Accelerator Centre Launches New Program Aimed at Bringing the Global Investment Community to Waterloo

To provide startups with even more opportunities to connect to the global innovation ecosystem, the AC is pleased to announce the launch of a new global market education opportunity and series of community demo days.

August 26, 2021

As Canada’s #1 private business accelerator, the AC is committed to helping startups thrive and go global from day one. To provide startups with even more opportunities to connect to the global innovation ecosystem, the AC is pleased to announce the launch of a new global market education opportunity and series of community demo days.

The series, called the Global Gateway: Investor Showcase, will give seed and pre- series A ready companies the opportunity to get education, mentorship, and advice from global business leaders and pitch in front of world renowned angel investor groups and VC firms. The program’s end goal is to connect Waterloo Region’s top startups with global VC firms and create connections into global markets. The first event in the series will feature Mumbai Angels and will connect startups into the Indian marketplace.

The new offering leverages the deep international connections and global entrepreneurial experience of new CEO, Jay Krishnan.

“As I’ve met with many of our clients and stakeholders over the last few months, there is a common theme and vision for the future that connects us. The pandemic has changed the game, for all of us. Just as it has been in the past, entrepreneurs are essential for the recovery of our global economy and our communities. For them to be successful, we need a global approach now more than ever,” says Krishnan.

The AC will work with local ecosystem partners Velocity, Communitech, MIX, and Laurier to identify the region’s top 15 seed and series A ready companies who are looking to explore the Indian market.

Those top 15 startups will then pitch at the Global Gateway VC Showcase community demo day on October 14, 2021, and compete to win one of 6 spots in our exclusive Global Gateway Masterclass Sprint Program where they will get:

• A masterclass education on the ins-and-outs of breaking into the Indian market from the Mumbai Angels team

• Collaborative mentorship from the AC and Mumbai Angels to help them perfect their pitch and navigate the fundraising process

• The opportunity to pitch directly to Mumbai Angels members at an exclusive, invite-only pitch event on November 24, 2021

” The Global Gateway Investor Showcase is more than your typical demo day,” say Krishnan. “By pairing introductions to global VC communities through the showcase with exclusive education and mentorship opportunities, we’re ensuring these companies will be successful in these new markets in the long-term.”

Startups interested in participating in the program can apply from August 26, 2021, until September 6, 2021.

Members of the public interested in attending the Global Gateway: Investor Showcase event can register anytime before October 14, 2021.

About The Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is an award-winning startup accelerator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies, and giving startups the highest probability of long-term success. They are ranked the #1 private business accelerator in Canada and are among the World Top 5 due, in part, to our reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.

The AC’s strategic vision is to be the #1 full stack startup hub in the world and work with the local innovation ecosystem to make the greater Waterloo Region the best place in the world to start a company.  

About Mumbai Angels

Started in 2006, Mumbai Angels Network (MA Network) is India’s premier platform focused on new venture investing. The platform has 550+ investors spread across 40+ cities within and outside India. Mumbai Angels has a strong portfolio of 170+ startups spread across sectors and cities in India. Of the overall portfolio, they have exited/secured the next round of funding for over 70 of them.

For more information contact:

Tabatha Laverty

Director, Marketing and Communications

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