The Forge, McMaster University – Startup Survivor Program and Pitch Competition


Startup Survivor is a 4-month innovation program culminating with a pitch competition in October, open to McMaster students and recent alumni. Throughout the summer, The Forge will be giving out up to $75,000 cash to the teams competing in the 6 challenges.

Comments on Funding:

The Forge will be giving up to $75,000 cash. Teams will complete 6 challenges with help from mentors and workshops along the way. With each completed challenge, finalists are granted a portion of their funding and are awarded points from The Tribal Council (our valued mentors).

Finally, the top 5 teams will compete in “The Startup Survivor Pitch Competition”, for the chance to win additional prize money!


Applicants must:

  • Applicants must be McMaster students and recent alumni. 

Other Things To Note:

Applications have closed for the 2022 cohort.

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