via http://www.calgaryherald.com – People are always the greatest agents of change; innovative technologies can help bring their ideas to fruition more quickly, and to affect the change that’s needed more universally.
Like addressing a major global health challenge such as being able to monitor people for possible HIV infection in remote, rural or underserved areas of the world
Canadian innovation, not to mention crucial angel support and commercialization funding, came to the rescue with a technologically supported idea for field monitoring and lab testing.
Thanks, in part, to Grand Challenges Canada and its commitment to match angel financing, a small Canadian tech start-up called ChipCare is now delivering on the promise of rugged portable devices connected by wireless technologies that can be used to analyze a patient’s blood and identify signs of the disease.
The national organization, funded by the Canadian government, supports innovators who integrate science/technology, social and business innovation focused on saving and improving lives.
It works with other Canadian governmental agencies, as well as noted international philanthropic organizations such as the Aga Khan Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Together, Grand Challenges Canada and its partners make millions of dollars available to support innovate change projects; it recently announced $100,000 grants for 43 Canadian-originated projects, based in 16 Canadian cities (from Vancouver to Halifax, with a number in Calgary and Edmonton).
What is Grand Challenges Canada? – http://www.grandchallenges.ca/who-we-are/
Related: Vote for Alia Nasir’s Grand Challenges Canada Application
Grand Challenges Canada: Vote for Zahra Punja’s Project benefiting Aga Khan University
Laureen Harper addresses a group of ‘Saving Brains’ innovators at Aga Khan Foundation Canada