Funding & Investment Opportunities


Funding & Investment Opportunities

Building a business takes hard work, dedication… and well… money!  Although we are not a funding agent, our team can work with you to help identify and navigate possible funding programs, loans or investors that could be best for your business.  Not to mention, we offer training and workshops to help you prepare for an investment or product pitch.

You can find a list of external funds and funding resources here.

Are you ready for investment?  Will you be planning for investment in the future?  Let us help you understand what type of investment source is right for you and what you need to prepare.  Our team can provide access to:

  • Strategic introductions
  • Research support to determine your company’s valuation
  • Expert advisors
  • Angel investor panels
  • Due diligence expertise


Applications: OPEN

Apply to become a client with Innovation Factory and receive guidance specific to your business, access to our client-exclusive resources and much more.

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AVAILABLE GRANTS with Innovation factory

 

i.d.e.a fund

Access up to $30,000 in matching funds to support strategies such as talent attraction, raising follow-on investment, product development, market value propositions, commercialization of intellectual property, and market diversification.

Applications: MARCH 2023

Tags: grant commercialization southern ontario start-up sme digital ict advanced manufacturing integrated mobility life science clean tech social innovation diversity

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SOPHIE Commercialization Projects

Access up to $100,000 in matching funds to work on a collaborative commercialization project with a world-class research hospital or academic institution in Hamilton’s health ecosystem.

Applications: OPEN

Tags: grant life science product commercialization ontario start-up sme

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HEALTHI Program

Leverage $15,000 to work directly with research administration groups at Hamilton Health Sciences or St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton to prepare all pre-trial documents, protocols and processes required to launch your next commercialization project at one of Hamilton’s world-class research hospitals.

Applications: OPEN

Tags: grant life science project planning and protocol canada start-up sme

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innovation factory pitch competitions

 

Synapse Life Science Pitch Competition

Compete for cash prizes and in-kind in Ontario’s leading life science pitch competition. Participate in 3-months (January – March) of intensive workshops and training designed to support Canada’s next generation of life science start-ups. The Competition is designed to help entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.

Applications: OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2022

Tags: pitch competition life science ontario researcher innovator scientist start-up sme

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LiONS LAIR Pitch Competition

Compete for cash prizes in Hamilton’s largest pitch competition. Participate in 4-months (June – September) of intensive workshops and training designed to support Canada’s next generation of innovators. The Competition is designed to help entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.

Applications: APRIL – MAY 2023

Tags: pitch competition digital ict advanced manufacturing integrated mobility life science clean tech social innovation southern ontario start-up sme

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iNNOVATION fACTORY pROGRAMS

 

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iNVESTMENT rEADINESS pROGRAM

The Investment Readiness program was developed by David W. Wright of Cassio Capital Advisors in collaboration with Angel One and Equation Angels. It is primarily focused on preparing early-stage companies for raising capital; whether that involves pitches to individual angel investors, venture capitalists or corporations (M&A activity). You will work with proven tools and templates for gathering the information necessary to close a deal! You will pitch, get feedback and gain skills and knowledge required to satisfy potential investors.

Spring Term: April – June 2023

Fall Term: TBD

Tags: course investment corporate valuation fundraising innovator pitching start-up investors

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Couldn’t find what you need?

 

 
HANDS-ON ADVISORY SERVICES

Apply to become a client with Innovation Factory and receive guidance specific to your business, access to our client-exclusive resources and much more.

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integrated mobility sector

If you have an integrated mobility technology, connect with our team at the Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility.

 

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LIFE SCIENCE ECOSYSTEM

If you are interested in connecting with Hamilton’s vibrant and dynamic health ecosystem, connect with the team at the Synapse Life Science Consortium.

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