Bright Lights Big Competition: Angel One attends Hamilton Innovation Factory’s Lions Lair Awards Gala

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Last night Angel One was honoured to attend Lion’s Lair, an annual competition held by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, which brings together the entrepreneurship and innovation communities in Hamilton. The evening allows for 10 companies to pitch their ideas to a panel of top business experts – the “Lions” – for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources.  The Lions this year included Angel One’s own Julie Ellis, co-founder of award winning Mabel’s Labels, as well as Dilys D’Cruz Vice President Community Banking at Meridian Credit Union, Michael Macaluso President of CARSTAR North America and Ruth Todd a KPMG Enterprise Advisor.

After welcome cocktails and networking, attendees were seated for dinner and the 10 finalists were profiled by pre-recorded video clips of their pitch to the Lions. The finalist were from of many different sectors, such as aquaponics, veterinary medicine, apparel, chemical solutions and marketing services. To increase attendee participation, Angel One investee Weever Apps moderated a real-time voting app that resulted in BridesMade winning The People’s Choice Award. BridesMade is a rental dress business tailor-made for the Bridesmaid industry, offering young women everywhere a custom fitted alternative to purchasing expensive dresses that are rarely worn more than once.

Photo of Lions Lair Finalists courtesy of Barry Gray, the Hamilton Spectator

Huge congratulations goes to Aiva Labs, headed up by Sarosha Imtiaz and Adnan Somani, who took home the first place prize. Aiva Labs offers“easy traffic conversions solutions for your website”. Second place was awarded to Emily Rudow and Kayla Nezon of Oneiric Hockey, for developing base layer apparel for hockey players that allows them to get dressed faster, holds shin pads in place and provides additional safety in areas of the body left exposed.  And third place was awarded to Lumago, a customizable and fully automated aquaponic system for non-commercial greenhouses started by Melissa Houghton. Lastly, Katrina Poletto of Dolled Up Dessert, a vegan and gluten free bakery that creates baking mixes, received The Hamilton Award in recognition of her impact within the city.

It was a wonderful evening watching these bright lights of entrepreneurship present their innovations, and hats off to the community of Hamilton for providing a stage for them to do so!

The Finalists

Aiva Labs –

BridesMade –

Dash MD –

Dolled up Desserts –

Gene Blueprint – –

HiNT –

Lumago –

Nanophyll –

Oneiric Hockey –

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