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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.

750+
startups supported

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

5,000+
jobs created

5B+
portfolio valuation

$1.7B+
in investment raised

85%
survival rate

400
alumni companies

Awards

One of the World's Top 5 Private Business Accelerators

We're among the World's Top 5 Private Business Accelerators Since 2017. 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

World Top 5 Private Business Accelerator

UBI Global | 2021-2022 | 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

Founder spotlight: Brad Reid, founder of Brighter Future Homes

Brighter Future Homes has developed and patented organic air cleaning systems that increase oxygen levels, lower CO2 levels, and filter harmful particles without the use of replaceable filters.

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Success Stories

Urban Stalk is creating a new generation of food production systems

Urban Stalk is creating a new generation of food production systems that improve crop health while lowering the environmental impacts of traditional large-format farming operations.

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Success Stories

Vambora is empowering newcomers

In 2016 Amadeu and Laura Ferreira emigrated from Brazil to Canada. They experienced firsthand the challenges and barriers newcomers face in securing housing in a new country, and the vulnerability housing insecurity causes.

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Success Stories

Visionary Semiconductor Inc. Showcases Autonomous Parking Solution at VSemi Inspiration Day

Visionary Semiconductor Inc. (VSemi) is challenging the way we use 3D sensing solutions by developing high-tech LiDAR sensors to streamline and automate processes across all industries, including agriculture, robotics, drones, etc.

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Success Stories

Dialectic is creating inclusive workplace cultures and mental health supports

Today, through Learning Snippets, Dialectic offers a full suite of e-learning tools that help businesses use science to build inclusive workplace cultures, help their teams develop inclusive habits, and address biases in a remote and asynchronous way that works for leaders and teams alike.

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Success Stories

Baneks creates the world’s first Uber-like currency exchange platform

Baneks is the world's first Uber-like currency exchange platform focused on providing clients with the ability to make foreign exchange transactions without money actually crossing the border.

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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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