Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre


Looking to grow your business with an innovative idea? Innovation is no longer an option - it's a requirement for survival, even for established companies.  The Innovation Centre's expert team and network of partners combine to help you address your growth challenges.

Business Growth Services

At the Innovation Centre we offer a number of services that can help your business grow no matter what stage you're at.

  • Business Advisory services

Gain access to our team and network of business associates in the community and connections outside our region to accelerate your business by introducing innovation into your product or business model.  We have a track record of successfully navigating businesses like yours to scale up to hit growth targets, see for yourself!  Part of our advisory services includes commercialization which involves adapting your business strategy to meet market demand.

  • Market Assessment & Research

We are pleased to offer market intelligence services to ensure you take competitors and substitute products into consideration when evaluating your business model to expedite growth.  Through our Innovator Member program you gain access to valuable reports from industry leading research firms such as Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, eMarketer, and more!  Upon receipt of the reports we then help you evaluate and determine what is relevant to develop a go forward strategy.  Through our network we also have access to potential customers or industry experts that can advise on your next steps.

  • Product Development Services

Are you looking for that supplementary product that already services an existing client base?  The Innovation Centre assists in finding qualified contractors who can produce a prototype for you to move to the next stage of development.  We have funding programs and consulting services that can help reduce the risk of introducing innovation into your business.  This also greatly helps in determining your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to go to market and getting to revenue!

  • Advisory Board

The Innovation Centre has collected a listing of experienced business professionals in ownership or senior level positions elsewhere with specific business expertise in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, sales, operations, strategy, and more to help guide you through tricky business decisions.  These individuals are interested in seeing your business grow here in the region and are volunteer to offer support and their connections to facilitate growth.

The Innovation Centre is well connected to various funding partners that can help accelerate your company.  Now that you have a product or service it's about working out the kinks in your business model and/or product to get the best kind of capital...SALES!  This requires resources including business advice and yes leveraging funds, don't worry we’ve got you covered.  Working with Government, Angel Investors, or Venture Capitalists we will help you identify the right resource to scale up and achieve your growth plans.  We even have funds to assist you commercialize your product with our Next Level program.

Our engaging events are hands-on and intended to accelerate your business with actionable items.  Prior events include topics such as Business Modelling, Mobile Marketing, Funding your Business, Sales training, and more!  Check out our event calendar for the latest information on upcoming events.

  • And More!

Who do we work with?

We work with anyone who is interested in solving a problem with a unique innovative solution whether a start-up or a medium sized company.  We also assist people who are entrepreneurial minded within their own organization to achieve success.  For a list of companies we are currently working with, check out our Innovator Member listing.

How do you get started working with the Innovation Centre?

Your first step is to get in touch with us. We will sit down with you for a free, no-hassle meeting to discuss your growth plans.  Every employee at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre is bound by a non-disclosure agreement so you can breathe easy knowing your idea is just between us.

We can be reached by calling 768-6682 or send an email to nwoinnovation%23ca|info

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Box 398
2400 Nipigon Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1

Telephone: 807-768-6682
Toll-Free: 1-866-768-6682
Fax: 807-768-6683

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