AC News Roundup: Winter 2020

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.

March 19, 2020

January 2020:

February 2020:

  • Miovision CEO Kurtis McBride talked to 570 News about Waterloo Region’s traffic and how his technology can help.
  • AC grad Top Hat raised $55M USD in Series D funding to transform teaching and learning in higher education.
  • AC grad Intellijoint celebrated their 10th anniversary and added its 75th full time employee.
  • The Accelerator Centre released a statement on the Intellectual Property in Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem report.
  • Evercloak awarded $900,000 from the Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada initiative to develop a dehumidification technology for air conditioners to cut GHG emissions and reduce the energy use of cooling systems by over 50%.
  • Former UK Minister of State for Universities, Science and Innovation, Jo Johnson, joined ApplyBoard as Chairman of its Advisory Board.
  • AC JumpStart recipient LinkMentalHealth won the Biomedical Zone’s HealthBound 2020 innovation competition and was awarded $35,000.
  • The Accelerator Centre community donated 137 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region to help those in need. Thank you to all for your generosity!
  • Kitchener-based OTTO Motors, the industrial division of AC grad Clearpath Robotics, expanded into the Japanese market.
  • Axonify won two awards in one night: The Health and Wellness Award at the KW Chamber of Commerce’s BEA Gala and the Learning Platform of the Year at the Learning Awards 2020 in London, England.
  • AC JumpStart recipient Verda Innovations launched its cutting-edge platform that offers a safe and accessible marketplace for legal cannabis retailers and consumers.
  • Statistics Canada released its annual report on Canada’s population growth, naming Waterloo as the country’s fastest growing community.
  • Our wonderful communications & PR mentor, Ellyn, received Gold in in the Professional Services Category for Best Public Relations by the 2019 Record Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Startup Laurier held the Entrepreneurs Exchange at AC HQ to empower students to explore and pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • AC client Material Futures Lab hit its milestone in two weeks of getting engineered pigments produced in 1L flasks. The company,which uses bacteria to create natural eco-friendly pigments for textile dyeing, plans on scaling up significantly over the next few months.

Early-Mid March 2020:

  • AC client Cassie Myers, founder and CEO of Lunaria, ran a workshop at Toronto Womxn in Data Science Annual Conference on inclusive data, exploring the bias in data analysis.
  • The Accelerator Centre was proud to share the achievements of our female founders throughout the month of March.
  • Intellijoint launched Intellijoint KNEE: a total joint application designed to improve orthopaedic surgeons’ navigation experience and enhance patient outcomes through enhanced intraoperative accuracy.
  • AC client AMPERe’s ground-breaking technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a thirdand could very well make the transportation industry carbon-free.
  • TextNow’s VP of Engineering led a breakout session at the Women Impact Tech event.
  • AC grad Caitlin MacGregor, CEO and co-founder of Plum, participated in the 2020 Women in Tech Silicon Valley Program.
  • We’re bringing local innovations in cleantech to market faster. Nine local entrepreneurs were announced as being the successful recipients of a funded Phase One of our TD Sustainable Future Program to bring local innovations in cleantech to market faster.
  • AC grad magnet forensics moved into a beautiful new office in Waterloo.
Fun fact: 89% of all AC grads remain in Waterloo Region.
  • Miovision is helping move $700 billion of goods traded annually between Canada and the US while reducing the impact of traffic on the local community.
  • AC JumpStart recipient O2 Canada was featured in The Globe and Mail: Health startups see surge in interest amid coronavirus crisis.
  • Top Hat rolled out free resources to professors and students to provide support for the abrupt transition to online classes.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AC has implemented many measures to best serve the wellbeing of staff, clients and community members. We encourage you to read our FAQ and Resource Guide for Startups. ALL programming will continue as usual with all meetings to be held remotely.
  • The Accelerator Centre is happy to announce that all upcoming digital workshops will be free and accessible to entrepreneurs and startup staff everywhere throughout the duration of the pandemic. Check out our events page to register.

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