Are you a clean technology expert? We’re looking to add specialist mentors to our team!

Specialist Mentor – Clean Technologies

The Accelerator Centre requires a qualified, energetic and experienced clean technology expert to fill an exciting position in a fast paced and dynamic entrepreneurial workspace.

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.

Our mentors are central to our program and are a critical part of our clients’ success. With specializations in finance, design strategy, sales and marketing, human resources and employee culture, public relations and communications, and technology, our mentors act as an experienced and dedicated management team – walking our clients through our program and helping them navigate challenges along the way.

We are looking to add 2 Specialist Mentors to our clean tech program. This role is part-time, contract based, to a maximum of 20 hours per month.

The ideal candidate must be personable, have experience coaching/mentoring, and be motivated to help startups succeed.

Key Job Functions

  • Mentoring/Coaching experience
  • Sales experience (selling CT product whether it be hardware or software)
  • Experience selling/marketing B2B/B2G
  • Previous experience dealing with CT startup or reverse corporate experience
  • Successfully coordinated pilot project(s)
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Agri-tech
    • Green Manufacturing and Materials
    • Energy (Solar, Wind, Water, Biofuel)
    • Energy Management
    • Green Transportation
    • Waste Management
    • Smart Cities
  • Experience utilizing Impact measurement framework to help companies achieve sustainability goals

How to apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@acceleratorcentre.com. 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 us noting the job title in the subject line of the email.

Revera to Pilot Monarch’s Innovative Clothing Line through its Innovators in Aging Program

Original Source
Published on: July 6, 2018

Monarch Collection Inc., a provider of fashion-forward clothing for aging and physically disabled populations, announced it is piloting its new line of clothing purposefully designed for people who are unable to dress themselves with Revera – a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector. The pilot program is made possible through Revera’s Innovators in Aging program, a $20M investment fund established by the company to enable seniors to live to the fullest through age-supporting innovations and start-ups.

Revera (reveraliving.com) will pilot Monarch’s clothing line with residents and care employees in long-term care homes and provide feedback to Monarch’s design team.

“This opportunity comes at an exciting time as Monarch launches its brand to market and expands its product line to bring functional comfort to as many lives as possible,” says Pat Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Monarch Collection Inc. “We passionately believe that specialty clothing should also be fashionable. With the support of Revera, we are designing and delivering clothes that allow individuals to maintain their personal sense of style, while facilitating better care because they are easier to put on and protect delicate skin.”

Monarch designs clothing for individuals who are unable to dress themselves, due to physical or cognitive impairment such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, muscular dystrophy and other conditions. Monarch’s innovative, patent-pending designs make the dressing process easier for caregivers and the individuals who wear the clothes. Monarch founders Dr. Kristine Goulet, D.C. and Patricia Quinn have tested their women’s line over the past year, working alongside professional caregivers to ensure that Monarch’s designs ease the strain often involved in dressing while incorporating fabric, colours and styles that allow wearers to look good and feel good.

Mainstream clothing and other adaptive clothing require manipulation of the body that can be painful. Monarch’s clothing solution can reduce that manipulation by as much as 75%.

The Revera/Monarch pilot program kicked off on with a Monarch Makeover held at a Revera Long Term Care home. Eight residents were each presented with a new wardrobe from the Monarch collection and given the opportunity to choose their favourite piece to model. With their hair, nails and makeup done, these smiling and radiant residents enjoyed their moment as family members, former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion, Revera’s Chief Elder Officer and Revera executives and employees looked on and took in the transformation.

“The residents were excited about how they looked in their new clothes and also about how easily they went on,” says Quinn. “One personal support worker commented that ’if we like to dress up and look good all of our lives, why would that change if we find ourselves in the care of others?’” Family members also expressed their happiness at finding fashionable adaptive clothing that makes dressing fun, quick and painless for everyone involved.

About MonarchTM

Monarch is an innovative company that designs specialty clothing for people unable to dress themselves. The clothing blends functional comforts with fashion to produce a dressing experience that is easy and rewarding.

