ToeFX Receives Innovation Support from Government of Canada

ToeFX founders

On June 1, 2021, ToeFX Inc.,  a Hamilton-based healthtech startup and The Forge alumnus, announced that it has been approved to receive funding to increase its innovation capacity and support taking its ideas to market from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). The program provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses grow, increase their innovation capacity, and take…

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Heirlume raises $1.7M in seed funding

Heirlume Raises $1.7M in seed funding

On April 27, Heirlume, the first AI-powered self-serve online trademark search and registration platform, announced the close of its 70% oversubscribed $1.7M seed round with participation from Backbone Angels, Future Capital, Angels of Many, MaRS IAF, and angel investors, including KOHO Financial founder Daniel Eberhard; Daniel Debow; Sid Lee Executive Chairman Bertrand Cesvet; Create and Cultivate founder, Jaclyn Johnson. Heirlume, The Forge alumnus, will use the investment to fund…

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Hyivy Health selected runner up in Pitch for the Purse Finale

HyIvy Health selected runner up in Pitch for the Purse Finale

On February 25, 2021, Rachel Bartholomew, CEO and founder of Hyivy Health, pitched her intelligent and holistic pelvic therapy device for women with a pelvic health diagnosis during the Odlum Brown Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) Gala: Pitch for the Purse Finale.  Hyivy Health received the second-highest number of audience votes and was selected as one of two runner-ups, receiving a $5,000 reward. The Pitch for the Purse Finale…

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Zentrela receives $850K to build scientific database of cannabis product effects

Zentrela receives funding

On February 11, 2021, The Forge alumnus, Zentrela Inc. announced that it has completed an $850K seed funding round led by Jornic Ventures, a Calgary-based firm investing in innovative technology. Zentrela is advancing the advancing the understanding of the effects recreational cannabis use has on the brain. The investment will be used to further commercialize Zentrela’s proprietary EEG test for cannabis impairment and create the world’s largest scientific database…

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EMN receives $2.2 million co-investment from Protein Industries Canada

Patient drinking- EMN receives $2.2 million co-investment from Protein Industries Canada

On February 9, Protein Industries Canada (PIC) announced a $2.2 million co-investment into a project led by Enhanced Medical Nutrition (EMN) and Infinit Nutrition Canada (INC) to develop novel plant-based protein blends to meet the protein needs of hospitalized and outpatient individuals, and athletic consumers. EMN, The Forge alumnus, is a Canadian life-sciences company that builds clinical nutrition products to help patients prepare better and recover faster from surgery…

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MobiStream awarded $50K from ENCQOR 5G demonstration program

MobiStream awarded $50K from ENCQOR 5G demonstration program

On February 1, 2021, MobiStream announced that they were awarded $50K from the ENCQOR  5G Demonstration Program developing Unio, their new ultra-secure communications platform in partnership with BlackBerry.  The program is delivered by The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), soon to be named Ontario Centre of Innovation, in partnership with Innovation ENCQOR on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Innovation, Science and…

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AP Renewables receives $50K from ENCQOR 5G demonstration program

AP Renewables

On January 25, AP Renewables announced that they received $50K from the ENCQOR  5G Demonstration Program. The program is delivered by OCE in partnership with Innovation ENCQOR on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The Forge client, AP Renewables, develops hardware and software solutions that enable renewable energy asset owners and operators to optimize asset performance…

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BDATA and ezSec Won Rogers 5G Pitch Competition

The Forge clients BDATA and ezSec won Rogers 5G pitch competition

On October 27, Communitech hosted the Rogers 5G virtual pitch competition, where six companies presented their innovative proposals to address security challenges in the 5G space to a team of executives from Rogers Inc. On January 12, Communitech announced that four startups, including two of The Forge Business Incubator program alumnus, BDATA and ezSec, were selected to continue building relationships through collaborative ENCQOR projects and partnerships with the Rogers…

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TRAD announces $250K Grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation


On January 11, TRAD announced that they have received a three-year $250,000 Youth Opportunities Fund grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation. The grant will provide great support for students in Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton to explore African cultures, ideas, philosophies, and traditions. TRAD is a youth-led education organization seeking to revitalize, restore and renew Black, Caribbean, and African ideas to young adults in Ontario. TRAD creates African-centered educational experiences,…

Read More receives funding from Haltech and FedDev

My Well Self received $15,000 in funding toward growing their digital networking platform ( from Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, as part of a Digital Main Street project. The Forge alumnus aims to bring together trusted holistic health care providers with consumers who are interested in making informed decisions regarding their wellness journey. The Digital Main Street Community Collaboration Program is focused on bringing together community members to collaboratively identify…

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