Manitoba is committed to improving the lives of children across the province. We know that providing children with opportunities to be successful at learning benefits us as a society today and for generations to come. The Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge will help support all children by developing and evaluating innovative ideas to improve literacy and numeracy in the early years. In the early years, children’s brains are developing rapidly, offering a critical window of opportunity for smart investment. This is why the Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge is focusing on children even before they enter Kindergarten – it is where we can have the greatest impact. We are pleased to partner with North Forge on this important initiative. We believe that the Challenge will tap into Manitobans’ creativity and spirit of collaboration to produce truly innovative solutions that improve early literacy and numeracy for all children.
MERLIN is committed to assisting the education community in Manitoba to innovate through technology to improve the learning environment of students across the Province. The future of Manitoba and Canada lives within our children and their potential. Education is the key to unlocking that potential. MERLIN actively works with schools across Manitoba to bring equity, cost certainty and sustainable solutions to technology based services and products for all students in Manitoba. We look forward to working with the Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge to expand the reach of education in Manitoba.
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, established in 1931, is the umbrella organization for Manitoba’s Chamber movement. With a membership comprised of local Chambers of Commerce as well as direct Corporate Members, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is Manitoba’s largest and most diverse business organization, representing 71 Local Chambers and close to 10,000 businesses and community leaders.
At Wawanesa, we have teams dedicated to research and innovation to find meaningful technology solutions to deliver insurance in today’s digital world. We also strongly believe in being active in the communities where our people, our brokers and our policyholders live and work. As our company grows, so do our efforts in community involvement. Across all our branches, we strive for philanthropic excellence and give where we live to create better, stronger, and healthier neighbourhoods.
Friesens Corporation has been building community for the last 110 years – it is at the core of who we are. What started in 1907 as one man’s desire to support his family has grown into an international print solutions provider that supports hundreds of families and a thriving community.
Every year, Friesens sponsors and actively participates in local community projects, supports numerous cultural and heritage initiatives, and contributes to several associations and groups that advance publishing and literacy.
Reading is a fundamental building block of society. Literacy opens doors and enables us to achieve our highest potential. Friesens has helped share millions of stories, ideas, and memories through the power of the printed page. We are in the literacy business.
We are proud to support The Open Innovation Challenge with North Forge. Together we can open doors to a brighter future for more Manitoba children.
At inVision Edge, we are passionate about helping leaders, teams and communities make innovation happen. We believe that everyone, everywhere can innovate, and we work with people across Canada to help them unlock their innovation potential. We are all innovators and through innovation we can collectively find ways to solve even the most difficult challenges….making this world a better place. We are guided by our inVision values, and from the start, those values have included supporting our community. We are proud and honoured to be part of the Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge, and we are ready to support the teams as they create, test, and develop innovative ideas to foster childhood literacy and numeracy.
Relish is an integrated agency. We are a company of thinkers, creatives, makers, educators, and entrepreneurs. We believe that using business as a force for good is good for business. So, we strive to empower people and organizations to create positive change through design, technology and innovation.
We are a Certified B-Corporation. Where we can, we help business become responsive to customers, who increasingly desire more meaning from their relationships with brands and with products. In this way we can produce positive social impact. We strive to improve by assessing our practices and policies annually as they relate to our environment, our workers, our customers, our community, and governance.
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS)
TDS is deeply rooted in the legal and business communities across Manitoba. Two of TDS’ core values are Community Minded and Good Corporate Citizenship and as such, the lawyers and staff across our 10 Manitoba offices recognize the importance of supporting the communities in which they work, live and play.
Just like our decision to move to True North Square, when we heard about the Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge, we knew we had to be part of it, because it built on our vision of being a progressive law firm focused on client service and community spirit. We are honoured to collaborate with the other sponsors in the improvement of early literacy and numeracy for all children in Manitoba. We know overcoming these challenges will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Bit Space Development Ltd. is a firm that thrives on innovation, whether this means the latest technology, new ways of thinking, or just exciting new ways to approach a problem. We’re problem solvers and we work with people who need creative ways to solve big problems. We firmly believe that a strong community is the only way that you can achieve greatness, without a strong community you lose the ideas, talent, and drive to continue striving for greatness.