AC JumpStart

About The Program

AC JumpStart is 12- month, milestone based seed funding and mentorship program, funded by FedDev Ontario, aimed at helping technology startups establish and grow their business in Southern Ontario.

$30,000 in seed capital *

$10,000 of in-kind mentorship from
the AC’s team of in-house experts

The program is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo.

*Funds must be match by recipient firms.

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Who Can Apply

Applicants for the the AC JumpStart Program should be:

Dedicated and hard working

Have a defined project and budget

Prepared to complete the mandatory mentorship and reporting requirements

Read the full program eligibility and application requirements here.

Emily Rudow

CEO of Oneiric

AC JumpStart Recipient

“The JumpStart program has helped our business tremendously. The funding helped to bring us to the next level by allowing us to assemble our first order of inventory and fuel marketing and awareness efforts.

Jeremy Hedges

CEO of Inksmith

AC JumpStart Recipient

“As a result, we’re at the leading edge of this industry and are the only company in Canada providing this kind of solution. I can confidently say we wouldn’t be here at all without AC JumpStart.”

How Do I Apply?

 If you are a graduate from the University of Waterloo, Laurier, or Conestoga College, please visit the links below and apply using the instructions provided. All other applicants, please apply using the Accelerator Centre link below. Please contact us with questions regarding your application.

The Accelerator Centre stream of AC JumpStart is open to all startups in Southwestern Ontario. If you do not meet the criteria of one of the affiliations below, please apply through the Accelerator stream here.

If you are a University of Waterloo applicant please click here for additional details.

If you are a Conestoga College applicant please click here for additional details.

If you are a Wilfrid Laurier University applicant please click here for additional details. Note, you must be an active member of the Launchpad program to apply under this stream.

If you are a University of Guelph applicant, please click here for additional details. Note, you must be an active member of the Accelerate Guelph program to apply under this stream.

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