commons model that is designed to enable innovation to flourish, creative collaborations to begin, and life-long relations to be created.”
In addition to various knowledge partnerships, Cleantech Commons offers clients access to several value-added “program partnerships”, including with GreenCentre Canada, Ontario Genomics, Bioenterprise Canada, StrikeUP, and Rain It In.
Learn more about Cleantech Commons and current opportunities for clean and green entrepreneurs.