How We Can Help

Our programs, services, and facilities are designed to help you start a business or accelerate the growth of your existing business. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and developing new programs, services, and resources to ensure we are meeting your needs.

Mentorship

Mentorship

Starting or growing a business is not easy, so to help we offer mentorship to the startups and founders we work with. Our exceptional team of local tech entrepreneurs provide strategic advice tailored to each client’s business needs and requirements.

To gain access to our coaching and mentoring services for startups and entrepreneurs, you must first apply to be become a client of NORCAT Innovation.

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Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence

Through market intelligence support, entrepreneurs can receive current, timely and relevant information about their industries, competitors, markets, potential investors and partners, intellectual property and best business practices.

These premium market research resources are provided by our partner MaRS Discovery District to NORCAT Innovation clients at no cost.

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Startup Education and Workshops

Startup Education and Workshops

We organize and facilitate several workshops, peer-to-peer (P2P) roundtables, and networking events throughout the month! The calendar below features our events and events from our partners in the tech ecosystem in the City of Greater Sudbury.

Fortin Discovery Lab

Fortin Discovery Lab

The Fortin Discovery Lab is a design and pre-production facility that develops electronic and mechanical products. Located within the NORCAT Centre, the Lab is fully equipped to develop hardware and software products. The Lab resources and talented Independent Product Developers enable the transformation of client concepts and ideas into globally certified products for sale.

Incubator

Incubator

Our in-house incubator is a co-location workspace offering our start-up tech clients access to hot desks, lockers, meeting rooms, and lounges – where you are encouraged to “hang out” and have “serendipitous collisions” with other like-minded entrepreneurs to share ideas, enhance your network, and discuss challenges and opportunities to help you expedite the building of your business.

To learn more about becoming a client and becoming a member of our dynamic incubator, you must first apply to become a client of NORCAT Innovation.

NORCAT Underground Centre

NORCAT Underground Centre

NORCAT Innovation is the only innovation centre in the world with an operating mine that provides start-up ventures and multinational companies with the resources, infrastructure, expertise, and equipment required to develop, test, and demonstrate their technologies in a underground operating mine.

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Canadian Digital Media Network

Canada Digital Media Network

NORCAT is a regional hub of the Canadian Digital Media Network. CDMN is a federal Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR). Dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media (ICT + mobile), CDMN creates and enables connections and collaboration between entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes, government and intermediary organizations across the country. Working together as part of an ecosystem throughout Canada and around the world, CDMN hubs and partners embody the collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit necessary to create companies, jobs and wealth for Canada.

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Capital Programs/Services

Capital Programs/Services

NORCAT Innovation Acceleration Program

Funded through a partnership with FedNor, the NORCAT Innovation Acceleration Program is open only to registered NORCAT Innovation clients. Clients can access up to $10 thousand in grant funding through this program and engage the support of a third party contractor or consultant to help move the business forward.

FedNor

FedNor is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs, services and financial support of projects leading to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is a Crown corporation and development agency of the Ontario government that invests in Northern Ontario businesses and municipalities through conditional contributions, forgivable performance loans, inventive term loans and loan guarantees.

Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC)

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) works with community stakeholders to foster civic engagement, cultivate entrepreneurship, and stimulate the continuous development of a dynamic and healthy city.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies, and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities, and research hospitals. OCE also supports and invests in early stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation is substantial. OCE is furthering their focus on the development of the next generation of innovators through its entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.

Concierge Service

Concierge is a single access point to funding, expertise, facilities, and global opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to grow though innovation. The only service of its kind in Canada, Concierge offers free, one-on-one assistance from expert advisors who provide customized guidance in selecting the most relevant programs and services to help you grow your business.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been stimulating wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation by providing technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises at all stages of the innovation process.

MaRS Discovery Document

The MaRS Discovery Document offers an array of funding programs and services to support tech entrepreneurs in Ontario.

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

The MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund is a seed fund that assists emerging Ontario technology companies to bring their products and services to market. The fund provides a comprehensive platform of resources, people, connections, and funding that entrepreneurs and innovators can access to launch their new ventures. The IAF program is managed by MaRS and delivered through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

Northern Ontario Angels (NOA)

The Northern Ontario Angels is Northern Ontario’s premiere organization for entrepreneurs (looking for growth capital) and angel investors (looking for investments). The creative concept and foundation of this network was developed to take Northern Ontario businesses to the next level.