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Golfscoring.net
A unique and Entertaining Scoring System for Golf Leagues

What we do:
We provide golf clubs with a unique and entertaining online scoring system specifically designed to reward performance while promoting participation and increasing food and beverage sales.

Our ultimate goal:
To establish a corporate partner who will underwrite the User Fee to allow us to provide the program for “free” to our customers

Target Market:
Every golfer, everywhere

Strengths:
Our highly skilled team

Our Team:
Pat Alpaugh
Dave Wiese
Dave Burnham

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
We live in Hamilton

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To manage the Men’s League at the Brantford Golf & C. C.


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Lusso Living Products Inc.
Give Life A Lift

What we do:
Lusso Living Products Inc. is the developer and manufacturer of the Easy Reach motorized cabinet. At the touch of a button, our cabinets lower electronically down AND forward toward the waiting hand of the user, bringing the contents of those cabinets within “Easy Reach” The motorized lift is hidden within the cabinet structure making the Easy Reach motorized cabinet indistinguishable from a non-motorized cabinet. Easy Reach cabinets can be placed in various locations within a home such as the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and living room, garage and closets. Our products can also be used in commercial, institutional and industrial settings

Our ultimate goal:
To see our products in as many homes offices businesses and institutions as possible in all parts of the world.

Target Market:
Our market has 3 segments: 1) Aging at Home; 2) Physically Handicapped; 3) The Home Improvement market. The first two segments have a need or for improved accessibility in a living environment. The 3rd will enjoy Easy Reach’s ease of use/luxury appeal

Strengths:
Our strength is found in our Unified vision of the ownership group; Our openness to be challenged; and, Our drive to improve our product’s performance and broaden their applications

Our Team:
Peter Rupcic
Darren Slater
Jerry Sorbara

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
Hamilton is a happening place. We are all either life time or long term residents of this city and we feel the rebirth that is occurring and want to ride this wave. There is a skilled workforce, great infrastructure and easy access to our target markets

What was the motivation for starting your company?
We wanted to use our expertise in motorized lift technology to develop products that improve the quality of life for those who need it and increase their independence. We also wanted the products to have a “wow” factor


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OverAir Proximity Technologies Ltd.
Dare you to simplify.

What we do:
OverAir simplifies content delivery to smartphones by supplying and implementing Near Field communication (NFC) technology. We are the only supplier of NFC tags based in Canada and have the largest selection as well. Our secret sauce is a unique Tag Management Portal which allows not only for multiple dimensions of analytics to be captured, but the ability to change the functionality of the tag post-deployment. Meaning that NFC tags are completely dynamic and no longer need to be replaced when content is changed! Our Portal was built with simplicity and fluidity to support different applications: Marketing, Retail, Restaurants, Manufacturing, etc.

Our ultimate goal:
To be recognized as the Canadian Leader in NFC technology, and a top tiered exporter in the world stage (and/or be bought out by Google/Amazon)

Target Market:
Marketing, Retail, Restaurants, Trade Shows, Manufacturing.

Strengths:
Our team and our network of mentors.

Our Team:
Ethan Do
Darren Kitamura
Diana Najda
George Kobakov
Justin Zhu

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
Hamilton, and especially the McMaster Innovation Park, is the high tech hub of Canada. To be next to McMaster University, and the Materials Research Centre, catalyzes OverAir’s innovations.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
After tapping my first NFC Tag and seeing my LinkedIn profile pop-up automatically on my phone…Honestly, a deep gut feeling that this can be BIG!


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PainQuILT
Access to drinking water alternatives

What we do:
Our company is developing the Pain-QuILT, a web-based pain assessment tool that has been developed and refined by continual input from people who live with chronic pain, healthcare professionals, and the scientific research community, as a comprehensive, patient-driven visual assessment of the pain experience. Customers will benefit by solving the problem of assessing and monitoring people with pain, a process that is time-consuming for clinicians, and burdensome to patients. The Pain-QuILT will uniquely provide easy-to-interpret visual reports that track the pain experience over time, provide analyzed aggregate data, and will be used to coordinate with other pain providers.

Our ultimate goal:
To generate profit through licensing and services

Target Market:
People who have chronic pain

Strengths:
Our innovative pain assessment tool. We are driven by the grassroots. We have a track record of succeeding

Our Team:
James Henry
Chitra Lalloo
Sarah O’Byrne

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
The tool is copyrighted by McMaster University, based in Hamilton

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To commercialize an innovative pain assessment tool


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Prevori Flow Control
Access to drinking water alternatives

What we do:
Prevori Flow Control develops and markets a patent pending valve with a precise variable orifice, hence the name “Prevori”, which allows for precise control of flow rates once a precise pressure is applied. This valve will have many applications but the primary application is the disinfection of drinking water using gravity feed without electronic controls. This will have important implications in the developed world where it will allow us to consume alternative water sources such as cisterns. In the developing or undeveloped world, it will provide access to treated water for potentially billions of people for the first time.

Our ultimate goal:
Wide ranging flow control improvement.

Target Market:
North American residential consumers.

