What is The Forge?


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.

Our mission is to: 

  • Nurture the development of a culture of entrepreneurship on the McMaster campus and the greater Hamilton community via extracurricular activities including competitions and events
  • Accelerate the success of early-stage startup companies based in Hamilton and the surrounding regions;
  • Provide early-stage startups with the resources they need for stand-alone success, on a timescale that should not significantly exceed 18-24 months;
  • Partner with local, regional and international organizations to provide our clients with valuable contacts and connections;
  • Support the integration of entrepreneurship activities into McMaster curriculum courses
  • Attract diverse and numerous clients from all over the technology, manufacturing, and social entrepreneurship sectors, from Hamilton and beyond;
  • Raise the profile of The Forge and its clients, particularly in investor circles;
  • Foster a startup culture of open discussion, supportiveness, and passion for work;
  • Provide our alumni with a close-knit, open, and supportive network of committed colleagues and friends.