Collaborator Partnership

Are you ready to take a more active role in shaping the future of entrepreneurship? As a Collaborator Partner you receive a deeper level of engagement that enables you to have a direct impact on our client businesses and the innovation ecosystem. Our Collaborators support unique programs that promote the commercialization of our client businesses and growth of our broader ecosystem.

As a Collaborator, you are looking more deeply at the development of innovation and new businesses in your community. You see the value that such development brings to both your own bottom line and to the economy, from the local to international markets. You see the big picture and the breakthroughs that build it.

Collaboration Partnerships with Innovation Factory, Hamilton's business entrepreneurship accelerator

As a Collaborator Partner, you will receive...

Enhanced collaboration

Work closely with our start-up clients, offering your expertise, mentorship or resources. By leveraging your industry knowledge, you’ll actively contribute to their growth and success.

Exclusive networking

Gain access to a selective network of influential entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. Engage in high-level discussions, forge strategic partnerships and explore new business opportunities within our thriving community.

Thought leadership opportunities

Showcase your organization’s expertise through speaking engagements, panel discussions and thought leadership content. Position yourself as a key player in the innovation landscape and build credibility within the start-up ecosystem.

Become a Collaborator Partner

Join us on our mission to shape the entrepreneurial landscape of the Greater Hamilton Area. Become a partner today and make a lasting impact on the future of innovation. Together, we can unlock possibilities and pave the way for a vibrant and thriving start-up community.

Dependent on the scale of investment, Collaborator Partners receive:

  • Listing on the Resources and Opportunities library of our website.
  • Listing as a Collaborator Partner on the Partner page of our website.
  • Included in our Venture Growth onboarding package as a support service available to clients.
  • Direct client introductions and engagements.
  • Call-outs and features across our marketing channels.
  • Direct involvement in our portfolio of unique programs.
  • Speaking engagements, workshops and panel discussions.
  • Thought leadership content via our robust, online learning platform, Academy at Innovation Factory.
  • Collaborator member discounts on events and programs offered by Innovation Factory.

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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