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If you are a researcher, inventor, technology based company or an entrepreneur Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) is here to assist you.


IION, one of 18 Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) in Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and a member of the Northern Technology Alliance (NTA). IION’s region stretches North to Temiskaming Shores, South to Muskoka, West to West Nipissing and East to the Quebec Border; roughly 42,000 square kilometres.


IION is co-located at Canadore College and Nipissing University in North Bay. Being co-located presents the optimal setting to facilitate innovation. IION works collaboratively with a variety of strategic partners to foster innovation and accelerate growth.


IION provides:

  • Business advisory and mentoring services
  • Direction and guidance on public and private funding including connections to angel investor networks
  • Connections to sector, financial, or legal experts
  • Access to market intelligence
  • Promotes strategic business partnerships
  • In-house funding opportunities
  • Educational workshops, conferences and events
  • Near North Resource Alliance: client/ecosystem support group


 Take advantage of what Innovation Initiatives Ontario North has to offer and contact us today!


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