AC Grad Bonfire Announced Initial Public Offering with GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

Government spend decisions must optimize to offer better value for communities and economy by digitizing with strategic sourcing and procurement software

(KITCHENER, ONTARIO, February 19, 2019) – Today Bonfire Interactive Ltd. (Bonfire), a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, has formally merged with GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) in a business combination with five other leading software as a service (SaaS) companies specializing in government technology.  Executives at GTY and the six newly merged businesses will share the honour of ringing the Nasdaq closing bell on today (watch it live here) to celebrate the company’s initial public offering.

All parties involved have a shared mission to digitize government and achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management.  Bonfire will continue to run as an independent business unit under the umbrella company.

“While government procurement can sound dry and dull to the uninitiated, we think just the opposite”, said Corry Flatt, CEO and Co-Founder of Bonfire.  “We believe that the application of cloud software to government procurement is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and has the potential to tangibly change our world for the better.  This is a big mission — the kind that requires deep resources and partners to fully accomplish — which is why we’re delighted to be joining forces with the other companies to form GTY and continue our journey as part of a new publicly-traded company.”

Bonfire announced intent to join GTY (which plans to rebrand in the coming months) in September 2018.  Established in 2012, Bonfire is headquartered in Waterloo Region, has grown to 95+ employees, and has secured over 250 clients.  The Company prides itself on offering a class-leading client experience, averaging customer satisfaction rates of over 95%.

“After an extensive review of government-focused technologies, it became obvious that Bonfire would be a critical element for our vision of a fully digitized public sector,” said Steven Rohleder, GTY Chairman and CEO.  “Bonfire is the leading next-generation solution for public sector sourcing and procurement, allowing professionals to trade administrative tasks with strategic ones, and demonstrate true value to their organization and beyond.”

GTY will be made up of six companies, (CityBaseeCivisQuesticaSherpaOpenCounter, and Bonfire) representing functions of payments, grant management, budgeting, permitting, and procurement.  Together, the companies service more than 1,500 government clients and share a unique opportunity to offer a transformative impact on the public sector.

To explore Bonfire’s strategic sourcing and procurement software, visit

About GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (“GTY”)

Founded in November 2016 by Bill Green (former Chairman & CEO, Accenture), Joe Tucci (former CEO & Chairman, EMC), and Harry You (former EVP, EMC; former CFO, Accenture & Oracle), GTY (NASDAQ: GTYHU/GTYH/GTYHW) was formed to identify and invest in compelling and emerging trends in the technology sector.  Today, it combines six leading GovTech firms under a single umbrella: CityBase, eCivis, Questica, Sherpa, OpenCounter, and Bonfire. These companies will operate as independent business units under GTY. They represent the functions of payments and digital services, grant management, budgeting, permitting, and procurement, respectively. Collectively, GTY is transforming how the public sector does business and serves its constituents. For more information visit

About Bonfire Interactive Inc.

Bonfire Interactive Inc., a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, empowers organizations to make the right purchasing decisions.  With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy.  The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations of all sizes around the globe. Bonfire was named a 2018 Gartner Cool Vendor and proudly reports a client retention rate greater than 96 percent.



Meghan Hennessey
Manager, Marketing Communications

Accelerator Centre Announces AC JumpStart Program Cohort 9

Waterloo, Ontario – The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 9 of the AC JumpStart program. These 28 companies will receive a critical injection of $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of professional mentorship under the Accelerator Centre’s world-class mentorship model.

The commencement of cohort 9 follows an announcement of $5.5M in continued funding from FedDev Ontario in late 2018. The continued funding will allow the program to continue into 2021 and will support an additional 126 companies.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support Canada’s innovators, helping them succeed on a global scale. This continued investment in the AC JumpStart program from FedDev Ontario will allow more early-stage technology companies to thrive, which strengthens the innovation ecosystem in southern Ontario and creates highly-skilled jobs for Canadians.”

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Science, Innovation and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

The AC JumpStart Cohort 9 recipients are:

Pulse Industrial
BigBrain3D Inc.
CataLight Inc.
Click 2 Refund Inc.
Coachable Media & Technologies Inc.
Cya Inc.
Derisk Corp.
DropLab Inc.
Elocity Technologies Inc
Evercloak Inc
Evika Corporation
Hitch Tech Inc. 
Insurance Squared Inc.
Intelliculture Inc
Invitalize Inc
Linkmentalhealth Inc.
Madiba Technologies Inc.
Membio Inc.
Micromensio Inc.
Policyme Corp
RepresentLY Media Inc.
Shuttershare Inc.
Striive Software Inc.
Troes Corporation
Visitor Queue Inc.

Visit our website for a list of past AC JumpStart grant recipients

About AC JumpStart

AC JumpStart is funded by FedDev Ontario and delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier, the University of Guleph and the University of Waterloo.

The AC JumpStart program began in January 2015, with three cohorts of companies participating in the program in 2015, and two cohorts annually in subsequent years. Each cohort receives funding and mentorship over a 12-month period.

About the Accelerator Centre

Our world-renowned, four phase accelerator program was developed based on our proven methods and best practices from accelerators and incubators around the world. The program, combined with our proven mentorship model, gives you the resources and guidance you need to grow all areas of your business, get your product to market faster, increase sales, and scale.

For more information visit

About FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. The Agency’s programming is designed to support a strong southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally.

For more information visit


For more information contact:
Tabatha Laverty

We’re Hiring: Manager, Operations and Administration

JOB DESCRIPTION – Manager, Operations and Administration

Salary Range: $52,000-$65,000

The Accelerator Centre requires an organized administrative and operational professional to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace. The ideal candidate must have a critical eye, excellent communication skills, be a master of multi-tasking and take on projects and initiatives without much guidance.

