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Our Startups

McMaster researchers disclose more than 80 inventions and creative works to the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) every year. Advisors at MILO work with these inventors and creators to file patents or other IP protection, evaluate market opportunities, and identify potential licensees or investors to move these technologies forward. Our goal is to support McMaster researchers in licensing these inventions to existing companies or supporting the creation of startup companies to create social and economic benefit for all Canadians.

Companies looking for new innovations, or investors and entrepreneurs looking for startup opportunities, can search for available technologies. For inquiries, please email Glen Crossley, Associate Director, Business Development and Intellectual Property.

McMaster has a number of programs that support entrepreneurs and startups, including the McMaster Seed Fund (MSF) which has a mandate to create and launch successful research and IP-based companies from the University and its affiliated hospitals. Please email Leigh Wilson, Associate Director, New Ventures to discuss further.

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Launched in September 2021, the McMaster Seed Fund is an early-stage investment vehicle designed to foster innovative startup companies from McMaster research that have the potential for significant economic and/or societal impact in the Hamilton region and beyond.

Stay tuned for Round 3. The call for applications will be announced shortly.

MSF Investments - Round 1

Two McMaster startups received a combined $735,000 to move their innovations closer to reality in the first round of investments by the McMaster Seed Fund.

MSF Investments - Round 2

Three McMaster startups have received a combined $1.27 million in the second round of McMaster Seed Fund investments.

McMaster Innovation Showcase

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