About Us

The Forge is a business incubator serving innovative startups in the Hamilton Region and McMaster University. Launched in 2015, we work hands-on with entrepreneurs to develop their innovative business ideas, from ideation and validation to growth. The Forge is sector agnostic, offering cohort-based programming to entrepreneurs pursuing scalable, tech-based companies. Clients receive expert mentorship, non-dilutive seed funding, investor introductions, office space, workshops, access to a well-equipped makerspace and numerous services to ensure success. We do not take equity in the startups we support. Read more.

Our Mentors

Our Team

Dr. Gay Yuyitung
Interim Director

Gay Yuyitung is the Interim Director of The Forge and the Executive Director of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office. Gay oversees…

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Riley Moynes
Incubator Manager

Riley joins The Forge from the Innovation Factory, where he was a Client Services Manager. Riley is a filmmaker turned design/business…

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Mariya Leslie (Maternity Leave)
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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Elina Ojanen
Communication & Events Manager

Elina heads the Student Startup Competition and Communications at The Forge. Previously she worked at the DeGroote School of Business overseeing…

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Marissa Principato
Marketing & Events Associate

Marissa is the Marketing & Events Associate for The Forge. She oversees our social media profiles and ad campaigns as well…

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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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