Reporting to the CEO, the Manager, Operations and Administration provides executive support our to CEO, VP and Board of Directors. This role is also responsible for overall management of our facilities, recruitment procedures and all administration within the organization. This position plays a critical role in our Board of Governance procedures.


  • Provides administrative & executive support to the CEO and VP including:
    • Coordination of travel arrangements
    • Calendar maintenance including the triage of appointment requests
    • Preparation of materials/agendas where necessary
  • Supports our Board of Directors and governance procedures including:
    • Maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of our governance procedures
    • Liaise with the Board of Directors & Committee Chairs as required for the management and preparation of meeting schedules, agendas and presentations
    • Manage RSVP/quorum tracking
    • Attend all Board and Committee meetings for minute transcription & dissemination
    • Maintain & update AC governance documents and presentations, by-laws and Board distribution lists and provide ongoing support for the Board and Committee chairs
  • Overall responsibility for the management of all AC facilities including:
    • Managing facility related budgets
    • Establishing vendor relationships including coordinating IT service with external partners
    • Working with the Manager, Programs and Client Experience and Guest and Facilities Coordinator for planning and executing client movements across our facilities and oversight of agreements with community clients
    • Providing backup support for the front desk and after-hours facility emergencies
  • Management of the Guest and Facilities Coordinator and that position’s role in maintaining our 3 facilities as well as the policies and procedures related to those facilities and our reception desk
  • Assisting with the recruitment process for new hires including updating job descriptions, arranging interviews, other administrative functions relating to recruitment.
  • Contact and Records Management including management of all internal and external contact lists (using Active Campaign and other software) and organize and manage how information is stored at the AC (via the internal shared drive and cloud-based storage)
  • Assists the VP with ongoing strategic or external projects and initiatives as required.
  • Be the Chief Everything Officer (CEO), find opportunity in every task and support the company and team


  • Post-secondary education in administration, operations, related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting senior leadership teams; including Boards of Directors
  • Conducts business in a professional, detail-oriented manner at all times, leading by example with a positive team attitude in all aspects
  • Strong commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences for clients, visitors and industry partners
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Assertive, confident and thrives under pressure
  • Excellent organizational, trouble-shooting, and interpersonal skills
  • A self-starter that can work under minimal supervision


Please submit your resume and cover letter to by February 18, 2019 at NOON. We thank all interested candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Accelerator Centre is committed to fostering a diverse community that is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs from all backgrounds.

A full range of perspectives, lifestyles, and passions are key to creating the inclusive, entrepreneurial environment that is necessary to help our clients build and scale globally competitive companies. Diversity and inclusion at the Accelerator Centre means we are dedicated to the elimination of discrimination, in all its forms, at all levels of our organization and in our programming.

We welcome applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds regardless of age, physical ability, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require assistance, please contact noting the job title in the subject line of the email.

The Accelerator Centre and TD Launch Ontario’s Only Incubator Dedicated to Sustainable Technology Development

The Waterloo-based incubation space, known as the TD Sustainable Future Lab, will help cleantech startups commercialize solutions that drive the clean economy.

Waterloo, February 1, 2019 –Today the Accelerator Centre (AC) announces the grand opening of the TD Sustainable Future Lab with support from TD Bank Group (TD).

The new facility, made possible by a $1M investment from TD’s new corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, will be located in the evolvGREEN community hub and will give entrepreneurs access to the AC’s award-winning incubation programming as well as additional supports from facility partners, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the University of Waterloo, and Laurier.

Since launching the specialized program for clean tech entrepreneurs with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the fall of 2017, the Accelerator Centre has supported 14 companies working in Agri-tech, Advanced Materials, Energy (Solar, Wind, Water, Biofuel), Energy Management/Storage/Access, Green Transportation, Green Manufacturing, and Smart Cities. The collaboration with TD and the new facility will allow the program to expand, supporting 20 additional clean tech companies over the next 3 years.

“The development potential within the clean technology sector represents a significant opportunity for the economy and for Canada to build on its reputation for leadership in ensuring a sustainable community for generations to come,” says Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre. “The grand opening of the TD Sustainable Future Lab and our collaboration with TD is a demonstration of our commitment to working with industry to support entrepreneurs as they create the next generation of clean technology solutions. We are excited to see organizations from across the region come together to create this hub and we are looking forward to sharing the impact these startups make as they grow and scale.”

“Clean technologies represent one of the greatest opportunities to accelerate the time it will take to transition to a low-carbon economy, while also helping to grow an emerging and important market for Canada,” says Nicole Vadori, Head of Environment, TD Bank Group. “Through the TD Sustainable Future Lab, TD is excited to help entrepreneurs and startups bring their transformative ideas to life and help create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”

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. In 2018, they were ranked the #4 Accelerator Program in the world due, in part, to a reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.

The Accelerator Centre has a strong history of supporting high growth technology companies and has worked with more than 500 startups throughout its 12-year history bringing over 3,000 full time jobs and 560M in investment to the region. Graduates of The Accelerator Program™ include Canadian success stories Kik Interactive, Miovision, Axonify, Alert Labs and SSIMWAVE.

About TD Bank Group

TD and The Ready Commitment

TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, it aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help build a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. As part of this, the bank is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas it feels are critical to helping people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. These are Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD is also aligned to nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, visit

For further information:

Tabatha Laverty
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Accelerator Centre