SOPHIE (Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem) enables life science entrepreneurs to leverage up to $100,000 in matching funds to work directly with an academic or hospital partner in the Hamilton, Ontario ecosystem. 

Innovators will also receive advisory services and testing capabilities from experts in the healthcare field to acquire clinical and research expertise, evidence, or data to develop and commercialize your life science products and solutions.

Apply to the SOPHIE program to embark on a collaborative project that grants you access to clinical and research expertise, as well as evidence that supports the commercialization of your innovation.

Learn more and apply to SOPHIE



Quick Facts

  • Access world-class researchers, clinicians and facilities
  • Accelerate your product commercialization timelines
  • Receive advisory services
  • Access up to $100,000 in non-dilutive grant funding
  • Incorporated, private life science companies based in Ontario
  • Companies commercializing innovation with a clear clinical application
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