Accelerator Centre and University of Guelph Collaborate to Create Agri-food Accelerator

Waterloo (Ontario), CANADA, January 29, 2018 – The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce its partnership with the University of Guelph (U of G) to create an Agri-food Accelerator on the U of G campus – Accelerator Guelph.

The new program, operated on the U of G campus will leverage the award-winning Accelerator Program model developed by the AC over the past 11 years and will turn cutting-edge agri-food innovations into products and applications that will improve life and help grow the economy.

The announcement, was made during U of G’s “innovation showcase” and featured leading-edge U of G agri-food projects and was attended by University, industry and government officials, including MP Lloyd Longfield and MPP Liz Sandals.

“The University of Guelph and the AC have been partners since the AC opened its doors and their expertise in working with agri-food innovation is unmatched. We are very proud to be working alongside them to utilize our successful programming to further support the incredible innovation activities coming out of the University,” says Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre.

“In establishing Accelerator Guelph, we wanted to hit the ground running,” said University of Guelph Vice-President Research, Malcolm Campbell. “It was logical to create a partnership with the Accelerator Centre, to capitalize on the fantastic, proven, business development programming for which the Accelerator Centre is world-renowned. We’re now using that partnership as a platform to launch the next generation of entrepreneurial agri-food innovators.”

On January 24, 2018 a pilot cohort of Accelerator Guelph companies will start a 14-week program on campus.  Recruitment for future Accelerator Guelph cohorts happens on an on-going basis and consists of an interview and application process. For more information visit

For further information, please contact:

Tabatha Laverty
Marketing and Community Manager
Accelerator Centre

Bringing Clarity to Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Enterprises

In today’s hyperconnected world, running a business is more difficult than ever. In addition to traditional challenges, we now have to contend with cybersecurity threats to sensitive data such as customer information and company intellectual property. Any compromise of this data could close a business down. Every day, the media features many stories of individuals and companies who have been hacked or otherwise compromised.  There are existing cybersecurity options available, but they are generally out of reach for SMEs due to cost and complexity.

“The timing is really good. People are more aware and want to know more. There is a general awareness of the risks while operating a business in today’s digital landscape, and more people are open and interested in protecting themselves.”

-Kathryn Vandenberg

zabu is a cybersecurity company building user-focused tools for small to medium sized companies.  They are developing an easy to understand automated assessment which takes human and technology factors into account to create a composite cyberrisk score, similar to a credit score.  This score empowers executives to visualize, understand, and reduce their company’s cyberrisk exposure, making cybersecurity accessible and relevant to everyone.

“The Accelerator Centre has helped us form a strong foundation for our business.  The expertise, perspective and support from our mentors and from the program itself have allowed us to achieve far more than we could have on our own, especially in this short period of time.”

Kathryn Vandenberg

zabu co-founders Kathryn and Derek not only had complementary business skillsets, they also had a passion for simplifying complex issues such as cyberrisk exposure and helping people make better decisions. They recognized that small and medium businesses were not being served by the existing costly and complex cybersecurity tools, and created zabu to focus specifically on that market.

What’s next

zabu is continuing to develop the product and looking forward to launching a closed field test in January of 2018, and is still accepting companies that would like to participate.

“We are passionate about providing clarity and empowering business owners to take control of their cybersecurity.”

– Derek Wong

Learn more about the Accelerator Centre and Phase One of the Accelerator Program on our website.

Presentation Day

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Phase One companies will have 4 minutes to pitch to our audience of exclusive invitees. Be prepared to take part in the action and get a preview of up and coming tech companies.

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Ear-o-Smart named one of the top wearables

IMG_6106Smart jewellery is fast becoming a top wearable tech trend, and is proving to be one of the best ways to get the benefits of smartwatches and fitness trackers, without having to wear a dull slab of plastic on your arm.

Wareable, a website dedicated to wearable technology, listed AC Clients Biosensive‘s Ear-O-Smart as one their eight top wearable products.

“Most fitness monitors are limited to wrist-based electronics, but do you really want to wear a bulky wrist monitor to a party or a meeting?” says Ravinder Saini, CEO of Biosensive. “”We believe that wearable electronics should be embedded into the products we use in our everyday lives, and for that reason, we created Ear-o-Smart, a product designed to fit seamlessly into your life.”

Ear-o-smart is the world’s first smart earring, which lets you monitor and track your health vitals. The earring tracks activity, calories burned and heart rate, and syncs this to iPhone or Android.

Alan Quarry joins the Accelerator Centre!

