About The Forge

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. So far 216 companies have been through The Forge Business Incubator program; together they have raised over $34M and are selling products in 50 countries.
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.
In addition to the McMaster community, our programs are available to innovative entrepreneurs from the Greater Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara regions.

Our Vision:

The Forge Incubator will enable McMaster University to become an internationally renowned hub for tech innovation and accelerate growth of successful companies contributing to the economic growth and prosperity of Hamilton Region.

Our Mission:

Help scalable, technology-driven businesses reach recurring revenue or seed-round investment within 8-18 months.

Key Goals:

– Attract diverse and numerous entrepreneurs from all industry sectors, from Hamilton and beyond;
– Accelerate the success of early-stage startup companies by providing the resources needed for stand-alone success, on a timescale that should not significantly exceed 18 months;
– Partner with local, regional and international organizations to provide our startups with valuable contacts and connections;
– Raise the profile of McMaster, The Forge and its startups, particularly in investor circles;
– Foster a startup culture within the McMaster community, and build a close-knit, open, and supportive network of committed colleagues and friends.