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innovate niagara

Powering What's Next

Helping entrepreneurs with leading edge ideas start, grow and succeed.

What is Innovate Niagara?

Innovate Niagara connects innovators to the people and programs required to bring their innovations to market through a suite of in-house programs, resource partners and network of incubation facilities.

Whether you are a startup or established business, we offer resources and support to help you start, grow, and succeed.

We facilitate networking, collaboration, prototyping, and business development through:

  • business advisory services;
  • entrepreneurial training courses;
  • business and industry networking events;
  • business-academic collaboration opportunities;
  • additional business tools and resources;
  • special programming such as Start-up Visa opportunties.
Small/medium enterprise businesses

Venture Services

As a Regional Innovation Centre, our clients’ businesses must be headquartered in Ontario; priority will be given to Niagara-area companies, as they will benefit most from our local services and networks.

Startup Services

Our Startup services are geared toward innovative and scalable businesses that are less than 5 years old and have under $1 million in revenue to date. The business can be a new corporation under a parent organization, and there is no limit to the number of employees. Startups include Brock University and Niagara College student entrepreneurs enrolled in Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship and ncTakeOff programs.

Qualifying startups will move through our intake process, and are most often seeking market intelligence services and entrepreneurial skills training. Startup clients have access to Executive-in-Residence mentorship where appropriate, as well as networking and other business development opportunities.

Established Business Projects

This is a competitive annual opportunity available to a limited number of high-growth, high-potential companies that have been in business for 5 or more years, have at least 5 employees, and a minimum of $500,000 in annual revenue.

Established Business services are project-specific, and aim to help companies reach identifiable goals such as: revenue growth via new clients or markets, finding new market applications for technologies, export development, adjacent market expansion and market channel development, creating new job positions and employee retention strategies, product development such as new IP, cost reductions through supply chain optimization and/or productivity efficiencies, securing funds for product or process improvements, securing investors, negotiating licensing opportunities, and refining business strategies.

Our Success in Numbers from June 2011 to September 2016

Delivered

$4.9M

Market intel

Helped secure

39.7

Million

In funding
Over

629

Clients

helped
Incubated

42

Companies
4,930 Participants

125

Training sessions

Over

277

New jobs

created
Provided over

9747

Consulting hours

What does it mean to be a client?

Innovate Niagara helps entrepreneurs in high-growth industries to start, grow and succeed. Founded on the principle of "innovation through collaboration", Innovate Niagara is a Regional Innovation Centre, providing a single access point to match clients with services to suit their needs through a suite of in-house programs, resource partners and network of incubation facilities.

As a Regional Innovation Centre client, you will have access to tailored business advisory services at no cost; entrepreneurial training activities, including mentorship opportunities and hands-on workshops are offered at a variety of convenient times. You will have exclusive access to client-only events, with reduced or waived event attendance fees. Supplemental one-on-one meetings with our business analysts and service providers scheduled at mutually convenient times will help your leading edge idea start, grow, and succeed.