idea Fund


The i.d.e.a. Fund, in partnership with leading Ontario Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), supports a sustainable economy and fosters an inclusive, equitable recovery in Southern Ontario. The program encourages inclusion, diversity, environment, and acceleration while contributing to a green recovery.

Selected innovative businesses will receive up to $30,000 in non-repayable matching seed funding and up to 40 hours of fully funded, targeted support from experienced business leaders. 

If your Southern Ontario-based company is interested in seed funding and executive-level mentorship, learn more about the i.d.e.a. Fund.

Learn more about i.d.e.a. Fund

i.d.e.a. Fund


Quick Facts

  • Incorporated, southern Ontario-based businesses
  • Supports diverse industry sectors
  • Promotes green recovery and inclusion
  • Up to $30,000 in matching funds
  • 40 hours of executive-level mentorship provided
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