Partners & Perks

Innovation Factory connects our clients with exclusive discounts and key referrals to services that help accelerate their growth. Check below for specific perks, and more information about our partners that are dedicated to supporting and collaborating with clients.

Click on any of the perks and partners below to learn more about claiming. In most cases, reach out to your client services manager for a connection or if you have any questions about the perks and partners.

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Want to become an annual partner or perk provider? Innovation Factory is always looking to collaborate with new corporate sponsors to curate exclusive deals and opportunities for our clients. Contact our Manager of Business Development, Richard Brownsdon to get the conversation started.


Meridian

You can feel good about banking with Meridian.  Meridian Credit Union is the second largest credit union in Canada and by far the largest in Ontario. Meridian Credit Union is a growing organization and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of over 90 branches and 11 Business Centers in Ontario.  We have over $21 Billion in Assets under management and serve more than 350,000 Members and 19,000 businesses.  

Meridian offers clients of Innovation Factory 12 months free banking.

They also provide a host of other services targeted at startups and small business.

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City of Hamilton

Hamilton is ranked as one of Canada’s most diversified economies, one of Canada’s top 10 places to invest and one of Canada’s top 10 cities for tech talent. The mandate of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is to act as the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton.  Learn more about this perk

McMaster Innovation Park

Where Innovation Goes to Work. McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is Hamilton’s hub for innovation and development. The industries of focus include life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace. MIP is Canada’s premier research park offering a collaborative space for start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry partners to connect and bring ideas to life. MIP acts as a bridge between research and industry; building relationships and accelerating commercialization.  Learn more about this perk

McMaster University

As Canada’s most research-intensive university, McMaster University is ranked in the world's Top 75 by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. With teaching and research strengths in Health Sciences, Engineering, Science, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, McMaster is dedicated to advancing human and societal health and well-being.  

Innovation Factory can connect your company to the right people and places at McMaster. Whether you’re looking for hands-on support from McMaster’s Business Incubator, The Forge; or wanting to access one of the University’s state-of-the art research facilities; or strengthen your talent pool by hiring co-op students or graduates, just reach out to your client services manager to make the connection.

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Mohawk College

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton and the surrounding area since 1967. As one of Canada’s leading colleges for applied research, Mohawk is working collaboratively with a growing number of industry, government and community partners to create innovative solutions to practical problems. These opportunities provide Mohawk students with valuable real-world experiences that cannot be replicated in a classroom.  Learn more about this perk

KPMG

KPMG is a Canadian leader in delivering Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. With over 95 professionals and support staff in their Hamilton and St Catharines offices, KPMG has the resources required to provide a full range of services to clients from Oakville to Niagara, while offering the strength of their national and international member firms. KPMG is proud to work closely with their clients, helping them to manage risks and take advantage of opportunities.  Learn more about this perk

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG connects Hamilton to the world, and the world to Hamilton. As an international law firm with over 1,400 legal professionals in 19 offices around the world, the firm’s specialist teams collaborate across borders, service areas and sectors to help businesses succeed - no matter how challenging the circumstances.

 

Gowling WLG leverages international networks and touchpoints in a broad range of business sectors to accelerate Hamilton’s potential for pioneering innovation. Whether you are looking for intellectual property solutions and creative commercialization strategies, or you need to get connected with financing or other professional services, Gowling WLG delivers solutions that help your business thrive.

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Jan Kelley

Award-winning Creative Digital Agency. Jan Kelley helps businesses grow by using its proprietary growth framework to develop, implement and optimize strong digital-first marketing strategies and programs. The company brings together the power of technology and the brilliance of humanity to spark ideas, generate momentum and drive lasting results.Learn more about this perk

SimpsonWigle LAW LLP

SimpsonWigle LAW LLP provides legal services to businesses - large and small, privately owned and publicly held, not-for-profit and charities, as well as individuals who own and run these enterprises. The areas of practice keep pace with business demands and include Business Law, Tax Law, Commercial Litigation, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Business Families Continuity Planning, Employment and Labour Law, Immigration, Condominium Law, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring, Real Estate and Land Development, as well as Construction Law.  Learn more about this perk

Ridout & Maybee LLP

Canada’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Firm Ridout & Maybee LLP is a full-service Canadian IP firm with offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Burlington serving clients across the country and internationally. The firm consistently ranks as one of Canada’s top IP law firms in both Canadian and international surveys of in-house counsel. Ridout & Maybee LLP is especially interested to support export-capable manufacturers of physical goods.

Office hour consultations are available.