Alan QuarryThe Accelerator Centre is excited to announce that brand strategist and marketing pioneer Alan Quarry has joined the AC as Brand Architect.

Alan will spend every Wednesday working with AC Clients as a sounding board, helping to develop and execute their brand strategy. Alan’s presence is an excellent complement to our team of AC mentors, all of whom are dedicated to helping the brightest startups build and scale their businesses.

Alan will also work with the AC’s leadership team, consulting on our own brand as we execute our strategic growth plans in the coming year.

For those unfamiliar with him, Alan is a gifted brand architect and brings to the AC a formidable level of experience. He serves as the Chairman of a 100 plus person team focused on helping Quarry Integrated Communications clients build their business.

Alan has served as director of the Institute of Canadian Advertising and is a past president (twice) of the Trans Canada Advertising Agency Network. He teaches fourth-year Marketing Communications and MBA courses at Wilfrid Laurier University, was an instructor for three years in University of Windsor’s Executive MBA program, and also the WLU Entrepreneur In Residence in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

We’re thrilled to have Alan as a part of the AC team as we continue to grow and work to develop the next generation of leading Canadian technology companies.

Helping define success in Waterloo

Video series looks at why entrepreneurs are choosing Waterloo

Today the City of Waterloo launched a five-part video series, entitled Why Waterloo, aimed at explaining Waterloo’s growing appeal.

“There is a buzz about our city and we all feel it,” said Mayor Jaworsky during this year’s state of the city address. “Whether we are long-time residents, established community leaders, young students…or youth about to embark on their post-secondary journey, we all know that Waterloo is the place to be.”

In the series, a selection of local businesses spanning different industries are asked to share what being in Waterloo means to their organization.  Common themes like talent, collaboration, support and quality of life are prevalent throughout the series.

We’re excited that the first installment showcases the Accelerator Centre. Watch as Paul Salvini, CEO and Shane Pegg, VP Strategic Initiatives answer the global question: Why Waterloo?

Having just received $8 million in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southwestern Ontario to support AC JumpStart, and an additional $200,000 over four years from Waterloo city council, the AC is set to expand; supporting more clients, more graduates, and making a bigger impact in the community. For more information about the Accelerator Centre, visit

For more information about the city’s economic development initiatives, visit

Prime Minister Announces Advancing Selections for Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program

Source: Prime Minister News Release

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the organizations that have been chosen to advance in the selection process for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) which is designed to help outstanding small- and medium-sized Canadian enterprises to grow, prosper and create jobs. He made the announcement at Communitech, a hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies in Waterloo, Ontario. The Prime Minister was joined by Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, and Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre.

The following organizations have been chosen to advance in the selection process under the CAIP:

  • BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) (Accelerator)
  • Bioenterprise Corporation (Accelerator)
  • Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM) (Incubator)
  • Centre for Drug Research & Development (CDRD), in collaboration with CDRD Venture Inc. (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • Communitech Corporation, in collaboration with University of Waterloo Velocity, Laurier LaunchPad and the Waterloo Accelerator Centre (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • Corporation Inno-Centre du Québec (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • GrowLab Ventures Inc., in collaboration with Extreme Startups (Accelerator)
  • Invest Ottawa, in collaboration with Wesley Clover, PARTEQ Innovations and InnovationPark at Queen’s University (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA) (Incubator)
  • Prince Edward Island BioAlliance Inc. (Incubator)
  • Propel ICT (Accelerator)
  • Ryerson University, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • The Next 36 (Accelerator/Incubator) University of Alberta, in collaboration with TEC Edmonton and Innovate Calgary (Accelerator/Incubator)
  • Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society (Accelerator/Incubator)
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Read the full news release here

Check out a 24 SEVEN exclusive video on Why Accelerators Matter here

Accelerator Centre Client TeTechS launches its first Terahertz Spectrometer system

Revolutionary terahertz technology enables imaging and sensing applications never achieved with other imaging technologies.

Waterloo (Ontario) CANADA, January 18, 2014TeTechS Inc., a terahertz technology solution company, announced today that the company released its first terahertz spectrometer system.

The TeTechS Rigel 1550 terahertz spectrometer is portable, modular, compact, fast, and reconfigurable for analysis of solids, liquids, powders, and gases. With its revolutionary fiber coupled terahertz sensor technology, Rigel 1550  provides higher performance and flexibility than the state of the art in terahertz systems, allowing better discrimination, less complex signal analysis, and enabling applications which cannot be robustly achieved with previous spectrometry technology.

