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actualize your ideas

Ready to move from idea to actuality and see your startup thrive?

Discover who we are

achieve your goals

What we offer

Community: connection to mentors, investors, and other founders

Our thriving community offers in-person and virtual platforms that enable programs, funding opportunities, and access to partners with expertise, so you're never going it alone.

Access the AC community

What we offer

Acceleration: your hub for action

Our acceleration programs help you actualize your idea faster and connect corporations to the world's most energizing and impactful startups. Let us help you increase the pace of innovation for your startup or corporation.

Accelerate your idea

What we offer

Global Frontier: bringing the magic of Waterloo to the world

Set up your business in one of the world's most thriving startup ecosystems through the Startup Visa Program. Or build your own innovation ecosystem based on our proven model through the Global Hubs Program.

Go global

Want to get involved?

Apply in 4 easy steps

You have a vision to improve and change the world. We’re here to help. Give us a little bit more information about you and your business, and we’ll be in touch soon with next steps.

1

Are you a startup or a corporation? Or maybe you’re interested in our global initiatives. Let us know who you are.

2

We’ll ask you for some simple info about yourself so we can follow up with next steps.

3

Tell us more about you. What’s your company’s name? Who is your target market? What impact are you trying to make?

4

Let us know what type of support you’re looking for, so we can offer the right pathway for you to build a business that thrives.

The AC

In numbers

Different’s good—real change never happens without it. It’s through pushing the envelope and turning big ideas into worthwhile risks that we’ve become Canada’s #1 Private Business Accelerator.

Our programs and pathways, combined with our world-class team of mentors and customizable opportunities, are proven to build and scout businesses that are set up to thrive. See for yourself.

650+
startups supported

20,000+
hours of one-to-one mentorship

4,000+
jobs created

5B+
portfolio valuation

$1B+
in investment raised

85%
survival rate

390
alumni companies

Awards

Canada’s #1 Private Business Accelerator

We're the #1 private business accelerator in Canada and among the top 5 such organizations in the world. We own these awards because we’re reimagining what a startup hub looks like. We help turn big ideas into worthwhile risks. Through our founders and alumni community, courage and grit change the world.

Top Business Accelerator Linked to University award

Top Business Accelerator Linked to University

UBI Global | 2017/2018 | Worldwide

Top Private Business Accelerator award

Top Private Business Accelerator

UBI Global | 2019-2020 | World Top 5

Our alumni

For Corporations

Truly transformative partnerships

Access to the expertise and network of a variety of industies and services providers is a key component of a full-stack startup hub. Connect with us to learn how we work with larger companies to support founders, increase the pace of innovation, and create a truly connected startup hub.

Success Stories

AceAge brings healthcare to you

In just three years, AceAge went from development to market secure distribution agreements for its smart pill companion.

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Success Stories

Emmetros announces integration of SparxConnect

Emmetros Limited, a leader in healthcare technology, is proud to announce its partnership with PointClickCare.

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Success Stories

Clearpath journeys to the moon

The Canadian Space Agency has recruited the help of MDA Ltd. and Clearpath Robotics to develop Canada's first lunar rover.

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Success Stories

Nicoya extends Series A financing

The additional 20m will help the company continue the development and commercialization of its rapid COVID-19 test.

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Success Stories

Axonify supports our healthcare workers

To ensure the health of frontline staff, Axonify partnered with Grand River Hospital and CAN Health to find a training solution.

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Working through the program with the mentors gave us the confidence to grow our business knowing that whatever challenges we ran into, someone at the AC would be there to help us.

Dr. Abdul Rehman, CEO, SSIMWAVE

I came to the AC because of their focus on long-term success and their stellar mentorship team. They are incredibly experienced, can shift focus easily, and go as deep into my business as I need them to.

Mary Pat Hinton, CEO, Emmetros

A tree can’t grow unless it has strong roots and is part of a supportive ecosystem. The AC provided us with a foundation to transform our passion into a thriving business.

Matt Randell, CEO, Clearpath Robotics

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