Sienci Labs Closes Out Their Second Massively Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Closing their second successful Kickstarter campaign at an impressive $436,197 Sienci Labs has demonstrated there is an active and growing market for their unique rapid prototyping tool – the maker community has clearly shown up and said “YES we want this.”

Who are Sienci Labs?

Sienci Labs emerged out of a desire to create low-cost mechanical, rapid prototyping tools for builders, manufacturers and makers with a focus on tools like CNC machines, 3D printers and laser cutters. The team aims to make this technology and their automated tools accessible for both technical and non-technical makers alike, allowing small and large scale projects to be done faster and more efficiently – without breaking the bank or without needing to be an engineer.

Sienci Labs operates out of the Accelerator Centre’s Hardware Innovation Lab at 44 Gaukel Street in Kitchener where specialized programming and facilities completely empowers them to build, create and test their systems.

As an Accelerator Program client and AC Jumpstart graduate, founder Andy Lee remarks on the valuable mentorship and connections they’ve created, are still a big part of their success and support system.

“The Accelerator Centre has been a big part of our company since we first started, from being part of the AC Jumpstart program and now as a AC client and resident at the 44 Gaukel building. The Accelerator Centre has provided us with incredible mentors that deeply care about our venture, connections and resources otherwise difficult to access and afford for small startups like us, as well as early stage funding through AC Jumpstart and FedDev.

Being a resident of 44 Gaukel of course also provides us with a diverse and friendly startup neighborhood that promotes community and collaboration, and provides connections and shared knowledge and resources from other hardware and advanced manufacturing companies. It’s energizing to be part of a small community of successful and ambitious companies in the heart of Kitchener Waterloo and the Innovation Corridor.”

 The First Kickstarter – The Mill One

In August of 2016, Sienci Labs launched their  first kickstarter campaign with the had goal of raising $60,000 to allow them to create and launch their first product, “The Mill One”, a beginner desktop CNC machine. Designed for the maker who wants to dive into the world of CNC and automated manufacturing.

Andy explains why Kickstarter was paramount to their success, “we learned quickly that building machines and putting together kits for our early customers one by one was a very expensive and time consuming process for us, so we went to kickstarter to help us mass manufacture the Sienci Mill One. Kickstarter really allowed us to get early support with a large capital investment that it often takes to mass produce a new product that is costly to build.”

With the support of the Accelerator Centre and the funding from this first successful Kickstarter campaign, the team successfully launched their product and fulfilled their first orders making them one of the only manufacturers of desktop CNC machines in  Canada.

The Second Kickstarter – The LongMill

The second time around, Andy and the team came up with a new product called the LongMill, a larger format of the Mill One. The LongMill is bigger, faster and more powerful allowing builders and makers to use the same automated technology to build much larger scale projects.

The kickstarter campaign aimed to raise another $60,000, however closed after 30 days with an amazing $436,197 from 324 backers!

However, the work is not done once the kickstarter ends. “Raising the funds is step one, now we will move on to R&D, figuring out production, manufacturing, partnerships, fulfillment, shipping and so much more.”

His advice to others looking to leverage kickstarter to scale-up — “have a solid plan for everything that is to come after the kickstarter finishes- that is where the hard work begins, and where many struggle to finish and follow through on their promise to the customers. I am grateful that we were able to experience this entire process start to finish with the first kickstarter on a smaller scale, which allowed us to come into this second kickstarter with our eyes wide opened and with a strong strategy and execution plan.”

Now, the Sienci Labs team are looking forward to finishing launching their new product and getting The LongMill into the hands makers across Canada. Based on the interest, it is safe to say this is just the beginning!

If you or someone you know are interested in connecting with Sienci Labs or their products, please visit: https://sienci.com/

 

The Accelerator Centre Partners with SDTC to Support Clean Tech Companies Through Innovative Funding Pilot Program

Brisk Synergies to Receive One of Four Initial Grants

May 8, 2019 – This afternoon in Ottawa The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion announced the first 4 recipients of a new grant program developed by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support Canada’s most promising clean tech companies across Canada.

