Grants, Funding, and Investment Resources

Prepare to become investment ready with resources for business development. Discover grants and funding opportunities to support your growth at every stage.

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Business and investment guidance

Our team can work with you to help identify and navigate possible funding programs, loans or investors that could be best for your business.  Plus, you can participate in training and workshops to help you prepare for an investor or product pitch.

For innovators seeking private investment, our team can also provide you with strategic introductions, research support to determine your company’s valuation, expert advisors, angel investor panels, and due diligence expertise.

Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network

Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) is Ontario’s flagship initiative for the automotive and mobility sector, driving economic development and catalyzing a future that builds safer, cleaner, and more efficient transportation.

OVIN programs support the development and demonstration of automotive technologies and mobility solutions. OVIN programs are available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, test and validate innovative technologies and designed to connect them with partners to advance the commercialization of products and solutions.

i.d.e.a. Fund

i.d.e.a. Fund is a program that fosters inclusion, diversity, environment and acceleration while contributing to a more sustainable economy while fostering an equitable recovery in Southern Ontario.

Access up to $30,000 in matching funds to support strategies such as talent attraction, raising follow-on investment, product development, market value propositions, commercialization of intellectual property, and market diversification.

Investment Readiness Program

The Investment Readiness Program was developed by David W. Wright of Cassio Capital Advisors in collaboration with Angel One and Equation Angels. It is primarily focused on preparing early-stage companies for raising capital; whether that involves pitches to individual angel investors, venture capitalists or corporations (M&A activity).

Work with proven tools and templates for gathering the information necessary to close a deal! You will also deliver a pitch, receive feedback and gain skills and knowledge required to satisfy potential investors.

LiONS LAIR Pitch Competition

Compete cash prizes in Hamilton’s largest pitch competition. Participate in 3-months of workshops and training, and receive support as one of Canada’s next generation of innovators. The Competition is designed to help entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.

Business Development Bank of Canada


BDC, the Business Development Bank of Canada and the financial institution devoted to Canadian entrepreneurs. BDC has served over 72,000 clients, providing over $41.2B in funding to small and medium-sized businesses.  BDC helps create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

BDC is committed to the long-term success of Canadian entrepreneurs in all industries and stages of development and, understands that a business is more than just dollars and cents.