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

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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Longan Vision launches testing program

Longan Vision - visor

On August 3, 2021, Longan Vision, a Forge client, launched a Pilot Test program for their latest Fusion Vision System (FVS) an augmented-reality (AR) visor with thermal imaging. The visor can be attached to a variety of styles of firefighter helmets for enhanced vision in low to no-light or smoke-filled environments. The visor also features an easy-to-read heads-up display (HUD) giving users the ability to see through smoke, examine the…

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VoxNeuro secures Class II Medical Device designation

VoxNeuro

On July 28, 2021, VoxNeuro, The Forge alumnus, received Health Canada Class II Medical Device designation for its proprietary Cognitive Health Assessment Management Platform™ (CHAMP). VoxNeuro will begin rolling out the software as a medical device across its Canadian Test Centers. This news comes soon after VoxNeuro’s FDA registration for the distribution of CHAMP as a Class II Exempt Medical Device in the US market this past May. VoxNeuro’s…

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Hyivy Health accepted to HEALTHI & launching study

HyIvy- HEALTHI- The Forge client

On July 28, 2021, Hyivy Health, The Forge client, is the first company to be accepted into the Hamilton Ecosystem to Accelerate and Leverage Trials of Health Innovation (HEALTHI) program headed by Innovation Factory and the Synapse Life Science Consortium. Hyivy Health creates an intelligent and holistic pelvic rehabilitation device for one in three women worldwide who will experience a pelvic health complication in their lifetime. Rachel Bartholomew, the…

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Lessonly+Obie: A *Dam* Good Partnership & Acquisition

Lessonly + Obie

On July 28, 2021, Obie, The Forge alumnus, announced the exciting news that they have been acquired by Lessonly, an Indiana-based company that offers training, enablement, and coaching software built for frontline teams. Obie, founded in Hamilton, Ontario, is a knowledge software company offering an AI platform that captures knowledge from silos and delivers answers to where questions are asked. Financial details of the deal were not publicly disclosed….

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Startups impress at Investor Spotlight pitch event

The Forge Investor Spotlight

On July 15, 2021, The Forge hosted another successful Investor Spotlight event where 14 clients and alumni of the business incubator pitched their innovative startups to 23 angels and venture capitalists. The virtual event matched each investor with startups that were aligned to their investment philosophy. The Forge partnered up with PitchPages.io providing each founder with a user-friendly platform to create an interactive “one pager” for the event. PitchPages.io…

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