Unique to the pilot funding program is SDTC’s decision to partner with a shortlist of trusted accelerators, including the Accelerator Centre, to help identify and vet the highest potential companies, removing the red tape and reducing the time it takes to get the funding into the hands of startups.

Among the first 4 grant recipients is AC based clean tech company, Brisk Synergies. The traffic management company is developing a technology to reduce traffic accidents and congestion. Their software platform uses artificial intelligence and algorithms to connect and analyze real-time video data to detect dangerous interactions and flow patterns.

“We are excited to receive the SDTC funding,” says Charles Chung, CEO of Brisk Synergies. “The funding will enable us to accelerate the development and full-scale launch of our software platform in automated traffic conflict analytics. Brisk Synergies provides city planners with actionable insights to improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle collisions which leads to a reduction in congestion, car idling and GHG emissions. Cities will also use our technology to improve their sustainable mobility adoption by making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.”

“SDTC’s pilot project is an incredible opportunity for clean tech entrepreneurs across the country,” says Accelerator Centre CEO, Paul Salvini. “From our experience running specialized programming for clean tech startups, we’ve seen the difficulty these companies can have in securing funding and are pleased to see the SDTC program provide support to entrepreneurs. It is an honour for the AC to have been selected as an accredited Canadian incubator to participate in this program. It is a testament to the AC’s long-standing reputation for its ability to select the best-of-the-best in innovative companies and support them to grow and scale efficiently.”

Quotes

“Clean technology is about more than any one sector—when we support clean technology, we support our entire economy, creating good jobs while helping to protect our environment. Through SDTC, our government is helping early-stage entrepreneurs achieve their full potential and ultimately solve some of our biggest environmental challenges.”

— The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Our government knows that the environment and the economy go hand in hand and Sustainable Development Technology Canada is demonstrating this by partnering with incubators and accelerators across the country to find 30 of Canada’s most promising cleantech entrepreneurs and investing critical early-stage funding in them. These investments will help these cleantech entrepreneurs transform their ideas into globally competitive cleantech solutions. Congratulations to the first four successful recipients of these investments. I look forward to seeing the impact of your innovations in agriculture, energy, power generation and traffic management.”

— The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

For more information contact:
Tabatha Laverty
Manager, Marketing and Communications
tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

FedDev Ontario Supports Innovative Lifesciences Company and AC Grad Nicoya

Over $2.5 million to help nanotechnology company scale up operations and create 29 highly-skilled jobs

May 3, 2019 — Kitchener, Ontario

Today, Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a contribution of $2.57 million for Nicoya to scale up operations and accelerate growth into new markets.

Nicoya is a nanotechnology company specializing in the development of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) instruments—a laboratory device that measures the interactions between molecules. The company has created the world’s first desktop SPR, which serves as a more accurate, portable, cost-effective method for collecting data for research and development.

FedDev Ontario’s contribution will help Nicoya to develop and market a new version of its product, OpenSPR, to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. This project will also allow the company to meet increasing demand, expand into new export markets and create 29 highly-skilled jobs in the Kitchener–Waterloo Region.

This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy Table on Health and Bio-Sciences to support investment and increase the number of high-growth firms in this sector.

