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When Emil Sylvester Ramos immigrated to Canada two years ago, he thought potholes and poorly maintained roads would be a thing of the past.  “I had this image in my mind that the roads in Canada would be so clean and smooth,” said Ramos. “Can you imagine my surprise when I arrived?”  Ramos’ former job […]

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In 2018, when MesoMat took home top prize at the 8th annual LiONS LAIR competition, their flexible fibres were targeting the wearable tech industry.  Today their focus is on a much larger target. “Wearables were a great stepping stone to get things going for us,” explained Paul Fowler, co-founder of MesoMat. “But the magnitude of […]

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A picture is worth a thousand words but what is it worth when you lose out on the experience?   This is the problem that Fotaflo is looking to solve.   Fotaflo, a software-to-service marketing platform, helps experience-based businesses provide their customers with photos and videos with their customizable software solutions.  Companies can provide customers with either […]

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When Weever Apps first hit the LiONS LAIR stage their company looked very different from what it is today.  “We applied for LiONS LAIR when our company was only two months old,” explains co-founder and CEO Steve McBride.  After the team at Innovation Factory encouraged them to apply, they took a chance. “They were calling […]

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Looking for Office Space, Funding, Prototyping and Networking? Look to The Forge. The Forge is the startup incubator for McMaster University and the Hamilton Region Since The Forge business incubator launched in 2015, it has built a roster of 106 alumni companies that have raised $21 million in investment and sell in more than 30 countries. The Forge was […]

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When Shane Son Kee worked for a mobile pest control company in 2012, he noticed how long and arduous the process was to manage appointments. The paperwork was piling up between assignments, and business was slow. Son Kee saw an opportunity and sought out to create a software platform that would eliminate paperwork, therefore optimizing […]

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  Nerve injuries have a broad range of symptoms, ranging from mild discomfort to life-long impairment. Unfortunately, there are no treatments for injured nerves, leaving patients to accept impairments including pain, numbness and loss of movement. During Dr. Mike Willand’s graduate studies at McMaster and postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto […]

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Anita Grant wasn’t sure what she was going to do with her business degree, and had never anticipated becoming an entrepreneur. That is, until she saw the struggles her sister faced while trying to book clients and market her business as an independent hairstylist. Grant wondered what she could do for her hardworking sister that […]

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 In 2016, Katarina Poletto was a recent McMaster Social Work undergrad, gearing up for a new semester as a master’s student. Little did she know, that summer she’d be on her way to building her own successful business, Dolled Up Desserts. Dolled Up Desserts is a gluten free and vegan wholesale bakery and baking […]

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Workplace pains and strains can be serious and disabling for Ontario workers. Per year, the average critical workplace injury is around 62 people per 1000 workers, and most of these workplace injuries could be easily prevented. Benjamin Lee and partner Abdel El Bably have had 7 surgeries combined due to preventable workplace joint injuries. These […]

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