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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 covers the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound and Muskoka; 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 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!


  • Job Opportunity with Rynz Innovative!

    June 23, 2017

    Our client Rynz Innovative Tooling is hiring! Check out the job description below. Job Title: Engineering Technologist Job Description: This position is designed to support and operate Plant Production at Rynz Innovative Tooling Inc. It oversees all aspects of production, CAD Design, logistics, as well as implementation of all work orders in the Rynz plant.
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  • Embedded Executive Now Open!

    June 13, 2017

    Embedded Executive Funding helps place a C-level or other senior-level executive with an Ontario-based technology venture to help achieve their next growth milestone. Ventures can receive up to $50,000 toward the cost of the Embedded Executive’s salary. Each recipient will also be required to contribute $15,000 cash (or 30% of amount requested) over the program’s
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  • Innovative Manufacturing & Facilitation Program (IMFP)

    May 18, 2017

    We are now accepting applications for the IMFP funding! We have added new contractors to the program which offer technical services, expertise and facility usage to companies in various stages of their development. Contact Emily to learn more! [email protected] 705-474-7600 ext. 5660