Website: monarchclothes.com

Facebook: @MonarchAdaptive

Twitter: @MonarchClothes

Instagram: @Monarchclothes

About Revera

Revera is a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector. Through its portfolio of partnerships, Revera owns or operates more than 500 properties across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, serving more than 55,000 seniors. The company offers seniors’ apartments, independent living, assisted living, memory care and long term care. With approximately 50,000 employees dedicated to providing exceptional care and service, Revera is helping seniors live life to the fullest. Through Age is More, Revera is committed to challenging ageism, the company’s social cause of choice. Find out more at ReveraLiving.comFacebook.com/ReveraInc or on Twitter @Revera_Inc.

Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh – NanoCnet

Original Source: Five hundred sparks
By: Jackie Gill

A hundred people were watching as Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh took the stage.

His challenge: to explain his materials science PhD thesis about silver nanowires and their deficiencies. To a general audience. In just three minutes.

He was participating in a competition called the Three Minute Thesis (also known as 3MT). “That was my first pitch,” he remembers. “I went with my passion about my research.”

Since then, he’s pitched many more times, but in a completely different way. Instead of a general audience, he’s talking to investors and electronics manufacturers around the world. And instead of his thesis, he’s talking about NanoCnet, a Velocity Fund-winning company with a new way of manufacturing conductive materials and film – “using them as the coat to make transparent surfaces like glass and plastic conductive,” he explains.

It all ties back to his PhD research, though, and the work cofounder Ehsan Mazbanrad was doing with silver nanoparticles. “We knew that the materials we have right now are expensive, some of them are not flexible, or they degrade fast. All of these problems limit the performance of future devices,” says Hadi.

“So we synthesized a new material. We changed the process fundamentally to make a new kind of silver nanoparticles . . . We introduced a new generation.”

But starting a company wasn’t always his goal. He talks passionately about his love for education, and originally planned to stay in academia after finishing his PhD, as a professor. (Ehsan planned to do the same, too.)

During his undergraduate program in material science at the University of Tehran, he also taught physics. When he came to the University of Waterloo for his masters in electrical engineering, he became an active TA – even winning an award for his efforts in his final year. When he was completing his PhD, he spent two semesters as a sessional lecturer teaching first and second year physics courses.

That was on top of his own research for his degrees.

During his first year as a master’s candidate, Hadi met a professor on campus who specialized in materials science. He reached out. “I started as her first student, and we started with an empty lab,” he says.

Starting from scratch proved to be a challenge in some unexpected, but satisfying, ways. Not only did he know he’d have to push himself harder in his studies, but he learned how to network and hustle for lab equipment and time to get his research done – something not many folks in academia get to experience.

The Three Minute Thesis was another break from traditional academic life. “I think the graduate students in master’s and PhD are not really interested, or they don’t feel that, if they go and talk to a general audience, they can explain what they do,” he says. “So it was really good challenge, that I could explain my research in three minutes in a way that everyone understands.”

The decision to start a business came when the two cofounders were discussing their research.

Hadi was focused on the deficiencies of the materials we have today, while Ehsan was working on synthesizing new ones. “We ended up thinking, we could work together to solve the problem.”

Stepping away from academia, the pair have had to think about their approach in a different way. “When you are in a research environment, you only think about research,” he says. “I learned that you need to focus on what you have, and the problem you’re solving, what you’re selling, the market.

“In research, sometimes, we don’t really know if it’s scalable, or even how important it is for the industry. We do research because we are interested in that area.”

While they’re experts in the materials and manufacturing process they’re working with, turning it into a business was something they didn’t get in their classroom experience. For that, Hadi says they turned to local support from professors, the Accelerator Centre, and Velocity Garage.

At first it was a challenge. There were lots of terms and strategies that were new. But it wasn’t entirely unfamiliar. Remember when he had to find access to lab space for his research?

“Since I got used to talking to people from different areas and other research groups, I think it was less challenging because I had this experience talking to people and getting their advice,” he says.

And the most important thing: he truly wanted to learn. “When you need to learn something, you learn it much faster than when you think that you should go to class and maybe you want to learn it,” he says. “I felt that way, that I need it, so I put myself in a position to push myself to learn all these things.”

It was the same way Hadi pushed himself to give that Three Minute Thesis. And for those counting, he did indeed take home a $1,000 prize – but got so much more in return by learning to pitch.

“The good part of it, after you’re done, you get some good feedback,” he says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that you get the $25,000 or $10,000 or whatever, but if you got good feedback and you feel that people understand your work, you feel pretty confident about telling the story and talking to other people in the business world.”

