Meet Ellyn Winters-Robinson - Marketing, Communications, and PR Mentor
How do you get from knowing there’s a better way to becoming a rapidly scaling business? We spoke to a few of our advisors and alumni to find out what makes a great startup idea and how to get started.
As we celebrate #MentoringMonth through the month of January, we're taking the opportunity for you to get to know our mentors a little better. Meet Rob Farnham - Lead Generation and Digital Growth Mentor.
It's our annual AC JumpStart showcase - reimagined. Get inspired by some of the region's most promising startups and: #FindYourSpark
Three years after the launch of Waterloo Region’s first clean technology accelerator, the Accelerator Centre is expanding its programming to include supports for all companies aligned with the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We sat down with four amazing media members to learn how startups can get their attention. Read our four biggest takeaways on how startups can build relationships with the media and get coverage.
"Alexa, help me grow my startup."
From celebrating The Accelerator Program's latest grad to clients and alumni alike landing some serious funding dollars, it was a summer to remember for the AC community! Catch up on all the best news items from June, July, August, and September 2020.
What happens when an AC grad returns to help others? It's all about community, says Catalyst Commons' Kurtis McBride and AC CEO Paul Salvini.
The program has supported 305 southern Ontario-based businesses since launching in 2015.
Apply to join the team behind Canada’s #1 private business accelerator via email by September 20, 2020.
Today, the Waterloo Accelerator Centre (AC) has announced that CEO, Dr. Paul Salvini, will step away from the organization effective October 9, 2020.
It all comes down to human relationships, says Accelerator Centre mentor Jackie Lauer—something she's been teaching as an HR and culture coach for years.
Introducing Catalyst Commons’ Mentorship Services Program, powered by the Accelerator Centre.
AC clients greatly benefit from five to seven hours of one-to-one guidance from our core mentor team each month. Our mentors act as an experienced and dedicated management team, walking you through every challenge and guiding you to success.
Brisk Synergies, recently acquired by Transoft Solutions, is the 66th graduate of The Accelerator Program.
The Accelerator Centre is implementing a phased approach for returning to the workplace. We will begin Phase 1 only after it is deemed safe to reopen buildings and when restrictions are lifted on businesses that are able to operate.
The CEO of the Accelerator Centre loves looking at things in unexpected ways whether he's leaning out of a plane with his camera or helping a tech startup succeed. A Draft Canada original.
From celebrating Canada's newest unicorn company to incredible pandemic pivots and initiatives, it was a spring to be proud of for the AC community! Catch up on all the best news items from late March, April, May, and June 2020 in our AC News Roundup: Spring 2020.
A Draft Canada original.
Learn what an accelerator is, how they work and what questions to ask yourself when finding the best program to grow your company.
Missing the Accelerator Centre? We miss you, too! We are so excited to welcome clients and visitors back when the time is right. Until then, thanks to Waterloo EDC, you can now go on a 360-degree virtual tour of the front area of our Headquarters.
The specialized 10-month COVID-19 Cohort seeks to drive innovative business growth in southern Ontario to not only support the province’s recovery during the outbreak, but to also enable economic expansion following the pandemic.
The Accelerator Centre announces AC JumpStart Cohort 12 recipients.
Selected southern Ontario-based companies working on COVID-19 solutions will soon receive $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 in-kind business supports to accelerate the launch of products and services via the Accelerator Centre’s dedicated COVID-19 Support and Recovery Cohort of its AC JumpStart program.
We love being located on the University of Waterloo's David Johnston Research + Technology Park and you will, too.
Entrepreneurs will soon have the unique chance to learn from the AC’s team of in-house mentors during a Remote Mentor Series scheduled to help the Canadian startup community successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
From over $200 million raised to multiple client and grad features in The Globe and Mail, it was a winter to remember for the AC community! Catch up on all the good news from January, February and March 2020.
A quick list of helpful resources to help startups navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
All AC staff to work from home; client access to AC buildings remains.
The Accelerator Centre, ranked by Sweden-based intelligence agency UBI Global as the #1 private business accelerator in Canada and among the World Top 5, has supported 34 cleantech founders, generating 114 local jobs in cleantech since 2018.
The prioritized recommendation mirrors the Accelerator Centre’s long held belief that IP protection strategy is a fundamental and mandatory component of enabling companies to successfully scale and compete globally.
34 southern Ontario-based companies are receiving $30,000 in seed funding.
Join Canada’s #1 private business accelerator and play a hands-on role working with AC clients as they grow their businesses to scale. Apply by email by January 20, 2020.
From top international & national rankings for the AC to four AC grads being named Canada’s fastest growing tech companies—it’s been a season to remember!
Meet the nine Canadian startups who are shaping the future of voice technology.
Apply now to be considered to be fully sponsored for Phase One of the TD Sustainable Future Program: Our proven, structured market validation process.
