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Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Mayor of the City of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger, McMaster University President Patrick Deane, MPP for Burlington Eleanor McMahon, Innovation Factory’s David Carter and MIP President Zach Douglas take a tour of The Forge

Why Hamilton?

It’s simple – it’s the third largest city in Ontario and the ninth largest in Canada. It’s one of Canada’s ‘Cities of the Future’, ranked as one of the world’s Smart21 cities, and dubbed as ‘Canada’s Brooklyn’. Hamilton has ascended beyond its steel city reputation and transformed into a diversified economy that embraces entrepeneurial ambition and growth.

We’re not the only show in town. In fact, Hamilton has a thriving community of innovative organizations who are dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation and making the city the place to be for innovators and entrepreneurs. At The Forge, we spend a lot of time working alongside:

Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory is Hamilton’s not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre. Its mission is to ignite innovation by helping entrepreneurs bring ideas to market, coaching Small/Medium Enterprises to the next level, and building a dynamic community of innovation in Hamilton.

McMaster Industry Liaison Office 
The McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) supports researchers at McMaster University and its affiliated hospitals. MILO facilitates collaboration between research and industry, and helps disseminate research results through commercialization.

Ontario Centres of Excellence 
The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is the Government of Ontario’s body to drive innovation, discovery and entrepreneurship. OCE invests in research projects, early-stage startups, and companies looking to expand into the market.

The Small Business Enterprise Centre 
The Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) provides the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses. Operating as an arm of the Economic Development Division of the City of Hamilton, the Centre is a one-stop source for business information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business – for both startup and growing businesses.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, as the voice of ethical enterprise, is committed to making the City of Hamilton and all of its communities a great place to live, work, play, visit and invest. They do so by promoting private sector jobs and prosperity growth of individuals, organizations and businesses.

Hamilton HIVE
The mission of the Hamilton HIVE is to provide an all-in-one, up-to-date resource for young professionals from across the economic landscape that are looking to start or advance their career and life in Hamilton and to assist in building young professional networks in Hamilton.