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Bamboo Water will be launching in Big Bee convenience stores across the city this summer, but it’s how they got there that’s the interesting story. Vincent Villanis of Ontario Bamboo was a finalist in LiON’S LAIR 2012 and, through the exposure of the competition and gala, actually met his current business partner: Rami Reda. Rami […]

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For those of us who have never taken the plunge into entrepreneurship, it may be hard to imagine what a startup founder goes through during the entrepreneurial journey. That’s exactly why Adam Felesky – founder and former CEO of Horizons Exchange Traded Funds – joined us at iF for April’s Lunch ‘n Learn session to […]

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By Geordie Stewart Geordie is a research scientist, entrepreneur and investor keen on working at the interface of science, economics and commercialization.   When we think ‘innovation’ we tend to think in terms of advances in technology. But innovation, of course, is a broad concept that extends beyond technological R&D. It applies to all manners […]

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We’re happy to announce that Trevor Olson has joined our team as the new Director of Operations at Innovation Factory. Trevor has spent the majority of his career in the healthcare sector as a consultant as well as in various positions within the hospital. He has a tremendous enthusiasm for the life science sector where he […]

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By Meghan Greaves Meghan is the Content & Marketing Strategist at factor[e] design initiative. She is focused on developing and executing leading content marketing strategies that engage a targeted audience.    Marketing is something that affects everything you do as a business, but sometimes it takes a backseat to day-to-day priorities. Marketing can positively or negatively […]

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Yesterday, Hamilton’s life science community gathered at McMaster Innovation Park to take part in the second annual Synapse Life Science Competition final showcase. The showcase is the culmination of months of hard work. Back in January, the competition teamed up life science innovators with business and engineering students from McMaster University and together, each team […]

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On March 31, the first annual Spectrum Student Startup Competition was held inside the McMaster University Student Centre, and Innovation Factory is proud to have been a partner and supporter of the successful inaugural event! Applications for the competition opened back in January with a flood of business plan submissions from McMaster-affiliated startup companies, and culminated […]

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By Andrew J. Holden, Chief Experience Officer, Weever Apps. Weever Apps was the grand prize winner of our first-ever LiON’S LAIR competition in 2011.  “If someone really wants to do something, they will find a way of doing it.” While a wonderful philosophy in an ideal world, I don’t agree. The fact is that odds […]

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After weeks of hard work and training, three top finalists have advanced to the final round of the 2015 Synapse Life Science Competition! Congratulations to Avertus, Blue Orchid and Sound Options. Avertus has created a home based, wireless, brain monitoring and seizure warning system, Blue Orchid has developed the OrchidLift: a compact and portable sit-to-stand […]

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The term ‘Big Data’ has become a media buzzword. Rarely a day goes by without an industry analyst discussing its virtues and potential. Generally speaking, it refers to the enormous volumes of information that are being accumulated each and every day. But what exactly is it? How is it used? And what does it mean […]

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