The Accelerator Centre has been named Accelerator of the Year by the Digital Finance Institute at the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards for the second year in a row.
The top business accelerators and incubators across the globe have been announced at the World Incubation Summit in Doha, Qatar and Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre is among the best of the best.
Bank to add cleantech innovators to its roster of startups that have joined its award-winning Patents for Startups program
“Alexa, help grow my company.”
The Accelerator Centre’s specialized cleantech programming has been nationally recognized, winning a Canada Clean50 Top Project Award today at the Clean50 Summit 9.0 in Toronto.
As the days grow shorter and nights become cooler, we sadly bid summer farewell. While the masses gather their sweaters and flock to all things pumpkin spice, the Accelerator Centre team reflects fondly on summer 2019. What happened this summer? Fantastic question. Here’s what you need to know:
Can Waterloo Region become Canada’s first carbon-neutral region? We believe that it can. But we need your help.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) seeks a qualified, energetic and flexible Jack or Jill of all trades to fill an exciting position in our fast-paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace. The ideal candidate is organized, an excellent communicator, a master of multi-tasking and is ready to take on projects and initiatives with minimal guidance.
The Accelerator Centre requires a dynamic and energetic person who loves to help people to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.
“We want you to imagine,” Enterprise Innovation – TD Lab representatives began during a workshop, “what we can create and utilize right here in the Waterloo Region to make us Canada’s first carbon-neutral region.
This afternoon in Ottawa The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion announced the first 4 recipients of a new grant program developed by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support Canada’s most promising clean tech companies across Canada.
Today, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has announced it is investing $52.4 million in an Ontario wide scaleup platform. As part of the investment, Waterloo Region will receive $18 million in funding to be shared between project partners Communitech, the Accelerator Centre, Velocity, and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Launchpad...
The Accelerator Centre requires an energetic, outcome-driven marketing professional to fill an exciting 14- month maternity leave contract in our fast-paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.
The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 9 of the AC JumpStart program. These 28 companies will receive a critical injection of $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of professional mentorship under the Accelerator Centre’s world-class mentorship model.
JOB DESCRIPTION – Manager, Operations and Administration Salary Range: $52,000-$65,000 The Accelerator Centre requires an organized administrative and operational professional to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.
Today the Accelerator Centre (AC) announces the grand opening of the TD Sustainable Future Lab with support from TD Bank Group (TD).The new facility, made possible by a $1M investment from TD’s new corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, will be located in the evolvGREEN community hub...
The Accelerator Centre is looking for an experienced professional with experience managing people and executing complex programs to join our team as a Program and Client Experience Manager. This role puts you at the forefront of the tech ecosystem, executing programming and working directly with our portfolio of high potential startup companies.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the continuation of the AC JumpStart Program through a $5.5-million contribution from FedDev Ontario. The AC JumpStart program, which is operated in partnership with FedDev Ontario, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College...
The Accelerator Centre has been named Accelerator of the Year by the Digital Finance Institute at the 2018 Canadian FinTech & AI Awards.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce that Cohort 9 of the AC JumpStart Program is now open. Applications can now be submitted.The AC JumpStart program was launched in January 2015 with the objective of providing funding grants to start ups across southwestern Ontario.
The Cowan Foundation and The Accelerator Centre are pleased to announce a collaboration to support clean tech innovation. The collaboration will see The Cowan Foundation make a $50,000 donation to the construction of the Accelerator Centre’s clean tech accelerator facility, recently named the TD Sustainable Future Lab (the Lab).
TD Bank Group (TD) announced today, through The Ready Commitment, the bank's new corporate citizenship platform, a $1 million contribution towards the development of the TD Sustainable Future Lab at the Accelerator Centre in Waterloo.
Invest Ottawa today announced the official launch of The IO Accelerator, a new Invest Ottawa Accelerator program that leverages best practices from both organizations to rapidly accelerate the development, scale-up and commercial success of high-growth technology firms.
The Accelerator Centre requires a qualified, energetic and organized person to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace. The ideal candidate must have a critical financial eye, be a master of multi-tasking, enjoys owning their role and loves Excel!
With 5.8M Canadians aged 65+, seniors now outnumber children in this country. It is estimated that by 2041, 25% of Canadians will be over the age of 65.An aging population presents new challenges for an already struggling healthcare and social service system.
Evolv1. The building, developed by the Cora Group, is North America’s first economically replicable LEED Platinum, net-positive energy workplace and the first building in Canada to receive a Zero Carbon Building – Design Certification from the Canadian Green Building Council.
The organizers of Startup Open House are proud to announce the return of the biggest tech community event in Canada, for a 6th edition, in September.
The Accelerator Centre requires a qualified, energetic and experienced clean technology expert to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.
The Accelerator Centre requires a dynamic and energetic person who loves to help people to fill an exciting position in a fast-paced entrepreneurial work space. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, be a master of multi-tasking and take on projects and initiatives without much guidance.
