access our thriving community
Actualize your aspirations while surrounded by other tenacious entrepreneurs.
Our thriving community is a pillar of innovation and inclusivity
Our incubation programming allows you to bring your aspirations to life alongside other passionate founders. When you’re a part of our community, you benefit from in-person and virtual platforms that enable programs, events, funding opportunities, and access to partners, so you’re never going it alone.
Surrounded by support
Pair the everyday hustle of building your startup with all the tools you need to help you create momentum. This is your proven framework for success.
You’ll move through 4 phases: discovering a desired product, building a solid business foundation, acquiring your first customers and investors, and scaling for global success.
While enrolled in our programming, you’ll have access to:
- The AC’s digital and in person communities
- Free event and workshop access for you and your team
- A team of mentors and specialists to support your journey to scale
- 1:1 investment advisory services, and access to the AC's investor network
- The AC's software and world class program curriculum
- A dedicated Programs and Client Experience Coordinator to guide you through the program
- The AC’s Value Added Service Providers with upto $600,000 in credits and discounts
hours of one-to-one mentorship
reach your goals
Sustainable Future Lab
We believe that prosperous communities require innovation and that innovation is more than advancements in technology. To have a truly prosperous society, we need to support innovation in all its forms.
The Sustainable Future Lab program is a stream of AC:Incubate that provides specialized supports and funding opportunities for startups working on solutions that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is our way of committing to a vision of equity, prosperity and sustainability.
We know that no two businesses are the same. That’s why we’re immersed in your company—almost as much as you are.
We’ll guide you through our learning platform, connect you to our world-class mentors, and help you find funding opportunities.
We’re long-term partners
Our alumni are the best of the best in Canadian tech. After you’ve completed one of our programs, we continue to support you as you scale. Our AC:Excel program gives you ongoing mentorship for you and your team as well as continued access to our network of investors and industry experts. We also give you the opportunity to give back and mentor the next generation of tenacious startup founders through founder2founder mentor matching.
Additionally, membership in AC:Excel gives you
- Access to a bucket of 10 mentor hours for you and your team
- Exclusive invites to investor network and pitch opportunities for series A-C
- Opportunity to give back and mentor the next generation of startup founders through founder2founder mentor matching
- 2 complimentary tickets to our annual alumni event
Expedite your medical innovations
In partnership with Grand River Hospital, the AC:Med provides scale-ready medtech and healthtech companies with the necessary resources to develop and improve their technologies.
Participants will work alongside the AC and Grand River Hospital to assess their solutions and prepare a proposal for a commercialization project in partnership with Grand River Hospital and the CAN Health Network. The AC’s team will guide them along the way with specialized mentorship.
Preference will be given to companies with solutions that support:
Technology that will support having team members work remotely and development of a global workforce
Transition to care being provided in the community when appropriate
Integrating the patient and family voice into care, planning, and decision-making
Digital solutions to improve healthcare delivery
Integrating AI into patient care
Advancing care delivery
Eliminating hallway medicine
Flexible coworking for companies of all shapes and sizes
Build relationships with other innovators, as well as mentors and community members, for the best opportunities in learning and collaborating.
Our Co-working Program helps you stay connected to our innovation ecosystem, whether you are working in one of our spaces or remotely. In our physical spaces, some of our amenities include high-speed internet, 24/7 access, free on-site parking, fully furnished suites, and unlimited coffee and tea.
Choose from a Virtual Membership, Hot Desk, and Dedicated office space based on your company’s needs.
If your business requires a large co-working space with room for specific hardware, lots of desks, and a loading dock, Catalyst Commons may be the space for you. The 60,000-square foot space is located inside Catalyst137, the world’s largest technology campus at 500,000 square feet.
Choose from the following three membership plans based on your company’s size and needs:
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Our inclusive community is comprised of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate service providers like you. We're always looking for partners who want to tap into our community to help founders thrive. We'd love to tell you more about how we work with service providers through our community programs. Reach out. We can’t wait to hear from you.