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 2018 Winners


Grand Prize: $76,500

MesoMat is an advanced materials company which has developed innovative solutions including a proprietary wire that is able to conduct electricity even as it is bent and stretched.

Altius Analytics Labs

Second prize: $56.811

Hardware and software that allows you to seamlessly record and analyze 3D human motion.


Third Prize: $45,000

Software that uploads and organizes photos for quick delivery to customers who can view and share through a custom branded photo page.


Hamilton Award: $2,500

A platform that provides exposure for freelance beauty professionals and makes finding services that cater to different textures, tones and complexions easy.


People's Choice

AgeRate provides a genetic test that can reveal your biological age, which is a metric for healthy ageing and can be lowered through diet and exercise.


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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