Welcome to our Founder Spotlight Series interviews, where we'll share insights, experiences, and advice from some of our client founders. In this...Learn more
How can we help?
Are you a founder looking for programming and opportunities to actualize your goals?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a startup or a corporation? Or maybe you’re interested in our global initiatives. Let us know who you are.
We’ll ask you for some simple info about yourself so we can follow up with next steps.
Tell us more about you. What’s your company’s name? Who is your target market? What impact are you trying to make?
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.
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.
hours of one-to-one mentorship
in investment raised
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
UBI Global | 2017/2018 | Worldwide
Top Private Business Accelerator
UBI Global | 2019-2020 | World Top 5
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.
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.
Nicoya extends Series A financing
The additional 20m will help the company continue the development and commercialization of its rapid COVID-19 test.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome back to our Founder Spotlight Series interviews, where we share insights, experiences, and advice from some of our client founders. In this...Learn more
Welcome to the first of our Founder Spotlight Series interviews, where we'll share insights, experiences, and advice from some of our client...Learn more
CEO Jay Krishnan's insights into what the most innovative (and successful) companies will need to build social capital and retain top talent.Learn more
Accelerator Centre Embraces a New Vision Under CEO, Jay Krishnan, and Moves to Make its Virtual Incubation Program Available to Startups Across Canada
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our flagship program, The Accelerator Program®, permanently in both fully virtual and hybrid...Learn more