Strengths:
Unmet need, product value, moral standing

Our Team:
David Billings

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
I live in Burlington but Hamilton has attractive real estate and personnel opportunities

What was the motivation for starting your company?
The valve was initially conceived for gaseous applications though drinking water is mentioned in the patent application


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Roux Commercial Kitchen and Food Truck Commissary
Creating a culinary incubator to drive industry forward

What we do:
Roux is Ontario’s first licensed commercial kitchen and food truck commissary. Located in the heart of Hamilton Roux offers culinary entrepreneurs an opportunity to launch a small business and network with like-minded individuals. With a proven track record in the burgeoning food truck industry the “Roux Crew” is well equipped to help individuals navigate the often frustrating process of planning and operating a small business. We offer full service amenities including business services, consulting, graphic design and branding as well as access to a well-appointed 1300 sq ft commercial kitchen. Ask us, what can Roux do for you?

Our ultimate goal:
Our goal is to help people achieve their dreams of operating thier own business and to provide an environment of support, collaboration and opportunity.

Target Market:
Anyone looking to launch a culinary business or to expand an existing culinary business.

Strengths:
Honesty. Integrity. Creativity.

Our Team:
Susan Austin
Scott Austin
Tanisha White
Iain Kirkpatrick
Brad Austin
Stacey Austin

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
We chose Hamilton because it is our home and we LOVE it! Also because Hamilton is on the forefront of the growing food truck industry so it stands to reason that we should also be the first to take it to the next level.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
We recognized an opportunity to enhance Hamilton’s growing culinary footprint.


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RZR Skate Blades
Giving you the edge!

What we do:
RZR designs and manufactures custom hockey skate blades. Our product follows the classic hockey skate blade design, but combines the highest quality stainless steels with the latest technology in custom precision manufacturing processes. The result is a product that is superior in all aspects of performance and strength.

Our ultimate goal:
Our goal is to maximize the peak performance potential of every athlete that wears our product.

Target Market:
High level hockey players; starting primarily with Professional, semi-pro and collegiate players.

Strengths:
Product, knowledge, service.

Our Team:
Chris Verticchio
Michael Verticchio
Nick Montecchia

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
Hamilton is our home town, known for steel and has a great hockey heritage and access to market.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To provide the most advanced performance skate blades available on the market.


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Schopf Innovations Inc. (The Wedgie)
Reach Your Ultimate Speed

What we do:
SCHOPF INNOVATIONS INC. designs, manufactures and sells innovative bicycle components to the triathlon and bicycling worldwide marketplace. SCHOPF INNOVATIONS INC . has created the “Wedgie”. Wind tunnel and real world tested, the “Wedgie” is the most aerodynamic, light weight and convenient way to carry a water bottle and tools on a triathlon bicycle.

Our ultimate goal:
SCHOPF INNOVATIONS INC. vision is to become a world class innovative design centre and premier builder of bicycle components.

Target Market:
Triathletes and Cyclists

Strengths:
Innovative designs, Speed to Market, Ability to Attract Top Talent

Our Team:
Tom Schopf

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
I was born & raised in Hamilton and proud of it skilled work force. Perfect place to build a winning team

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To address the need for aerodynamic storage on bicycles


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Trend Trunk
Cash In Your Closet!

What we do:
TrendTrunk.com is a social marketplace where consumers across Canada can buy, sell and donate their fashionable clothing & accessories. It’s fun, simple, social and secure! In addition, through our Closets & Causes program we combine fashion & fundraising! You can raise funds while cashing in your closet or shopping closets you love, and donate up to 100% of the proceeds to any charity in Canada. Plus, you’ll receive a tax receipt for the full donated value! Cash in your closet and make money, or shop closets full of styles you love and save up to 80%!

Our ultimate goal:
To be a world-class marketplace platform which connects buyers and sellers in a secure, safe and social environment.

Target Market:
Fashion forward consumers, primarily women, aged 16-35

Strengths:
Our team, ingenuity, passion

Our Team:
Sean Snyder
Trevor Lash
Yaprak Onur
Enum IIahi
Danyi Zhang
Jaime McCormick
Shivani Persad

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
Because innovation is happening in Hamilton, and we are innovative!

What was the motivation for starting your company?
Enabling individuals to reduce their footprint, recycle their styles, reward themselves, raise funds and look good doing so at the same time!


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WalkBug
Go Explore

What we do:
WalkBug is an mobile application that provides an interactive walking tour experience. If you’re in a new city and would like to explore, WalkBug is your tour guide and will provide you with a content-rich walking tour of popular areas. If you find yourself at a large event such as Nuit Blanche or Doors Open, WalkBug will guide you through the sights, letting you know where you are, and what’s interesting around you. If you’re a hiker or a photographer looking for exciting new locations, WalkBug is your trail guide, showing you the popular wildlife destinations or beautiful nature vistas.

Our ultimate goal:
To develop this application, which will help those with active lifestyles explore exciting new areas.

Target Market:
Anyone who walks.

Strengths:
We have a diversity among our members, from students, to developers, to seasoned professionals, we all share in the passion of walking & all of our members are driven individuals in our particular fields.

Our Team:
Al Mithani
Nageeb Twal
William Lawrence
Chad Fullerton

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
We are all from Hamilton and the surrounding area.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
We all appreciate the value of a good walk, and shared in the common goal of enriching the walking experience.