The Accelerator Centre Announces the Next Cohort of Startups in their Accelerator Program

May 9, 2017

We are pleased to announce the companies that will comprise the 3rd cohort of our redesigned Accelerator Program.

These 8 companies will enter Phase One of our world renowned incubation program. Startups in the program are selected through a competitive application process and represent the best-of-the-best in technology and entrepreneurship in the region and around the world.

The companies joining the 3rd cohort are:

Company Name Description Founders
Cassle Inc. Real Estate Technology Sunny Khangura
eDropBy Solution Inc. Package Transportation Platform Jeff (Tai) Zhao
Equi-App Equestrian Learning Platform Alex Reinfels
Foober Student Meal Delivery Service Brad McGill
Monarch Clothing Medical Garment System Pat Quinn
Overture Donor Forum Ltd Not-for-Profit Donor Engagement Platform Herb and Joanne Shoveller
Unnamed Internet Security Company Derek Wong and Kathryn Vandenberg
Unnamed  Service Provider Referral Platform for Homeowners Jake Gibson
Unnamed Ecommerce Mohammad Ghanbari

“We are pleased to announce the third cohort of startups into our Accelerator Program. We see great promise in this group and are happy to be supporting such a wide variety of technologies and industries. We are excited to see them build and scale successful, global businesses.”  – Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre.

Phase One is the first of four phases within our recently restructured two-year incubation program. The program offers customized, milestone-based programming alongside our proven mentorship model. At the end of the Phase Four, our clients graduate with confidence, knowing all areas of their business are ready for long-term success.

For more information on our clients, our programming, or to learn how to apply for the next cohort visit www.acceleratorcentre.com.

Media Contact:

Tabatha Laverty
Community Manager
tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

NEWS RELEASE – Accelerator Centre Announces Strategic Partnership with EY Canada

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Accelerator Centre Announces Strategic Partnership with EY Canada

 

March 10, 2017

The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with global professional services firm, EY.

The partnership demonstrates the two organizations’ collective commitment to supporting the Toronto Waterloo corridor startup ecosystem and to facilitating economic growth in the region.

As the exclusive professional services partner for our Graduate Program, EY’s partnership allows our graduates to leverage EY’s broad expertise and international network to further accelerate their growth at a local and global scale.

The partnership also facilitates a series of learning events that provide current AC clients with access to advice from best-in-class professional service leaders across industries and sets them up for long-term success.

“I am excited to welcome EY as an Accelerator Centre Innovation Partner – they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will greatly benefit our clients and graduates as they grow and scale their businesses,” says Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre.

About the Accelerator Center

  • The AC is a world-class startup incubator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies and to commercializing talent and advanced research technologies emerging from academic institutions.
  • The AC offers milestone-based programming alongside a proven mentorship model to help our clients grow their business
  • With 55 program graduates, AC companies represent some of the most successful startups in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, translating to more than 1,500 new jobs, over $500 million in revenue and a collective $2 billion in valuations.

For more information, please visit acceleratorcentre.com and follow us on Twitter @AC_Waterloo

About EY

About EY’s Growth Markets Network

EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high- growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

For more information, please visit ey.com/ca. Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

For more information contact  

Tabatha Laverty

Accelerator Centre 519-497-7784

tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

 

Sasha Anopina EY

416-943-2637

sasha.anopina@ca.ey.com

 

Successful Scale Up

Why fast-growing AC grads are leading Canada’s new technology generation

From lean thinking, to product market fit, to simply great timing, there are any number of reasons young companies graduate from startup to scale up.  However, for many of the Canadian technology companies now showing up on the Profit 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 50 lists, there is one common denominator — the Accelerator Centre (AC).

AC graduates Magnet Forensics, Top Hat, TextNow and Sortable all showed up on the 2016 Profit 500 list this year, with Magnet Forensics and Top Hat appearing in the top 20 companies listed. Both companies exhibiting 5,000+% growth rates.  On the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, list, Accelerator Centre graduates Sortable, Axonify, Clearpath Robotics, Top Hat, and Magnet Forensics all took positions in the top 20.

