Prova Innovations and ImaginAble Solutions win the Arthritis Society’s Arthritis Ideator Awards

PROVA Innovations and ImaginAble Solutions founders

PROVA Innovations and ImaginAble Solutions, The Forge clients, have been selected as winners of the Arthritis Society’s inaugural Arthritis Ideator Awards, each taking home $50,000 to support developing their innovative ventures. The Arthritis Ideator Program is an integral part of the Arthritis Society’s bold Innovation Strategy. Matthew Rosato, president and founder of PROVA Innovations pitched their WithinStride® ‘Smart’ in-soles that aid in gait rehabilitation for people with early- and…

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Tenomix wins grand prize at Synapse Life Science Competition


Tenomix, The Forge client, won the grand prize at Innovation Factory’s ninth annual Synapse Life Science Competition, taking home $50,000 in cash, a legal in-kind package, a one-year membership with Life Sciences Ontario and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and a consultancy in-kind package from Shift Health. The Synapse Competition is Ontario’s premier life science pitch competition and is dedicated to fostering the commercialization of innovation in the life…

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Three Forge clients are finalists in Synapse Life Science Competition

Three Forge clients are finalists in Synapse

The Forge clients Tenomix, Celerite Labs and Dahlia have been selected as finalists in the ninth annual Synapse Life Science Competition Pitch Showcase. The showcase is designed to help innovative life science companies launch into the market by pairing up innovators with business and entrepreneurship students. Fourteen nascent startups have been selected as finalists and will participate in the showcase taking place on March 23, 2022. Tenomix, co-founded by…

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Lianna Genovese wins Young Trailblazer Award

Lianna wins Young Trailblazer Award

Lianna Genovese won the Young Trailblazer Award as part of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards for the Hamilton and Halton regions. Genovese is McMaster University student in her final year in the biomedical and mechanical engineering program and the founder of ImaginAble Solutions. The Forge client developed Guided HandsTM, an assistive device that enables people with limited fine motor skills to paint, draw, write, and use a tablet…

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ImaginAble Solutions Wins Top Prize at ATS Labs Demo Day

ImaginAble Solutions

ImaginAble Solutions Inc., The Forge client, has been recognized for their valuable contribution to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities using their Guided HandsTM assistive device that enables people with limited fine motor skills to paint, draw, write, and use a tablet or computer. Lianna Genovese, founder and CEO of ImaginAble Solutions Inc., has won the first-place prize taking home $5,000 at the 2021 Demo Day pitch competition…

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BDATA wins second place in Desjardins’ Fintech & Cybersecurity finals

BDATA second place and founders

BDATA, a Hamilton-based startup that uses blockchain technology to secure device to device, and device to cloud data transactions, was named the second-place winner for the Desjardins’ Fintech & Cybersecurity finals held on October 21, 2021. BDATA was one of five finalists that competed in the finals, out of 16 companies that were selected for the first phase of the competition.  The Forge client will receive a $15,000 non-dilutive…

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ImaginAble Solutions on top 20 shortlist for The James Dyson Award

Imaginable Solutions CEO and product

Lianna Genovese, founder and CEO of ImaginAble Solutions Inc., has made it to the top 20 shortlist for The James Dyson Award, after winning the National James Dyson Award on August 25 for her invention, Guided HandsTM. Genovese is a biomedical and mechanical engineering student in her final year at McMaster University and The Forge client who won the runner-up grand prize in The Forge Student Startup Competition in…

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The Forge clients take top prizes at AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge

Congratulations AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge finalists Hyivy Health, Imaginable Solutions and Prova Innovations

The Forge clients Hyivy Health, Imaginable Solutions and Prova Innovations were finalists in the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge held virtually on October 7, 2021. The challenge supports and recognizes top startups in Canada’s technology and aging sector. Six finalists were asked to pitch and answer questions from an expert judging panel on how their technology-based solution can positively impact older Canadians and / or caregivers. Rachel Bartholomew, founder and…

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The Forge Startup Survivor Pitch Competition awards $31,000

The Startup Survivor Tribal Council has spoken. The Forge Startup Survivor Pitch Competition has named four McMaster-based startups that will be taking home $31,000 in cash prizes to continue growing their early-stage ventures. The Forge’s summer program supports early-stage novel and scalable startups founded by McMaster University students and recent graduates. During the summer, ten student startups were accepted into the program. The founders completed a series of six…

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Obie wins 17 awards from G2 & introduces features

Obie- The Forge alumni - People clapping

On July 12, 2021, Obie received 17 more awards from G2 for Summer 2021 and was recognized as a “Leader” in productivity bots software by G2 for Summer 2021.  The Forge Alumnus leverages AI to capture knowledge from silos and deliver answers where questions are asked. G2 is one of the world’s leading tech marketplaces and software review aggregators, that scores products and vendors based on reviews gathered from…

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