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The Concept Development Lab (CDL)

The CDL is a joint initiative of the ICAMP, Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) and MAKEIT CORP. The Lab will allow people wishing to start up their business with the opportunity to participate (hands on) in the design, development and testing of their innovative ideas using specialized equipment under the guidance of qualified engineering/technicians personnel. The Lab is located at the Commerce Court Campus along with ICAMP and IION.

CDL can help the following:

Start-ups companies that have just registered or are about to register. They have a new innovative idea that they would like to investigate how to make their product.

Young companies that are under 5 years old. They are likely in the growth stage and require assistance to progress through to maturity.

The Lab will serve start-up or young scale-up companies wishing to participate directly in taking their idea through to commercialization by making use of the equipment and expertise available at the Lab.

Have you ever wanted to create a Product? If Yes CDL can help You.


Services & Resources

  • Setting up a business
  • Business Planning resources
  • Funding opportunities
  • Engineering support
  • Helping to produce a prototype
  • Equipment training
  • Providing the necessary steps throughout the commercialization process

Lab & Equipment

Access to Space and Equipment. The 4,000 square-foot Concept Development Lab will house equipment, space to design, and flex space.

How to Get Started

Please fill out the online form so we can learn more about you or your company.

The Partners


Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) is a Regional Innovation Centre that assists innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing companies to develop and scale through multiple stages and steps, helping to enable the creation of new business opportunities including the protection and commercialization of valuable Intellectual Property. IION works collaboratively with a variety of strategic and service partners locally, regionally and throughout the province to help overcome growth barriers and to promote successful outcomes as they develop and market new or refined products, processes or services.

IION is located at Canadore College, in North Bay, offers services in multiple industry sectors, and serves the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound and Muskoka.

MakeIT Corp

MakeIT Corp is a growing tech startup dedicated to building hard tech ecosystems and innovation centers worldwide. It develops a cutting-edge IoT technology and software, MakeIT Center, that helps to incubate hardware and deep tech startups within an innovation center.

MakeIT's platform streamlines prototyping lab management for Makerspaces, Fablabs, and Science Parks. Using MakeIT's proprietary software and hardware, stakeholders benefit from a unified access point for equipment booking, memberships, training, and billing. We simplify the operations of innovation spaces, empowering creators, scientists and tech entrepreneurs in their journey to develop groundbreaking tech products.

MakeIT Center's solution drives tangible spillover effects and economic value in different communities, creating a thriving environment for hard tech startups to succeed.

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound (TBC) is a not-for-profit Small Business Centre, dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs, start-ups, and expanding businesses in the districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound. TBC provides valuable information, programs, training, and resources to support an entrepreneur’s business journey. Whether just starting out or looking to grow, TBC’s business programs and services are tailored to help an entrepreneur PLAN, GROW and PROSPER. Benefit from their collaborative community and supportive staff, all provided with business success in mind.

There are a variety of services that TBC has to offer including:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Business Plan Development
  • Information on Funding Opportunities
  • Professional Advisor Referrals
  • Business Development Programs and Training
  • Business Related Events and Networking Opportunities