So what is it about the AC that fuels long-term business growth and success?

Paul 02[acsite]“Companies that come through the Accelerator Centre’s programming are truly built to scale. We ensure that from even in the very beginning, the idea phase, companies are building a strong foundation for long term business success,” says Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre. “Even in our intake process, we are looking for companies that have an impact in areas that matter for the world. Through our close relationship with the university system and my dual role with the University of Waterloo, we have our finger on the pulse of the research occurring today, in areas such as the Internet of Things and the Smart City revolution, and can foresee how that research will translate into the companies and jobs of the future. So we can nurture our client companies to become leaders in those spaces”

Salvini goes on to say, that the Accelerator Centre’s selection process is tuned to identify those companies who exhibit the capacity to scale in size and in global presence. “If that is the case, and the company has a good alignment with the research capacity of one of our local universities, we know that company has the capability to grown and won’t be starved on the talent side,” says Salvini.

The Accelerator Centre’s programming, unlike many other incubators, delivers its high quality programming through a core team of mentors, each business executives – each with decades of experience in building and growing global companies, over time. The average company spends on average two years in the program.

Salvini notes that one cannot speak of the Accelerator Centre and its graduates’ success without acknowledging the surrounding technology ecosystem in Waterloo Region, supported by academic institutions such as University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College. “Our success is absolutely set up by the great success of our academic partners,” he says. “Companies setting up a business and growing a business in Waterloo Region know they have access to world class research and talent.”

Clearpath Robotics, which graduated from the Accelerator Centre in 2011, has experienced exceptional growth over the last six years, transforming from a four person startup at the AC into a profitable, 200 person organization with a research division (Clearpath Robotics) as well as an industrial division (OTTO Motors).  In October 2016, Clearpath announced a $30M US in funding to expand its OTTO Motors division.

“TMatt Randellhe Accelerator Centre allowed us to transform our project into a viable business. We were able to break even within 18 months of inception, in good part due to the mentorship and financial support we received from AC,” says Matt Rendall, Clearpath Robotics CEO. “Entrepreneurship has its own set of challenges and the AC was able to alleviate many of the simple overhead growing pains so we could focus on growing the business. (ie: not having to worry about toilet paper or paying the bill for hydro or electrical was a blessing in disguise!).

We learned what worked and what didn’t work at the AC – it was a safe space to experiment with our technology and our business processes to identify and leverage best practices for Clearpath. A tree can’t grow unless it has strong roots and is part of a supportive ecosystem. The AC provided us with a foundation to transform our passion into a thriving business.”

 

Axonify graduated from the Accelerator Centre in 2014. Since departing the program, the company, which provides a gamification solution for corporate learning, has experienced significant growth, closing out 2015 with >$10M in recurring annual revenue and a customer roster that includes Bloomingdales, Ceridian, Toys R Us Canada and The Pep Boys. In November 2016, Axonify announced $27M US in funding to further expand its business operations.

“The Accelerator Centre is a different kind of environment than the typical early stage tech incubator, and in a good way,” says Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify.

carol-leaman-headshot.jpg“There’s something a little more serious about the way in which the programs and mentoring make you feel — like the organization is working in concrete ways to help your company succeed. Consistent mentorship and meaningful programming plus the ability to reinforce sound principles over a stay of up to two years (versus a typical incubator experience of 3 – 6 months) give each company a better shot at making it.

I know Axonify took advantage of everything the Accelerator Centre had on offer and thoroughly enjoyed getting its start in that environment.”

The Accelerator Centre Announces 2nd Cohort of Startups into Their Newly Redesigned Incubation Program

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We are pleased to announce the companies that will comprise the second cohort of Phase One clients in our newly redesigned Accelerator Program.

The companies in our world-renowned incubation program are selected through a very competitive process and represent the best-of-the-best in technology and entrepreneurship in the region and around the world.

