The Forge offers programs for early stage entrepreneurs - from ideation to seed.
Hamilton’s Startup Incubator
We do not take equity in your company. We facilitate investor events, connect you with the right advisors, provide strategic advice and help perfect your pitch.
Our network of mentors includes industry experts, serial entrepreneurs, and investors who will accelerate your company’s path to success.
Work from a beautiful new facility at McMaster Innovation Park, a premier research and innovation centre in Hamilton linked to Canada’s #1 most research-intensive university.
Join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. We host regular founder meetups and community events to get your brand out there. We celebrate wins and learn from failure together.
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We work hands-on with early-stage entrepreneurs to help them build successful startups. Our programs are open to anyone pursuing scalable, technology-based companies. We are proud to work with our partners:
“The Forge has been a real accelerator to our progress. The support is great, it’s a true family atmosphere.”
Founder of ezSec Inc.
“I found the Forge experience to be crucial for my early-stage growth as a tech entrepreneur. The mentors — many of whom have roots here in Hamilton and the GTA — have established track records of success in Canadian and American markets, and were very hands-on and always present when I needed advice during key stages in aiFive’s growth.”
Founder of aiFive Technologies
“Thank you for such a great experience at Startup School! I really learned a lot and hope to be able to put all this information to good use.”
Founder of aiChemy
“The journey along The Forge Startup School is really immersive, constructive and applicable. I can clearly say that the experience is really effective”.
Co-founder of RSquare
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The Forge has worked with over 130 startups; together they have raised over $26 M and are selling products in 50 countries. We welcome any entrepreneur pursuing a scalable tech venture, with a focus on Hamilton region and McMaster University.