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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NanoPhyll Receives Award from Écotech Québec

          Congratulations to our alumnus NanoPhyll for receiving from Écotech Québec a “Eureka! Green and Prosperous Quebec Award”. Ecotech Québec evaluated pioneering companies who have adopted clean technologies and organizations that have found innovative solutions for their challenges, while improving their competitiveness and environmental performance. Nine companies were selected, including Nanophyll’s innovative nanocomposite coating technology. The permanent coating technology was used on Manac Inc., who…

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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 to…

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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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VoxNeuro named one of Canada’s Top 25 Up-and-Coming Tech Companies

VoxNeuro is a novel solution for clinicians to diagnose and help inform treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injuries. VoxNeuro emerged from research conducted at McMaster University; co-founders James Connolly and Kim Elliott joined the Forge in 2016 and have steered the company to its first customers and rapid growth in 2019. Click here to see the full Branham300 list of Canada’s Top 25 Up and Coming tech companies. http://bit.ly/2JnP7Gf…

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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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Longan Vision raises $1.2 MM

Congratulations to The Forge client Longan Vision on raising $1.2 MM from the Launch Hub investor group and government partners. Longan Vision is developing an AR/VR system that will help firefighters across the world navigate high-heat high-smoke conditions. In 2018, Longan Vision won the Forge’s Student Startup Competition and received McMaster University’s Department of Engineering prestigious Summer Tech Entrepreneurship Fellowship (15,000 CAD grant). Their team has gone on to…

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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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$1 Million in funding for cannabis detection technology

Zentrela

Zentrela Inc., founded by McMaster University graduate Israel Gasperin, was awarded a prestigious $1 Million Ontario Small Business Innovation Challenge award for Cannabis Impaired Driving Detection. The award consists of a $750K grant matched by $250K of private sector investment. Zentrela joined The Forge in 2016. Its flagship product The Cognalyzer™ is a portable device that detects real-time brain function alteration due to the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It…

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