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The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase to celebrate innovation happening across our regional ecosystem.

The Big DiF – Innovation Factory’s Open House & Client Showcase

Stay tuned for updates about The Big DiF 2025!

👉Read the 2024 Big DiF Press Release.



Celebrate BIG ideas that make a BIGGER impact and join Innovation Factory on Thursday, May 9, 2024 for The Big DiF where this 250+ attendee event returns!

The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase that brings the start-up community together to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in our city, as well as recognize our partners who help make what we do at iF possible.

The evening will feature innovator displays, networking, and more!

We will also recognize one person who goes above and beyond for the community – an award we call the Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year Award.

Join us for an evening of celebration! Network with our ecosystem and meet some of our up-and-coming innovators!


What are the parking options at the event?

This event takes place at McMaster Innovation Park. McMaster Innovation Park currently has a parking capacity of 500 vehicles. All lots are clearly signed regarding permits and rates to ensure clarity for all visitors.

Visitor parking payment is required from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Exact change, Mastercard or Visa, are the payment options. Visitor parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m. Visit the McMaster Innovation Park website to learn more about the designated visitor parking areas.

Accessibility Accommodation Services Offered:

  • Accessible parking
  • Ramp to building
  • Accessible bathrooms

Accessibility Request:

If you require specific accommodations, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss your needs

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring a printed ticket to the event. When you arrive, simply check in at our registration desk with your name.


Please contact: Hannah Fritchley, Events Specialist at [email protected]


About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for technology innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2011. Innovation Factory provides business services, training, mentorship, and strategic connections to drive market adoption, leverage intellectual property, and increase revenues, investment, and jobs. Innovators can also access sector-specific resources including exclusive smart transportation test environments and data; and a formal life science and health innovation ecosystem.

Your entry to this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

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May 08 2025


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm




McMaster Innovation Park
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1 Canada


Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory
[email protected]
Celebrate BIG ideas that make a bigger impact at The Big DiF, Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase. Join 250+ people from the Hamilton-Halton community to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation.

Join Innovation Factory's Annual Open House - The Big DiF!

Network with 250+ industry professionals, discover emerging solutions from our innovators, and celebrate entrepreneurship within the Hamilton-Halton ecosystem.

May 9, 2024 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Hamilton, Ontario