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Founders Fast Track is a unique, interactive, and intensive 6-week training program specifically designed to provide start-ups with the necessary tools, resources, and skills for a successful fundraising journey.

Participants will benefit from a comprehensive, no-cost curriculum covering key topics such as customer development, pitch preparation, funding strategies, and market trends. Eligible start-ups will also have access to valuable mentorship, networking opportunities, and educational workshops.

The program culminates in a speed pitching event, where each company will have the chance to connect and pitch to at least three angel or pre-seed/seed stage investors. The top 10 best-performing start-ups will receive an exclusive invitation to compete for cash prizes in Innovation Factory’s flagship pitch competition, LiONS LAIR.

Don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity? – apply for Founders Fast Track today!

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Founders Fast Track


Quick Facts

  • Unique and interactive 6-week training cohort
  • For start-up to SME stages of business
  • For businesses that past proof of concept
  • Access mentorship, networking, and educational workshops
  • Network with investors
  • Top 10 start-ups invited to participate in LiONS LAIR
  • Free to participate in the program
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