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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!


  • IION-YEPP 2015 celebration photos

    August 25, 2015

    Event photos by Steven Newman courtesy of Canadore College Thank you to Nipissing University for the location. Thank you to Canadore College for the photography.   2015 – YEPP Participants receiving their certificates Thank you to Canadore College for providing professional photography by Steven Newman. Country Basics North: Jeremy and Carol     Four Season
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  • Thank you!

    August 24, 2015

    Thank you to all who supported the IION-YEPP participants!  

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) Graduation Celebration

    August 17, 2015

    Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) Graduation Celebration   Event will be taking place at Nipissing University Cafeteria (A246). Come celebrate the successes and accomplishments of the youth participants as well as thank and acknowledge the companies that were involved!