AC JumpStart™

Kickstart your big idea and grow with a $30,000 grant, 12 months of mentorship, market research and more through AC JumpStart.

Want to know when the applications open for the next cohort of AC JumpStart?

Applications for Cohort 12 of AC JumpStart will open spring 2020.
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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

12 months of one-to-one mentorship from the AC’s team of in-house experts

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 a defined project milestones and budget

Be prepared to complete the mandatory mentorship and reporting requirements

How Do I Apply?

If you have graduated from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College within the last 5 years or are a member of the Accelerate Guelph Program, please visit the links below and apply using the instructions provided.

The Accelerator Centre stream of AC JumpStart is open to all startups in southwestern Ontario. If you do not meet the criteria of one of the affiliations below, please apply through the Accelerator stream here.

Please contact us with questions regarding your application.

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