Nia Technologies Inc. is a Canadian non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to discover, develop, and deploy innovative technologies that will improve lives in low-income countries. We are based in Toronto, Canada, with partners across the globe.
We imagine a world where innovation, developed in collaboration with partners and local communities, enables individuals to overcome barriers, challenge negative attitudes, and realize their potential.
Nia grew from an idea hatched in 2013 by cbm Canada and CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital in Uganda — to use 3D printing to speed up mobility device production with existing orthopaedic personnel. The idea was realized with research by the University of Toronto and Autodesk Research and made possible with funding from cbm Canada, Grand Challenges Canada, Stronger Philanthropy, and others. Nia Technologies Inc. was then created to develop and deploy innovation for a higher purpose — to help improve lives in low-income countries.
Technological innovation can create positive change
Innovation must be appropriate to the local environment
Research and development
Rigorous research and testing are at the core of our work
Innovation must be locally sustainable
Practitioners are at the centre of our innovations
The best ideas are developed with others
We tap into local knowledge & expertise