Community Competitions

Everyone Wins

iF Community Competitions inspire entrepreneurs to up their game and accelerate their progress so they enter and win. These competitions invite everyone to cheer along, celebrate achievement and put their own ideas in play.

Innovation Night

innovation_night_logoAttend a workshop to share your idea, practice and perfect your pitch, and present to your peers! Or, attend our presentation event to hear the pitches, meet the innovators, network, and enjoy light refreshments. Innovation Night is presented by McMaster Innovation Park, and Innovation Factory. See our events calendar for details on upcoming workshops and events!


lions_lair_logoThe Hamilton Chamber of Commerce & Innovation Factory have come together to present LiON’S LAIR – a celebration of entrepreneurship. LiON’S LAIR gives Hamiltonians the opportunity to experience the thrill of start-up investment. Aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators face a panel of Hamilton’s top business executives to compete for over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. Apply to compete or attend to support local entrepreneurs! Visit for more information!

Startup Weekend Hamilton

SWH2_YNo Talk, All Action – Launch a Startup in 54 Hours! Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate & empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams and launch startups. Even if you don’t have an idea of your own, you can contribute your unique skills to your team! Meals, swag, workshops, and mentor connections are all included in your ticket – for more information visit!

Life Sciences Competition

Synapse_logo_FINiF, in partnership with The DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Mohawk College, will be bringing a Life and Health Sciences Competition to Hamilton. Click here and sign up here to receive up-to-date information on the upcoming competition.