Network with the business and innovation community

Networking is much more than exchanging business cards. It’s about building lasting partnerships, fostering collaboration, and creating a solid foundation for your business to thrive and grow. Attend our signature events to grow your network, gather insights, and share ideas within the innovation ecosystem. 

Engage our dynamic ecosystem and meet innovators, investors, business and industry leaders, government officials and academic minds.

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Attendees at The Big DiF, Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase to celebrate innovation happening across our regional ecosystem.

Big DiF — Open House & Networking

Annual event in May

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 community to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Whether you’re looking to connect with like-minded professionals or meet some of the industry’s up-and-coming innovators, join us and get ready to network.

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LiONS LAIR Competition & Gala

Annual event in September

Attend Hamilton’s premier gala event and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation Factory’s LiONS LAIR is the region’s top start-up competition and is designed to invest in and support high-potential innovators. 

LiONS LAIR unites a vibrant community of innovators, investors, business professionals, and industry leaders. Get your tickets and network with 300+ professionals over dinner, drinks and a lively pitch competition.

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Synapse Life Science Competition Showcase

Annual event in March

Meet the future of life science and healthcare. The Synapse Life Science Competition Showcase by Innovation Factory has been recognized as Ontario’s leading pitch competition in the life sciences sector for over a decade. The competition is designed to help move innovative products and services out of the lab and into the market.

Learn about emerging life science companies, network with 150+ industry leaders, and support Hamilton’s growing life sciences ecosystem.

Hi5 Pitch Competition at Burlington Convention Centre

Hi5 Pitch Competition

Annual event in the fall

Meet and connect with up-and-coming innovators. The Hi5 Pitch Competition by Innovation Factory is designed to put the spotlight on our latest and greatest innovators. Five early-stage start-ups deliver a captivating five-minute pitch in front of five judges for a chance to win $5,000.

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Three keynote speakers presenting at HERHalton 2023 hosted at Burlington Golf & Country Club.

HERhalton - Women in Business Breakfast

Annual event in March

Support and celebrate the achievements of women in business and entrepreneurship. HERhalton by Innovation Factory is the region’s go-to networking event for advocates of women entrepreneurs and features engaging guest speakers to inspire and drive engaging conversation.

Expand your network and connect with region’s influencers and innovators in the world of women in business.

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Future of Transportation and Mobility Series Event

Annual event in November

Get a first-hand look at the next era of transportation. CITM’s annual Future of Transportation and Mobility Event Series (FTMS) explores a wide array of topics and solutions to accelerate the future of the smart, connected and electrified transportation sector. Each year, the virtual series explores a new theme and aims to involve key stakeholders, including decision-makers, industry, government, innovators, and academia.

Expand your network at this annual event in November and learn about the latest ventures, sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key sector challenges.

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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