Quotes

“This FedDev Ontario investment in Nicoya is wonderful news for Waterloo Region. Twenty-nine good-paying, highly-skilled jobs will be added in our community, and our thriving biotechnology and health sciences cluster will be strengthened. Our government is committed to ensuring the competitiveness of our region both at home and abroad.”
– Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre

“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in Nicoya builds on our competitive advantages and will result in the scale up of operations and expansion into new export markets, boosting economic growth and creating good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

“Today’s news is very exciting for Nicoya. Projects like this one will help to position this company as a global biotech leader and help to transform the lives of millions of people. This investment shows the Government of Canada’s commitment to growing the biotech industry in Canada and support for the Kitchener–Waterloo Region to remain a hub of successful start-up and scale-up companies.”
– Ryan Denomme, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Nicoya

Quick facts

  • Established in 2012 as a spin-off company from the University of Waterloo, Nicoya develops nanotechnology, biochemistry and optical sensor technologies used by medical researchers in both academic and private institutions in more than 25 countries.
  • Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is a key technique used for research and development, such as helping to understand diseases and the development of new drugs and treatments.
  • Nicoya was nominated as a 2017 Company to Watch at the 2016 Life Science Industry Awards in San Diego, California.
  • FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution will leverage $5.14 million in private sector and other investment.
  • This year marks 10 years of FedDev Ontario delivering funding and business services to support innovation and growth in southern Ontario. Since inception in 2009, FedDev Ontario has invested almost $2 billion in the region’s economy, with more than 31,000 jobs created and maintained over the past five years.

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
416-954-6652
fdo.mediarel-relmedias.fdo@canada.ca

Toll Free: 1-866-593-5505
Website: www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca

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
tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

 

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

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@acceleratorcentre.com by April 26, 2019 at 5pm. We thank all interested candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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 careers@acceleratorcentre.com noting the job title in the subject line of the email.

AC Grad Bonfire Announced Initial Public Offering with GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

Government spend decisions must optimize to offer better value for communities and economy by digitizing with strategic sourcing and procurement software

(KITCHENER, ONTARIO, February 19, 2019) – Today Bonfire Interactive Ltd. (Bonfire), a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, has formally merged with GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) in a business combination with five other leading software as a service (SaaS) companies specializing in government technology.  Executives at GTY and the six newly merged businesses will share the honour of ringing the Nasdaq closing bell on today (watch it live here) to celebrate the company’s initial public offering.

All parties involved have a shared mission to digitize government and achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management.  Bonfire will continue to run as an independent business unit under the umbrella company.

“While government procurement can sound dry and dull to the uninitiated, we think just the opposite”, said Corry Flatt, CEO and Co-Founder of Bonfire.  “We believe that the application of cloud software to government procurement is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and has the potential to tangibly change our world for the better.  This is a big mission — the kind that requires deep resources and partners to fully accomplish — which is why we’re delighted to be joining forces with the other companies to form GTY and continue our journey as part of a new publicly-traded company.”

Bonfire announced intent to join GTY (which plans to rebrand in the coming months) in September 2018.  Established in 2012, Bonfire is headquartered in Waterloo Region, has grown to 95+ employees, and has secured over 250 clients.  The Company prides itself on offering a class-leading client experience, averaging customer satisfaction rates of over 95%.

“After an extensive review of government-focused technologies, it became obvious that Bonfire would be a critical element for our vision of a fully digitized public sector,” said Steven Rohleder, GTY Chairman and CEO.  “Bonfire is the leading next-generation solution for public sector sourcing and procurement, allowing professionals to trade administrative tasks with strategic ones, and demonstrate true value to their organization and beyond.”

GTY will be made up of six companies, (CityBaseeCivisQuesticaSherpaOpenCounter, and Bonfire) representing functions of payments, grant management, budgeting, permitting, and procurement.  Together, the companies service more than 1,500 government clients and share a unique opportunity to offer a transformative impact on the public sector.

To explore Bonfire’s strategic sourcing and procurement software, visit www.GoBonfire.com.

About GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (“GTY”)

Founded in November 2016 by Bill Green (former Chairman & CEO, Accenture), Joe Tucci (former CEO & Chairman, EMC), and Harry You (former EVP, EMC; former CFO, Accenture & Oracle), GTY (NASDAQ: GTYHU/GTYH/GTYHW) was formed to identify and invest in compelling and emerging trends in the technology sector.  Today, it combines six leading GovTech firms under a single umbrella: CityBase, eCivis, Questica, Sherpa, OpenCounter, and Bonfire. These companies will operate as independent business units under GTY. They represent the functions of payments and digital services, grant management, budgeting, permitting, and procurement, respectively. Collectively, GTY is transforming how the public sector does business and serves its constituents. For more information visit www.gtytechnology.com.

