New supports available for food and agri-tech innovation in northern Ontario

IION, the Regional Innovation Centre in North Bay, Ontario, has joined Bioenterprise to support innovation in the region’s rapidly growing food and agriculture sector.

Posted: Mar 15, 2023

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Innovation Initiatives Ontario North joins Bioenterprise Canada

Guelph/North Bay, 15 March 2023 – Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) is the newest member of Bioenterprise Canada. The Regional Innovation Centre located in North Bay has joined Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine as a Collaborative Partner to support innovation in the region’s rapidly growing food and agriculture sector.

For Bioenterprise, this new partnership adds an additional dimension to its growing presence in northern Ontario and Canada. For IION’s clients and strategic partners, the new collaborations brings access to the national Bioenterprise network for expertise, mentors, and funding and partnership opportunities.

“Supporting innovation in the food and agtech sector across Canada’s northern regions is a key priority for Bioenterprise as we continue to build Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine,” says Dave Smardon, CEO, Bioenterprise Canada. “We look forward to getting to know IION’s clients and partners and doing what we can to support their innovation visions and business growth goals.”

IION supports the efforts of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing companies in Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound and Muskoka to develop and scale their innovations through business advisory services, funding program guidance, and access to experts, resources, market research and networking.

IION and Bioenterprise have a common goal of helping companies succeed and grow, and we want to ensure our clients are getting access to the best services available to support their development,” says Emily Ryan, Director of Special Projects and Business Development at IION. “Agriculture, food and beverage are rapidly growing industries in our region, so it’s very important that they’re aware of and have access to the services and resources that Bioenterprise can offer.”

About Bioenterprise Canada

Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, a national agri-technology focused commercialization accelerator. Bioenterprise uses its 20 years of industry experience and a global network of experts, mentors, funders, researchers, and industry partners to help small and medium-sized agri-food businesses connect, innovate and grow.

About Innovation Initiatives Ontario North
Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) is a Regional Innovation Centre that assists innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing companies develop and scale. IION, located at Canadore College in North Bay, provides business advisory services, guidance on public and private funding programs, unique in-house funding programs, access to experts & resources, market research and B2B networking. The organization proudly serves the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound and Muskoka.


For more information:

Dave Smardon, CEO, Bioenterprise Canada or (519) 821-2960

Emily Ryan, Director, Special Projects & Business Development, IION or (705) 498-5584

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