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A 12-week strategic planning program designed to help new entrepreneurs improve their technical and soft skills while working alongside entrepreneurs-in-residence, industry experts, mentors, and like-minded founders in the cohort. This program will help founders unlock their full potential, and propel their ideas to revolutionize industries and become innovative leaders.

6-Tailored Modules

6-Mastermind Sessions

Expert Coaches

Cohort Learning

Pitch Competition

Program graduates receive a free 1-Year membership to The Hub

Piloting Opportunities

Resources and Business Tools

Co-Working Space

Data Room Development

Funding Initiatives


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Power Hour & Cohort Orientation

Welcoming entrepreneurs joining the Meridian cohort. A day of introductions, elevator pitches, and program orientation.

Module 1: Business Modelling & Planning

Learn how to model your business and translate that into a meaningful and executable business plan.

Module 2: Market Research & Financial Metrics

Determining your industry market size and financial viability is key for any business. Learn ways to properly identify your market size and understand how to analyze financial metrics and opportunities.

Module 3: Social Media Marketing

Explore different social media marketing channels that suit your needs and learn how to effectively promote your business to the right audiences

Module 4: Sales Cycle & SEO Basics

Learn the fundamentals of how to sell your product/service and drive leads and increase traffic to your website using search engine optimization.

Module 5 & 6: Investment Readiness, Pitching & Data Room Development

Improve your written and verbal communication skills and see what the experts advise you to do, and not do, in your investor presentations. Learn to Pitch!

Understand the value of a Data Room, and how to better organize documents into an asset that helps investors save time.

Program Graduation and Pitch Competition: Niagara’s Top Innovation

Founders that have completed the program are eligible to pitch their ideas for a chance to be named Niagara’s Top Innovation, Wine and Cheese will take place during this event, Meridian to have presenting booth/table. High-level networking with Niagara’s innovation ecosystem.

Round-table talks after each module.


We’ve designed the business coaching experience to be completed as a mastermind session (group coaching) or independently with coaches from our in-house roster, including Head Coach, David D’Angelo. Our experts are here to help your business succeed, and keep you on track to achieve program goals.


Module 1: Goal Setting

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Module 2: Mastermind Session

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Module 3: Mastermind Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Module 4: Mastermind Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Module 5: Mastermind Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Module 6: Mastermind Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



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The Niagara Falls Innovation Hub invites you to join the Investor Readiness Program. For applicants to be accepted into the program, they must be/have:

  • A Canadian Registered Start-Up Business.
  • A minimum of one full-time founder, with a driven, coachable and collaborative mindset.
  • Dedicated to the program, and have a minimal viable product or sound idea/concept. 
  • Willing to participate in-person for all learning modules
  • Able to attending the Mastermind Coaching sessions
  • Willing to participate in Niagara Falls Innovation Hub data collection activities for future programming
  • Adhere to the Niagara Falls Innovation Hub’s Code of Conduct and Policies

If you have any questions or concerns about the application or questions about the Niagara Falls Innovation Hub in general, you can reach us by using our contact form.

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