McMaster to Open New “Accelerator” Program in James North Arts District

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McMaster University is coming to James Street North with a 2,500 square feet business incubator focused on “digital media and information communication technology, tourism and culture, education and life sciences and advanced health.”

City Council is expected to ratify a $25,000 “forgivable loan” to McMaster University to assist with leasehold improvements for the new office located at 109 James Street North.

The building at 109 James North is owned by Mark Milne and Tim Potocic of Sonic Unyon fame and most recently housed Haji Grocery.

Milne and Potocic own five street addresses on the block and are nearing completion of extensive renovation and additions to the upper floors of three of the buildings.

2 thoughts on “McMaster to Open New “Accelerator” Program in James North Arts District

  1. WooHoo! Now this is great news for both Mac & the city and the spin-off is that James St North will have more ‘startup’ traffic a-walking and a-buying and #HamOnt grows again! Kudos to the owners for their “founder father” insight too!

  2. Very encouraging to see an incubator in downtown proper. If the inner city is to flourish small businesses will need to continue to drive that growth.

    Fascinating businesses with high growth potential like tech start ups is a good start, but if they put an age-cap on participation they’re shooting themselves in the foot.

    Love to see some private capital join the party, if more wealthy Hamiltonians embraced technology the city could attract talent and grow the population / tax base steadily.

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