Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with The Forge

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is taking place November 8-14. Many departments, faculties, and clubs across the McMaster campus have come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in our community. Keep your eyes open for various opportunities to start or support your innovation journey. Throughout the week you can expect plenty of workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, social events, virtual challenges and much more! By getting involved with a GEW event,…

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AgeRate named Top Pick by Best Startup Canada and Top Graduate by Next AI


AgeRate, has been selected as the Top 101 pick by Best Startup Canada for two categories, Health Diagnostic Companies and Personal Health Companies in Canada and has graduated in the top of its cohort within the NextAI program. The Forge client is an Ontario-based startup offering an at-home blood test and a mobile app that helps track aging in real-time, enabling users to make smarter lifestyle choices. The startups…

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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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Welcome Business Incubator program September 2021 Cohort

Welcome September 2021 Business Incubator Cohort

On September 13, 2021, The Forge welcomed four novel and scalable startups to the Business Incubator program: EmergConnect Inc., InCharge Inc., Toques From The Heart and Ice3. The program is a limited-enrollment program for early-stage startups, whose founders are past the business idea stage and have launched their startup to the market or have a prototype. The Forge expert mentors and staff will work with the startups to assist…

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Announcing the Startup Survivor Pitch Competition Finalists!

Four months ago, Startup Survivor began with 10 challengers proving they have what it takes to turn their ideas into a successful startup. Fueled by their grit and resilience during the summer, these entrepreneurs have secured the top scores after months of hard-fought battle defining their business problem, working hands-on with future customers, prototyping, and much, much more. Only FIVE startups remain. Watch the action unfold as the top…

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VoxNeuro’s tech rolled out to two clinics


VoxNeuro The Forge alumnus was featured in The Hamilton Spectator article. Read the ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Saira Peesker, The Hamilton Spectator, August 16, 2021. After being approved as a medical device by Health Canada in July, the brain-health software made by Hamilton’s VoxNeuro (voxneuro.com) is being rolled out to two local clinics. Read more on TheSpec.  

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AgeRate and Longan Vision top picks by Best Startup Canada

AgeRate and Longan Vision

AgeRate and Longan Vision, The Forge clients, have been named as two of the top 101 “Canada based Product Design companies” by Best Startup Canada. AgeRate is an at-home blood test and mobile app that helps track aging in real-time, enabling users to make smarter lifestyle choices. Longan Vision focuses on providing support and solutions to the First Responder industry. Their flagship product is the Fusion Vision System ,…

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LightBoard Depot Inc. unveils the FLEX

LightBoard FLEX - mini lightboard

On August 3, 2021, LightBoard Depot Inc., a forward-thinking startup that devised a transparent screen similar to a see-through whiteboard, unveiled the new “Mini” lightboard, The LightBoard FLEX. The FLEX provides added convenience and flexibility to its users, measuring 24”x36”, it can easily fit on top of a desk or be transported on a business trip. LightBoard Depot’s products are being used in numerous industries and have been revolutionizing remote…

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