NAATBatt International of the United States; Phantoms Foundation of Spain, and; Grafoid Inc. of Canada, are pleased to announce the launch of GO Foundation (Graphene Organization Foundation), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting graphene innovation and commercialization for the betterment of humanity.
The Foundation's website www.gofoundation.ca is now live and provides information on GO Foundation membership, eligibility criteria and program outlines for applicants.
GO Foundation supports start up graphene entrepreneurs, scientific innovators and small and medium enterprises engaged in materials and product development. Our aim is to assist entrepreneurs in bringing their inventions to market.
We accelerate the pace of adoption by businesses of materials and products enhanced with graphene; offer a neutral collaborative environment to develop strategies and initiatives, and; we offer a clustering approach to define graphene supply chains to speed the adoption of graphene in advanced materials and manufacturing.
Ultimately, our services to clients are intended to spur future graphene technology entrepreneurship; to assist SMEs and individual scientists fulfill their commercialization objectives, and; in part, to bridge government-corporate funding gaps.
For industry stakeholders, the Foundation holds the scientific expertise and supporting infrastructures for the establishment of standards - including ASTM standards - for graphene materials and products.
As an advocate for broad industrial acceptance of transformative, disruptive graphene technologies in materials and product development, the Foundation holds the capabilities to bridge knowledge chasms between business and science through the organization and promotion of international graphene conferences and scientific symposia.
GrapheneCanada 2015 is the first such international conference and exhibition devoted to commercializing Graphene and 2D Materials to be held in Montreal, October 14-16. GO Foundation and Phantoms Foundation are the co-organizers of the event.
Of key importance to the Foundation is our championing of the first Canadian graphene cluster through the consolidation of graphene-related ventures spun out of the Foundation's activities in concert with other graphene or carbon technologies start-up enterprises, universities and research institutes, established companies, and; local, provincial and federal governments.
Over time, clusters encourage interaction between stakeholders, advise companies on potential research and/or commercialization partners, connect members to funding opportunities and investors, engage three levels of government, encourage the colleges and universities to develop curriculum that will prepare their students for jobs in the cluster, and; foster workforce mobility between established companies and start-ups.