Who We Are
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, we were ranked the #4 Accelerator Program in the world due, in part, to our reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.
What We Do
Our flagship, Accelerator Program offers a 2 year, milestone based program and one-on-one mentorship that is proven to help startups grow faster. We also offer additional supplementary programs, such as our seed funding program, AC JumpStart and our Startup Visa Program as well as other services such design and creative services through our Startup Studio, access to world class academic research, and warm introductions to investors and potential partners.
Who We Work With
Our clients represent some of the biggest startup brands in Canada and around the world. Our competitive application and selection process ensures we are able to support the most innovative ideas and to ensure entrepreneurs get the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.
Our headquarters, established in 2006, is the center of our operations. Home to a selection of our Phase Three and Four clients, the space also has significant foot traffic and regularly hosts a variety of industry and community events.
The Reactor building, located directly across the street from our headquarters, is where our clients get started on their journey to graduation. This facility houses our Phase One and Two clients in an environment that encourages them to connect and collaborate with their peers.
University of Waterloo
As a partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Global Business and Digital Arts Program, our Stratford location provides us with a unique connection with students and recent grads as well as access to the incredible creative talent the region has to offer. In the summer of 2017 we launched an in-house design agency, Startup Studio, to connect the student talent in the GBDA program to startups across the tech ecosystem.
Advanced Manufacturing and
Hardware Innovation Lab
Our Advanced Manufacturing and Hardware Innovation Lab, is the first facility of its kind in Waterloo Region and the only facility within the ecosystem offering extensive support specialized for hardware companies. As a hot spot for hardware, IoT, and advanced manufacturing startups in the Toronto Waterloo Corridor, it combines the Accelerator Centre’s world renowned programming with specialized resources and mentorship in product development, manufacturing and supply chain management.