Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative funding helps companies quickly move their ideas to market
We’re excited to announce that an investment of $2.75 million from the Government of Canada will help further develop and commercialize our innovative art reprographic technology.
At the center of a boost to the Canadian technology sector, the funding was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
This generous investment has been awarded to Arius Technology Inc. to further develop its 3D painting digitization platform, called Arius3D, which uses a laser scanner and robotics system to simultaneously reproduce both the colour and the relief of paintings.
Through the Verus Art collaboration, this will allow museums, art historians, and artists to reproduce and create paintings down to the final brushstroke.
“Canadian companies like Arius Technology Inc. are working hard to bring their innovative services to market. The Government of Canada is proud to support this project that will develop and commercialize new technology for the creative arts industry. It is through organizations like Arius that promote economic growth and create high-quality jobs in Canada.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
Supporting Arius3D is one of several successful projects announced under the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. This funding supports innovative western-based companies that develop cutting-edge technology, create jobs, and spur the economy.
The WINN program provides a total of $100 million in repayable contributions to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Western Canada. Eligible companies were invited to apply for funding to support activities that move ideas to market more quickly.
“This repayable investment from the Government of Canada will enable Arius Technology to lead the transformation of the multi-billion dollar fine art industry from its 2D past into a 3D future, changing the way people from around the world experience art.”
- Paul Lindahl, President & CEO, Arius Technology Inc.
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Verus Art and Arius Technology Inc. feels very privileged and grateful to be one of the enterprises selected for the program!
Find out more about the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative on their official website.
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