Welcome to Innovation Factory

Accelerating Innovation and uniting industry and expertise for start-up success in the Hamilton-Halton region

Exciting news innovators! Your go-to accelerator for business advice and programming has joined forces with Innovation Factory.

As of April 1, 2024 Haltech and Innovation Factory have amalgamated to become one premier hub for start-ups and scaling companies in Ontario’s Hamilton-Halton region.

Our union is a reflection of years of collaboration, partnership, and a shared passion for innovation throughout the Hamilton and Halton regions. By combining diverse industries, executive expertise, and strategic initiatives, we’re establishing a new benchmark for economic growth and start-up and scale-up success.

Most importantly, at Innovation Factory, your success is our priority.

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Forging ahead

As we enter this exciting new chapter, we want to reassure you of our continued dedication to providing collaborative, and client-centered services. Our goal is to build up our ecosystem where innovation thrives, partnerships flourish, and programs drive commercial success. We are committed to raising the bar, and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the Hamilton-Halton region.

We are excited to be on this journey with you – because together, we can achieve more.

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Frequently asked questions

Both brands will be integrated as one, Innovation Factory!

After years of successful collaboration, the teams at Haltech and Innovation Factory collectively decided to amalgamate. The decision came after reflecting on our collaborative programs, shared network and clients, and the opportunity that as a larger team, we could impact and reach more innovators and entrepreneurs in combined regions. By joining forces, we’re better positioned to support the success of  start-ups and scaling companies like never before.

As an existing client of Haltech or Innovation Factory, you now can:

  • Access ALL programs and services delivered by both Innovation Factory and Haltech
  • Work at either TechPlace in Burlington or McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton
  • As an existing client of Haltech, you will be matched with a Venture Growth Advisor, this will be your main point of contact at Innovation Factory. Having one point of contact will help to support you and your business goals more effectively.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your Venture Growth Advisor or email us at [email protected].

By joining forces, Innovation Factory is home to a strong network of innovative companies and a region that represents 10% of the province’s GDP. We are uniquely positioned to introduce enhanced programming and attract influential strategic partners – offering more opportunities for companies prepared to scale. We are focused on cultivating new ecosystems conducive to global innovation and attracting investment opportunities. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Now that we have a larger regional reach, you can expect more opportunities! All of our programs and services are still available at Innovation Factory. In the future, we hope to continue to grow our offerings and opportunities for our clients. The best way to grow with us is to stay connected with your Venture Growth Advisor and sign up for our newsletter.
As an existing client of either Innovation Factory or Haltech, you do not need to reapply. If you’re not yet a client, what better time than the present to apply?
We are in the process of updating our website to include all of the programs you know from Haltech. To stay up to date with our programs and other service offerings please sign up for our newsletter – this way you won’t miss a thing.

Yes, Innovation Factory will have two locations.

  • McMaster Innovation Park:  B21-175 Longwood Rd. South, Hamilton, ON
  • TechPlace: 801-5500 North Service Rd. Burlington, ON

Yes, as always, we’ll do our best to accommodate clients’ needs.

Yes. Staff from both organizations will all stay the same, working as one team at Innovation Factory.

After six years of dedicated service, Haltech’s CEO, Shann McGrail, will be moving on to her next adventure effective April 1st, 2024. Leading the joint venture and the amalgamated organization is Innovation Factory’s CEO, David Carter.

If you currently have a Venture Growth Advisor, it will remain the same. If you do not have one, you will be assigned one. If by any chance you haven’t heard from us, please email us at [email protected].

If you’re a client, please contact your Venture Growth Advisor.

Otherwise, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we are happy to address any questions or concerns with you.

Nope! But, if you aren’t signed up for our newsletter yet, this is a good time to make sure you’re getting all of our latest updates.

No changes! Our eligibility criteria remain the same. Not a client yet? Apply today!
All new staff will be held under the acknowledged Innovation Factory NDA and Haltech’s Client Service Agreement. Therefore our commitment to your confidentiality remains unchanged.
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Innovation Factory and Haltech announce amalgamation to ignite innovation

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14th Annual LiONS LAIR Pitch Competition and in-person Gala on September 26, 2024 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Tickets available on lionslair.ca

Attend the 14th annual LiONS LAIR pitch competition

Since 2011, Innovation Factory’s LiONS LAIR has helped more than 150 startups launch and scale their businesses. This fall, join over 350 entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders to network over dinner and drinks, celebrate innovation, and watch finalists pitch live to a panel of judges to win cash and in-kind prizes.

When: September 26, 2024 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm 

Where: LiUNA Station – 360 James St. N, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1H5

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