HAMILTON & HALTON, ON, July 10, 2024 – Innovation Factory announces the top 10 finalists for the 2024 LiONS LAIR pitch competition, a highly anticipated gala event within the region’s innovation and business community. These 10 start-ups will pitch at the gala on September 26, 2024, in front of an audience of over 350 attendees. The finalists will also field questions from a panel of experts, the ‘LiONS’ who will ultimately determine who will take home the cash and in-kind prizes.

The LiONS LAIR 2024 finalists are Consoul Inc, Deaf AI, DOUBL, Harvest Systems, Healthyher.Life, Infinite Harvest Technologies Inc, Leynek Medical, Maman Biomedical, Neuropeutics Inc, Yellowbird Diagnostics.  Each start-up represents a unique solution and showcases the thriving innovation spirit of the region. Before facing the judges at the gala, the finalists will participate in a series of training sessions to support their success in the competition and throughout their investment and commercialization journey. 

Meet the LiONS LAIR 2024 Top 10 Finalists

The 10 finalists were selected from 40 companies with innovative solutions from various industries who participated in Innovation Factory’s intensive training program, Founders Fast Track. This program equipped the start-ups with tools, mentorship, and networking opportunities, and culminated in a speed-pitching event, judged by angel and venture capital investors. Based on scores from the investors, the best-performing start-ups were offered the exclusive invitation to showcase their companies at LiONS LAIR – a platform that promotes innovation and provides access to networking and community building. 

“LiONS LAIR is a celebration of leaders who are innovating, creating real impact and ensuring a prosperous future for the region. It’s incredible to be able to support these start-ups through our programs, this competition and throughout their entrepreneurship journey,” remarked David Carter, CEO of Innovation Factory.

Over the past 13 years, LiONS LAIR has supported 165 high-potential companies and innovators and hosted the gala event where over $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded. The sell-out gala attracts not only burgeoning regional firms but also the region’s business and innovation community, along with influential industry figures.

The 14th annual LiONS LAIR pitch competition and gala is scheduled to take place on September 26, 2024, in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit lionslair.ca to buy your tickets or table today.

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for technology innovation in the Brant, Halton, Hamilton and Norfolk regions since 2010. Innovation Factory provides business services, training, mentorship, and strategic connections to drive market adoption, leverage intellectual property, and increase revenues, investment, and jobs. Innovators can also access sector-specific resources including exclusive smart transportation test environments and data; and a formal life science and health innovation ecosystem.