Introducing the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab

Do you have a new tourism idea or experience you’re trying to introduce? The Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab is looking to help take your idea to the next level. This new tourism incubator’s goal is to find, foster, and support new tourism ideas that will enhance the region’s current offerings and increase visits. The new “Spark” program will match selected participants with an industry mentor and provide a $3,000 grant to help take their idea to the next level of development or implementation. Participants also gain access to a network of tourism innovators and entrepreneurs and receive a guide outlining other supporting resources provided by their partners.


The Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab is a big step forward in development for the region and is valuable for bringing more tourism revenue into the region. This initiative is being led by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and will begin in Windsor Essex Ontario before being expanded to other regions in the province next year. Applications from individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations based in the city of Windsor and/or the County of Essex will be accepted from June 12 to August 1, 2018. The chosen applicants will be invited to a pitch session in October where the program participants will be selected.


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