What is PIE and How Can It Help You

PIEPartners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities Program (OCEA) for Lakehead University and Confederation College. PIE is a collaboration between the University and College and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre aimed at promoting youth employment through entrepreneurship.

PIE provides students with:

  • Business development support
  • Entrepreneurship awareness activities
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities

It can be as simple as coming and talking about an idea or getting some insight into building a business plan. Experience is not required – we want to help you bring your ideas to life.


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Upcoming Events:

Confederation College Lunch Drop In:

WHEN: November 21st, 12 – 1:30

WHERE:  Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

WHAT: Drop in for some pizza and learn about the Innovation Centre and we can offer your business or idea.


Ideation Workshop:

WHEN: November 28th, 11:30am to 1pm

WHERE: INGUENITY in the CASES Building at Lakehead University

WHAT: This interactive workshop will help you learn the skills and techniques to identify exciting business opportunities. We will also provide information on support available to take your innovative idea to the next level. Lunch will be provided, bring a friend!

*Please note you must register online at: noicideation.eventbrite.ca


Pitch It!:

WHEN: December 4th, 5 -7 pm

WHERE: Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (College Campus)

WHAT: Have an idea for an innovative business you want to start or grow? We want to give you the chance to win CASH to help grow your amazing idea. Complete details can be found at: www.nwoinnovation.ca/pitch-it-2018


3rd Tuesday:

WHEN: Every Third Tuesday of the month, 5 -7pm

WHERE: The Foundry

WHAT: Third Tuesdays are a place for Thunder Bay technologists to come out and network with their peers. We chat about technology, startups, and happenings in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. This is a casual event, open to all tech enthusiasts! Come on out meet other tech enthusiasts, have some apps (on us!) and a drink (on you!).


freeCode Camp:

WHEN: Sessions are every second Wednesday of the month from 7 – 9pm

WHERE: Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

WHAT: freeCodeCamp Thunder Bay is an informal coding session where you can learn to code for free using the online freeCodeCamp interactive curriculum. Attendees are required to bring their own laptop. The format of the session is an informal study group to work on the freeCodeCamp curriculum or any of your own projects


Contact Us


Bridget Postuma

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

2400 Nipigon Road, Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 4W1

Phone numbers:

(807) 768-6689


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