Learn more at:
https://nanocnet.com/

Rob Evans – Backpacker College

Original Source: Five hundred sparks
By: Jackie Gill

Here are three facts about Rob Evans.

He loves business. He loves travel. And he failed his calculus class in second-year university.

Without that credit, he lost his spot in Laurier’s business program and had to enrol in a major he didn’t love. So he did something different.

“I sold my car, paid off my credit cards, bought a round-trip ticket to Australia and I went traveling,” he says.

With a credit limit of just $500, he had to work during the trip. Through his campus, he found a service that helped him set up a working holiday visa and a bank account.

He started in Coogee Beach – a suburb of Sydney – and continued on through Fiji, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia before returning to Kitchener-Waterloo a year later.

But when he told his friends back home about his travels, he noticed something about their reactions.

“They were like, ‘that’s amazing! I wish I could do that!’” he says. “When I asked them, ‘Why don’t you go? What’s stopping you?’ essentially there were two common things.” Fear and cost.

Rob’s own experiences had been so incredible, eye-opening, and inspiring, he didn’t want others to miss out on their own journey.  So he started research for Backpacker College, a service that connects backpackers with low-cost accommodation – think beds in college and university residences, low-cost boutique hotels, quality hostels, and other affordable options – along with fun things to do once they get there.

The idea didn’t come to fruition right away, though. He first went back to finish his degree in political science, and spent found work with other software and tech businesses. (His history includes a stint with a calculus software company, ironically enough.)

During that time, he continued collecting and researching business ideas – 40 of them, to be exact. Backpacker College was one file among many, tucked away in banker’s boxes.

It was during a move when the files resurfaced. “It became a point of sadness when I first saw it,” he says. “Oh my gosh, look at how many ideas I’ve had. My first instinct was that I had failed because I didn’t turn them into a success.”

But when he started combing through the files, his attitude changed. “Some of the ideas were not great, or they failed for different reasons: not the right time, or the right partnership, or sufficient capitalization,” he says.

“Of all the ideas, there were a handful of truly great ones in there. The one that stood out the best, the most compelling by far, was Backpacker College.”

It may not have worked eight years ago when Rob first began meeting with prospective partners, but smartphones have changed and trends today support the concept even more. No longer were backpackers booking trips through phone directories or travel agents exclusively.

“The backpacker of today is very different. Almost every backpacker that I know has a smartphone. They travel independently or in small groups, are different ages, students, working professionals, families, even retirees. To make things easier, the access to technology and ubiquitous communication at your fingertips is a game-changer.”

He addressed the barrier of affordability by looking at non-traditional accommodations that could offer similar prices to a hostel. “At least $30 a bunk bed – how can we get close to that price point?” he asked. “I was thinking college residences.”

Some are shared rooms with private or semi-private bathrooms. But locations also usually come equipped with single private rooms, or suites, and nice-to-haves like air conditioning, wifi, shared kitchens, common and social space, and parking.

These locations also address the issue of safety, he says. “There’s usually a front desk staff on hand. There’s actually several more doors and locks between the outside and your bedroom.”

Non-residence accommodations, like boutique hotels, are hand-picked to make the list, he adds, so backpackers don’t need to limit themselves to college and university towns or travelling only in the summer.

He also added a third benefit: finding things to do, like a concierge service. “To be able to take that knowledge and easily share experiences with budget travelers who might want to come to your town, who might want to come here on Wednesday for a live music night at Maxwell’s Music House for example, that will easily be done using our app.”

As for why he does it? Travel like this can change lives in a really positive way, he says. There are parts of his trip to Australia that impacted him so profoundly that he still looks back on them today and takes lessons from them.

The memories help Rob “refocus on what’s truly important in life, and certainly that type of perspective comes from being in places and having to rely on the kindness of strangers to navigate your way through a situation.”

That’s what he wants to share with others more than anything.

“Hopefully, if we do things well, people will be very grateful for having a platform that brings them the things they need to overcome their own fears or the cost challenges that can come with travel, and suddenly now it’s been made possible for them. Those are the things that I hope for.”

Plus, he’s setting an example for his eight-year-old son. “How can I possibly tell him that he should pursue his dreams if I don’t pursue my own?” he asks.

