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Accelerator Centre Announces AC JumpStart Program Cohort 10

The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 10 of the AC JumpStart program. These 27 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.

June 10, 2019

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Novalte - Smart Solutions Aim to Improve the Quality of Life for Those with Accessibility Needs

Michael Cullen, Cofounder of Novalte, a monitored Smart Home Accessibility Technology company is no stranger to working with those who face everyday accessibility issues. Born and raised in Ireland with 5 years professional experience working as a control engineer and then +10 years experience in healthcare as an accessibility consultant...

November 29, 2018

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Changing the Way We See the World and Transforming the Way We See Disease

Elucid Labs is one of Waterloo region’s fastest growing medtech companies and they are changing the way we see disease, literally. Their AI dermatology assistant (AIDA™) is an AI powered computational imaging device that has transformed the detection and early diagnosis of skin cancer and other diseases.

August 15, 2018

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STAC Zero: Innovation Through Simplification

As the doors open to the warehouse of STAC Performance’s manufacturing and assembling facility in New Hamburg, you see a perfectly stacked row of their new bike trainers ready to ship out.

August 14, 2018

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Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh – NanoCnet

A hundred people were watching as Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh took the stage.His challenge: to explain his materials science PhD thesis about silver nanowires and their deficiencies. To a general audience. In just three minutes.

July 3, 2018

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APPLYBOARD RAISES $17 MILLION TO IMPROVE INT’L STUDENT APPLICATIONS WITH AI

‍Waterloo-based ApplyBoard, an AI-enabled marketplace that allows international students to apply to study at higher education institutions around the world, has raised a $17 million Series A CAD.

June 28, 2018

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You can control this new software with your brain, and it should make Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg nervous

Two minds may be better than one, but one mind connected to millions of others would be infinitely superior.That's the thinking behind several companies that are currently racing to link mind and machine by way of devices called brain-computer interfaces.

May 25, 2018

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Epoch: Connecting Not-for-Profits and Businesses to Make Greater Social Impact

If you've ever wanted to volunteer for a non-profit organization, you know it can be challenging to find the right person to reach out to. And if you've ever planned a not-for-profit event, you know that finding partners and volunteers to help you make your vision a reality can be hard too.

March 8, 2018

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Studio1Labs: Better Healthcare Driven by AI

Studio1 Labs is an intelligent patient monitoring and documentation solution. Rather than attaching wires or devices to the body to monitor vital signs, Studio 1 Labs has developed a bed sheet that automatically monitors and records vital signs electronically.

Febraury 20, 2018

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Terrene: Making AI and Machine Learning Available to Business Analysts and Data Scientists in the Manufacturing Industry

Terrene is a platform technology which aims to democratize the power of AI and machine learning by allowing nearly anyone to rapidly train and deploy deep learning data neural networks. What does that mean exactly?Well, machine learning and AI are powerful mechanisms which can harvest a ton of data and automate it in ways to improve...

February 10, 2018

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Tabnex Wins $25K at Velocity Fund Finals and Turns Heads with New Recruitment Intelligence Platform

Tabnex is a real-time intelligence platform powered by AI which allows recruitment teams to work smarter and faster. They do this by programmatically integrating insights on candidates who have applied to job opportunities, in seconds, at every stage of the hiring process.

December 4, 2017

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Minister Chagger Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week at Accelerator Centre’s JumpStart SPARK Showcase

Canadian entrepreneurs are crucial to Canada’s economic growth, and the Government of Canada is committed to helping innovative start-ups to reach their full potential.

November 14, 2017

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The Accelerator Centre Announces Cohort 7 of their AC JumpStart Program

‍Waterloo Ontario – The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 7 of the AC JumpStart program. The program provides each recipient $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of mentorship.

October 27, 2017

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Bridesmade: Empowering Women with a New Approach to the Bridesmaid Dress

Mallory Mckewen, like many young women, started noticing a big frustration when it came to wedding seasons and being a bridesmaid: dresses. It is the pinnacle of the wedding, the aesthetic of the bride, groom and their respective wedding parties.

September 14, 2017

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Curiato Builds Biomedical Technology Solution for Wound Care Management

Co-Founder of Curiato, Moazam Khan, is in the business of helping healthcare institutions provide better care to their patients. Curiato’s mission is to help healthcare institutions who are dissatisfied with outdated, complex and manual ways of wound care management with innovative biomedical technology.

