Do you dare enter the lair?

LiONʼS LAIR is an annual competition which brings together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton.

Top Prizing

Finalists prepare their pitches in the summer then present in front of our business experts, "The Lions", for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources.

15 Finalists

The competition gives fifteen of the Hamilton region’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of Hamilton’s top business experts.

Hamilton's Innovators

The LiON'S LAIR competition culminates in a fall gala, where the winner is announced live. This highly-anticipated event brings together Hamilton's innovative entrepreneurs, small business owners, and top decision makers.

Meet our 2017 Winners


Grand Prize: $79,000

Aiva helps online businesses increase their revenue using intelligent marketing campaigns & landing pages that auto-magically improve themselves, with no coding required.

Oneiric Hockey

Second prize: $59,000

A base layer apparel for hockey players that allows them to get dressed faster, holds shin pads in place and provides additional safety in areas of the body left exposed.


Third Prize: $43,000

A customizable and fully automated aquaponics system that allows farmers to expand as their needs change.

Dolled Up Desserts

Hamilton Award: $7,500

A wholesale bakery offering gluten free and vegan treats and baking mixes.


People's Choice

An online portal that allows bridesmaids to rent size-adjustable dresses that are shipped to their doorsteps.


LiON'S LAIR 2018

Finalists 2018

Our 2018 Top Ten Finalists Age Rate Age Rate has developed a prototype which uses a mouth swab and test to determine how well a user is ageing by comparing their biological age to their Read more...

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Hamilton, ON Canada
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