“If you know what you want to do and follow a straight path, that’s great. Do it. But if it takes you travelling to many countries, working for others, doing what you like and don’t like to truly know what you love doing… if you pursue it with 100% of your heart and your mind, and are okay asking for a little help along the way, you will succeed, too.”

Learn more at:
www.backpackercollege.com

APPLYBOARD RAISES $17 MILLION TO IMPROVE INT’L STUDENT APPLICATIONS WITH AI

Original Source: BetaKit
By: Amira Zubairi

Waterloo-based ApplyBoard, an AI-enabled marketplace that allows international students to apply to study at higher education institutions around the world, has raised a $17 million Series A CAD.

The funding was led by Artiman Ventures, with follow-on investments from early investors 500 Startups, Candou Ventures, Think+, and others.

Launched in 2015, ApplyBoard aims to change the application process for international students. The company’s platform curates a student’s profile based on their academic background, desired program of study, and financial situation. Using AI, the platform then matches students with a list of correlated schools and programs.

The company says that by pre-vetting applications and advising students in the Visa process results in a 95 percent acceptance rate.

To date, ApplyBoard said it has partnered with 750 high schools, colleges, and universities across North America.

“There is a massively underserved market for international study,” said Martin Basiri, CEO and co-founder of ApplyBoard. “Millions encounter the same problem, such as collecting the required documents and securing a student visa, every year. The company was built from my own experiences and challenges as an international student. We created ApplyBoard to offer our expertise and help other students with their application process.”

ApplyBoard said it plans to use the funding towards growing the company and further developing its platform. The company’s broader goal is to make education accessible to students around the world, regardless of their nationality or location.

“The majority of the seven million international students will struggle to find their ideal colleges, and instead will select where they spend the next four years and potentially the rest of their lives, based upon internet searches and random chance,” said Akhil Saklecha, partner at Artiman Ventures. “ApplyBoard applies technology to a very manual process, creating a highly efficient application solution for students and colleges globally.”

Kik Launches New Ways to Earn and Spend Kin

Popular Chat Platform Becomes the First Consumer App to Use Kin Blockchain

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 27, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Kik Interactive, Inc., creator of the popular chat platform Kik, today announced new experiences powered by the cryptocurrency Kin. Chat themes, a new feature for customizing chat screens, are now available to users. Kik users also have more opportunities to earn Kin, then spend their Kin on premium versions of the new chat themes feature via the Kin Marketplace Beta, a central place for Kin experiences. These are the first experiences running on the Kin Blockchain.

‘Forest Monsters’ premium theme available for Android (PRNewsfoto/Kik Interactive, Inc.)

“Our goal is to make Kin the most used cryptocurrency in the world and getting Kin into the hands of more Kik users is a critical step in achieving this,” said Ted Livingston, founder and CEO of Kik and Kin. “Blockchain is a new and complex technology, but consumers don’t have to understand the technology in order to use it. With these new experiences, we want to demonstrate how simple and seamless cryptocurrency-driven experiences can be.”

A sample of approximately 1,000 Kik users can now earn Kin by completing tasks, including a tutorial, quizzes, and polls. In exchange for their time, users will earn a preset amount of Kin that is based on the complexity level of the task. These users will then have access to premium themes that customize a user’s chat screen.

Kin continues advancing its blockchain technology, which recently achieved 1.2 million transactions per day at a rate of 20 transactions per second. As Kin pushes boundaries in the blockchain space, Kik will use Kin as a pillar of its product strategy, supporting Kin’s mission to drive mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. Kik plans to scale Kin-powered experiences to all users and will continue working toward introducing a creator marketplace where users will have the ability to create content, like their own chat themes, that can be accessed with Kin.

The Kin Marketplace Beta and Kin are currently available in Kik for Android devices. For more information on Kik, visit https://www.kik.com/. To learn more about Kin, visit https://kinecosystem.org.

About Kin Ecosystem Foundation
The Kin Ecosystem Foundation is a Canadian nonprofit corporation established for the governance of the cryptocurrency Kin and is tasked with growing an open ecosystem of digital services. The foundation will oversee the Kin Ecosystem on matters, including development of the Kin Rewards Engine, membership, security, and the ecosystem’s transition to a fully decentralized model that operates independently of Kik. For more information, please visit https://kinecosystem.org.