About Bonfire Interactive Inc.

Bonfire Interactive Inc., a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, empowers organizations to make the right purchasing decisions.  With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy.  The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations of all sizes around the globe. Bonfire was named a 2018 Gartner Cool Vendor and proudly reports a client retention rate greater than 96 percent. www.GoBonfire.com

 

Contact:

Meghan Hennessey
Manager, Marketing Communications
Bonfire
press@gobonfire.com

Accelerator Centre Announces AC JumpStart Program Cohort 9

Waterloo, Ontario – The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 9 of the AC JumpStart program. These 28 companies will receive a critical injection of $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of professional mentorship under the Accelerator Centre’s world-class mentorship model.

The commencement of cohort 9 follows an announcement of $5.5M in continued funding from FedDev Ontario in late 2018. The continued funding will allow the program to continue into 2021 and will support an additional 126 companies.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support Canada’s innovators, helping them succeed on a global scale. This continued investment in the AC JumpStart program from FedDev Ontario will allow more early-stage technology companies to thrive, which strengthens the innovation ecosystem in southern Ontario and creates highly-skilled jobs for Canadians.”

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Science, Innovation and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

The AC JumpStart Cohort 9 recipients are:

Pulse Industrial
BigBrain3D Inc.
CataLight Inc.
Click 2 Refund Inc.
Coachable Media & Technologies Inc.
Cya Inc.
Derisk Corp.
DropLab Inc.
Elocity Technologies Inc
Evercloak Inc
Evika Corporation
Hitch Tech Inc. 
Hodlbot
Insurance Squared Inc.
Intelliculture Inc
Invitalize Inc
Kibble
Linkmentalhealth Inc.
Madiba Technologies Inc.
Membio Inc.
Micromensio Inc.
Nuzzle
Policyme Corp
RepresentLY Media Inc.
Shuttershare Inc.
Striive Software Inc.
Troes Corporation
Visitor Queue Inc.

Visit our website for a list of past AC JumpStart grant recipients

About AC JumpStart

AC JumpStart is funded by FedDev Ontario and delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier, the University of Guleph and the University of Waterloo.

The AC JumpStart program began in January 2015, with three cohorts of companies participating in the program in 2015, and two cohorts annually in subsequent years. Each cohort receives funding and mentorship over a 12-month period.

About the Accelerator Centre

Our world-renowned, four phase accelerator program was developed based on our proven methods and best practices from accelerators and incubators around the world. The program, combined with our proven mentorship model, gives you the resources and guidance you need to grow all areas of your business, get your product to market faster, increase sales, and scale.

For more information visit www.acceleratorcentre.com.

About FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. The Agency’s programming is designed to support a strong southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally.

For more information visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca.

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For more information contact:
Tabatha Laverty
tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

We’re Hiring: Manager, Operations and Administration

JOB DESCRIPTION – Manager, Operations and Administration

Salary Range: $52,000-$65,000

The Accelerator Centre requires an organized administrative and operational professional to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace. The ideal candidate must have a critical eye, excellent communication skills, be a master of multi-tasking and take on projects and initiatives without much guidance.