September 8, 2017

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Penta Medical Changes the Healthcare Game with Wearable Technology, Helios

Alexa Roeper is the driving force behind an innovative medical science product called Penta Medical. She has a background in biomedical science, is an avid horseback rider, and an athlete. It was a personal injury after horseback riding that inspired her to look into alternative healing methods, which ultimately led to the creation of her company.

August 18, 2017

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Chillwall Launches Events Discovery Platform Worldwide to Reconnect the Digitally Isolated

Michael Campanelli, co-founder and visionary behind Chillwall, the “world’s event network” was inspired to create a platform that encourages people, specifically, millennials to reconnect in real space, effortlessly.

August 8, 2017

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ACORN Cryotech Take Their Dream to JLABS with the Help of AC JumpStart

ACORN Cryotech co-founder, Steven ten Holder, spent his childhood as a self described introvert. As a teen, he found himself deeply interested in the literature and research of the great bio-scientists of our time and was fascinated with the science behind human life and how we die.

July 27, 2017

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Freeze Frame: AC JumpStart Funding Fuels Vidhub’s Market Expansion

According to eMarketer, there were more than 77 million millennial digital video viewerso in 2015, representing 92% of all US millennial Internet users. Video is the preferred communication platform for this demographic, used for everything from entertainment, to personal communication.

May 10, 2017

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Finding a solution for in-home bike training ACJumpStart client STACPerformance

‍For generations, manufacturing has been the economic backbone of our area. In the 20th century, Waterloo Region was a leading manufacturer of shoes, clothing, furniture, auto parts, televisions and other products too numerous to mention.

March 13, 2017

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Real estate brought to life through virtual reality

Real estate brought to life through virtual reality David Payne, CEO and founder of Invent Dev, joins BNN to talk about why the virtual showroom is set to revolutionize the real estate and home-building industries.

March 10, 2017

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Flying High: University of Waterloo drone startup Pegasus Aeronautics takes off with the help of AC JumpStart Funding

With applications in law enforcement, agriculture, retail, military and other sectors, the global commercial drone market is booming, with an estimated CAGR of 16.9% through to >$1.2B US by 2022.

January 20, 2017

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JumpStart Success Story - Oneiric

Take two ambitious but coachable founders, an innovative product and a heavy dollop of hard work and you get, Oneiric, one of Canada’s up and coming hockey tech success stories.The brainchild of Wilfrid Laurier grad Emily Rudow, the inspiration for Oneiric’s innovative base layer pant grew out of her own hockey-playing experiences.

January 10, 2017

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Waterloo technology creates the next evolution of keyboard and mouse

How AC JumpStart Client Palette's hardware is changing how we interact with software.

September 27, 2016

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Minister Chagger Announces Latest AC JumpStart Program Cohorts

On July 20, 2016 the AC welcomed the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, to give a keynote address to the newest cohort of JumpStart recipients at the AC Spark event.

July 21, 2016

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ExVivo Wins $25K CBMC Prize

ExVivo Labs of the University of Waterloo won the $25,000 first prize at fourth annual Canada’s Business Model Competition at Dalhousie University in Halifax on Saturday.

March 8, 2016

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Pout Acquired by Everalbum

The AC is excited to share that AC JumpStart Client Pout has been acquired by San Francisco-based Everalbum. The announcement was made this morning by Everalbum Co-founder Andrew Dudum.

Febraury 4, 2016

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AC JumpStart Client Suncayr Plans Broader Product Line

Suncayr CEO Rachel Pautler sums it up best when it comes to the obvious appeal of her company’s skin protection product, joking that her team initially wondered, “Why has no one done this before?"

November 18, 2015

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AC JumpStart Client Voltera becomes first Canadian winner of James Dyson Award

A group of University of Waterloo graduates has become the first Canadian winner of the international James Dyson Award, a prestigious engineering design competition judged by the British inventor.

November 10, 2015

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UHWK launches their wearable camera for athletes kickstarter

Today AC JumpStart Clients UHWK formally launched their Kickstarter campaign to develop a first of its kind camera made for athletes, aimed to help players and coaches amplify learning and highlight sharing.

October 21, 2015

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How SmartAd is Turning Science Fiction into Reality

Why facial recognition means a better customer experience In the movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise walks through a mall, past a series of translucent screens all displaying highly targeted ads, personalized specifically for him.

July 14, 2015

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Konectera launches new equine wearable

ACJumpStart clients Konectera have launched their newest product, SeeHorse. SeeHorse is a wearable designed especially for the equestrian market, allowing anyone from amateur riders to a professional competitors; trainers and boarding facility owners, to help improve the health and performance of horses.

June 17, 2015

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