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

Guelph/North Bay, – 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.”

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