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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.
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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.
Please read application instructions carefully. Only applications sent through the portal linked at the bottom of the job description will be considered.
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.
The Conrad Centre has launched a part-time version of its MBET program, designed for individuals who want to develop the skills to lead change and launch new ideas while balancing full-time work. Course material will be delivered in weekend sessions over three years, with the first cohort starting classes in September 2017.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with global professional services firm, EY. The partnership demonstrates the two organizations’ collective commitment to supporting the Toronto Waterloo corridor startup ecosystem and to facilitating economic growth in the region.
From lean thinking, to product market fit, to simply great timing, there are any number of reasons young companies graduate from startup to scale up. However, for many of the Canadian technology companies now showing up on the Profit 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 50 lists, there is one common denominator -- the Accelerator Centre (AC).
The companies in our world-renowned incubation program are selected through a very competitive process and represent the best-of-the-best in technology and entrepreneurship in the region and around the world.
Since it first opened its doors in 2006, the Accelerator Centre has continuously invested in its programming and mentorship, ensuring the young companies who enter through its doors receive the most current and world-class guidance when building their businesses.
Seven Waterloo Region companies are on a new list of Canada's fastest growing technology companies. Sortable, Axonify, Clearpath, Magnet Forensics, Aeryon Labs, eSentire and Dejero Labs are on Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 list for 2016, which ranks the companies by revenue growth over the previous three years.
We're Hiring! The Accelerator Centre is looking for a Program & Executive Administrator to join our team and be responsible for all facets of administration within the organization.
The Accelerator Centre (AC) and Inertia are pleased to announce a new partnership aimed at supporting the growth and scale of early stage hardware companies in Waterloo Region.
At home and abroad, Canadian companies like HealthIM are using new technologies to help police forces solve cold cases and deal with 21st century threats
An incredible mix of art and technology in a groundbreaking new facility
We're pleased to announce the first cohort of the newly developed Phase One program.“I am very excited to welcome these new companies into this incredible new program. We’re looking forward to helping them build and scale truly innovative global businesses.”
The AC is pleased to partner with Princess Cinema, Sustainable Waterloo Region and Alternatives Journal to help bring the award-winning documentary KONELĪNE: our land beautiful to the screen at Waterloo’s Original Princess Cinema, Sept 16 – 22.
The AC is excited to announce our largest graduating class in our ten year history. The graduation of Ecopia, InTheChat, Trending.info and Knowledge In Development brings the total number of companies to successfully complete the AC’s intensive multi-year business commercialization program to 55.
We're excited to launch our new four month, cohort-based program. Applications are open for the first cohort of our newly developed Phase One program, launching this September!Phase One is an intensive four month program focusing on market validation and investment readiness.
What do a successful startup and a Hollywood blockbuster have in common? According to Accelerator Centre CEO, Dr. Paul Salvini, each one is a blend of business, technology and creativity — and the best businesses can do all three very, very well.
For most people, hip replacement isn’t something that crosses your mind until later in life. But for Armen Bakirtzian and co-founders, Andre Hladio and Richard Fanson, developing a solution to help improve the outcomes of these surgeries became a launchpad for starting their company, Intellijoint Surgical Inc.
It’s not easy to get in the front door at the FleetCarma, (formerly CrossChasm), offices. Seriously, the front door is really hard to find. But that’s okay, because their primary focus isn’t foot traffic anyhow. And they’re working on some big changes inside.
J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, wrote, “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” For some this might seem like a flight of fancy. For others, like Andrew Hall, Director at HH Development, it’s a way of life.
Think great ideas sell themselves? Think again! On any given day, you’re likely to see Kevin Hood, the Accelerator Centre’s first and longest-serving mentor, holding court on the subject of sales and marketing at a corner table in the networking area.
STEAM based summer youth program fosters youth innovation and entrepreneurship. As a technology entrepreneur in the late 1990’s, Tim Jackson was one of the leaders who put Waterloo on the map as it became known as Canada’s Silicon Valley.
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!