Innovation Factory

Nix Sensor wins Lion’s Lair 2016

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Nix Sensor (@NixSensor) took home the $65,000 top prize in cash and services at Lion’s Lair this week! Nix also won the “people’s choice” award, marking the first time that the attendees agreed with the lion’s (i.e. judges). Nix created a real-life PhotoShop colour eyedropper tool – just tap it on a surface, and it returns the colour of that surface!

Startup competition Lion’s Liar entered its 6th year with a line-up of startup companies markedly stronger than earlier iterations, showcasing the growth of the community. The finalists were well beyond “the idea” stage and were citing traction in terms of number of users, revenue, employee counts and funding received.

The Nix team’s prizes include: $15,000 in cash from: Cogeco, Mohawk College, McMaster University, RBC, McMaster Innovation Park and Meridian Financial Credit Union; $10,000 from VA Partners for Sales/Lead Generation consulting; $10,000 from Marketing CoPilot for SEO/Content Marketing assistance; $10,000 from Fresh Insights for market research; $10,000 from Biz Clip for photography and video development and an additional $10,000 from Communica for business coaching.

Nix started up in 2014 with a successful $70k crowdfunding campaign and has been a leader in the local tech startup scene ever since. Nix Sensor founder Matthew Sheridan cites his experience with the McMaster solar car project as vital, “The textbook skills aren’t going to help you in the real world,” he says, “but managing people on a team, raising funds from donors, figuring out how to run marketing campaigns and working 24/7 in the basement of the engineering building are all good lessons on how entrepreneurship works.””

Other winners included Nuts for Cheese, Laifa Baby, and 180 Drums.

 

Lunch ‘n Learn with Rover CEO John Combs

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When: Tuesday September 20th 2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Cost: $10 General, $5 IF/Forge client or student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/enlighten-lunch-n-learn-using-your-strengths-to-compete-with-large-enterprises-ft-500-startups-alum-tickets-26708575067

Details:

Please join Innovation Factory and The Forge on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 for a joint Lunch ‘n Learn session featuring John Coombs of Rover!

John is the CEO of Rover, a rapidly growing startup focused on location-powered mobile engagement. At our session, John will share firsthand knowledge on how to compete with large enterprises as a startup, and also touch on his experience as part of the 500 Startups accelerator in San Fransisco and his fundraising journey that raised over $1.1M for Rover this past year.

WHY YOU NEED TO BE THERE!

This is a can’t-miss opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to hear a success story that’s close to home – a young, Canadian founder who’s a great example of making opportunities pay off and who will speak candidly about his entrepreneurial experience.

ABOUT ROVER:

Rover is a mobile engagement platform that leverages iBeacon and Geofence technology to connect marketers with their customers at the right time. The platform serves hundreds of locations, in a number of key sectors including professional sports, retail, loyalty and tourism. As a leader in proximity marketing, Rover compliments the platform with industry insights and comprehensive campaign support. Customers are guided from pilot to full-scale rollout, ensuring they achieve a positive ROI from this powerful channel.

AGENDA:

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm – Factory 5 (TBD) and Keynote Presentation (John Coombs)
1pm-2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Lunch ‘n Learn sessions are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a catered lunch and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.

ELEV8 pitch night next week

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When: Wednesday June 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/innovation-factorys-elev8-pitch-night-june-2016-tickets-25509804512

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)

Details:

Join Innovation Factory on June 29, 2016 for ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 is a new event by iF where companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present their company in an investment-style pitch presentation. It’s designed to help connect our partners, volunteer mentors and the broader Hamilton community with some of our up-and-coming startups.

ELEV8 Pitch Night is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to observe six 5-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers!

You may remember our Innovation Nights – well, we’re taking that concept and elevating it by having thriving startup clients pitch investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held in the conference rooms inside the Atrium@MIP.

IF Lunch ‘n Learn with Alex Sirota

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When: Tuesday June 28th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/transform-your-business-into-a-digital-workplace-innovation-factorys-june-lunch-n-learn-tickets-25509463492

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)

Details:

Please join iF on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for a Lunch ‘n Learn featuring Alex Sirota of NewPath Consulting!

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch

During this session, Alex will be speaking about Transforming Your Business Into a Digital Workplace. Alex will introduce business owners and their staff to an incredible wealth of information relevant to successfully transforming their conventional business into a digital workplace. A digital workplace is an organization where digital technology enables growth and scale and creates a competitive advantage.

