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 133 companies have been through the Forge; together they have raised over $30 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

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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
Markeing and Events Associate

Elina oversees communications, events and the Student Startup competition; she worked previously at the DeGroote School of Business.

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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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