Companies joining the second cohort of Phase One are:

  • Travel wholesale – Quest Travel
  • Search engine optimizationTraffic is Currency
  • Nano Technology – NanoCNET
  • Lidar systems developmentSingle Quantum Systems
  • Veterinary technologyHealthy Pets
  • Mobile payment softwareFinserve
  • Health and safety software – Site Safety Solutions
  • Hockey technology – TheHockeyPro
  • Waste management/Public service technology – Eagle Vision Systems
  • Live global mapping program – Live Anywhere
  • Video game technology56 Studios

“I am always impressed by the wide variety of innovative and impactful ideas that these entrepreneurs bring to the table. I am pleased to welcome cohort two into the Accelerator Program and I am excited to see them build and scale successful, global businesses.”  – Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre.

Phase One is the first of four phases within our recently restructured two-year incubation program. The program offers customized, milestone-based programming alongside the proven mentorship model we are best known for. At the end of the Phase Four, our clients graduate with confidence, knowing all areas of their business are ready for long-term success.

For more information on the companies in cohort two, our programming, or to learn how to apply for the next cohort contact:

Tabatha Laverty

Community Manager

tlaverty@acceleratorcentre.com

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The Accelerator Centre’s Unique Accountability-Based Programming Sets Startups on a Pathway to Long-term Business Success

Since it first opened its doors in 2006, the Accelerator Centre has continuously invested in its programming and mentorship, ensuring the young companies who enter through its doors receive the most current and world-class guidance when building their businesses.

“The Accelerator Centre’s main value proposition lies in the fact we provide a very hands-on, accountability driven approach to incubation over a two year period,” says Clinton Ball, Director, Client Programs & Initiatives at the Accelerator Centre. “Similar to an accelerator, we really look to be efficient and strategic in the way we deliver programming over set time periods, so that we, and our clients always have an end goal in mind.”

With a decade of experience under its belt and 55 graduates out the door the Accelerator Centre is now refining its programming and accountability structure, to embrace all generations of startups, breaking its proven model into four distinct accelerator phases.

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“We want to assist companies at every stage from ideation through to scale up,” explains Ball. “The main differentiator of this program is that it sets out very clear objectives and goals for companies in each of the four phases, so there is built in accountability, and so startups clearly understand the value of participating in our program. On the flip side, this model holds the Accelerator Centre accountable as well.”

The breakdown of the program into four phases also dictates how the Accelerator Centre dedicates its resources. “Unlike the typical incubator, we have a paid mentorship program, with mentors serving as a “virtual executive team,” available on demand to clients,” explains Ball. “Our mentors are responsible for driving the programming alongside our client experience team with the client companies. In addition to that dedicated style of mentorship, we also have milestone and advisory board meetings for each of our clients, staged quarterly where we can examine the company’s progress.”

Where in the past, the program was focused on slightly more mature startups with solid business plans, the new four-phase acceleration program has been expanded to assist entrepreneurs with the early ideation phase. “For big ideas, in Phase One we provide a safe environment where entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs can determine if they have the organizational and financial competencies to make the business happen, and the market knowledge to assess problem/solution fit. It’s perfect for researchers, struggling start-ups, and corporate employees”

Market knowledge is acquired through primary and secondary market research, guided by the AC Pathfinder methodology, an Accelerator Centre-developed lean canvas and framework built upon Steven Blank’s principles. “At the end of the day, we and our clients need to know if this an idea that can make money,” says Ball. “We aim to cultivate sustainable revenue-generating companies through our program.”

Companies are stage-gated through the accelerator phases using a red light, yellow light, green light model. Not all progress. “After Phase One, we need to know if the product has a market, and if it is sizeable enough to allow the business to generate revenue organically or attract funding,” says Ball. “If those indicators of investment readiness and market are there, then the company proceeds forward into Phase Two.”

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Like any university or college, each accelerator phase has a defined curriculum, which is mastered by clients over approximately two years – comparable to the duration of a typical graduate program. Each client is provided at the outset with an AC Program Guide, so as they progress they can benchmark themselves against the curriculum, against the experiences of the Accelerator Centre’s 50+ graduates, and the expectations of the Accelerator Centre’s mentors and advisory network. “From day one as a client, you can see what the expectation of a graduate looks like and work towards it,” says Ball.