The fiber coupled movable transmitter and receiver heads can be mounted around the sample under test, for the cases where bringing the object/sample/process under test inside the spectrometer head is not feasible. The distance between the transmitter and receiver heads can be adjusted to create working space needed for different measurement settings.

TeTechS Rigel 1550 is an innovative and reliable turnkey system with a built‐in 1550 nm femto‐second fiber laser, a fiber laser beam distribution chassis with fast and slow scan modules, and built‐in lock‐in and low‐noise amplifiers, with a controlling and operation software. The system is permanently aligned to provide a collimated terahertz beam between the transmitter and the receiver heads. The user has access to the collimated terahertz beam inside the spectrometer head where the interchangeable and easy to use transmission, reflection, and attenuated total reflection (ATR) measurement modules can be placed.

“Rigel 1550 can be used for a wide range of applications including material characterization, material sensing, non‐destructive test, hidden object detection, product inspection, manufacturing quality control, thickness measurement and uniformity analysis, coating and thin film analysis, additives analysis, and electronic chip fault analysis” says Dr. Daryoosh Saeedkia, founder and CEO of TeTechS Inc. “It can also be used for material verification and identification, such as: plastics, pulp and paper, gels, organic powders, and adhesives, to name a few” said Saeedkia.

About TeTechS Inc.

TeTechS Inc. is a leading innovator of advanced terahertz technology solutions committed to developing terahertz sensor and imaging systems for industrial and scientific applications. TeTechS Inc. draws on the distinctive characteristics of leading‐edge terahertz technology to develop unique non‐destructive and non‐invasive sensing and imaging solutions. The systems can see features of interest behind enclosures or inside packages, which are invisible to other imaging modalities. The Customers’ problems can be solved in ways that cannot be addressed by other imaging modalities such as X‐Ray and infrared imaging. The company’s vision is to become a major terahertz technology solutions provider to the industries worldwide through developing innovative terahertz imaging and sensing system solutions.

For further details please contact:

Daryoosh Saeedkia, PhD
President & CEO
TeTechS Inc.TeTechS Inc.
Tel: +1 (519) 584‐0791
Toll Free: +1 (855) 574‐1764
Fax: +1 (519) 513‐2421
Twitter: @TeTechS
LinkedIn: TeTechS

Accelerator Centre Client Sober Steering's technology being used in New York State education system

Technology Ensures School Bus Drivers Are Sober Behind the Wheel

By: Peter Lawrence
Source: School Transportation News

Recently, I attended a presentation at the Rochester Area Transportation Supervisor’s Association in New York State on Drug and Alcohol awareness to meet U.S. federal requirements as stated in law §382.603

At the meeting, we had the opportunity to see a new technology being used to monitor and notify carriers if an operator or mechanic has alcohol in their bloodstream. The state-of-the-art technology was originally designed to detect chemical weapons from sensors that were dropped from aircrafts.

Sober Steering, a company based out of Canada, developed this product that acts as an alcohol interlock for school buses and other vehicles. They accomplish this through transdermal sensors that are built into the steering wheel. The sensors detect alcohol through direct contact with the skin. With this alcohol interlock, in the event that a driver tries to start a vehicle with alcohol in their bloodstream, the transmission will not be able to shift out of park and an electronic notification is sent immediately to their employer. Another neat feature of this system allows for randomized rolling tests where the operator can provide a sample while the vehicle is in motion.

Read the full article here.

Stratford Accelerator Centre Client BuildCircle Inc: Does balance exist for an entrepreneur?

The Art of Compromise

By: Angela Pause

“Balance [for an entrepreneur] doesn’t exist,” says Dan Heitbohmer. ”It’s like taking oil and water and shaking them up, trying to keep them mixed. Impossible.”

Heitbohmer, 38, has learned the hard way that the elusive “balance” the media and healthcare professionals encourage is for a different type of person than the entrepreneur. It might work for the nine-to-fiver, but as the president of BuildCircle Inc, a cloud-based software that manages the complex series of communications that accompany any construction project, Heitbohmer says the only option available to him is simple compromise.

It was a tough lesson to learn, he says. Heitbohmer “crashed and burned” in December 2012, after a six-month stint of working 19-hour days at his company, while also helping his wife, Melissa, with their newborn and five-year-old twins. Ignoring his failing health, he was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia and spent two weeks in bed – all the while stressing about work, and feeling guilty about not being a fully engaged father and husband.

Read the full article here.