Hamilton’s Soft-Landing Program
Hamilton’s Soft-Landing Program is designed to help foreign companies locate and connect with the Hamilton community to help discover and grow key partners and create customers.
Through collaboration with McMaster University, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton’s Economic Development Office, and Innovation Factory, Hamilton is able to offer resources to reduce the time, cost and risk of market entry and provide collaboration opportunities for companies.
Here’s how our partners can help:
Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton. Hamilton’s staff of experienced economic development professionals will work with your business to provide the up-to-date information and personal assistance needed to make your business expansion and relocation seamless and convenient
Our services also include:
o Site-selection assistance
o Information and research
o Coordination of City of Hamilton services together with our One-Stop team will help you:
o Understand timelines
o Applications you need to fill out
o Processes for starting or expanding your business
o Locate additional resources and key contacts
o Information to moving your business forward faster and more efficiently
Carolynn Reid CEcD
Business Development Consultant
Hamilton Economic Development Office
71 Main Street West, 7th Floor Hamilton,
Tel: 905-546-2424 ext 4381
Innovation Factory (iF) ignites innovation. Through seminars, events, peer-to-peer groups, and one-on-one mentoring we help Start-ups commercialize their ideas and Small/Medium Enterprises innovate within their organization. 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.
iF’s Startup Program was developed by seasoned entrepreneurs and experts to accelerate progress across each of the five start-up stages: Idea, Discovery, Validation, Efficiency and Scale. This framework helps us provide targeted programming and assistance for your business level and helps you see, more clearly, how to move forward.
Clients can start with iF at any stage of their business to solidify their current stage and move rapidly on to the next through coaching, mentoring, education and advocacy.
Innovation Factory has also worked to build a network of strategic business resources to help Start-ups establish their business in Ontario. From our executive resources, to our network of volunteer mentors and our community partners, we can offer expertise in all sectors of business, including CleanTech, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Advanced Manufacturing, and Life and Health Sciences.
Program Manager, Innovation Factory
175 Longwood Road South, Suite 101A
Tel: 905-667-2611 x224
MIP & McMaster University
McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is the place where visions are realized and ideas are transformed into commercial opportunities through collaboration with McMaster University. Benefits of locating to MIP include:
o Leveraging the strengths of McMaster University Research
o State of the art facilities
o Highly skilled workforce
o Prime Location
o On-site conference facilities
o Networking opportunities
o Healthy lifestyle
McMaster Innovation Park houses laboratories, offices, teaching resources and training and conference facilities. MIP supports research and commercialization efforts in a number of key industrial areas:
o Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
o Life & Health Sciences
Our Soft-Landing Program not only provides all of the aforementioned resources, but a location where you can connect with our partners in the community in order to help you navigate the City of Hamilton and local organizations, and help you discover and grow your key partners and create your first customers.
MIP is committed to helping businesses grow their impact in the Canadian market by providing space as an international landing pad for business and research expansion.
Marketing & Leasing Manager, McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Suite 101A
Tel: (905) 667-5500