About The Program
Our flagship, four phase program was developed based on 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 a technology company (hardware or software)
– Be a solo founder or team that is dedicated to pursuing the venture and will actively be engaged in our programming and with our Client Experience Team
– Have an innovative technology that is in development, or an understanding of what is required for development. We love to see MVP’s, get an idea of your intellectual property or research, or creative business models.
– Completion of the Application Form in full
– Ability to attend an in person interview with AC Staff and our trusted review team
CEO of Healthypets.io
Phase 1 Client
“The Accelerator Centre lives up to its name – it has truly accelerated the development of my startup in a way that ensures product-market fit. It’s an invaluable support tool for any entrepreneur and I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing community!”
CEO of eleven-x
Phase 3 Client
“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.”
Guidance from our in-house mentors
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