4th Annual LION's Lair a Success!
Over 500 members of the Hamilton business community gathered together at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on October 2, as Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented the fourth annual LiON’S LAIR Awards Gala.
The room was abuzz as guests who had come together to celebrate entrepreneurship in Hamilton awaited the results of the Lions’ decisions – which finalists would take home the coveted $160,000+ in cash and professional resources? Six weeks after their pitches to the Lions, the ten finalists – along with the audience – finally got their news. Prize winners of the evening included Ranggo as the grand prize winner of $57,500 total in cash and professional resources, The Greenlid in second with $51,250, Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments in third with $28,250, followed by Hangry at $15,000 and Special Appucations with $13,000.
The winners were selected by this year’s Lions: Carmela Trombetta, Blair McKeil, Mario Paron, Jeff Paikin, and Tonia Jahshan.
The audience also had the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award, and after the votes were tallied The Greenlid was named the winner and awarded a meeting with Trellis Capital (a Toronto VC firm), $500 cash and a half page ad in The Hamilton Spectator.
The competition is, of course, about more than just the results announced at the Gala. Each of the finalists have committed months of practice and hard work to their ventures, spending hours in training with the iF team since June. They should all be proud of how far they’ve come!
A huge thanks goes out to the incredible LiON’S LAIR partners, like McMaster Innovation Park, whose generous support this event would be impossible without. Through their contributions, iF and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are able to put on this fantastic event each year and award over $160,000 in cash and professional resources to the winner(s).
Thank you to all of the partners and Lions for their continued support of LiON’S LAIR, and congratulations to all ten finalists! Learn more about the finalists & their winnings and see photos from the event at lionslair.ca.