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Increase your pace

Fast-track your ambitions—and reach unforeseen heights.


Whether you’re an industry partner, corporate leader, or founder—we’ve got you covered.

Looking to make an impact and connect with startups? Or maybe you’re a founder yourself wanting to partner with corporations. Either way, this is the place for you. Our passion for solving the world’s biggest problems is what keeps us focused on inspiring the innovators in our community, pushing them to thrive.


Up to $100,000 to launch your startup

Have a high-impact startup idea or interest in joining the founding team of one?

With AC:Studio, we’re going beyond the status quo.

This hybrid accelerator/venture studio program combines the best of our award-winning AC:Incubate program with a venture studio model that funds high-impact startups, matches great ideas with talented founders and delivers:

  • Up to $100,000 in seed funding grants from FedDev Ontario
  • One-to-one mentorship with our team of in-house and specialist mentors
  • Sales training from pros like Uvaro to build a team that delivers
  • Tactical support in product development, marketing, UI and UX from industry experts and freelancers through partnerships with experienced startup builders at SnapPea and Conestoga College's Gig Lab
  • In-kind hours with industry experts like RSM, Bereskin & Parr and Gowlings WLG
  • Access to market research, investment intelligence and lead generation reports


Looking to join the AC:Studio?

Applications for the first cohort of AC:Studio are now closed. Let us know if you would like to be updated when the next cohort begins.

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Partnerships built for innovating

When ambitious innovators connect with some of the world’s largest corporations, they often create the next big idea. The AC community, immersed in Waterloo’s tech and innovation corridor, is a hotbed for those who want to take on challenges that equate to global impact.

Our corporate innovation programs create pathways between industry, academia, innovators, and entrepreneurs to curate and accelerate tenacious ideas—and solve some of the biggest problems in industry today.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Chad Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Shearwater Aerospace

Chad Armstrong is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience leading software companies. After exiting his last startup, Chad co-founded Shearwater Aerospace to revolutionize drone technology by using atmospheric energy to extend flight times, improve efficiency, and fly faster.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Alex D'Alton, CEO of Daltonomous

Daltonomous helps companies protect their critical autonomous assets from cyber and physical attacks. CEO Alex D'Alton shares how the startup is using artificial intelligence to protect, detect, and recover autonomous systems from electronic interference.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Chloe Beaudoin, COO & Founder of Apricotton

Not only is Apricotton selling the best-fitting tween and teen bras—they’re the “big sisters you’ve always wanted” on TikTok. Check out the viral teen bra that’s made to grow as girls grow.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Salar Enjedani, Founder and CEO of Innorobix Automation

Innorobix Automation is helping manufacturers use their data to improve productivity and efficiency, founder and CEO Salar Enjedani shares how his team is connecting disparate systems to move forward on the road to Industry 4.0.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Stefanie Bruinsma, Founder of AutoCate

Stefanie Bruinsma is empowering women to be confident car owners through AutoCate, a membership-based platform that aims to answer any and all automotive questions to drive equality in car maintenance.

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Interested in getting involved?

It’s time to activate your ambition by tapping into the opportunities that help you create, continue to think big, and actualize your business. We can’t wait to hear from you.