Accelerator Centre launches expanded programming to support United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

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.

November 3, 2020

Waterloo, November 3,2020 –Today the Accelerator Centre (AC) announces the expansion of its successful clean technology (cleantech) programming, the TD Sustainable Future Program, to include supports for new businesses that will help to achieve the United Nations’(UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as outlined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The program expansion, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will make the AC’s globally renowned accelerator programming accessible to a wider, more diverse network of startups. The new offering will also bring additional supports targeted towards COVID-19 solutions, digital health innovation, the future of work, industry innovation, social innovation, community safety, education, diversity, equity, inclusion, and poverty reduction.


“We believe that strong communities and economies require entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Accelerator Centre Interim CEO, John Stevens. “To have a truly prosperous society, we need to embrace innovative sustainability in all its forms. The expansion of the TD Sustainable Future Program to include all entrepreneurs commercializing new products and services that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals is our way of committing to a vision of a sustainable future that creates prosperity in the community while also protecting our planet.”

The TD Sustainable Future Program launched in 2017 with the support of the Ontario Trillium Fund and a $1M investment from TD Bank Group’s corporate citizen ship platform, The Ready Commitment. Since then, the TD Sustainable Future Program has supported 50 entrepreneurs. The resulting companies have generated $9M in revenue, created 53 new products, and created 102 local jobs.


Entrepreneurs can apply online.

The program launches on the week of November 23rd with two free public webinars:

o   The Future of Education fireside chat with TopHat CEO, Mike Silagadze on Monday November 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.

o   The Digital Health Innovation Imperative with Grand River Hospital Vice-President of Planning, Transformation and Innovation, Young Lee on Wednesday, November 25,2020 at 2:00 p.m.


About the Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre (AC)is an award-winning startup accelerator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies and giving start-ups the highest probability of long-term success.

The AC is currently ranked the Canada’s #1 private business accelerator and is among the top 5 such organizations in the world.

The organization has a strong history of supporting high growth technology companies and has worked with more than 650 startups and created more than 4,000 full-time jobs. Graduates from the program include Canadian success stories Miovision, Axonify, TopHat, TextNow,, eleven-x, Intellijoint and SSIMWAVE.


For further information:

Tabatha Laverty

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Accelerator Centre


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