Along with the new program refinements, the Accelerator Centre has implemented an extensive Advisory Network to supplement the knowledge and skills provided by the incubator’s seven core mentors. This provides clients with a range of viewpoints from industry experts, serial entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and those involved in venture capital.

In Phase Two to Four, companies focus on product market fit through to scalability. Phase Two curriculum addresses core aspects of growing a business, such as defining the entry market, organizational structure, long-term brand strategy, product strategy and sales process. In Phases Three to Four, companies are focused on constructing a repeatable sales model, expanding their management team, and exploring markets beyond their entry point – including foreign markets.

In the six months prior to graduation, the Accelerator Centre brings in Ernst and Young to prepare the exiting companies for going global, investment preparation, and understanding employee incentives. Companies also refine their management structure and brand proposition.

Graduates from the program are defined by clear criteria. They have a repeatable scalable business model, they are globally relevant or have plans for globalization, and have a monthly recurring revenue to stay bootstrapped or adversely are positioned to attract late seed stage or series A investment.

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The Accelerator Centre’s graduate wall, displayed in the incubator’s main networking area clearly illustrates that the incubator has proven its ability to produce high calibre graduates. The Accelerator Centre’s 55 graduate companies now represent a portfolio of over $2B dollars and enjoy a long term success rate of >90%, which is actually the inverse of the rest of the startup world. Many graduates have recently raised significant rounds of investment (Axonify $27M, Intellijoint $11M, Clearpath $51M, KIK $50M, Miovision $30M). There have been several mergers and acquisitions, and several Accelerator Centre graduates appeared on the 2016 lists for Deloitte Fast 50 and the Profit 500.

“The main mandate of this program is to create real revenue generating companies that can produce real impact not only for our community, but also for the Canadian economy,” says Clinton Ball. “With the recent refinements of our program and model, we hope to continue this success, and produce more companies of this kind of calibre even faster than before.”

 

The Accelerator Centre partners with Inertia to help companies scale in new hardware lab

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The Accelerator Centre (AC) and Inertia are pleased to announce a new partnership aimed at supporting the growth and scale of early stage hardware companies in Waterloo Region.

 

Toronto-based Inertia will establish a presence at the AC’s new hardware innovation lab in the heart of downtown Kitchener. Located at 44 Gaukel St., the lab offers 10,000 square feet prototyping and lab space, access to tools and resources, including 3D printers, as well as a freight elevator and loading dock for shipping and receiving.

Inertia, in partnership with the AC’s renowned team of mentors, will work directly with hardware, IoT, and advanced manufacturing companies to tackle challenges such as design and prototyping, contract manufacturing, supply chain and cash flow management, as well as preparing for international growth.

The partnership will see expanded, in-depth hardware support for over 30 current Clients of the AC, as well as providing opportunity for hardware related companies that have graduated from the award-winning centre.

“We’re continuing to see increased need for support of hardware companies, particularly here in Waterloo, due very much in part to the incredible talent coming out of the University of Waterloo and the emphasis that they place on entrepreneurship. Both faculty and students are increasingly designing hardware solutions to complex problems, and they want to turn those ideas into solid businesses – that’s when they come to the AC. Having the support of Inertia as they grow will be invaluable for their long-term success.”

Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre

“We are seeing some amazing things happening in Waterloo right now, from IoT and robotics, to 3D printing and drones; it only makes sense that Inertia’s first Canadian expansion outside Toronto would be to a place where advanced manufacturing is really taking off. Partnering with the AC allows us to plug into these companies at an early stage and help them start off on the right track as they work towards growing internationally.”

Ray Minato, President & CEO, Inertia

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About the Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre (AC) is dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive technology firms; and to commercializing advanced research technologies emerging from academic institutions. The AC offers an intensive, milestone-driven program to help Clients gain traction and establish early growth; begin to scale and prepare for global expansion.

Since 2006, the AC has supported over 250 early-stage technology companies, who have created 1500+ new jobs, and generated more than two billion in valuations. Fifty-five companies have graduated from the Accelerator Centre, with over 90 percent of companies still active after two years. For more information visit www.acceleratorcentre.com.

