In partnership with Indigenext, Capilano University has announced a 1.93-million-dollar contribution from Western Economic Diversification Canada to build a first-of-its-kind Indigenous Digital Accelerator (IDA).
The IDA will provide resources to nurture Indigenous business growth in BC’s tech, digital-creative and cultural sectors. The project will scale up early stage Indigenous companies with high growth, commercialization, and innovation potential within a framework that emphasizes community development and low environmental impact. The IDA will also assist in addressing Indigenous participation gaps.
The vision of the IDA is to grow a cluster of digital-creative businesses/organizations. The project aims to:
● Scale/grow 10-20 businesses/organizations in the next 3 years
● Create 100 new Indigenous jobs in the next 5 years
● Create hundreds of student employment and research opportunities
The IDA will address significant gaps in the participation of Indigenous peoples in the high technology, digital-creative and cultural sectors including, for example, film, TV, games, and digital media. It will contribute to the development of hundreds of low-carbon jobs. This project will grow Indigenous digital intellectual property (IP) and technology development as well as digital/cultural products/services. As the IDA matures, it will include new sectors (e.g., tourism, hospitality).
The IDA acknowledges it will convene on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
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