COVID-19
Support & Recovery

The Accelerator Centre is open and operating under a business-as-virtual model. This page contains everything that you need to know about the intersection between the AC and COVID-19, including information on Ontario's COVID-19 Support & Recovery Cohort.

Timeline of Our Response

Our COVID-19 response is ever evolving. We are currently in Phase 1 of our plan to re-open our facilities. The timeline below provides a summary of what we've done to keep our staff, mentors, and clients safe while working to help startups who are contributing to the COVID-19 response and economic recovery of Canada.

TODAY: August 2020

Phase 1 of our facility reopening plan

Our facilities are currently closed to the public. However, clients continue to have access to their offices spaces and applications are open for 100% remote programming. AC staff are onsite 4 days a week and are implementing enhanced cleaning, PPE, and social distancing policies. For more information, see our Phase 1 Workplace Safety Plan.

Early April 2020

Free webinar series

Transitioning to work from home presented challenges for many of our clients and community members. In response, we mobilized a series of free webinars that provided advice from our expert mentors and partners on how to navigate work from home, manage remote teams, and practice self care.

Late April 2020

MOBILIZING the startup community

We knew entrepreneurs would be critical in developing and implementing the innovative solutions needed to mobilize a community based response to COVID-19, and we are uniquely positioned to support that innovation through our programming.

In April, we launched the Support and Recovery cohort of our AC JumpStart program to provide funding the mentorship to startups working to bring COVID-19 solutions to the public at an accelerated rate. 8 companies, working on everything from remote work solutions to innovations in sanitation technology were selected to receive grants.

March 2020

Crisis Response

Like many other companies, the AC responded to the COVID-19 crisis by implementing a mandatory work from home policy for all staff and mentors effective March 14, 2020. All events were cancelled and we closed our offices to the public until further notice. During this time, we continued to run 100% remote programming and clients continued to have access to their office spaces, however, everyone was encouraged to work remotely.

Our Clients and Grads Are Stepping Up To Help

Axonify is honouring frontline heros by launching its free Frontline Support Content Hub.
Bonfire developed a COVID-19 Emergency Response Program to offer its platform for free to public sector organizations.
Deep Trekker developed and tested a pair of land-based robots capable of spraying disinfectant or using ultraviolet light to sanitize public spaces such as workplaces and public transit.
eleven-x is creating PPE shield for frontline healthcare workers and developing sensor solutions to facilitate a safe return to the workplace.
Nicoya is offering surface plasmon expertise on data analysis and experimental design at no cost. They also received funding to develop a portable diagnostic test for COVID-19.
Text Now is helping by offering free phones and free services to those in need.
o2 Canada offers premium respiratory protection with best-in-class filtration masks.
The Top Hat platform has been made free of charge to enable the shift to online learning.
Plum is offering free Plum Profiles to help employers understand their teams communications styles as they transition to a work from home model.
Rapid Novor will sequence one anti-body free of charge for different researchers each months during the pandemic. This information could help lead to the development of therapeutics and a vaccine.
Missing the gym? Kids getting restless? Recess Guardians, launched active8 Your Home, to provide free daily play activities for families everywhere.

Think you have a great idea and the determination to make it a success?

Apply to The Accelerator Program and let us help you build a business that thrives.