 

About Inertia

Inertia is a product design, manufacturing, and supply chain management services company. For the past 12 years Inertia has helped hardware start-ups turn their ideas into award-winning physical products in industries ranging from medical, safety and security, and consumer products.

Inertia’s open, collaborative, and systematic approach to supporting early-stage companies results in a faster time to market, higher return on investment, and peace of mind that comes with the confidence they are doing the right things, the best way, at the right time.

Inertia is headquartered in Toronto and has an office in Dongguan China to support rapid prototype and manufacturing activities. For more information visit www.inertiaengineering.com.

 

Media contacts

Emily Jackson
Director, Client Experience and Special Projects
Accelerator Centre
226-972-8592
ejackson@acceleratorcentre.com

Ray Minato
President & CEO
Inertia
416-537-0505

rminato@inertiaengineering.com

How a new wave of startups are bringing law enforcement into the digital age

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At home and abroad, Canadian companies like HealthIM are using new technologies to help police forces solve cold cases and deal with 21st century threats

When Alexandra Brown set out to create a tool that would show people what they might look like when they get older, she never expected to receive a call from the police.

She wasn’t in any sort of trouble—rather, the police wanted to learn more about her software.

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Unlike novelty smartphone apps that use simple algorithms to morph users’ features into different shapes and permutations, Brown’s AprilAge relies on a database housing thousands of scanned images of real faces to predict future appearances based on age, gender, ethnicity and lifestyle.

For law enforcement officials, it has proven to be a helpful tool in the search for suspects and missing persons involved in cold cases.

“You need the image to be realistic and believable,” Brown says. AprilAge assures police officers the image they’re looking at is “a statistically significant result.”

Founded in 2010, the Toronto-based company’s first customer in blue was the forensic services branch of the South Australia Police. These days, Brown primarily targets health and wellness providers, who use the software to show patients the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, but she continues to sign up police forces in the United States, Poland, Ecuador and Turkey.

AprilAge is just one example of law enforcement agencies’ newfound appetite for technology and innovation, observers say. While the industry is known for its stodginess and traditionalism, a growing number of police forces are discovering that startups can help make their lives easier.

“Where there is a problem with paperwork or something like that, it can really make a lot of sense for a private firm to step in and provide assistance,” says Christopher Parsons, managing director of the Telecom Transparency Project at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

Several opportunity-driven Canadian startups—including HealthIM and Labforge, both based in Kitchener, Ont.—are rising to the challenge.

HealthIM, started in 2014 by University of Waterloo students Daniel MacKenzie and Daniel Pearson Hirdes, makes software that improves how police respond to situations involving mentally unstable individuals.

Police don’t currently have any tools for dealing with such circumstances, MacKenzie says. Officers typically apprehend people they suspect might need help and then take those individuals to a hospital for assessment. The process can take hours and involve a lot of paperwork, only to result in the individuals’ eventual release. This happens about 60% of the time, he adds.

HealthIM’s tool is installed directly in police car computers. Officers fill out a patient profile and send it to a hospital. Medical staff can then prepare an assessment and provide police with a preliminary report before they arrive at the hospital.

The system provides benefits to police, medical staff and detained individuals.

“If you’re not stuck under police guard in a hospital for hours, that just helps make everyone’s life better,” MacKenzie says.

HealthIM won $25,000 in funding last fall from the University of Waterloo’s Velocity accelerator hub and a further $60,000 from the school’s AC JumpStart program earlier this year. Unlike AprilAge, the company is specifically targeting police departments and has signed up two so far in Ontario, in Brantford and London.

MacKenzie credits HealthIM adviser Ron Hoffman, a former mental health training co-ordinator for the Ontario Police College, with landing the deals. Once he gathered everyone at the table, the company found police to be eager customers.

“They are more progressive than I thought in terms of innovation and tech,” MacKenzie says. “They’re always looking for solutions to make their lives easier.”

