Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Announces Waterloo Region Scale Up Platform as Part of Ontario Wide Effort to Support Growing Startups

Accelerator Centre to Provide Advisory Services and Sector Specific Supports That Will Local Scaleup Companies Win Globally

Waterloo, Ontario – April 16, 2019 – Today, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has announced it is investing $52.4 million in an Ontario wide scaleup platform.

As part of the investment, Waterloo Region will receive $18 million in funding to be shared between project partners Communitech, the Accelerator Centre, Velocity, and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Launchpad with the goal of creating at least 30 startup companies with annual revenues of at least $100M by 2024. Locally, the partners will support companies as they create 6,000 new jobs, generate $2B in new revenues, and attract more than $750M in new investment capital.

“When it comes to innovation, Canada is home to countless success stories. We have all the right ingredients to lead the future, a future where tech and innovations are engines of prosperity.  

Where we have traditionally faced a challenge in Canada, is companies scaling up from $5 million to $100 million dollars. We know, talking to many entrepreneurs and startups leaders, that they would love to scale up and stay in Canada; they don’t want to have to sell out to global investors and Silicon Valley. We recognize the benefits of them scaling up at home are enormous…we want to help them grow into the global platforms we know that can be.” – The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Accelerator Centre will utilize funding to focus on two key areas:

  1. Providing intensive, milestone based programming and one-to-one mentorship to high potential companies through their award-winning accelerator program; building a strong pipeline of scale-ready firms and keeping top talent and IP here in Waterloo Region.
  2. Operating specialized programming, facilities and support services to scaling firms working in cleantech, hardware, IoT and advanced manufacturing.

The Accelerator Centre has a long track record of successfully supporting scaling firms. Over the its 13-year history, over 200 companies have completed Accelerator Centre programming. These companies, including rapidly scaling tech powerhouses like Kik, Miovision, Axonify, TopHat, eleven-x and SSIMWAVE, are exemplary of the Accelerator Centre’s motto: Built to Scale and represent the kind of companies the new scale up project hopes to create.

“With the funding provided by through FedDev Ontario, the Accelerator Centre will continue to do what we do best; leverage our experience and award-winning program to help startup companies grow and scale quickly.

In order to be truly successful and win globally, these high potential companies need intensive learning opportunities, meaningful mentorship, and one-to-one support. The Accelerator Program is unique in that it provides these supports in a structured model that has been proven to give startup companies the highest probability of long-term success.

We are excited to be working as a partner in the Waterloo scaleup project as we work together to achieve the goal of creating at least 30 new $100M startup companies by 2024.” –  Dr. Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre

For more information contact:
Tabatha Laverty
Manager, Marketing and Communications


We’re Hiring: Manager, Marketing and Communications (14 Month Contract)

JOB DESCRIPTION – Manager, Marketing and Communications

The Accelerator Centre requires an energetic, outcome-driven marketing professional to fill an exciting 14- month maternity leave contract in our fast-paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace. The ideal candidate must be digitally-savvy and a top-notch people-person, incorporating online tools and in-person networking to create relationships and build out the brand, online and off.

Reporting to the VP, Strategy and External Relations, the Manager, Marketing and Communications is responsible for all marketing efforts, communications, PR, social media, public events and content creation. This position will play a critical role in ensuring our external messaging and communications celebrate our success and raise our profile. Responsibilities include online/social/website updates, marketing & online budget management, event management and general business development. As the first point of contact this position will be involved in setting culture and engaging the ecosystem in a meaningful and impactful way.

Estimated Start Date: June 15, 2019
Salary Range: $52,000-$65,000


  • Brand: manage the AC brand and visual identity across all channels; including ensuring consistency in key messages and creating marketing materials
  • Content creation: writing blog posts, articles, newsletters, communications materials, and other material for social media channels
  • Internal Communications: develop internal communications; including Board Dashboards to ensure frequent and adequate communication across all partners and stakeholders. In addition, responsible for Accelerator Centre’s Slack account administration
  • Social media: creating, managing and growing the company’s presence through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other strategically relevant online properties
  • Digital marketing: manage the AC’s digital marketing strategy with the aim of driving program applications through SEO and PPC advertising
  • Public relations: managing incoming media requests and building relationships with industry journalists; creating, executing and measuring media campaigns
  • Events and event planning: executing the AC events strategy, attending industry events in the KW Region (often outside of 9-5 hours) all to support raising the AC Profile
  • Corporate Sponsorship: support the VP, Strategy and External Relations in the execution of the corporate sponsorship strategy; ensuring community-related deliverables are completed
  • Metrics: work with the Manager, Programs and Client Experience to maintain the data collection process for client and program performance
  • Budgets: creating and maintaining budgets & vendor relationships with designers and service providers
  • Tours: Receiving, delegating and providing tours of facility to prospective clients, guests and industry partners
  • Be the Chief Everything Officer (CEO), find opportunity in every task and support the company and team


  • Post-secondary education in PR/communications, event management or related discipline (or equivalent experience)
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and measuring digital marketing campaigns
  • Conducts business in a professional manner at all times, leading by example with a positive team attitude in all aspects
  • Extroverted and outgoing with exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Assertive, confident and thrives under pressure
  • Excellent organizational, trouble-shooting, and interpersonal skills
  • A tactical, self-starter that can work under minimal supervision and navigate multiple relationships & audiences
  • “G” driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle
  • Must be comfortable and proficient preforming all job functions on a PC
  • Web development and graphic design skills are considered a strong asset


Please submit your resume and cover letter to by April 26, 2019 at 5pm. 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.