The Forge is Hamilton’s startup incubator and McMaster University’s on-campus entrepreneurship initiative (The Forge@Mac). The Forge supports new tech companies and students interested in entrepreneurship by providing co-working space across two locations (at McMaster Innovation Park and in downtown Hamilton), training, resources and a network of alumni and mentors.
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The Forge@Mac inspires and trains students, helping them transform into the next generation of entrepreneurs. Our series of panels, workshops, and seminars educates students about how to build a sustainable business. Each year The Forge gives away over $105,000 in seed funding and in-kind services at the Student Startup Pitch Competition.
The Forge Incubator offers the most promising startups access to free office space in a co-working environment shared by youth entrepreneurs. The Forge also provides startups with access to business mentorship, a maker space and device library, training workshops, and a supportive network of current clients and alumni.
The Forge is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence. It is a partnership between McMaster University, Innovation Factory and Mohawk College. The Forge is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.