Who We Are

about Innovation factory

Innovation Factory (iF) is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and located in Hamilton, Ontario since 2011.

iF ignites innovation. Through workshops, programming, one-on-one mentoring and aiding with access to funding, we help startups commercialize their ideas and small/medium enterprises innovate within their organizations. Whether you have an idea on the back on a napkin or a working product with paying customers, we can help get you to the next level.

Our mission is to strengthen Greater Hamilton’s next generation of job and wealth creation by helping:

  • Entrepreneurs bring new ideas to life and to market
  • Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) get to the next level
  • Hamilton build a dynamic culture and a community of innovation

Innovation can happen anywhere. Our goal is to make it work everywhere. We work to elevate key industry sectors including: advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information technology, life sciences & health care, social innovation and more.

 

What exactly do we do?

 
Programs & Events
Innovation Factory hosts a range of key events and workshops throughout the year and provides valuable programming for entrepreneurs at various stages of their development. Our event roster includes educational workshops, collaborative peer2peer sessions, networking and pitch nights, and our programming caters to clients ranging from those with a seed of an idea, to startups, to established companies looking to innovate. Check out our programs & events.
 
One-on-One Mentoring
At iF, we’re lucky to have an engaged network of mentors that span a large range of industries. They have the advice to help you avoid the potholes and the network to open doors for you. Our mentors often get matched up with a client and stay involved as a long-term business coach, advising the client through numerous stages of business growth. See our mentor directory.
 
Networking & Community Connections
Hamilton is a supportive, collaborative city and Innovation Factory – and in turn, our clients – undoubtedly reap these benefits. We have great relationships with the City, our local post-secondary institutions, co-working spaces, creative industry leaders, other nonprofits, the Hamilton healthcare cluster, and a number of other professional organizations. However, our partners make it all happen here at iF; it’s their generosity that allows us to provide clients with exceptional resources. They are also a great network where we regularly direct our clients for professional services. Meet our awesome partners.
 
Access to Funding
Though Innovation Factory isn’t a funding agent, we engage with a network of organizations like Ontario Centres of Excellence, Angel One and Futurpreneur that do fund companies. Client success is our success, so we’re motivated to connect companies with these sources if they’re at a stage where funding is appropriate.
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