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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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