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BDO Canada LLP

Fueling Canadian technology companies. With specialized industry knowledge and experience, BDO offers tax, accounting and advisory services to technology startups and scale-ups across Canada. We can help your business today and grow with you for tomorrow. With extensive national and international resources, we scale our services to accommodate the rapid growth characteristics of successful businesses. BDO offers a variety of services targeted at startups. From launching your business to attracting capital, to expanding into foreign markets. For more information click here to view BDO Start Smart Program.

BDO holds regular office hours and workshops at Innovation Factory.

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Bereskin & Parr LLP

Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian full service intellectual property law firm serving clients across all industries around the world. With strong scientific backgrounds and specialized expertise, Bereskin & Parr LLP’s lawyers and agents provide start-up and early stage companies with comprehensive IP services in every aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law. Founded in 1965, the firm has grown to be one of the largest IP firms in Canada with offices located in major economic and technology centres. The firm and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for IP law in Canada.

Bereskin & Parr offers complimentary office hours to IF clients and 20% off professionals’ fees for the first 20 hours of IP legal services.

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Cowan Insurance Group

As a prominent Canadian-owned and operated independent insurance brokerage, Cowan Insurance Group provides real value insurance and risk management solutions to businesses and individuals. Approaching 500 employees, operating out of 12 locations across Canada, we partner with leading insurers and international carriers to provide tailored well being and group benefits solutions for your Canadian employees along with retirement programs, return to health and international benefits for employees coming into Canada and working abroad. We also offer Commercial Insurance, individual products, wealth, asset management, financial and succession planning services.

Cowan Insurance Group is a full service insurance brokerage. They can provide employee benefits and commercial insurance including property, liability, errors and omissions, cyber risk etc. coverage to start-ups, small, medium, or large corporate companies. For Group Benefits Cowan Insurance Group requires 2 or more full time employees on payroll working 24 hours per week or more.

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Thinkr Marketing

Hamilton’s largest and longest standing full-service marketing agency. Thinkr Marketing Group is proud to be one of Hamilton’s largest full-service integrated marketing firms. With the perfect combination of strategic thinking and a flair for design, Thinkr’s portfolio is full of iconic brands from Hamilton and across Canada. The Thinkr team constantly strives to build better brand performance with a creative voice, to help clients stand out from the crowd in the digital and traditional avenues of Marketing.

Thinkr has a special offer for iF clients, called myezbrand, starting at $399 per month. myezbrand information

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Barterpay

Barterpay is a B2B barter system.  We help business owners and entrepreneurs get the things they need without having to spend money.  We also help them get full value for their downtime or idle inventory.

Innovation Factory clients receive a reduced sign up fee of $99 for activation, plus $59/month subscription, and $125 opening bill credit after activation (subject to change).

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Net Access Systems Inc.

NAS will empower your organization to achieve greater productivity through personalized internet, voice and managed services. As Hamilton's first local Internet Service Provider, NetAccess has always been an active member of the community. Through that involvement they have proudly grown to service over 1000 clients across Ontario. Their full range of data & voice communications technology is guaranteed to transform the way any organization does business. They enable their clients to stop worrying about technology so they can focus on growth. NAS has been widely recognized for its customer-centric approach. Their reliable and personalized service comes standard and innovation is always nurtured. Allow their broad range of expertise to provide you in depth support and solutions.

Net Access is excited to offer iF clients a full complimentary IT consultation valued at $350, plus digital phone lines and business internet free of charge for 3 months, then half price for the following 6 months (3 Year Term) valued at $1500.

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Soundbox Productions Inc

Professional audio visual for any event or location. Soundbox Productions is the largest full service live event production company in the Hamilton-Niagara region and professional audiovisual Integrators.  Learn more about this perk

Inoxoft

Professional certified software development services since 2014. Inoxoft has 90+ experts driven by the desire to add value to client’s idea and make the best products on the IT-market. Inoxoft partner with small and midsize businesses and has wide experience in the Web, Cloud, and Mobile software solutions.

Inoxoft is happy to provide a free consultation on your development requirements.

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Microsoft for Startups

Leverage Microsoft’s commercial marketplaces, enterprise sales team, and ever-expanding partner ecosystem to reach key global customers.

For eligible companies, up to $120k in Azure credits, Office 365 Business Premium, Visual Studio Enterprise Cloud Monthly Subscription.

For more information about the program click here.

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Google Cloud for Startups

The Google Cloud for Startups Program is designed to help startups build and scale using Google Cloud.

Startups eligible for our Start Package will receive $3,000 in Google Cloud Platform and Firebase Credits*, good for 12 months.

