Ottawa-based Leapfrog Lighting Inc. receives funding to develop and market advanced LED light bulbs
Government of Canada Invests in Canadian Manufacturing
March 28, 2013 — Ottawa, Ontario
While highlighting the Government of Canada’s support for the manufacturing sector, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment in Leapfrog Lighting Inc. through the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).
“Our government is strongly committed to initiatives that support science, technology and the growth of innovative Canadian firms,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “Manufacturing is critical to the Canadian economy, and our government will continue to put in place the tools that Canadians need to grow, create jobs and secure their long-term prosperity.”
Leapfrog Lighting develops and markets advanced LED light bulbs with an optical and thermal design that provides measurable improvements in the lighting quality required by facility managers, architects and retailers. The $150,000 contribution will help the Ottawa-based company develop improved LED light bulbs to replace existing 60W and 100W incandescent light bulbs. These new bulbs will be more efficient and less expensive and will have better light quality.
“Lighting represents some 20 percent of total electricity generated, in part because incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of the energy they use and they contribute 10 times more carbon pollution per year when compared to LED bulbs,” said Stephen Naor, President and CEO of Leapfrog Lighting Inc. “By helping to fund the development of Leapfrog Lighting’s LED technologies, this NRC IRAP support will accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting and will have a major positive impact on the environment.”
NRC IRAP provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada. It engages in cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects with its clients. Firms helped by NRC IRAP are better equipped to perform basic R&D, commercialize new products and processes, and access new markets.
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