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The Runway Accelerator by Innovation Factory is a six-month comprehensive program that aims to assess, select, and support start-ups as they work through the Start-up Visa Program. 

Companies accepted into this program receive customized services and resources that help them set their business up for success in Canada, along with a Letter of Support.

These services and resources include, but are not limited to:

  • access to expert advisors for coaching and mentoring.
  • designated Innovation Advisor to assist in navigating our resources.
  • virtual webinars and workshops.
  • partner introductions and networking opportunities.
  • up to six months of office space an Innovation Factory office.

Our priority sectors are Life Sciences & Advanced Health, Smart & Sustainable Transportation, and any extraordinary innovations. If your business falls under these sectors, we’re counting on you to apply!

Bring your business to Canada

Runway by Innovation Factory


Quick Facts

  • Partnered with the Canadian government
  • Program duration is up to 6 months
  • Access to expert advisors for coaching and mentoring
  • Locate your business to Hamilton, Ontario
  • Letter of Support for immigration
  • 6 months of office space
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