About The Program
Our flagship, four phase program reflects proven best practices from incubators and accelerators around the world.
Each of the four phases challenge our clients to push themselves to success while also ensuring they develop a solid business foundation by considering all areas of their business such as developing executive leadership skills, establishing accounting and finance procedures and managing human resourcing needs and developing a positive internal culture.
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 grow your business through sales
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: Scale
Achieve a repeatable business model and get 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.
Who Can Apply
– Be the founder of an innovative company
– Be dedicated to pursuing the venture and actively engaged in our programming and with our Client Experience Team
– Have an technology or innovative idea that is in development, or an understanding of what is required for development.
– Completion of the Application Form in full
– Ability to attend an in person interview with AC Staff and our trusted review team
CEO of eleven-x
“We came to the Accelerator Centre for the mentorship opportunities. We had a lot of great ideas in the beginning, but there wasn’t necessarily a market fit. The mentors helped us through that.”
President & Co – Founder of Alert Labs
“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.”
Co-founder of Zabu
“The Accelerator Centre has helped us form a strong foundation for our business. The expertise, perspective and support from our mentors and from the program itself have allowed us to achieve far more than we could have on our own, especially in this short period of time.”
5-7 hours a month of one-to-one guidance from our in-house mentor team
Exclusive one-to-many sessions with business leaders and industry experts
Access to Funding
When you are ready, we will make warm introductions to angel investors and VC's and you'll be eligible for advanced consideration in our AC JumpStart Program after Phase 1
Turnkey, secured office space in our dynamic work environment
Professional meeting rooms for private meetings
Access to over $400,000 in value added service discounts from providers like Amazon, IBM, Hubspot, and more
Access to our international network of programming and funding partners