The AC’s International Accelerator programs are a key offering in the organization’s efforts to expand its operations into global markets and attract...Learn more
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Different’s good—real change never happens without it. It’s through pushing the envelope and turning big ideas into worthwhile risks that we have been among the World's Top 5 Private Business Accelerators since 2017.
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.
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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
UBI Global | 2017/2018 | Worldwide
Top Private Business Accelerator
UBI Global | 2019-2020 | World Top 5
World Top 5 Private Business Accelerator
UBI Global | 2021-2022 | 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.
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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.
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.
The Accelerator Centre Announces the Top 50 Companies Moving into Next Phase of its Venture Studio Program
The companies will move into Phase 2 of the AC’s innovative AC:Studio program and receive an additional $30,000 in seed funding from FedDev Ontario,...Learn more
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a World Top 5 – Public/Private Business Accelerator by UBI Global...Learn more
The Accelerator Centre and Bermuda Economic Development Corporation Partner to Expand Enterprise Bermuda Incubator
The expanded programming leverages the AC’s proven programming to bring world-class startup support to Bermudian entrepreneursLearn more
Accelerator Centre Partners with Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter PROCOMER to Introduce High-Potential International Founders to Canadian Markets
The Accelerator Centre (AC) and PROCOMER are pleased to announce their partnership to create a new acceleration program that aims to support...Learn more
The Accelerator Centre Launches Hybrid Venture Studio Program with a $10-million investment from the Government of Canada Through FedDev Ontario
The program offers founders up to $100,000 in seed funding grants and brings together innovation partners at Uvaro, SnapPea Design, Conestoga...Learn more