In a digital workplace, business processes are made progressively more efficient, reducing dependency on manual labour and complex information technology projects while increasing the creative and innovation capabilities of all employees and staff. Detailed information on how to choose and orchestrate modern Cloud solutions is presented along with an introduction to further training options and government grants available to growing businesses.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch, and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.

 

Agenda

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking

Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (TBA) and Keynote Presentation (Alex Sirota)

1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)


Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1.00/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey – May Lunch ‘n Learn

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When: Tuesday May 17th from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/measurement-and-the-changing-customer-journey-innovation-factorys-may-lunch-n-learn-tickets-24777427954

 

Please join iF on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for our Lunch ‘n Learn session! This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch and learning something new. Please forward this to all of the innovators you know!

For our May session, Amy Gringhuis of Jan Kelley will be speaking about Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey. She will explore how consumer expectations and buying journeys have changed, why this is so important to understand and most importantly, how to build measurement frameworks in order to optimize and better enable the customer buying process. Amy will look at common business goals, measurement best practices as well a few case studies to see how this can be effectively implemented.

Agenda
11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (Eatable) and Keynote Presentation (Amy Gringhuis)
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Tammy Hwang wins DiFizen award

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Last night at Innovation Factory’s (@itbeginswithIF) annual Big DiF event Tammy Hwang (@tammyhwang) took home the Difizen of the Year award! The award recognizes one person who goes above and beyond for the innovation community in Hamilton.

There’s a lot of great people in the community working their asses off to make Hamilton a better place to innovate and grow companies, but it really couldn’t have gone to a better person than Tammy. I remember meeting Tammy just over 5 years ago at the first DemoCamp, and have worked together with her on various projects over the years (Startup Weekend, HIVE X, and now at CoMotion).

Tammy is one of those people who goes completely above and beyond their job description or expectations. You can get hired for a gig to help startups and do a great job, punching out after your 40 hours, and that’s wonderful. But you can also take it to the next level and make it something you live and something you lead, and that’s what Tammy does – whether it’s taking the lead role on bringing Startup Weekend to Hamilton, or making CoMotion happen. Tammy brings a wonderful Hamiltonian grit to everything she does too – when you’re going through the rapids, you’ll always be thankful that she’s on your team.

Big, big congratulations Tammy!

 

The Big DiF

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Please join iF on Thursday, May 12, 2016 for a The Big DiF!

The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase.

The aim is to bring together the Hamilton community (and Hamilton supporters) to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in our city, as well as recognize our partners who help make what we do at iF possible. We also use this as an opportunity to recognize one person who goes above and beyond for the community – an award we call the Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year Award.

Join us for an evening of celebration, network, and meet some of our up-and-coming innovators!

 

When: Thursday May 12th 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/the-big-dif-2016-innovation-factorys-open-house-client-showcase-tickets-23911824912

 

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1.00/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

 

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory (innovationfactory.ca) is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre, located in Hamilton, ON committed to connecting and enabling active collaboration between the city’s communities of science, business, government, academia and finance to accelerate the innovation process and amplify economic and social impact of key new ideas and discoveries. Funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are focused on strengthening the next generation of wealth and jobs generators.

Your entry to this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

 

Lunch ‘n Learn: The Startup Journey

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COME TO INNOVATION FACTORY ON TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016 FOR A LUNCH ‘N LEARN ON “THE STARTUP JOURNEY” FEATURING ADAM JARCZYN OF SLYCE!

 

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch

Adam is the current VP of Sales Engineering & Product at Slyce, and has years of experience in the startup world.

In this interactive session, Adam will speak to the startup life-cycle. He’ll be sharing his experiences in the hopes that what he’s learned about building a product, creating a team, navigating the often impossible task of fundraising, going through an acquisition, and dedicating significant time to help others understand how to approach the startup experience with their eyes wide open.

Everyday is a gamble, and Adam’s hope is that his story can help others navigate common entrepreneurial challenges. Areas he’ll touch on include accelerator/incubator programs, assembling your founding team, the role of fundraising, simplifying things as much as you can, acquisition and the post-purchase challenges.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch, and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.

 

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/the-startup-journey-innovation-factorys-april-lunch-n-learn-tickets-23816887953

Agenda

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 and Keynote Presentation
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.