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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 within the ONE 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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  • IION announces new program- Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program

    February 6, 2015

    Harper Government Investment in Youth Supports Innovation, Business Growth and Competitiveness in Northeastern Ontario    North Bay, Ontario — Industry Canada/FedNor Member of Parliament Jay Aspin (Nipissing—Timiskaming), on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), announced today an investment
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  • IION Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP)

    IION’s Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) is an internship involving experiential and educational learning for youth (18-29) interested in entrepreneurship. IION-YEPP will provide Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) funding to hire qualified workers for 16-weeks (May-August 2015) increasing their ability to innovate and commercialize.   I am a business owner, is my business eligible?
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