Hamilton Receives Chinese Delegation to Learn About Brownfields

Recently, CCICED, a high-level advisory body consisting of senior Chinese and international officials and authoritative experts, visited Hamilton to conduct research on major issues in the field of environment and development to assist in the sustainable development and scientific decision-making processes in China. The Chinese expert team were lawyers from various Universities in China tasked to develop the new soil law for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and learn how to devolve some of the current top down approach on soils to  Chinese provinces and municipalities. Hamilton was identified as one of the lead municipalities in North America that has a proactive program covering all the elements – financing/liability/economic development/incentives/risk management/intergovernmental cooperation/stakeholder engagement etc. through the ERASE program and others.

Entrepreneurship Camp for Students

The lemonade stand is something many of us know well and love, but it also represents one of the first entrepreneurial endeavours many of us partake in. This July and August, the Synergy summer experience program builds upon the classic lemonade stand business approach and teaches students the value of entrepreneurship, sustainability, and innovation. During their two weeks at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, students in grades 5-12 can expect to participate in fun and challenging activities such as creating a marketing plan for a real business in Hamilton, using state of the art digital software, trading stocks at DeGroote’s Gould Trading Floor, and taking a creative approach to the classic lemonade stand in order to support local charities. More information and registration details can be found at www.synergy.degroote.mcmaster.ca or by emailing synergy@mcmaster.ca.

15 Finalists Selected for 5th Annual LiON’S LAIR Competition

Fifteen companies have been selected as finalists for the fifth annual LiON’S LAIR competition, presented by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce!  After an extensive review of business plan submissions by a panel of independent judges, finalists chosen for this year are as follows: 12 Squared Diagnostics, Blue Orchid Care, BuckItLife, Chipsetter, ExVivo Labs, NanoSpin, OneBase, Peytec, Qidni Labs, QReserve, Sniper Skin, Tribute Tree, Virtual Possibilities, WeMesh and xocial.

This year, a new component has been added to the competition. All fifteen companies will go through training over the summer months, but in July, five will be eliminated during a round of preliminary pitching. The remaining ten will move on to pitch to the Lions with the goal of winning a portion of the $100,000+ in prizing. This elimination stage not only adds another exciting element to the competition, it also allows more entrepreneurs to go through the invaluable training sessions to perfect their pitch and accelerate their business.

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