Inclusive programming and resources for your business

Businesses show results and innovation thrives when we recognize and bring different ideas and perspectives together.

Our inclusive opportunities and resources are built by the groups they serve and are committed to fostering equity and belonging for everyone involved.

A diverse and inclusive group of entrepreneurs standing in an office space. Tap into inclusive resources and opportunities built by the groups they serve, fostering equity for every entrepreneur.

HERhalton Women in Business Breakfast

Champion the achievements of women in business and entrepreneurship. HERhaltton by Innovation Factory is the region’s premier networking event dedicated to equity and inclusion for women across the business landscape.

Support one another through honest, meaningful dialogue and get inspired by captivating speakers at HERhalton.

Beyond Boundaries

Step into an inclusive 9-week hybrid training workshop. Tailored for women-identifying entrepreneurs committed to scaling their businesses and accessing global markets.

Feel connected in a program built by women, for women, and access support in key business areas like sales, finance, technology, and growth.

Roadmap to MVP

Turn your vision into reality with Roadmap to MVP by Innovation Factory. This 10-week workshop guides women-identifying entrepreneurs through the key steps and processes to understand, define, and develop their minimum viable product (MVP) using low/no-code solutions.

Roll up your sleeves and lean into this jargon-free hands-on workshop.

Inclusivity Business Resources Series

Get connected through our Inclusive Business Resource Series and learn about organizations and resources designed to uplift underrepresented groups including newcomers, ethnic minorities, women, the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and more.

Find your community and the support you need in your commercialization journey with the Inclusivity Business Resource Series.

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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

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