Lion’s Lair 2015 applications opening March 30th



Innovation Factory and The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that the LiON’S LAIR competition is back for another year!

LiON’S LAIR has helped to elevate a number of innovative, successful companies, and bring together the local business ecosystem in a celebration of entrepreneurship.

This year will mark the fifth annual LiON’S LAIR competition, and we’ve got some surprises in store for our 2015 finalists.

Applications officially open March 30, 2015.

To stay up to date with the competition and exciting announcements to come, sign up to receive email updates here!

Wrap-up: MacGDA Job Shadow Program

Editor’s Note: The below is a guest article from Thrive Games.



The event itself was organized by MacGDA (McMaster Game Development Association) and ran from February 16-20, 2015. The association reached out to three local game development studios (Uken, Snake Head Games, and Thrive Games) and asked if they would allow students to come into their offices to experience what it is like to work in the video game development industry.

Thrive Games brought on three McMaster students, Sahajmeet Bhutta, Theo Stone, and Matthew Paine, and hosted them in our offices for a week. Michael Huynh hosted a lecture series about the fundamentals of Java programming, and guided the interns as they made a functioning clone of the classic game “Asteroid”. The task was itself fairly simple and only took two days time to code the bare bones of the game. On the third day, the students switched roles – and got a chance to lead the project team. Each intern had a day in the project manager role where they came up with new features to be implemented in the game – they distributed work, took the lead in decision making, and managed the code from the two other students merging it into a cohesive project.





Beam me up, Scotty…I mean Recruiters at the C2C 2015



Editor’s Note: The below is a guest post from WeBeam


Connect to Careers(C2C) is Hamilton’s Largest Job Fair happening on March 10, 2015. The venue at Hamilton Convention Center will occupy over 150 employers looking to connect with students, alumni and members of the Hamilton community. This event is your opportunity to network with potential employers, explore career options and employment opportunities. Employers are recruiting for full time, part time, co-op and summer positions.

What’s really interesting is the new way to send resumes to recruiters through Beam on iOS/Android. Its really changing how students give out resumes at career fairs. Its convenient for job seekers as you will not need to print out hundreds of resumes. Its convenient for recruiters as everything becomes paperless. Beam needs you to have a dropbox account with your PDF resume and you can start applying. Register for Beam at

What should you bring to the Fair?

1) Yourself, please bring your student card for attendance tracking at the event.

2) Create a Beam account (Beam is an iOS/Android app that lets you send unlimited number of resumes to recruiters). Its convenient as you will not need to print out hundreds of resumes. Register at

3) Bring Paper Resumes or Business Cards. If you have Beam installed on your phone, don’t worry about this.

4) Dress for success.


Chamber InnTech meeting tomorrow



When: 8:00am – 9:30am

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Technology committee meetings are technically for Chamber members – however feel free to come to 2-3 committee meetings as a ‘try before you buy’ even if you’re not a Chamber member.

At this meeting we’ll be hearing from an organizer of the Surge program for student entrepreneurism at Mohawk College, the organizers of HackItMac, and Chris Marlatt about bringing an unconference to Hamilton.


Discover HamOnt Podcast



Brian Hogg (@brianhogg) co-organizes Freelancer and WordPress meetups in town, and now he’s launching a new podcast called Discover #HamOnt (@DiscoverHamOnt).

“A podcast dedicated to exploring the businesses, groups and individuals that make up Hamilton, Ontario Canada, and why they love it here.”

Check out Discover HamOnt podcast interviews below with institutional leaders in the business, startup and tech spaces in Hamilton! And subscribe to follow Discover #HamOnt podcasts as they are released each week!


David Carter (@dkrcarter) of Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)


Justin Policarpio (@Justin_Polic) of McMaster Spectrum (@Mac_Spectrum)


Keanin Loomis (@KeaninLoomis) of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (@hamiltonchamber)


Meridian and Innovation Factory partner to Champion Entrepreneurs



HAMILTON, MARCH 4, 2015 – Ontario’s largest credit union, Meridian, today announced a three-year partnership with Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) and a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. Combining their expertise and resources, the partners will work with local entrepreneurs — both aspiring and established — to help launch their businesses and ensure sustainable success.

“Meridian is committed to championing financial literacy among the entrepreneur community in Ontario. A study commissioned by Meridian shows that while many small business owners have the passion, drive and enthusiasm to start their own business, they often lack the financial acumen to see their business come to fruition,” says Jeff Brown, Vice President, Small Business at Meridian. “By working with Innovation Factory, we can help budding entrepreneurs realize their dreams faster and inspire them to focus on the long-term success and sustainability of their businesses.”

Dedicated to integrating innovation into the way people do business, Innovation Factory has been a vital driver of small business growth in the Greater Hamilton Region for over 4 years. Through the partnership, Meridian will be involved in two of Innovation Factory’s pillar programs — LiON’S LAIR and LiFT. LiON’S LAIR is an annual competition that gives ten local companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of Hamilton’s top business experts for a chance to win more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. LiFT assists entrepreneurs by assessing and overcoming the challenges they face within the current stages of their businesses. Within both programs and on an ongoing basis, Meridian experts will provide financial advice and counseling to these impassioned entrepreneurs supported by Innovation Factory.

“We are always looking to develop partnerships with the best and brightest in Hamilton,” says David Carter, Executive Director, Innovation Factory. “Partnerships require a common vision for the future, and Meridian supports our belief that entrepreneurs will have a significant impact in the future growth in the City and its surrounding region.“

About Meridian
With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members, including over 21,000 business Members. Meridian has $11 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 67 branches and 7 business centres. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 2,500 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 360,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit:

About Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory is the Regional Innovation Centre for Hamilton in the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, leveraging funding and support from all three levels of government and the city’s top private sector and institutional partners. Our goal is to stimulate economic activity in this city by helping Hamilton businesses embrace the principals of innovation.

A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are focused on strengthening Hamilton’s next generation of job generators.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is Ontario’s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information visit

Spectrum competition to award $50k this month



When: Tuesday March 31st 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: McMaster University Student Centre @ 1280 Main Street West


The top 10 teams to participate in the first annual McMaster Spectrum Student Startup Competition have been revealed!

In alphabetical order, the teams are:

– Blue Orchid Care
– Comikka
– FriendlyRentr
– Ranggo
– RotaNovus
– Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments
– Start the Cycle
– Syntegra Labs
– Uwallet

Join us as McMaster’s top student entrepreneurs compete for more than $50,000 in cash prizes. The FREE event will feature pitches from each Top 10 team, an opportunity to award your favourite pitch with the People’s Choice Award ($5k), and free food! RSVP today!


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