Inclusion-based connections for your business

At Innovation Factory, we recognize the unique challenges faced by under-represented groups in entrepreneurship, including newcomers, ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities. Our commitment is not just to acknowledge these challenges but to actively work towards elevating supportive services.

A diverse group of five people championing inclusivity, accessibility and equity in the business environment.

Bridge the gap with the inclusivity business resource series

The Inclusivity Business Resource Series is at the forefront of our efforts to foster inclusivity in entrepreneurship. This initiative provides a platform for organizations to:
  • Host discussions: Engage in meaningful conversations about challenges, successes, and strategies for inclusivity in entrepreneurship.
  • Share resources: Highlight and disseminate information about tools, support systems, and opportunities available to under-represented entrepreneurs.
  • Feature expert insights: Each month, we invite a different organization to present for 30 minutes to 1 hour on topics pertinent to supporting diverse entrepreneurs and developing technology for under-represented groups.

Get engaged

Join us in fostering inclusivity in innovation

Visit our event calendar and look out for the events coloured light green for “Equity & Inclusion Events”.

Share your feedback for inclusive topics

We want to hear about what kind of topics would be helpful for you and your company.

Bring your inclusive services to our innovators

If your organization is interested in hosting an Inclusivity Business Resource session, we would love to hear from you.

Network of inclusive resources

PORCH provides a curated, engaging and safe place to build relationships, learn, and help each other succeed.
PARO offer counselling, character-based loans of up to $50,000, help to export, and programs to scale, networking opportunities.
Flair Ventures is a pre-seed venture capital fund on a mission to back immigrant-led startups in Canada and the US.
Mid Term Rental Properties offers furnished accommodations aiding newly arrived innovators in thirty-day transitions, combining service and proptech solutions.
YWCA Hamilton's PowerUp Ready and Explore programs guide entrepreneurs to develop skills to successfully start, run and grow their business.
QueerTech empowers 2SLGBTQ+ people in tech to increase access and representation by fostering learning, mentorship and growth.
Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce connects diverse small businesses to large supply chains, along with professional development, and networking opportunities.
Access to Success runs one of the world's leading programs designed to scale startups serving people with disabilities, with access to 200+ mentors.

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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