Business incubators and startup accelerators in the Hamilton-area.


The Forge

Description: The Forge is the startup incubator for McMaster University and Hamilton region. Our incubator program is open to anyone pursuing scalable, technology-based companies. Our goal is to work hands-on with early-stage entrepreneurs to help them build successful startups. So far 97 companies have been through the Forge; together they have raised over $20 MM and are selling products in 30+ countries.


Hamilton Technology Centre

Description: The Hamilton Technology Centre is a private innovation hub located in Canada’s Innovation Triangle owned and operated by Clearcable. HTC opened its doors in 1993 and is currently striving to foster the development of technology companies by providing space and community to new and accelerating companies who choose the Hamilton area as their home. HTC would like to encourage ongoing cooperation with the region’s other innovation spaces.


Innovation Exchange

Description: The HHS/IBM Innovation Exchange is a unique innovation accelerator based out of downtown Hamilton, Ontario aimed at improving our healthcare system. We connect researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs to collaborate on projects focused on overcoming healthcare delivery challenges. We provide innovators with the clinical resources and exclusive IBM technology to drive their solutions forward. We support companies and healthcare experts in accelerating the commercialization and implementation of their products and services across our healthcare system.


Innovation Factory

Description: 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.



Description: SURGE offers FREE one-on-one mentoring to Mohawk College students and alumni who are entrepreneurs. If you are ready to evaluate your business idea or if you need help with a business you have already started then don’t hesitate to get in touch with SURGE.