Waterloo Accelerator Centre seeks new CEO

Waterloo Accelerator Centre  Chief Executive Officer

We’re a dynamic business accelerator focused on building tomorrow’s technology superstars. And we’re looking for a leader to spearhead our next phase of growth.

The Accelerator Centre, the gold standard for accelerating the growth and commercial success of early-stage technology companies, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As CEO, you will lead the Accelerator Centre (AC) in its next phase of growth by identifying new opportunities for sustainable revenue generation and building on existing opportunities within and beyond the Waterloo Region. Externally, you will be the public face of the AC, developing collaborative relationships with numerous partners including regional education institutions, Communitech, provincial, federal and municipal governments and their agencies, as well as private sector companies. Internally, you will lead a strong and experienced team that is focused on operational excellence and service delivery to the AC’s Clients. You will work with a Board of Directors that represents a cross section of the AC’s stakeholders and is committed to a growth strategy and the success of the organization in achieving its mission.

As the ideal candidate, you will be an entrepreneurial oriented bold visionary who thinks outside of the box. You understand the challenges faced by early-stage technology companies and their founders and are passionate about their success. Your experience includes success in obtaining funding from both public and private sources. Exceptional relationship skills that enable you to deal with multiple stakeholders and partners are essential. You are a mentor who empowers your team and understands the culture of a small, efficient organization.

About the Accelerator Centre

Established in 2006, the Waterloo Accelerator Centre is a world-renowned nonprofit corporation headquartered at the David Johnston Research + Technology Park in Waterloo, Ontario. The AC generates economic benefit and enhances the strategic importance of the Waterloo Region within the provincial, national and global economy by:

• Accelerating the creation, growth, and scale-up of globally competitive and sustainable new technology companies; and
• Promoting the commercialization of research and technology emerging from academic institutions, helping these entrepreneurs to develop viable and robust firms.

The AC has developed an internationally recognized education and mentorship program for start-up technology businesses and their founders. It provides highpotential technology companies with the resources and support required to overcome their most significant barriers to commercial success.

Drawing on its rigorous selection criteria, the AC provides the highest potential firms with an intensive curriculum that features education, processes, tools and services. These include access to office facilities; business coaching and mentorship; education; facilitated investment opportunities; networking; R&D support; talent recruitment; technology transfer and commercialization knowledge. These services enable start-ups to move to market faster, create new jobs and stimulate economic activity in the Waterloo Region. Since 2006, more than 120 early-stage companies in Waterloo Region have benefited from the AC’s programs. The AC currently has 41 Client companies.

This is an opportunity for someone to have a direct impact on the regional innovation system and economy by leading an organization that is an important contributor to its success and prosperity.

Please reply in confidence to ceoapplications@acceleratorcentre.com prior to May 9, 2014.
For additional information, contact Gary Pooley at 519-342-3119.

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Accelerator Centre Graduate I Think Security Ltd. Launches LOQ: A Digital Security Service for Asset Managers

Integrated into local files, LOQ combines military-grade security with transparent ease of use to provide secure document sharing, protected cloud backup, and advanced information control on multiple devices and platforms.

Waterloo, ON ‐ April 2nd, 2014: I Think Security Ltd., an award winning cyber security lab, has announced the launch of LOQ. A secure information technology, LOQ keeps proprietary information and communications secure for asset managers and their high net worth clients.

“It’s our most advanced security solution yet, with outstanding features and benefits”, said Dr. Cédric Jeannot, founder and CEO of I Think Security Ltd., “We’re giving asset managers a competitive advantage, while reducing risk exposure and simplifying compliance, all in one easy-to-use package.”

Secure Sharing

LOQ provides a secure way for asset managers and their clients to share information of any size, on any media, including email, thumb drive, and cloud. Users can also share instantly with a secure dedicated channel that transfers information directly from one desktop to another. Additional features, like geo-fencing and device restrictions help to regulate access and even prevent mobile screenshots to ensure that all digital assets are protected.

For additional information on Secure Backup and Advanced Information Control, read the full press release here.

Sign up for a Free Trial Version of LOQ by registering on their home page.

Accelerator Centre Grad Clearpath Robotics talks "Entrepreneurship, Ambition and Accelerators."

Written by: Ellyn Winters-Robinson
Source: www.techvibes.com

Matt Rendall didn’t consciously set out to become a technology entrepreneur. As an undergrad studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, cramming for exams and building robots for fun, he didn’t envision that just a few years later he’d be at the helm of a fast growing, multi-million dollar technology company.

But that’s exactly what happened.

“I’ve been asked a bunch of times why I became an entrepreneur. And I like to say that ignorance is bliss,” he chuckles. “I think it just is what was supposed to happen in my life. What began as a student project, working with really cool technology helped me fall into this entrepreneurial world. And I became addicted to the uncertainty, the discomfort, and the excitement that comes hand in hand with entrepreneurship.”

Rendall is CEO of Clearpath Robotics, a 40-person company specializing in robotics solutions for the academic, industrial and commercial marketplace, and a recognized market leader in the robotics world. The company sells its Grizzly, Husky, Kingfisher, and Turtlebot robots to 300 customers in more than 30 countries, including organizations such as NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the US Navy, and MIT among others, and is stacking up awards, such as the “2013 Game Changer Award” for its technology.

It’s been four years since the company graduated from the Accelerator Centre and struck off into the world to make its way. Rendall attributes Clearpath Robotics’ fast track success to he and his co-founder’s experience at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre.

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