Hamilton Economic Development

Creative City

Hamilton is a city of innovators. From its historic steel and textile producers to its current prominence in the health, technology and engineering sectors, Hamilton’s innovation community can help your business succeed. The city has numerous organizations; commercialization engines and research facilities that help companies like yours develop new products and processes and turn them into commercial reality.

Hamilton’s post-secondary institutions are leaders in the innovation field. Mohawk College, which provides education for more than 10,000 full-time students annually, features iDeaWORKS, which pairs talented students and faculty with local businesses to validate, develop and commercialize new technologies to help turn ideas into marketable products and services.

Hamilton is also home to McMaster University, one of Canada’s leading research institutions for health sciences and engineering. McMaster hosts Canada Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence, giving the university the third highest number of Chairs located in Ontario, and ninth highest in Canada.

In 2009, the university opened the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), a premier research park offering collaborative space for researchers and entrepreneurs alike to co-locate, connect and commercialize; a place to transform  ideas from vision to commercial opportunity.  Presently located at MIP is the McMaster Industry Liaison Office, the university’s department dedicated to commercializing the findings of McMaster researchers and connecting industry to McMaster University and; the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (XCEEi) works with aspiring entrepreneurs to commercialize technologies and create their own start-ups. XCEEi uses an industry-proven commercialization model to help create viable start-up businesses, allowing young entrepreneurs to develop their venture skills through working on solving real-customer problems. Office space at the Don Pether Incubation Centre as well as seed funding of up to CA $60,000 are available to promising ventures that meet the program requirements; and CANMET-MTL, the Canadian federal government’s facility dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation; and the Innovation Factory, a not-for-profit organization that helps innovators connect with business, government and academia to accelerate the economic and social impact of ideas and discoveries.

Hamilton is also one of Ontario’s most concentrated centres for healthcare research. Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare are two of the city’s top employers. Each organization spends millions of dollars annually on research across a variety of health-related fields, and houses numerous institutions dedicated to specific medical advancements.

Hamilton is a top-tier centre for innovation. The city’s research and development holdings, favourable investment climate, and dedication to helping innovators succeed can help any company turn its innovations into commercially viability. If you’re interested in learning more about Hamilton’s innovation centres and resources please visit the below links:

Research@McMaster: http: http: //www.mcmaster.ca/research/
McMaster Industry Liaison Office: http://ip.mcmaster.ca/
The Don Pether Incubation Centre: http://xceei.mcmaster.ca/pether/index.html
Xerox Centre for Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Innovation:  http://xceei.mcmaster.ca/index.html
Hamilton Health Sciences – Research: http://www.hhsc.ca/body.cfm?id=152
St. Joseph’s Healthcare: http://www.stjoes.ca/default.asp?action=article&ID=1807
Mohawk Applied Research Centre: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about/research/marc.html
iDeaWORKS: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/ideaworks
Hamilton Hive: http://www.hamiltonhive.ca/
Hamilton HYPE: www.whatsthehype.ca
Software Hamilton: http://www.softwarehamilton.com/
Innovation Factory: http://www.innovationfactory.ca
Cobalt Connects: http://www.cobaltconnects.ca/




Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

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