International Women's Day 2021: Heirlume

Heirlume CEO, Julie MacDonnell, transforms trademark registration through AI and champions diversity with a commitment to a majority female-led technical and leadership team.

March 8, 2021


Movia Media are celebrating the success of a new campaign with Loblaws, Shopper’s Drug Mart and Dentsu

The startup company uses innovative truck advertising, analytics and retargeting abilities to create traction for advertising campaigns.

February 11, 2021


City of Guelph has extended their partnership with irisGO

The AC JumpStart alumni is an AI enabled plug and play IoT device that automatically captures objects of interest for municipalities.

February 9, 2021


Sustainable Fashion Company Carmina De Young Fashion Design Inc. Secures $2M in Funding for Domestic PPE Production

Carmina De Young Fashion Design Inc. (Carmina De Young) has recently secured $2 million worth of funding from Next Generation Manufacturing Canada’s (NGEN) Strategic Supply Challenge.

January 25, 2021


Toxon Technologies and JVD Archery Sign European Distribution Agreement

The agreement makes AC JumpStart recipient's BOWdometer available to European archery distributors.

November 11, 2020


Toxon Technologies partners with Archery Canada to celebrate the archer’s journey

AC JumpStart recipient Toxon Technologies is taking the archery world by storm.

November 4, 2020


Culinary AI: A Recipe for Success

Serial entrepreneur Bahubali Shete, whose last startup is backed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, talks technological innovations, his love of cooking, how he merged his two passions to create Klovechef, and the vital role AC mentorship has played in his journey.

October 14, 2020


AC JumpStart Recipient Heirlume Among Google’s Inaugural Women Founders Accelerator Cohort

The startup makes trademark registration as easy and accessible as domain registration by providing the first self-serve professional-quality trademark search and application platform.

September 2, 2020


LumenED Lands One of Nine Spots in Google’s First Canadian Accelerator

The edtech software company helps educational groups and tutoring companies get online, reduce administration and better connect with more students.

August 21, 2020


5G for Smart Cities

AC JumpStart recipient IRIS R&D Group is fuelling innovation with connectivity.

July 9, 2020


We’ve Been Shopping for Vehicles All Wrong. Until Now.

Drivers rejoice: car shopping just got a heck of a lot easier. Let us fill you in.

June 17, 2020


ApplyBoard Becomes Canada’s Newest Unicorn

AC JumpStart and Startup Visa recipient ApplyBoard raises $100M in Series C funding on a $2B valuation. The investment will accelerate product development, fuel expansion into new markets and improve access to education for international students.

May 5, 2020


TROES Corp. to supply three 542kWh/250kW BESS’s for “Virtual Power Plant” application

TROES’ Battery Energy Storage Technology helps clients in offsetting peak demand and relieves load on the grid.

March 26, 2020


Recess Guardians is Giving the Gift of Daily Play Time—for Free

Missing the gym? Kids getting restless? We have a solution.

March 23, 2020


The Globe and Mail: Health startups see surge in interest amid coronavirus crisis

AC JumpStart recipient O2 Canada, a Waterloo-based startup that produces respiratory masks called O2 Curve, has been selling ~2,000 masks a day since the spread of the coronavirus. Direct-to-consumer sales have increased 24,000 per cent.

March 11, 2020


News Release: Verda Innovations launches legal cannabis e-commerce and delivery platform in Canada and USA

Consumers can now find licensed, legal dispensaries, browse live menus, order ahead for pickup and receive same-day home delivery where regulations permit.

February 25, 2020


The Mental Health Crisis in Entrepreneurship: Let’s Talk…About Startup Founders

Entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to develop mental health problems than the general population. Here are the stats and solutions.

January 29, 2020


Although he may look like one, CARL is no dummy

AC JumpStart client Rob Koch is helping the world to hear with the leading audiology patient simulator on the market. A physiologically and acoustically realistic manikin, CARL enables clinicians and students to easily and safely develop their skills, resulting in more successful performances in clinical scenarios.

January 23, 2020


"Divine Serendipity" Led Uche Onuora to Help His Son—And Students Around the World

HITCH is about educating people and creating an opportunity for people to learn and connect to industry-driven career pathways, making education and empowerment accessible, on-demand, and top quality anywhere in the world.

January 22, 2020


Forbes Selects Meti and Massi Basiri of ApplyBoard for Three Top 30 Under 30 Lists

The brothers believe education is a right, not a privilege, and have helped over 70,000 students find access to quality education through ApplyBoard. The company was brought to Canada via the Accelerator Centre's Startup Visa Program. It is also a former AC JumpStart recipient.

January 20, 2020


Junip - Reviews Customers Love

Junip's platform that helps entrepreneurs of all stages create a review experience customers love is now live on Shopify. We’re excited for you to try it out.

January 10, 2020


Southern Ontario's Startup Scene Is Heating Up: SPARK 2019

It has long been said that a single spark can start a great fire. Igniting innovation, passion and community, AC JumpStart’s showcase event, SPARK, made us feel the heat of southern Ontario’s startup scene.

December 2, 2019


Know a child who struggles to hold a pencil or do up their own buttons?

We know the perfect gift for them.

November 27, 2019


Going Greener: How A Young Engineer Is Finally Transforming Industrial Services

Thomas Uhlenbruck, founder and CEO of Pulse Industrial Monitoring, is saving three things: Steam, money and the environment.

November 14, 2019


ApplyBoard Named Canada’s Fastest-Growing Technology Company by Deloitte

AC JumpStart alumnus ApplyBoard ranked No. 1 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™. Three graduates of The Accelerator Program made the list as well.

November 7, 2019


LinkMentalHealth Wins International Social Innovation Award

AC JumpStart client LinkMentalHealth has been announced a winner of the 9th Annual CEMEX-Tec Award, representing one of 15 recipients from around the world to be honoured for developing high calibre, impactful proposals and implement progressive projects in sustainable development, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

September 25, 2019


Going Greener: SusWork is Transforming Canada’s Waste into Economic Opportunity

Philip Wu’s invention will turn biodegradable waste into sustainable bio-methanol.

August 29, 2019


Recess Guardians Brings Games Back to Kids at School

Remember recess? Chances are, you filled those short periods between classes with fun activities like tag, four square and jump rope. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find that in many schools, says Mike McDonald, founder and CEO of Recess Guardians.

August 21, 2019


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


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


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


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


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



‍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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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