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ventureLAB Receives $4.73M in FedDev Ontario Funding to Expand Canada’s First Hardware Lab and Incubator, Catapulting Canadian Tech Founders to the Global Stage

About HCI Lab

ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is Canada’s only hardware and semiconductor-focused lab and incubator. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), we work with companies building foundational technologies in transformative sectors like AI, quantum computing, 5G, IoT, UAV, virtual reality, and beyond. With a state-of-the-art $7 million lab with specialized equipment all under one roof, product developers gain access to prototyping and testing facilities to transform concepts and challenges into new products. This enables emerging tech companies in Southern Ontario to be a step closer to becoming competitors in the $7 trillion global semiconductor market.



Prototype Lab


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Hardware and Semiconductor-Focused Lab in Canada

Work In the Lab

The HCI Lab increases the capabilities for technology companies to develop, build, test, and manufacture innovative products, at a speed not previously possible in Canada.


As part of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative and Tech Undivided program, the HCI Lab is available to cohort companies at no cost. It is also available to Innovation Space tenants and members at a discounted rate. Once ventureLAB reopens to external guests as part of our return to office framework, hardware and semiconductor-focused businesses across Canada will be able to fully access the HCI Lab at competitive rates.


Contact us to get started as an Innovation Space tenant or member.

Testing Throughout the Product Lifecycle


  • Test your early design functionality, performance, and characterisation.

  • Design

  • Uncover product design defects early. Debug and de-risk your product design and fix issues long before the product is released for external trials or customers. Gain confidence in the functionality of the product. Drive rapid and continual delivery of product improvements.

  • Pre-Production

  • Validate pre-production product design functionality, performance and reliability. Identify gaps in the production process through a pre-production evaluation of your product. Confirm your product can be produced at volume and target cost through rigorous testing.

  • Mass Production

  • Conduct product audit testing and field failure analysis. Investigate opportunities to improve product design and reliability.

  • Discover the Benefits

    Product Lifecycle Testing

  • Access to as many tests as required, at minimal cost
  • Partners to support various stages of testing
  • Increased testing capacity with all equipment under one roof
  • Optimized work spaces
  • Security

  • 24/7 Operation
  • Secured access
  • Monitored facility
  • Well-lit and regulated entrances and parking lot
  • Ground floor access
  • Risk Reduction

  • ESD-compliant facility
  • Variety of current test equipment that are capable and calibrated regularly
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols in place
  • Business Amenities

  • Secure high speed internet
  • Unlimited coffee and tea
  • Free parking
  • Full-service Cafeteria
  • Explore the HCI Lab

    We are located in Markham, Ontario with over 50,000 square feet of Innovation Space designed for tech startups. The Hardware Catalyst Lab is a 2,200 square foot world-class lab with large testing benches, specialized testing areas, shared offices, and community spaces – everything tech startups need to develop, build, test, and manufacture innovative products. Our inventory of equipment has been curated to tackle the complexities of hardware prototype testing. If we don’t have it, we have expanded our global and local partnerships to access almost any equipment you may need.

    Lab Bench Stations

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    Closeup Lab Bench

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    Special Lab Bench

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    Soldering Station

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    GTEM EMC/EMI Structure

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    Semi Auto Wafer Probe Station

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    Manual Wafer Probe Station

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    Thermal Chamber -20C to +75C calibrated

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    Radio Frequency Isolation Chamber

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    Wave Control Unit

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    Battery Drain Tester

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    Vector Network Analyzer

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    Shock and Vibe Table

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    Partners of the HCI Lab

    Thank you to our partners who share our passion and commitment to supporting tech entrepreneurs by bringing affordable and dependable testing capabilities under one roof. The Hardware Catalyst Initiative has gained rapid momentum as Canada’s Hardware Hub with a growing global network of private sector industry partners who have contributed funding, equipment, design tools, prototype capabilities, manufacturing capacity, technical expertise, and advanced computing to enable founders to commercialize their products to scale.



    “The HCI Lab has the right equipment and tools for my testing and validation. As an HCI cohort member, SmartComm has gained free access to the lab which enables us to save time, execute effectively, and save costs, all of which are critical for us at this stage of the company. It would be extremely difficult for us to accelerate through the hardware testing process without access to this lab.

    Abdoulaye Berthe, Founder & CEO, SmartComm Technologies

    “The HCI Lab is unique in the electronic engineering hardware sector. Our focus is to enable tech startups to commercialize products, which ultimately creates jobs in Canada. The ventureLAB HCI team will ensure the equipment is reliable, calibrated and updated to today’s standards to give you peace of mind for all your testing requirements.”


    Frank Spagnuolo, Director, Hardware Catalyst Initiative, ventureLAB

    Get Started Today

    Contact us to set up a rental account at HCILab@venturelab.ca. You can get started in as little as 3 days.

    Have a question?

    Contact our HCI team at hci@venturelab.ca.


    See how ventureLAB is changing Canada's tech innovation ecosystem.