About Us

The Forge is an entrepreneurial hub backed by McMaster University, catering to startups in the Hamilton, Greater Toronto, and Niagara Regions. Established in 2015, we actively engage with entrepreneurs, providing them comprehensive support in transforming their business concepts into thriving ventures. Regardless of industry, The Forge offers cohort-based programs to facilitate idea development, validation, and ultimately, sustainable growth.

Welcome to The Forge, McMaster University’s premier startup incubator and entrepreneurship hub. At The Forge, we believe in empowering innovators, entrepreneurs, and dreamers to transform their ideas into successful ventures.

Our Vision

At The Forge, our vision is to foster a vibrant and dynamic startup ecosystem that ignites creativity, promotes collaboration, and drives economic growth. We strive to be a catalyst for innovation, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs as they develop groundbreaking solutions that address real-world challenges.

Who We Are

As a leading startup incubator, we provide a supportive and inclusive environment where entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into viable businesses. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals, industry experts, and mentors who are passionate about guiding and supporting emerging startups.

What We Offer

The Forge offers a comprehensive range of programs, resources, and mentorship opportunities designed to nurture entrepreneurial talent and accelerate startup growth. Our services include:

  1. Incubation Programs: We provide customized incubation programs tailored to meet the unique needs of each startup. Our programs offer access to dedicated office space, state-of-the-art facilities, and a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.
  2. Mentorship: Our network of seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts provide invaluable guidance, sharing their knowledge and expertise to help startups overcome challenges and seize opportunities.
  3. Workshops and Events: We organize workshops, seminars, and networking events to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, knowledge, and connections to succeed in the startup ecosystem.
  4. Funding Support: We assist startups in securing funding through grants, partnerships, and connections to investors, helping them turn their innovative ideas into scalable businesses.
  5. Industry Connections: We foster strong relationships with industry partners, corporations, and government organizations, facilitating valuable collaborations and providing startups with access to potential clients, customers, and markets.

Why Choose The Forge

Choosing The Forge means joining a vibrant community of innovators, thinkers, and disruptors. Here are a few reasons why entrepreneurs choose to work with us:

  1. Supportive Community: Our community thrives on collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and mutual support. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, build a strong network, and learn from each other’s experiences.
  2. Tailored Programs: We understand that each startup has unique needs. That’s why we offer personalized programs and resources to address the specific challenges faced by entrepreneurs in different industries.
  3. Access to Resources: From cutting-edge facilities to industry connections and funding opportunities, we provide startups with the necessary resources to scale their businesses and reach new heights.
  4. Expert Guidance: Our experienced mentors and advisors are passionate about helping startups succeed. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to guide you through every stage of your entrepreneurial journey.
  5. Proven Track Record: Over the years, The Forge has helped numerous startups turn their ideas into thriving businesses. Our success stories stand as a testament to our commitment to nurturing and supporting entrepreneurial talent.

Join The Forge

Whether you’re a student, researcher, or community member with a brilliant idea, The Forge welcomes you to join our vibrant community. Together, we can shape the future, innovate, and create lasting impact. Take the first step towards your entrepreneurial journey and join The Forge today.

Innovation starts here.