The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 8 of the AC JumpStart program. These 24 companies will receive a critical injection of $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of professional mentorship under the Accelerator Centre’s world-class mentorship model.
In celebration of World Environment Day, the Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Clean Tech Scholarship Award.
A new app that promotes inclusion and accessibility for people with cognitive special needs.Inspired by her brother Troy who lives with autism and is non-verbal, Nadia Hamilton created MagnusCards, a free app that’s available in Canada and abroad.
The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce that it has been ranked the #4 University Linked Business Accelerator in the world by UBI Global. UBI Global is a Stockholm-based research and advisory firm known for its regional and global studies that map and evaluate the business incubator and accelerator landscape.
Coordinator, Facility & Client Experience The Accelerator Centre requires a qualified, energetic and flexible jack/jill of all trades to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce its partnership with the University of Guelph (U of G) to create an Agri-food Accelerator on the U of G campus – Accelerator Guelph.
In September, the Accelerator Centre welcomed three companies into the inaugural cohort of a new clean tech accelerator program. The pilot project, aims to incubate and support companies that are innovating in the sustainable technologies, smart buildings, and renewable energy industries.
This posting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We will be reaching out to successful candidates for an interview in the coming days.
To Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Accelerator Centre will welcome the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, for our annual AC JumpStart signature event, SPARK, on November 14, 2017.
Innovating in highly regulated industries, like health care, clean tech, and finance can be difficult, particularly if you are creating a hardware product. Costs and access to experienced resources are common roadblocks that may result in startups consciously choosing to not test for safety and compliance.
The term "design sprint" seems to the buzzword of 2017 in the tech world. Everyone from startups to large corporations is talking about how to apply design thinking methodologies to validate ideas and move projects forward quickly. If you are like most people, you are probably thinking “what is a design sprint anyway?”
Last week, we heard from Jana Levene on how Google continues to support innovation and the importance of corporations finding a way to be create and implement new ideas - big and small.
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On a daily basis, startups prove that small is mighty. Your team’s concentration of brainpower and ability to pivot is what makes mighty corporations shake. The flip side of having a small team is that you have to make tough decisions regarding which skills you will curate for your team.
Too often, we associate innovation and industry disruption with startups - entrepreneurs with bootstrapped funds and big ideas. Startup culture is trendy, it’s sexy and for many up and coming engineers, designers, and business people, the idea of working in a “corporate” environment is not at all inspiring.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Startup Visa Program.
We’ve covered the importance of brand development for startups and the role of storytelling in connecting with potential customers. Now we are going to turn it around and talk content marketing - how to turn your stories into sales. The term “content” covers a lot of bases.
When we opened our Hardware and Advanced Manufacturing Lab almost a year ago, we wanted to build a place where the Arts, technology, and broader community could come together and support each other.
As a startup founder, you know you need to develop a brand, but do you really understand what that means? What exactly is brand? If you are like most people, you probably thought “logo” or maybe the words ‘reputation” or “target market” came to mind.
When we opened our Advanced Manufacturing and Hardware Innovation Lab in Kitchener, our vision was to create a space where hardware companies could learn and grow their businesses, together.
Today, with our partners from the Cora Group, the City of Waterloo, Sustainable Waterloo Region, University of Waterloo and Laurier, we proudly celebrated the groundbreaking on a new, innovative building within the R+T Park.
The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 6 of the AC JumpStart program. The program provides each recipient $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of mentorship.
In our last post, Common Attributes of Successful Startup Founders, we discussed the importance of curiosity, courage, patience, and resilience for startup founders. But we also believe that being a CEO of a startup requires a little something extra.
Through our work at the Accelerator Centre, I’ve met hundreds of entrepreneurs. In those meetings, I often get asked what the Accelerator Centre looks for in a potential startup client. The answer always revolves around one thing: founder attributes - who is leading your team and do they have what it takes to make it in the long run?
What does industry need in order to innovate in a corporate setting? How can the startup community leverage the opportunities within industry and tackle those big problems?
When does a startup stop being a startup? Is it at certain revenue earned, number of employees, after achieving a repeatable, scalable business model? According to Michael Litt, CEO at Vidyard, the answer is, hopefully, never.
Passion: The powerful emotion that drives you to work for your own success. Purpose: The why behind what you do. The impact you make on your customers, your community, the world.
We are pleased to announce the companies that will comprise the 3rd cohort of our redesigned Accelerator Program.These 8 companies will enter Phase One of our world renowned incubation program.
Entrepreneurship is cool, it's sexy, and if you live in an innovation district like Waterloo or Silicon Valley, it's part of pop culture. It seems everyone is a founder of something nowadays. Unicorns are no longer just for children and the lure of the "Be your own boss!" message is stronger than ever.
Our team is comprised of world-class mentors and specialists that drive our startups to success. If your passionate about the technology, the startup community we would love to hear from you!