Reporting to the CEO, the Manager, Operations and Administration provides executive support our to CEO, VP and Board of Directors. This role is also responsible for overall management of our facilities, recruitment procedures and all administration within the organization. This position plays a critical role in our Board of Governance procedures.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Provides administrative & executive support to the CEO and VP including:
    • Coordination of travel arrangements
    • Calendar maintenance including the triage of appointment requests
    • Preparation of materials/agendas where necessary
  • Supports our Board of Directors and governance procedures including:
    • Maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of our governance procedures
    • Liaise with the Board of Directors & Committee Chairs as required for the management and preparation of meeting schedules, agendas and presentations
    • Manage RSVP/quorum tracking
    • Attend all Board and Committee meetings for minute transcription & dissemination
    • Maintain & update AC governance documents and presentations, by-laws and Board distribution lists and provide ongoing support for the Board and Committee chairs
  • Overall responsibility for the management of all AC facilities including:
    • Managing facility related budgets
    • Establishing vendor relationships including coordinating IT service with external partners
    • Working with the Manager, Programs and Client Experience and Guest and Facilities Coordinator for planning and executing client movements across our facilities and oversight of agreements with community clients
    • Providing backup support for the front desk and after-hours facility emergencies
  • Management of the Guest and Facilities Coordinator and that position’s role in maintaining our 3 facilities as well as the policies and procedures related to those facilities and our reception desk
  • Assisting with the recruitment process for new hires including updating job descriptions, arranging interviews, other administrative functions relating to recruitment.
  • Contact and Records Management including management of all internal and external contact lists (using Active Campaign and other software) and organize and manage how information is stored at the AC (via the internal shared drive and cloud-based storage)
  • Assists the VP with ongoing strategic or external projects and initiatives as required.
  • Be the Chief Everything Officer (CEO), find opportunity in every task and support the company and team

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE 

  • Post-secondary education in administration, operations, related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting senior leadership teams; including Boards of Directors
  • Conducts business in a professional, detail-oriented manner at all times, leading by example with a positive team attitude in all aspects
  • Strong commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences for clients, visitors and industry partners
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Assertive, confident and thrives under pressure
  • Excellent organizational, trouble-shooting, and interpersonal skills
  • A self-starter that can work under minimal supervision

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@acceleratorcentre.com by February 18, 2019 at NOON. We thank all interested candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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 careers@acceleratorcentre.com noting the job title in the subject line of the email.

The Accelerator Centre and TD Launch Ontario’s Only Incubator Dedicated to Sustainable Technology Development

The Waterloo-based incubation space, known as the TD Sustainable Future Lab, will help cleantech startups commercialize solutions that drive the clean economy.

Waterloo, February 1, 2019 –Today the Accelerator Centre (AC) announces the grand opening of the TD Sustainable Future Lab with support from TD Bank Group (TD).

The new facility, made possible by a $1M investment from TD’s new corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, will be located in the evolvGREEN community hub and will give entrepreneurs access to the AC’s award-winning incubation programming as well as additional supports from facility partners, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the University of Waterloo, and Laurier.

Since launching the specialized program for clean tech entrepreneurs with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the fall of 2017, the Accelerator Centre has supported 14 companies working in Agri-tech, Advanced Materials, Energy (Solar, Wind, Water, Biofuel), Energy Management/Storage/Access, Green Transportation, Green Manufacturing, and Smart Cities. The collaboration with TD and the new facility will allow the program to expand, supporting 20 additional clean tech companies over the next 3 years.

“The development potential within the clean technology sector represents a significant opportunity for the economy and for Canada to build on its reputation for leadership in ensuring a sustainable community for generations to come,” says Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre. “The grand opening of the TD Sustainable Future Lab and our collaboration with TD is a demonstration of our commitment to working with industry to support entrepreneurs as they create the next generation of clean technology solutions. We are excited to see organizations from across the region come together to create this hub and we are looking forward to sharing the impact these startups make as they grow and scale.”

“Clean technologies represent one of the greatest opportunities to accelerate the time it will take to transition to a low-carbon economy, while also helping to grow an emerging and important market for Canada,” says Nicole Vadori, Head of Environment, TD Bank Group. “Through the TD Sustainable Future Lab, TD is excited to help entrepreneurs and startups bring their transformative ideas to life and help create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”

About the Accelerator Centre

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, they were ranked the #4 Accelerator Program in the world due, in part, to a reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.

