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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!


  • 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

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program

    February 28, 2017

    Congratulations to the 15 matches that were selected for this year’s IION-YEPP! May 1st is Ignition Day for the youth, we look forward to working with all of you!

  • Lofthouse receives the 2016 Innovation Award

    January 23, 2017

    Congratulations to Lofthouse Manufacturing in Burk’s Falls! This is the second year that we have awarded an Innovation award. It is a gesture of appreciation and recognition to individuals, companies or organizations that have a significant impact in the area developing innovation or promoting investments in innovation leading to economic growth and development. The first
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