About Kik
Kik Interactive, Inc., connects the world through chat. The company is the maker of Kik, a chat platform popular where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based services. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and has offices in New YorkTel Aviv, and Toronto. For more information, please visit https://www.kik.com.

 

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We’re Hiring! Guest Service Coordinator

The Accelerator Centre requires a dynamic and energetic person who loves to help people to fill an exciting position in a fast-paced entrepreneurial work space. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, be a master of multi-tasking and take on projects and initiatives without much guidance.

Reporting to the Manager, Operations and Administration, the Guest Services Coordinator is the “executive of first impressions” and the face of the AC to all clients, stakeholders and visitors. This position will play a critical role in ensuring that front reception, and our facilities (meeting rooms, common areas and client spaces) are maintained with a world-class approach and attitude.  Other responsibilities include supporting events & one-many programming.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Guest Services:

  • Manage first impressions – provide reception support, greet guests, direct visitors and respond to client company needs and inquires.
  • Assist clients, staff, and visitors with meeting room requests including, but not limited to; setting up calendar bookings, room availability, correcting booking conflicts, room transfers, A/V set up, food order delivery and set up.
  • Maintain visitor management software and host list.
  • Triage requests and provide direction or assistance for basic enquiries.
  • Assist with internal/social committee activities, supporting community organizations and charitable opportunities.
  • Be the Chief Everything Officer (CEO), find opportunity in every task and support the company and team.

Facility:

  • Process mail, courier and packages for all resident companies and tenants. Notify external parties of their shipments.
  • Route phone calls to corresponding parties including staff and clients.
  • Maintain meeting rooms and common areas and manage all aspects of the networking area.
  • Monitor and stock community supplies in the kitchen, meeting rooms and copier room.
  • Manage vendor relationships with suppliers for janitorial, office supplies, security, IT and service providers to provide continual support for clients.
  • Assist with events – communications, RSVP lists, food & beverage and technical needs as required.
  • Order supplies for staff – office supplies, food & drinks, IT, ect.
  • Troubleshoot photocopier, A/V, and IT issues for staff and clients.

Administrative: 

  • Assist with the administration of internal process and procedures.
  • Assist with the management of client and stakeholder contact information.
  • Manage and reconcile petty cash and complete bi-weekly cheque deposits.
  • Assist with the organization of the electronic filing system.

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Post-secondary education or related experience in administration, reception, operations, or related disciplines
  • Conducts business with a professional, upbeat attitude, 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

Download the full job description. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@acceleratorcentre.com by July 6, 2018 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.

APrivacy Launches First of Its Kind APrivacy Bot on WhatsApp for the Financial Service Industry

Original Source: Newswire 
Published: June 26, 2018

  APrivacy, a leading provider of digital security solutions for Financial Services, announced today its new solution, APrivacy Bot on WhatsAppTM, which is poised to transform how banks and insurance companies engage with their customers. APrivacy offers a fully programmable chatbot, or connection with an existing chatbot, providing interactions with customers directly over WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service.

Uniquely, APrivacy Bot leverages WhatsApp by providing a personal communication experience for customers within their favourite messaging app without the need to install any other software. Integrated within the APrivacy suite of products, the solution also supports the additional ability for customers to be seamlessly transferred to a secure chat session for more sophisticated transactions, such as placing trades, or full servicing by a human agent. All communications are fully recorded for compliance purposes. APrivacy’s in-depth business intelligence analytics further enhances the tailored customer experience.

“APrivacy’s mission is to help Financial Services companies enhance the digital experiences they offer. Our new Bot on WhatsApp is in line with this approach and extends our offering with a new and convenient way to engage with customers on WhatsApp,” says APrivacy Founder and CEO, Dr. Cédric Jeannot.

The fast-growing trend is to move away from portals and apps with static menus and move towards conversational interfaces where customers can immediately ask questions and provide instructions over messaging. People are now used to texting. In fact, 90% of time spent on a smartphone is spent on email and messaging platforms. Messaging apps are the platforms of the future, and chatbots are the new tools users will use to access all sorts of services.

Dr. Jeannot further commented, “WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users and so by leveraging this popular channel Financial Services companies can spread the net far and wide with whom they can do business with.”

About APrivacy

APrivacy is an award-winning company which combines military-grade data security with seamless user experience on any platform, any device, anywhere. APrivacy’s technology allows the Financial Services industry to confidently communicate with clients using their favourite channels leading to increased revenues and reduced costs while meeting the strictest regulatory requirements.