In addition to Google Cloud Platform Credits, startups in our Start tier are eligible for much more: Read the details here.

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Amazon AWS

Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

Let Innovation Factory refer you to AWS for $5K in credits good for 2 years, 1 year of AWS Business support (valued at $1500), plus the opportunity to apply for more.

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Canarie

The DAIR Cloud provides entrepreneurs with free, high-performance, made-in-Canada cloud resources for product development, testing and demonstration.

With DAIR, businesses receive free cloud resources that enable rapid and scalable product design, prototyping, validation and demonstration. More information on the +$10k value pack here.

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Business Wire

For almost 60 years, Business Wire has been connecting audiences with organizations — with millions of releases reaching countless readers, no other partner can give you the local, individual service that Business Wire can. Let Business Wire provide the reach that connects you to the right places and the right people.

iF Clients can receive a 25% discount on Distributed Press Releases from Business Wire for Press Releases.

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SolidWorks

Free CAD for Entrepreneurs and Startups from SolidWorks.

12-month accounts of 3DEXPERIENCE Works including Solidworks for CAD, simulation, visualization, and more: Details here.

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Peninsula

Peninsula provides small businesses with an alternative to an in-house human resources team. Peninsula started as a small business and our mission is to help other small businesses achieve their version of success!

One month free access to your own HR and Health and Safety team

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Hubspot

HubSpot is a software platform that helps you generate leads, close deals, manage your pipeline, and delight your customers. HubSpot offers a suite of products for customer relationship management (CRM), content management (CMS), marketing, sales, and customer service: powerful alone, and even better when used together.

90% off HubSpot’s Entire Growth Suite of Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service Software for Eligible Seed-Stage Startups.

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TD

Work with a local TD Tech small business specialist to get the most from your banking relationship. Access tailored products and services, along with tools and resources, all designed to support you and your business.

TD Tech Offer: Open an Unlimited Business Chequing Plan by Oct 31st 2020 and receive a waiver of the monthly fee for one year, and more.  TD Clean Tech Offer: Receive a waiver of the monthly fee for two years.

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Key West Video

Toronto Video Production Services - Key West Video is an Award Winning Corporate Video Production Company with 28 years in the video marketing industry.

$999+HST 2 minute explainer video

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Ayming

Ayming is a global consulting firm, with a successful track record in securing millions of dollars annually in tax credits and government grants for our clients. Backed by 30 years of experience, we are committed to implementing sustainable strategies that are focused on capturing every eligible tax credit and grant, maximizing the overall funding for our clients. Our full services mandates come at no cost or risk, as we work on a success fee basis – meaning, we don’t get paid unless we deliver tax savings or funding to our clients.

Ayming are extending a special discount of 20% from their standard success fee pricing for all Innovation Factory members who engage them for tax credits and potential grant funding services.

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Stripe

Stripe simplifies payments for startups. Whether you’re creating a software subscription service, an on-demand marketplace or an e-commerce store, Stripe’s payments platform helps you build and scale your business online.  

As a member of the Innovation Factory community, Stripe offers you:
+ $20K CAD fee-free processing (some restrictions apply)
+ Atlas incorporation for $250 (normally $500)
+ Early access to new product features and exclusive Stripe events
+ Priority-level service

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Clausehound

Clausehound is an innovative legal web platform that provides a point of reference for legal insight when drafting and negotiating contracts. Try Deal X-Ray, a powerful Clausehound platform that re-indexes large volumes of legal content, which are converted into annotated curriculum and interactive learning materials and workshops.

Innovation Factory Clients have access to Clausehound’s tools.

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Founded

Founded is the leading platform for Canadian businesses to automate legal work, including incorporations, legal documents & ongoing company compliance. Thousands of entrepreneurs and lawyers trust Founded to provide a simple, fast and intuitive legal experience.  

As an Innovation Factory portfolio company, you are eligible to receive 15% off your first year on Founded, which can be used by new businesses to incorporate or existing businesses to manage everything from ongoing company changes to tailored agreements and Employee Stock Option Plans.

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Cevnn Payments

Cevnn Payments is a fully registered FINTRAC processing company based in Toronto. We have built an online debit plugin that allows your customers to pay you simply by picking their financial institution and entering their online banking credentials. We fill the void left by credit card processors and ensure that every Canadian can make a purchase online.

Cevnn will give Innovation Factory clients access to their plugin free of charge and will cover the transaction cost for up to 3 months or $100,000.00. They will provide a fully customized payment solution to fit your needs.

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