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Hamilton’s industries were built from a steel manufacturing and textiles backbone, which have since grown into exceptionally advanced technology-driven businesses. This industrious approach to business is a significant point of pride in Hamilton. As a result, many other businesses launched in the city carry the same spirit of innovation and hard work.

Support For Commercialization In Hamilton

Hamilton’s pronounced focus on research and innovation makes it a natural choice for new businesses. The city’s reputation as hard-working, creative, and innovative has made it a popular destination for ventures in entrepreneurship.

Established Support Networks for Hamilton Businesses:

McMaster Innovation Park

Houses over 40 businesses focused on innovation and commercialization, including CanmetMATERIALS and the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre.

Innovation Factory

Helping entrepreneurs build businesses around their products and services and guiding small and medium-sized enterprises to scale through workshops, programming, and mentoring.

McMaster Industry Liaison Office

Dedicated to helping new products reach their intended markets by creating links between academia and industry.

IDEAWORKS at Mohawk College

Offers participating businesses customized research applications for specific projects while providing students with real-world, hands-on research experience.

The Forge

Tech start-up incubator within McMaster Innovation Park, providing seed funding, workspace, prototyping equipment, and mentorship.


Provides one-on-one mentorship to current students or alumni of Mohawk College who are entrepreneurs or who want to become entrepreneurs

The benefits of academics and professionals working so closely together mean developing new technologies is less expensive

Emerging researchers and future business executives also receive practical training by collaborating with local companies.

Universities and Colleges Provide Partnership for Research and Innovation

Hamilton’s universities and colleges educate an expert workforce to support the constant innovation required for industries to thrive. These institutions also partner with local companies to push the limits of technology and better understand the current and future needs of the business community.

McMaster University

McMaster University is a leading public research university renowned for its innovative approach to teaching and learning. It consistently ranks among the top universities in Canada and boasts a diverse community of students and scholars worldwide. McMaster is particularly well-known for its strength in health sciences, engineering, and the social sciences, and its commitment to research that makes a real-world impact.

Mohawk College

Mohawk College is Ontario’s largest educator of apprentices, from the skilled trades in manufacturing and technology to healthcare. Three campuses in Hamilton have over 17,000 students enrolled yearly, increasing the technically-inclined labour force.

Collège Boréal and Redeemer College University

The French language Collège Boréal has provided more than $1.2 million in scholarships and emergency grants through dozens of programs while the Christian-rooted Redeemer College University offers a degree across 34 majors and streams through experiential learning opportunities.