Learn more about APrivacy: www.aprivacy.com  

Media inquiries: media@aprivacy.com

Site Safety Solutions creates Rebar: An Easy to Use software Solution for Construction Site Safety Compliance

For Annamaria Bartolomucci, CEO of Site Safety Solutions, health and safety on construction sites is a personal passion.  As a construction business owner, she is responsible for the safety of her employees and for ensuring her business remains compliant with safety regulations. After being personally affected by a work-related tragedy, Annamaria founded Site Safety Solutions and created ‘Rebar’ with a mission to make safety compliance an easier process for construction owners like herself.

The construction industry, like many others in the trades, have a number of responsibilities to ensure a construction site and its workers are safe. However, many contractors are still using antiquated paper methods to keep track of these policies and procedures.

With all the day-to-day responsibilities construction companies face, the health and safety of workers is a top priority. The health and safety compliance paperwork can overwhelm even the most efficient business operation, which is why Annamaria dreamed up an ideal system that would help her and other business owners.

In 2016, Site Safety Solutions started to come to life with the help of The Accelerator Centre Program and seed funding from AC JumpStart. Through the program, Annamaria was able to invest into the development of the software and begin testing it within her own construction company. Now, her company uses the software every day to run a more safe and efficient business.

“As we were building the software, I knew that other construction business owners would benefit and want it too. My ultimate dream is to create change across the industry and we have big plans for that.”

Annamaria and her team are currently beta testing the product with a number of companies, creating custom on-boarding processes, and learning how to further market the product to their target users: Condo Development Companies, Home Builders, Contractors & Sub-contractors. She explains how this is a solution that will change the industry, but there is still work to do yet,

“There is still a lot of work to do in terms of educating those leading in the industry. The idea of changing over the paper-based system is scary because most business owners are already busy as it is running the business and making the change to tech seems like too much of a headache for them. In reality, it is a simple and efficient switch, which we help with, and the fact that it is tapping into existing mobile and digital behaviours, a lot of the team members pick it up with ease because they are already accustomed to being on their smart-phones. It is a new approach to the industry by tapping into present day tech and behaviours.”

Rebar was recently nominated as one of three chosen out of two hundred companies for “Start-up Of The Year” by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, were recognized in the Grand Valley Construction Journal and presented Rebar at the “What the Tech Event” run by Grand Valley Construction Association.

Site Safety Solutions is ramping up for a full launch of Rebar in 2018 and are thrilled to bring a simple, affordable and easy to use software to market, that allows other business owners and their teams an easy way to manage health and safety responsibilities, maintain an electronic audit trail needed for compliance and reduce risk overall.

To connect with Annamaria or to learn more about Rebar, visit: http://www.sitesafetysolutions.ca/

Accelerator Centre Announces AC JumpStart Program Cohort 8

Waterloo, Ontario – The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 8 of the AC JumpStart program. These 24 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.

With the inclusion of these 24 companies, the program has now supported 192 early stage start-ups through an $8M investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and has resulted in 100 new products being brought to market, 562 full-time jobs, and over $1.6M in revenue.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support programs, such as AC JumpStart, that serve as an invaluable resource for our innovative, start-up companies. It is this kind of support that helps small- and medium-sized businesses scale up and bring great ideas to market faster, and that leads to the creation of good-paying local jobs. Congratulations to all of the successful companies under this new cohort! ”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo

The AC JumpStart Cohort 8 recipients are:

Ark Paradigm
Baysil Inc.
Brink Bionics Inc.
Curio Inc.
Glove Systems Inc.
Guard-Ex Corp.
IVD Workforce Corp
Livescape Inc
Maple Precision
Mirage VR Inc.
Mirsee Robotics Inc.
Mmsense Technologies Inc
Novalte Inc.
Ocuflow
Phyxter Corp.
Polygone Technologies Inc.
Quote Kong Ltd.
SannTek Labs Inc.
Shiftride Inc.
Soundscape.io
Technology Trace Inc.
Terrene. co
Visionary Semiconductor
Xenium Information Technology Corporation

AC JumpStart is delivered by the Accelerator Centre in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier and the University of Waterloo.

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, Wilfrid Laurier University 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. Over the four year term, the program will support 180 companies. 

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

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