What's new with the NFRIH?

Niagara Health Partnership

New partnership to bridge innovation and healthcare within Niagara.

A new partnership between the Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub (NFRIH) and Niagara Health will provide opportunities for health and medical technology companies to gain valuable market insight and expansion.

The partnership is the first of its kind in Niagara and will offer companies within the NFRIH and beyond access to expertise, mentorship, feedback, and potential pilot opportunities from Niagara Health’s team of experts.

The partnership will be the catalyst for Niagara’s first med-tech innovation showcase to be hosted later this year (tentatively Fall 2022).

For more information about this opportunity, please call 289-650-1770


The Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub (NFRIH), and Hatch have partnered together to open Niagara Falls’ first public makerspace.  

This new partnership is based on the need for entrepreneurs of any age across Niagara Falls who need a space to bring their ideas to life. Given that Niagara Falls has an extensive history of manufacturing it only made sense to build a facility and space that represents our grass roots.  

Podcast Studio

The podcast room offers a sound dampening environment where members can produce video or voice over content. Within the space, there are five seats provided. Four designated seats will have a mic, a pop filter, and a headset. The last seat is where each input is controlled with a mixer that can adjust each mic inputs and produce various sound effects.

With access to Adobe Auditions for voice editing and Open Broadcast Studio "OBS" for video recording. Also in the room, there will be two screens, one screen provides a live view, so you can adjust your seating and get the perfect shot, and another screen to display your logo/branding/media. Additionally, there is an “ON-AIR” sign which allows others to know that you are live, so you don't get interruptions while recording.

Overall, the podcast room generates an expert level of video and/or voice content that members can access and use for their businesses.
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By bringing together ambitious founders and teams, the NFRIH enables innovation through unique opportunities and valuable resources.

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Here's what they say...

Our founders' goals are our goals, we're here to help you scale your startup.

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"The NFRIH has improved my company's growth exponentially. Being a new entrepreneur with a small network was extremely difficult. The team at NFRIH have brought me to leading entrepreneurs in my field that gave me invaluable advice on growing my startup."

Joshua Bonnell (CEO & Founder)

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"The NFRIH has been an amazing program to be a part of. They have a huge vault of respected and experienced EIR's that are deeply involved in your progress and success."

Scott Ashley (CEO & Co-Founder)

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"It was the best decision I could have made to move InnScience to Niagara Falls and to participate at Spark. I got access to many resources including a coworking space, networking events like Fika Friday, mentorship about different aspects of my startup, and much more. With the introduction to companies where I could start the proof of concept and make the iterations needed. Based on this experience, I was able to prepare the specs of InnScience prototype V 1."

Stany Castillo (CEO)

Here's how we do it...

Here are some of the disciplines we focus on with our founders.

Attain Powerful Positioning & Market Validation

■ Marketing Deep Dive
■ UVP Refinement
■ Product Positioning
■ Value Proposition, Market Segmentation, Go-To Market Strategy, Distribution Channels

Build a Rockstar Sales Process

■ Sales Deep Dive
■ Cold Calling
■ Sales Process Overview
■ Outbound Sales Strategies, Communication Plan, Cold Call Scripting, Growth Hacking, Closing & Negotiations

Guidance on Implementation and Execution

■ UX/UI Deep Dive
■ Forecasting and Pipeline
■ Sales and Design Sprints
■ Implementing and Executing Refined Processes

Preparing Your Startup for Scale

■ Technical Deep Dive
■ Operation Efficiency
■ Setting up a Team Culture
■ Developing Operations to Scale Revenue Growth

Best Practices for Landing Investors

■ Investment Deep Dive
■ Investor Pitch Coaching
■ Corporate Strategy Deep Dive
■ Coaching Catalyst: Sales Pitching
■ Setting Sales Goals & Quotas

Not sure if NFRIH is right for your business?
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How the
program works:

This program is built with the sole intention of your startup's success. The Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub will give you resources and mentorship to succeed and scale your business.
Apply to the NFRIH program online. Respond to all questions as honestly and accurately as possible.. You may save and return to your application at any time. If your application fits our criteria we will notify you via email to move to the next step. The average response time is 3 weeks.
You pitch us in person. 10 minutes of formal pitching, 10 minutes of Q and A. Bring your pitch deck. You will be notified of your standing within 3 weeks.
Program orientation is on your cohort start day. We asses your milestones and develop your startup's action plan. We connect you to unique opportunities with leading Entrepreneurs in Residence, investors, and community builders.
NFRIH enables innovation through tailored mentorship and tools for success. Your job is to achieve your goals and scale your ideas. Ready to experience exponential growth?

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most common questions startups have about our program.

How much is the NFRIH program?

The NFRIH program is free.

How long is the program?

The NFRIH program is cohort-based. Each cohort contains 4 months of programming and up to 2 months of additional stay at the NFRIH free of charge.

Do I have to be in Niagara Falls?

In order to participate in NFRIH programming, you must operate and maintain business operations in Niagara Falls for 2 years following the program.

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