The Forge and Innovation Factory Grand Opening of Innovation Hub

On November 6th, The Forge and Innovation Factory celebrated their official Grand Opening for their new co-located office space, creating Hamilton’s one stop shop for innovation. The Forge, the business incubator funded by McMaster University, and Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s regional innovation centre, work with tech start-ups in the Hamilton region to build successful businesses. The space was made possible through the Government of Canada’s FedDev Ontario program, which provided…

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The Forge Clients Win Big at Innovation Factory Pitch Night Competition

iF Pitch Night Winners

Congratulations to Jacoby Joukema, Founder of InFlow Machine Learning, who won first place and $750 at Innovation Factory’s Pitch Night, as well as our client Lianna Genovese, Founder of ImagineABLE Solutions Inc., who won the People’s Choice Award and $150.  The competition was held on October 23rd and showcased eight startups, each pitching for five minutes for a chance to win cash prizes to be used to grow their…

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Startup School Begins

We are excited to announce the commencement of our Startup School program with a new cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs.  This program fast tracks participants’ business ideas and offers workshops on key points of starting a business, so they are ready to launch their business after graduating from the program.  The participants will have access to mentors who will assist them in growing their businesses and access to the workspace…

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VoxNeuro, MedStack and NanoPhyll Inc. Compete in ElevateR Pitch Competition

The Forge Alumni VoxNeuro, MedStack, and NanoPhyll competed in the annual ElevateR Pitch Competition at the Elevate Tech Fest in Toronto on September 24-25.  They were among Canada’s top 32 start-ups who competed for $10,000 in aws credits and entrance into Blake Cassels and Grayden’s Nitro Program, presenting in front of world-class investors and celebrity judges.  Nanophyll and VoxNeuro went head to head in the first round, impressing the…

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Welcome Business Incubator Cohort 2019

In September we welcomed 14 companies to the Business Incubator 2019 Cohort. We are pleased to report that three of our Summer Startup Academy companies, SensoMinds, Lexi Valley Inc. and Inflow, have made significant progress in growing their businesses and were selected to progress into our Incubator program.  Additionally, eleven new companies joined our incubator, all offering innovative solutions that tackle modern day challenges.

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EcoP Wins Sustainable Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition

We are proud of our alumnus, EcoP, who won first place and $4,000 in funding from the “Pitch with Purpose” competition, a pitch competition for early stage start-ups to pitch their innovative solution, idea or technology to potential investors and industry professionals, at the International Conference for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (ICSE) in Montreal.  The ICSE is an annual conference that recognizes sustainable entrepreneurship. EcoP is a social venture that aims…

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Senso Minds in Top 10 Finalists for the LiON’s Lair

Senso Minds, from our 2019 Summer Startup Academy cohort, has been selected as one of the ten finalists in the LiON’s LAIR competition hosted by the Innovation Factory. The finalists will be pitching live on September 26 for a chance to win up to $75,000 in cash prizes. Senso Minds is developing a line of sensory products that help children keep calm and focused, allowing them to integrate into…

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Summer Academy 2019 Cohort Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to Summer Startup Academy Graduates and a big thank you to all of the valued Mentors that have assisted them in growing their businesses. We are so proud of what our students have accomplished and what they continue to accomplish! The Graduation Celebration on August 14 was a great way to end summer, starting out with pitches and enjoying lunch and networking with our Mentors.     Top…

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MPP Ross Romano and MPP Donna Skelly visit The Forge

On August 8, we welcomed Ross Romano, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, who toured The Forge and The Innovation Factory at McMaster Innovation Park. Accompanied by acting McMaster President David Farrar, Romano and Skelly spoke to The Forge Clients, Alumni and Summer Startup Academy students about the innovative products that they are developing.      

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Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc. visits the Forge as part of our Investor Spotlight event.

TTCI visit The Forge

Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc. (TTCI) held one-on-one investor meetings with eight clients at The Forge as part of our Investor Spotlight event. As a global leader in the automotive and mining industries, the Toyota Tsusho group of companies provides energy and business solutions including new technologies across the world. TTCI were impressed with all of the clients who they met with and have continued to engage with the top…

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