Launched in 2012 by CRIAQ in partnership with NRC-IRAP, the Accelerating Innovation program has consistently proven to be a real success, supporting over 100 SMEs and start-ups seeking the development of a more robust R&D and innovation strategy. At the heart of new talent development, as well as technology developments that enable companies to grow and create quality jobs, CRIAQ works closely with governments, the industry and the research community in order to build an aerospace industry more innovative and prosperous than ever. SMEs and start-ups are an integral part of this movement and CRIAQ's mission has always been to support these SMEs of paramount importance to the future of the aerospace industry in Quebec and Canada. It’s in this perspective that the Accelerating Innovation program was launched, offering flexible and adapted coaching services to all SMEs and start-ups that wish to strengthen their position within the supply chain through innovation, as well as qualify as a preferred supplier to major Canadian and international prime contractors, enabling them to identify business opportunities likely to generate new revenues for up to five years. Several SMEs and start-ups which have benefited from this program over the past year are now sharing their experience with the aerospace community. Discover below Aeronyx, OVA and Libellule Monde, three key companies at different stages of growth that have a role to play in the future of the Canadian aerospace industry.

Libellule Monde | Specialized products and services

Founded in 1993, Libellule Monde started in the identification sector and has been working with airlines since 1995. 

The organization analyzes, certifies, designs, assembles (kitting), customizes and produces corporate graphics, stencils, signage, aesthetic coatings, advertising, erosion and corrosion protection, while also offering installation and removal services for all types of aircraft. 

An analysis of trends in the digitalization of the aeronautical sector allowed them to develop their strategy, redefining their objectives and methods, and ensuring that the company was well oriented to guarantee their success. In addition, links were established in emerging and complementary sectors, including artificial intelligence and IOT.

 Described by their team as a “bearer”, the assistance provided by CRIAQ was seen by their team as a real asset for the company.  It was also another opportunity for CRIAQ to support women entrepreneurship within the aerospace industry. 

Aeronyx | Urban air mobility:

Founded in 2017 following the development of a passenger drone concept by a team of engineers from ETS in Montreal, the company was encouraged by CRIAQ to focus on the essential points for the development of a startup. CRIAQ’s support focused on the development of a formal plan for the pursuit of their R&D strategy, as well as the implementation of a strategy of shared benefits with major industry principals.

 Through an in-depth analysis of the environment and the sector, but also of Aeronyx’s specific needs, the CRIAQ team was able to provide expert advice and recommendations that guided the startup to position itself among the 10% of companies that emerge victorious from the start-up phase. Described by Aeronyx as helping entrepreneurs ‘realize the absence or presence of details essential to the survival of a start-up business project,’ the program has had a significant impact on their development within the industry.

 Aeronyx now wants to define the basis for safe and robust flight management of beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) UAVs. As a technology integrator aiming to offer a UAV delivery service to industrial companies, Aeronyx is embarking on a strategy to develop the systems and technologies that will be required to turn its plan into reality. These systems, which have yet to be created in regards to this type of application, will facilitate and make possible the regulatory and social acceptability of the use of large-scale autonomous UAV fleets flying in an urban BVLOS context.

OVA | Building an immersive experience

Specializing in the development of cutting-edge software dedicated to the creation of virtual environments and simulation in 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality, OVA creates personalized experiences that strengthens brands and fosters human connections.

OVA enrolling in the program has produced several key benefits for them. Through an analysis of the many possible applications of their technology in inspection, simulation, training within the aerospace sector, the CRIAQ team guided them towards an improvement of their business plan.  This complete analysis of the company was accompanied by suggestions on behalf of the CRIAQ team that could provide solutions adapted to the needs of fast-growing manufacturing SMEs in the aerospace industry.

The program also allowed them to integrate the CRIAQ ecosystem, bringing together the most influential and innovative key players in Quebec’s aerospace industry. Integration into the aerospace industry in Canada, especially in Quebec, can be an extremely tedious and difficult process, but it can be circumvented through the CRIAQ program, an advantage described by OVA as a “highly sought-after seal of approval”.

OVA actively helps industries and businesses transform themselves through space computing, artificial intelligence and extended reality (XR).

These three success stories highlight the tangible impact of the Accelerating Innovation Program, the consequences of which are clearly measurable.  The approach applied under the Program enables the head of these SMEs and start-ups to pursue the development of a long-term innovation strategy and strengthen their overall innovation capabilities. This in turn provides the tools to integrate the innovation process into all their ongoing development activities.

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