Innovation Factory – LiONʼS LAIR (2022)


LiONʼS LAIR is an annual competition presented by Innovation Factory in partnership with the City of Hamilton Economic Development office, which brings together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton. The competition gives up-and-coming entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of Hamilton’s top business experts for a chance to win cash prizes.

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Applicants have the chance to win cash prizes.
The winners of the 2020 and 2021 competitions won a $30,000 prize.


Applicants have the chance to win cash prizes.

  • be startups who have a product in-market (or close to launch);
  • be working with Innovation Factory and being coached by Innovation Factory mentors;
  • residents and business owners in the greater Hamilton area of Ontario, Canada, and/or Ontario-located business owners with the intent to relocate to Hamilton, Ontario before December 31, 2022;
  • members of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • have businesses, which:
  • are past proof of concept;
  • have innovative and scalable technology;
  • fall within one of the following sectors: Life science, ICT, advanced manufacturing, smart transportation, cleantech and social innovation;
  • are ready to engage with our training sessions and expert mentors;
  • are able to participate and engage with Innovation Factory at their Hamilton office.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

Other Things to Note:

2022 Applications are closed.

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