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Tending the Lions: The college is a key enabler of the success of participants in Innovation Factory’s annual pitch competition, LiONS LAIR

Mohawk College is a key enabler of success for LiONS LAIR pitch competition participants through applied research support and as a provider of a pipeline of talent.

The competition, hosted by regional business accelerator Innovation Factory (IF), is entering its 12th year in 2022.

“Mohawk College faculty, researchers and students have built strong relationships with LiONS LAIR participants over the years and have played a crucial role as they navigate the road to commercialization,” says Andrea Johnson, General Manager of the Centre for Emerging Research Initiatives at Mohawk’s applied research hub, IDEAWORKS.

That includes everything from working on designs and prototypes to testing and evaluation of products.

“Applied research out of the college is driving innovation with tangible results,” says Johnson.

David Carter, executive director of IF, recalls when he first arrived at his job in Hamilton, he took a tour of the mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC)  lab at Mohawk.

He marvelled at how students had the benefit of being able to clearly picture their future job, because the MEDIC lab is a working environment.

“I hadn’t been involved in academia and I can tell you that my conception of a postsecondary education was not that. They were finding industry solutions. I was completely blown away and then I learned about IDEAWORKS, which takes that applied research mindset campus-wide.”

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a business accelerator, dedicated to helping Ontario-based businesses launch, scale, and succeed. We provide start-ups, and scaling companies with advisory services, training, mentorship, and strategic connections to help bring disruptive technologies to market, leverage intellectual property, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs. Serving as the catalyst for tech innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2011 we are driven to help: Entrepreneurs bring new ideas to life and to market Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) get to the next level Hamilton build a dynamic culture and a community of innovation Innovation can happen anywhere. Our goal is to make it work everywhere. We work to elevate key industry sectors including, advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information technology, integrated mobility, life sciences & health care and social innovations.

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