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Cisco launches Toronto Innovation Centre


January 12, 2016  


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Cisco today opened its Innovation Centre at its headquarters in downtown Toronto. The centre, one of nine located around the world, is designed to catalyze and showcase digital innovation and development, the company said in a release.

“(It) will bring together customers, industry collaborators, startups, application developers, accelerators, government organizations and universities to work on real world problems, with a focus on urban innovation (including smart cities, urban mobility, and environmental transformation), healthcare and financial services transformation.”

Cisco’s commitment to bring this unique facility to our city shows we are on the path to establishing Toronto and Canada as innovation leaders, said Toronto mayor John Tory.

He added that it “offers our brightest and most talented an opportunity to take their game changing ideas from a concept to reality. By providing access to test labs for experimentation, investment for commercialization and networks to access the global market, Cisco’s Innovation Centre will help build Toronto’s economy of the future.”

“The mantra of the Toronto Innovation Centre is Inspire, Innovate and Invest,” said Bernadette Wightman, president, Cisco Canada. “Inspire the next great minds of tomorrow. Foster innovation and big ideas today. And invest in the potential game-changing companies of tomorrow.”

Components include:

* A dynamic classroom space where Cisco Networking Academy students and instructors can have hands-on access to the latest Cisco technology and mentorship from Cisco engineers.

* A Solutions Lab where Cisco experts, together with partners and ecosystem startups, will develop proof of concepts and do rapid prototyping. The Toronto team is already working with an ecosystem of more than 25 local and international companies and organizations.

* A TelePresence room for collaboration with Cisco’s global Innovation Centres, as well as customers, partners, academia across the country.

Cisco Canada also announced the launch of the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle, which will officially kick off later this week at an evening reception connecting women entrepreneurs from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. The Circle aims to provide entrepreneurs across the country with access to training, a university intern matching program, special technology offerings, and networking opportunities.

Further coverage will appear in the Jan.-Feb. 2016 issue of Connections+.