Five down, 10 to go: LiONS LAIR finalists named

HAMILTON – Aug. 15, 2019 – Ten local companies will be pitching live for a chance to win up to $75,000 in cash prizes at the LiONS LAIR this fall.

Fifteen semifinalists were narrowed down to 10 after the first round of judging including pitches and interviews with industry experts from KPMG, Gowling WLG and Jan Kelley.

Those 10 companies will go on to compete in the final round of the competition at the awards gala in Sept.

LiONS LAIR, an annual event, first took place in 2011 with pre-taped pitches aired at the gala. This year marks the first time finalists will pitch live on stage to the ‘LiONS’, a panel of seasoned investors, and attendees from the Hamilton business and startup communities.

Winners will be chosen by the Lions and revealed at the gala on Sept. 26.

Tickets for Lions Lair, hosted by Innovation Factory, are on sale now at


About the finalists:

  • Able Innovations (
    Able Innovations offers zero-effort transfer technologies to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for clients and caregivers.
  • ARCH (
    ARCH is a shared-equity housing program providing up to 100% of the downpayment for first time home buyers, helping them realize their dream of home ownership.
  • BTXpen (
    The BXTpen is the only dial-a-dose medication syringe in the world that can be filled by the user.  It s a complete solution for providing safer, simpler injections.
  • Engagement Agents (
    Engagement Agents help retailers engage their shopping centres’ digital and physical marketing channels to drive impressions, traffic and sales to their stores and e-commerce channels while also saving them time, money and resources.
  • Grin Toothbrush (
    The toothbrush 2.0: Grin’s sleek aluminum handle and replacement brush heads use 85% less plastic than disposables.
  • IRIS (
    IRIS’ technology enables cities to conduct real-time monitoring of road conditions by using AI-enabled dash cams installed on city buses, garbage trucks and other city assets, saving taxpayers two-thirds of the cost of manual patrols employed by cities today.
  • 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 helps children with sensory processing disorder better integrate into their physical and social environment by allowing them to reach their ideal functioning state.
  • Solodigitalis (
    Solodigitalis helps event professionals become more valuable to clients by offering powerful, flexible photo apps that expand service offerings.
  • Unplug (
    Unplug is the world’s first intelligent plug, seamlessly combatting standby power.



LiONʼS LAIR is an annual competition presented by Innovation Factory, in collaboration with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton Economic Development, and brings Hamilton’s entrepreneurship and innovation community together. The competition gives 10 companies the opportunity to pitch to a panel of the city’s top business experts – the “Lions” – for a chance to win cash prizes.

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