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Top 15 announced for 9th annual LiONS LAIR

HAMILTON – June 11, 2019 – Who dares to enter the LiONS LAIR?

Fifteen local startups have been narrowed down from a field of over 60 applicants to compete in Innovation Factory’s signature pitch competition, LiONS LAIR.

This year’s competition has seen big changes, most-notably with the new structure for judging and the live-pitching element at the awards gala, held on September 26, 2019.

The top 15 will participate in a series of training sessions with Innovation Factory advisors and industry experts before tackling a round of pitches and interviews with the three ‘Pillars of Business Lions’: Alex S. Ross, the ‘Legal Lion’ from Gowling WLG, Aaron Gillespie, the ‘Financial Lion’ from KPMG, and Chantel Broten, the ‘Growth Lion’ from Jan Kelley.

The ‘Investor Lions’ will review the pitches and interview scores to determine the top ten finalists who will go on to pitch live at the gala on September 26, 2019 in from of a sold-out crowd.  This year’s ‘Investor Lions’ are Karen Grant from Angel One Network, Dominic Talalla from Trellis Capital, and Stuart Wheldon from Redchurch Cafe + Gallery. Winners will be revealed at the end of the gala.

Tickets for the LiONS LAIR Gala, hosted by Innovation Factory, will go on sale in July.

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The 2019 Finalists

Able Innovations (

Zero-effort transfer technologies to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for clients and caregivers


ARCH is a shared-equity housing program providing up to 100% of the down payment for first time home buyers helping them realize their dream of home ownership.

BTXpen (

The BTXpen is the only dial-a-dose medication syringe in the world that can be filled by the user, it is a complete solution for providing safer, simpler injections.

Engagement Agents (

Engagement Agents helps retailers engage their shopping centers’ digital and physical marketing channels, which they pay significantly for via their lease agreements, to drive impressions, traffic and sales to their stores and ecommerce channels while also saving them tremendous amounts of time, money and resources!

Green Apple Pay (

Green Apple Pay has developed a software platform that integrates a cashless payment system for schools with an e-commerce marketplace for parents.

Grin Toothbrush (

The toothbrush 2.0: Grin’s sleek aluminum handle and replacement brush heads use 85% less plastic than disposables.


A privacy centric smart cities solutions company.

KIRI Innovations Inc. (

KIRI Innovation is devoted to developing affordable 3D scanning technology, the company’s first product Phiz is a high-precision desktop 3D scanner, first of its kind, that allows you to 3D scan anything in your smartphone.

Korechi Innovations Inc. (

Korechi specializes in design of autonomous robots to simplify farm and turf care by automating repetitive and unsafe tasks.

Longan Vision (

Longan Vision develops smart visor system for firefighters to ensure their safety and efficiency in the smoke filled environment.

Routible ( Routible is the simplest way to optimize routes for multiple stops and multiple drivers.

Senso Minds (

Senso Minds is creating a line of products that will help children with sensory processing disorder better integrate into their physical and social environment, by allowing them to reach their ideal functioning state.

SmartCane (

SmartCane is a reimagined assistive tech. device for the visually impaired innovating on the standard white cane with object detection, GPS navigation through haptic feedback and computer vision to describe an individual’s surroundings.

Solodigitalis (

Solodigitalis helps event professionals become more valuable to clients by offering powerful, flexible photo apps that expand service offerings.

Unplug (

The world’s first intelligent plug, seamlessly combatting standby power.

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