The Niagara region is a wine-lover's paradise...

 

Specialties

  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Biotechnologies
  • Education Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Clean Technologies

Team

  • Jenna Marino
  • N'ora Kalb
  • Chris Janzen
 

A one-stop shop for local entrepreneurs, Innovate Niagara brings together an extensive range of resources throughout the region in order to foster the growth of innovative industry clusters including interactive digital media, health and wellness, life science, bio-products and green energy/technology.

Innovate Niagara hosts a suite of educational and networking events throughout the Niagara region, including Learn at Lunch seminars, industry networking events, entrepreneurial training programs, and intensive hands-on workshops.

As the Regional Innovation Centre for Niagara, Innovate Niagara is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), a network of regional and provincial not-for-profit organizations that deliver services and programs to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and succeed.

At Innovate Niagara, we have the pleasure of working with innovative clients from a variety of backgrounds and specializations, all with great enthusiasm and determination to see their leading-edge ideas start, grow, and succeed!

Our Social Vision

Innovate Niagara exists to help entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow their businesses. Through the Social Enterprise Southwest partnership we aim to help social entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses that do good. In doing so, together we will strengthen the social economy across South-Western Ontario. 

How it works

Have an idea? - Come talk to us; we work with clients right from the idea stages to help them understand their customer, talk to their customer, identify any competition, and understand the marketplace. We will invite you in for an initial meeting with our Business Analysts to discuss your idea in more detail as well as the ways in which Innovate Niagara can offer support and resources.

Need to validate your idea? - At Innovate Niagara we work with clients to first validate their business idea with market research. Our Business Analysts have access to leading-edge market reports to help you understand your industry and the market trends.

Running your business but need extra support? - Innovate Niagara helps existing businesses through a suite of in-house programming, networking and training events. We help existing businesses launch new products, hire employees, connect to local partners and more.

Ready to scale your business? - We can help! Innovate Niagara helps its clients get to the next stage of growth by helping them access funding programs, prepare for investment, design their growth strategy and more. 

 
 

Some things we're proud of:

 

1.

Wine

Today, there are more than 180 wineries in Ontario, producing about 71% of Canadian wine. The Niagara Region is particularly conducive for growing classic cool-climate grape varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet France, although more than 30 varieties are grown in the region. The Niagara Peninsula is home to about 60% of Ontario's VQA wineries and the industry continues to thrive. (source)

 

2.

Neil Peart

Neil Peart is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now part of St. Catharines). The song Lakeside Park by Rush was written about a park in Port Dalhousie that overlooks Lake Ontario. "Lakeside Park, willows in the breeze, Lakeside Park, so many memories..."

 

3.

Being the First Capital of Upper Canada

Upper Canada, the predecessor of modern Ontario, was created in 1791 by the division of the old colony of Quebec into Lower Canada in the east and Upper Canada in the west. A wilderness society settled largely by Loyalists and land-hungry farmers moving north from the United States, Upper Canada endured war with America, an armed rebellion, and half a century of economic and political growing pains until it was merged again with its French-speaking counterpart into the Province of Canada. (source)