About Us

The Forge is the business incubator for Hamilton Region and McMaster University. We work hands-on with early-stage entrepreneurs to help them build successful startups. So far 143 companies have been through the Forge; together they have raised over $31 M and are selling products in 50 countries. Our programs are open to anyone pursuing scalable, technology-based companies.

Our Mentors

Our Team

Dr. Gay Yuyitung
Interim Director of The Forge Read More
Mariya Leslie
Incubator Manager

Mariya Leslie is the Manager of The Forge Incubator at McMaster University, where she focuses on helping Canadian technology startups launch…

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Heather Brunt
Program Coordinator

Heather is The Forge’s office and finance manager, and ensures that operations run smoothly.  Prior to joining The Forge, Heather was…

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Elina Ojanen
Marketing and Events Associate

Elina is the manager of marketing, communications and events at The Forge. Previously she worked at the DeGroote School of Business…

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Marissa Principato
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Marissa oversees social media and the Summer Startup Academy program at The Forge.

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Isaac Pratt
Makerspace Technical Lead

Isaac manages The Forge’s makerspace, trains new users and maintains the 3D printer facilities.

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