The Accelerator Program®

Our flagship program supports entrepreneurs from the early ideation stage all the way to global operations. The program is unique in that we are with you for the long haul—24 months on average—and we care about your long-term success.

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A holistic, milestone-
based program that
takes you from ideation
to global operations.

Our award-winning program is different from any other accelerator program you’ve seen. The program is divided into four phases (which include over 400 best practice milestones) and is customized to fit your startup. To complete the program, you’ll meet regularly with our program team to keep you on track and get consistent, one-to-one access to our incredible mentor team to help you navigate any challenges you may encounter.

Our mission is to help you be successful
now and in the long-term.

Each of the four phases walks you through the process of building a successful business. Our staff and mentor team are with you every step of the way.

Phase 1: Explore

Discover a product someone wants

We help you to define your market clearly and decide how to talk to your potential customers. Using our proven, structured market validation process, you gather data and use it to explore, research, and refine your concept. You become investment ready.

Phase 3: Grow

Expand your customer base and REVENUE

With the right people and research in place, you have a sustainable business model. We help you focus on where you are going next. What is your one-year plan? What is your five-year plan? Do you have the right people in the right positions to get you there?

Phase 2: Build

Develop a solid business foundation

With a solid blueprint in place, we help you focus on the factors that are most important for the success of your business. With guidance from our mentors, you navigate business fundamentals like branding and human resources. You move forward with the right business model.

Phase 4: Build

READY for global success

Our final stage before graduation is all about achieving a scalable business model. We will teach you what investors are looking for and how to pitch to them. When you are ready, the AC mentors will introduce you to a variety of funding and investment sources including angel and venture capital investors.

Phase 1: Explore

Discover a product someone wants

We help you to define your market clearly and decide how to talk to your potential customers. Using our proven, structured market validation process, you gather data and use it to explore, research, and refine your concept. You become investment ready.

Phase 2: Build

Develop a solid business foundation

With a solid blueprint in place, we help you focus on the factors that are most important for the success of your business. With guidance from our mentors, you navigate business fundamentals like branding and human resources. You move forward with the right business model.

Phase 3: Grow

Expand your customer base and REVENUE

With the right people and research in place, you have a sustainable business model. We help you focus on where you are going next. What is your one-year plan? What is your five-year plan? Do you have the right people in the right positions to get you there?

Phase 4: Build

READY for global success

Our final stage before graduation is all about achieving a scaleable business model. We will teach you what investors are looking for and how to pitch to them. When you are ready, the AC mentors will introduce you to a variety of funding and investment sources including angel and venture capital investors.

Key Features of the Program

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Mentorship

5-7 hours a month of one-to-one guidance from our in-house mentor team

One-to-many Sessions

One-to-many Sessions

Exclusive one-to-many sessions with business leaders and industry experts

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Access to Funding

When you're ready, we'll make warm introductions to angel investors and VCs

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Office Space

Turnkey, secured office space in our dynamic work environment

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Meeting Rooms

Professional meeting rooms for private meetings

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Internet & Coffee

Stay connected and caffeinated

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Discounts

Access to over $400,000 in value added service discounts from providers like Amazon, IBM, HubSpot, and more

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International Network

Tap into our international network of programming and funding partners

Client Testimonials

Don't take our word for it. Listen to the clients we've supported and helped grow.

Dr. Abdul Rehman

CEO, SSIMWAVE
Graduate

"When we started, we were engineers. We had no business experience. Working through the program with the mentors gave us the confidence to grow our business knowing that whatever challenges we ran into, someone at the AC would be there to help us put the pieces of the puzzle together. They gave us the confidence to be successful."

Nadia Hamilton

CEO, Magnus Mode
GRADUATE

"The mentorship at the Accelerator Centre has been so helpful in several areas including sales, product development, human resources, and marketing. I feel they are part of a broader team, working together to build a foundation that will enable us to scale operations across North America and worldwide."

George Tsintzouras

President, Alert Labs
Graduate

“The unique needs of our growing hardware company were specifically met at the Hardware and Advanced Manufacturing Lab in downtown Kitchener. We were able to design and manufacture our products in a purpose-built space, while benefiting from the support of the Accelerator Centre’s mentors and our peers.”

Who Can Apply

Ideal candidates for The Accelerator Program are:

The founder or co-founder of an innovative company

Dedicated to pursuing the venture and actively participating in all aspects of our programming

Able to attend an in-person interview with AC staff and our advisor team

Think you have a great idea and the determination to make it a success?

Apply to The Accelerator Program and let us help you build a business that thrives.