The Accelerator Centre has a strong history of supporting high growth technology companies and has worked with more than 500 startups throughout its 12-year history bringing over 3,000 full time jobs and 560M in investment to the region. Graduates of The Accelerator Program™ include Canadian success stories Kik Interactive, Miovision, Axonify, Alert Labs and SSIMWAVE.

About TD Bank Group

TD and The Ready Commitment

TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, it aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help build a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. As part of this, the bank is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas it feels are critical to helping people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. These are Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD is also aligned to nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

For further information:

Tabatha Laverty
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Accelerator Centre
tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

We’re Hiring! Manager, Programs and Client Experience

The Accelerator Centre is looking for an experienced professional with experience managing people and executing complex programs to join our team as a Program and Client Experience Manager. This role puts you at the forefront of the tech ecosystem, executing programming and working directly with our portfolio of high potential startup companies.

Reporting to the Director, Client Programs and Initiatives, the Manager, Programs and Client Experience plays a critical role in delivering our award-winning programming. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience managing teams, programs, is organized and detailed oriented, and dedicated to ensuring an excellent client experience.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of our client experience team and client contract process. Management of client experience team includes setting accountabilities for deliverables and providing, guidance and mentorship.
  • Management of the delivery and progress tracking of all AC programming working with our client experience coordinators (CECs), mentors, clients, graduates and academic partners.
    • Working with mentors and managing CECs to ensure program results and targets are met, including but not limited to: intake, coordination around onboarding, structure (meetings/milestones/updates from CECs), budget, and ensuring client reporting is complete. In addition: ensuring that resources (maker spaces, for example) for program delivery are maintained/available for client use.
  • Conduct client intake interviews with our staff and review panel with a focus on fostering diversity and inclusivity in our client base.
  • Manage client engagement across our in-house programs, including assisting in setting client program milestones, having a fulsome view of client progress and communicating required action items with the CEC team and mentor group.
  • Provide feedback and program suggestions to the Director, Client Programs and Initiatives.
  • Ensuring timely collection, aggregation and analysis of client and program metrics via Hockeystick in order to monitor key portfolio outcomes.
  • Completing required government and internal reporting of client and program performance metrics.
  • Overall responsibility for ensuring that communication regarding client and program status is consistent across our team and stakeholder groups including working with the Manager of Operations and Administration and Manager, Marketing and Communications to develop a program/operations communication strategy and contributing to our Board reporting package.
  • Representing the AC alongside other staff members at tech events across the region and abroad:
    • Network with existing and potential start-up clients/partners and be able to articulate and promote the AC’s suite of offerings.
    • Provide pitch judging and event support to an array of partners.
    • Understand the role of sales and the importance of building a quality client pipeline.
    • Be comfortable presenting client programs to tour groups and stakeholders.
  • Assist CECs with day to day facility and IT operations and the Manager, Operations and Administration including:
    • Assisting with the movement of clients with AC facilities ensuring there is adequate furniture, storage, security access cards, parking permits, etc.
    • Address emergency IT issues
    • Assist CEC with after hour emergency alarm calls
  • Share responsibilities with the Manager, Operations and Administration on current and future client space planning for all AC facilities
  • Be the Chief Everything Officer (CEO), find opportunity in every task and support the company and team.

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • A university degree in business, technology a related discipline or equivalent experience executing complex programs
  • Demonstrated experience in client-facing roles, managing a team and implementing programming
  • Detail and process oriented
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects and competing priorities
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • “G” drivers license and regular access to a vehicle
  • Experience in sales, sales pipeline management, and CRM systems are assets

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@acceleratorcentre.com by January 4, 2019 at 5pm. We thank all interested candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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 careers@acceleratorcentre.com noting the job title in the subject line of the email.

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