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Labforge, founded in 2014, has also brought in advisers with law enforcement and security backgrounds to open doors. Clint Robinson, former head of government relations with BlackBerry, is helping the company showcase its technology with police and military forces.

Labforge is working on systems that incorporate drones, wearable sensors and smart cameras to give security forces “situational awareness” or a better idea of what’s happening around their personnel in the field.

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Currently, when police officers enter a building, they often don’t know what they’re getting into. A system that identifies and differentiates friendly individuals from unfriendly ones can potentially save lives.

“[When you enter a building,] you don’t know where the good guys are or where the bad guys are. Technically, the whole place is a hostile environment,” says co-founder Yassir Rizwan. “If you can put trackers on your guys, then the story changes.”

Labforge’s smart cameras can also identify details officers might otherwise miss. They can, for example, spot licence plates of stolen cars or missing children via image recognition. The company is currently talking to several law enforcement agencies about potential trials, Rizwan says.

Despite the opportunities, security-oriented startups face a number of challenges. Chief among them are privacy concerns and the public’s ill ease with law enforcement using advanced technology to gather data on their whereabouts. Startups dealing in the space would do well to be as open about their technologies as possible, says Citizen Lab’s Parsons.

Often, it’s enforcement agencies and not the companies themselves that are engendering public distrust. Police may be enthusiastic about adopting new technology, but they’re usually not as forthcoming in disclosing how it’s being used, he adds.

It’s incumbent on the firms, then, to push their customers toward improved transparency as well.

“They’re trying to sell into an aspect of government that is very, very secretive, which isn’t very helpful for the public’s trust in law and order,” Parsons says. “That can boomerang back on companies.”

If both businesses and law enforcement give prompt, upfront disclosure of what technology is being used and in what manner, it will make it easier for startups to do business and help ease people’s concerns, says Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa.

“You do need to deal with the friction upfront, kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid,” Israel says.

Welcome to 44 Gaukel: Accelerator Centre Launches New Hardware Innovation Lab

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Today we’re thrilled to announce the official opening of our new hardware innovation lab in the heart of downtown Kitchener. Located at 44 Gaukel St., this newest expansion offers hardware startups 10,000 square feet prototyping and lab space, access to tools and resources, including 3D printers, as well as a freight elevator and loading dock for shipping and receiving.

The facility is run in partnership with ArtsBuild Ontario, an organization dedicated to supporting local artists by providing tools, training and resources that support the development and sustainable creative spaces. The facility is also supported in part by the City of Kitchener.

“We’re very excited to work with the City of Kitchener and ArtsBuild Ontario as we expand our world-class incubation offering, helping innovative hardware and IoT companies grow and scale their businesses here in Waterloo Region, ” says Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre. “Expanding into Downtown Kitchener allows the AC to support our clients who want to be in a central, urban environment, while continuing to bring the same excellence in programming, mentorship, and experience that we’re renowned for.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Accelerator Centre and the City of Kitchener in providing creative space for our community’s artists and arts organizations,” added Lindsay Golds, Executive Director, ArtsBuild Ontario. “We are so pleased to offer those in need of rehearsal or administrative space an affordable and suitable location for their important work in Downtown Kitchener. We are excited by the potential for collaboration opportunities between the tech and the arts sector that this location can provide.”

The historic building, originally built as a Canada Post depot, also houses the University of Waterloo’s Critical Media Lab and part of Conestoga College’s School of Media and Design on the first floor. Joining the Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild on the second floor is MyShop, an industrial makerspace, offering an array of industrial prototyping tools, as well as training, allowing Clients at the AC to rapidly design and build their products right inside the building.

“Being a part of the new hardware lab at 44 Gaukel Street is an important and exciting move for us. The Accelerator Centre’s support has been pivotal for our business and we’ve already developed new customers through people visiting the facility. Being in the business of 3D printing, InkSmith is right at home in a space where art and technology collide.”
Jeremy Hedges , President, InkSmith

“There are so many great things happening in hardware and advanced manufacturing right now in Waterloo Region,” says Josh Kubassek, President at MyShop. “It’s important for us to be a part of the AC’s lab at 44 Gaukel, helping to empower startup companies to design and prototype these amazing new technologies.”

The Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario invite the community to celebrate the opening of 44 Gaukel on Tuesday, October 4 at 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., on the second floor. Tenants from both the arts and technology sectors will be showcasing their work at the event.

The space is filling quickly, however both the Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario are currently accepting applications for tenancy. Apply to the AC.

Meet the first cohort of Phase One

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We’re pleased to announce the first cohort of the newly developed Phase One program.

“I am very excited to welcome these new companies into this incredible new program.  We’re looking forward to helping them build and scale truly innovative global businesses.” says Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre. “It was an extremely competitive process to select these companies from the wide spectrum of applications we received, but I am proud to have this group of very talented, high-potential entrepreneurs in our first cohort.”

Companies joining the first cohort of Phase One are

  • Green-tech chemical processing company Advanced Chemical Technologies
  • Healthcare software company Aspire
  • Online marketplace Backpacker College
  • Collaboration software developers Care Connector
  • Neuroscience platform DeepSubconscious
  • Collaborative Marketing Technology iGotPro
  • Hardware solution for trucking Industrial Cyber Sensing
  • Word of mouth marketing App InstAppDeals
  • Privacy-centric social platform LiiV
  • Biomedical technology engineers MechanoSight
  • Digital psychology resource centre PsyAlive
  • Facial recognition software Vocord
  • ViewCommerce developer WEcord
  • IT and Integrated Communications Specialists Xenium

Phase One is the first of four phases within our recently restructured two-year incubation program. Customized to the needs of each company, the program offers a unique combination of expert sessions and peer-to-peer learning, blended with the traditional mentorship the incubator is well-known for.

Phase One concludes with Presentation Day; an open house event where companies present to a panel of experts and business leaders who determine whether a business is ready to enter the second phase of the program. Companies successfully entering Phase Two are automatically considered for up to $40,000 in funding and mentorship through the AC JumpStart program.

AC Co-Presents Award Winning Documentary KONELĪNE

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The Accelerator Centre is proud to Co-Present

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful

The AC is pleased to partner with Princess Cinema, Sustainable Waterloo Region and Alternatives Journal to help bring the award-winning documentary KONELĪNE: our land beautiful to the screen at Waterloo’s Original Princess Cinema, Sept 16 – 22.

WINNER – Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Docs 2016

Where: The ‘Original’ Princess Cinema

When: 16-22 September (check Princess Cinema calendar for show times)  

View the  KONELĪNE Trailer: https://vimeo.com/159576215

Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures an epic canvas of beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Nettie Wild, KONELĪNE is a work of visual poetry that delights in exploding stereotypes with scenes of breathtaking spectacle. Heidi Gutfrucht, both a big-game hunter and fierce environmentalist, swims her 17 horses across the unforgiving Stikine River. A Tahltan First Nation diamond driller bores deep into the same territory his elders are fighting to protect.  A white hunter carries a bow and arrow while a Tahltan elder shoots moose with a high-powered rifle.

Cameraman Van Royko won the 2016 Award for Best Documentary Cinematography from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for KONELĪNE, which is shot and projected in wide screen with surround sound.

What the critics are saying:

“Transcendent, epic spectacle. […]She lets the camera hunt for art in every frame, mining veins of abstract beauty rather than sharp nuggets of political narrative.  She allows every image an ecumenical gaze.”
– Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s

“Astonishing, stunningly beautiful. […] Equal parts sigh, song and cry.”
– Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

“Breathtaking, gripping. […] Finds beauty in unexpected places.”
– David Perri, The Northern Miner

“A feast for the eyes […}in the hands of an expert storyteller. I urge you to see it.”
– Marc Glassman, POV

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is a Canada Wild production, produced in association with Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program; Super Channel; Canal D, a division of Bell Media Inc.; Knowledge Network; The Canada Media Fund; developed in association with The National Film Board and Creative BC; produced with the participation of Rogers Documentary Fund; the Shaw Media/Hot Docs Completion Fund; the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit; and the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC.

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