AC JumpStart™

Kickstart your big idea and grow with a $30,000 grant, months of mentorship, market research and more through AC JumpStart.

Applications are open!

Apply now to be considered to join Cohort 14 of AC JumpStart. Please review the eligibility requirements prior to applying and feel free to contact us with any questions. Applications close Sunday, August 9 at 11:59pm.

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Applications for Cohort 11 are now open

Please apply before Sept 10th at 5pm

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About The Program

AC JumpStart is an innovative seed funding and mentorship program, funded by FedDev Ontario, aimed at helping technology startups establish and grow their business in southern Ontario.

$30,000 in seed capital - funds must be matched by grant recipients

7 months of one-to-one mentorship from the AC’s team of in-house experts (learn business fundamentals such as IP creation and protection)

Access to market research

Connections to investors


The program is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Who Can Apply

If you're an entrepreneur with a great idea, we want to hear from you! Applicants for the AC JumpStart Program must meet the below requirements to be considered.

Dedicated to their venture and prepared to put in the time required to achieve the milestones of the project

Have access to the required $30,000 funding match at the onset of programming

Have defined project milestones and budget

Be prepared to complete the mandatory mentorship and reporting requirements

Applicants who apply via the University of Waterloo stream must have earned their last degree from UW (in any discipline) within the past five years

How Do I Apply?

If you have graduated from the University of Waterloo within the last five years, please click on the University of Waterloo logo to be redirected to the appropriate information page. Members of Conestoga College's Centre for Entrepreneurship, Laurier LaunchPad or Accelerator Guelph may apply with a recommendation. Please contact your program representative prior to applying.

AC JumpStart is open to all startups in southern Ontario. Entrepreneurs are welcome to apply using the "apply now" button or clicking the Accelerator Centre logo below.

Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding your application.

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