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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Ignite Niagara winner TechBoomers marks milestone and celebrates Niagara roots

Ad_Techboomers_300x250After launching in January 2015, local tech start-up is proud to announce that it is expanding after winning Ignite Niagara, a business pitch competition put on by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Innovate Niagara and sponsored by Meridian Credit Union. As a tech website that aims to help older adults learn about how to use technology, this milestone marks an important moment in the company’s journey thus far. Ignite Niagara is an annual event that allows local up-and-coming entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas in front of a panel of judges, competing for a business services prize package that assists them in getting their business off the ground.

This recent success has paved the way for TechBoomers’ first major expansion, with plans to hire three new full time staff members. TechBoomers proudly calls Niagara its home, and has fully embraced the support of the local community on its path to success. This path began with the company first landing a $30,000 grant through Innovate Niagara, followed by winning the second annual Ignite Niagara competition, and now receiving a wage subsidy grant from Niagara College, which will allow them to hire three additional staff members.

“Coming back home to Niagara and creating TechBoomers has made our recent string of successes even more rewarding to me,” said Steve Black, Founder & CEO of TechBoomers. “I wanted to show others that tech start-ups can flourish here just as easily as they would in Toronto or Waterloo, and that Brock University and Niagara College have provided us with a great local pool of talented grads which we’re now able to hire from.”

In less than two years, TechBoomers has been featured in articles by The Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Lifehacker, and the International Business Times. Website traffic has grown 30% month-over-month in the past year, and received over 300,000 visitors in July 2016 alone. New tutorials are added regularly to, covering a wide range of websites and apps, including: social media platforms, entertainment, shopping, learning, and everyday sites.

“Watching the competitors and winners from Ignite Niagara grow and achieve success is a rewarding experience,” said GNCC President & CEO, Mishka Balsom. “TechBoomers is a prime example of how a business can launch and make a name for itself in Niagara, and we hope that their story inspires others to take part in Ignite Niagara, and continue to build their creative ideas locally.” Ignite Niagara will return for its third annual event in May 2017.

Further information – Visit to learn more about the company and browse its selection of tutorials.


For further information, contact:

Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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