Accelerator Centre

Accelerator Centre

January 15, 2015 10:00 ET

The Accelerator Centre Announces $8M in Funding, Launches AC JumpStart Program to Help Tech Start-Ups Start and Grow Their Business in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 15, 2015) - The Accelerator Centre® (AC), an award-winning centre for the cultivation of technology entrepreneurship located in Waterloo, Ontario, announced today it will receive up to $8 million in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to establish AC JumpStart, an innovative incubation and mentorship program aimed at helping Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge technology start-ups establish and grow their businesses. The announcement was made today at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre by FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear, along with MP Peter Braid.

Quick Facts

  • AC JumpStart will be delivered in partnership with AC partners, Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • AC JumpStart is a unique incubation and mentorship program targeting early-stage technology companies.
  • AC Jumpstart will provide qualifying companies with $30,000 in seed capital (to be matched by recipient firms), mentorship from experts in finance, sales, marketing, human resources, technology and product development, access to market research and connections to investors.
  • In total, it is expected that 180 companies will participate in the AC JumpStart program over the next four years.
  • The AC JumpStart program will begin in January 2015, with three cohorts of companies participating in the program in 2015, and two cohorts annually in subsequent years. Each cohort will receive funding and mentorship over a 12-month period.
  • The AC JumpStart program is scheduled to run from January 2015 through the end of 2018.
  • This is the second AC JumpStart program to be launched through the Accelerator Centre. Start-ups participating in the 2013 AC JumpStart program have created 212 new jobs in Waterloo Region, have generated $3.1 million in combined revenue and are expected to raise $5 million in private investment.

Quotes

"Our Government is fostering economic growth in Kitchener, Cambridge and all of the Waterloo Region by investing in our innovative businesses. Today's announcement is a great example of how we are helping high-potential companies bring great ideas to market faster. Helping our entrepreneurs and original thinkers export their products and services to the rest of the world creates jobs, growth and economic prosperity here at home."

- Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario

"AC JumpStart allows us to extend the reach of the Accelerator Centre's world-class incubation programming and mentorship beyond the four walls of our facility to help hundreds of young companies across Waterloo Region."

- Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre

"AC JumpStart will provide critical financial support and professional mentoring for clients of Conestoga's Centre for Entrepreneurship who demonstrate a solid commitment to developing successful technology start-ups with high potential for growth. This is an outstanding opportunity!"

- John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College

"We are very pleased with the federal funding we've received to support the University of Waterloo's future entrepreneurs. Building on the successful Scientists and Engineers in Business program that helped 17 of our graduates commercialize a technology - ranging from innovations that help surgeons improve accuracy during hip replacements to skates that elevate performance on the ice for elite hockey players - we are eager to see the new Waterloo innovations grow into thriving businesses."

- Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

"This program is a positive step in advancing our partnership with the Accelerator Centre. It is a clear example of the importance we put on supporting young entrepreneurs who have a proven track record of success. I know that with this assistance several of our companies will move through the startup stage to become successful growth companies in our region."

- Max Blouw, President and Vice Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

AC JumpStart Recipient Quotes

"JumpStart provided essential building blocks that helped us to establish a scalable and sustainable company," said Jim Moss, Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Plasticity Labs, and 2013 AC JumpStart funding recipient.

About the Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre® (AC) is dedicated to building and commercializing technology startups. The AC provides an essential combination of mentorship, educational programming, professional office space, and access to funding. Since 2006, the AC has developed 130 early-stage start-ups that have created 1200 new jobs and generated $350 million in revenue and funding. 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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Contact Information

  • Accelerator Centre
    Ellyn Winters-Robinson
    Communications Mentor/Advisor
    (519) 574-2196
    ewinters-robinson@acceleratorcentre.com

    Conestoga College
    Brenda Cassidy
    Director Corporate Communications
    (519) 748-5220 ext: 3336
    bcassidy@conestogac.on.ca

    University of Waterloo
    Nick Manning
    Director of Media Relations and Issues Management
    O: 519-888-4451 or C: 226-929-7627
    uWaterloo.ca/news
    @uWaterlooNews

    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Kevin Crowley
    Director, Communications and Public Affairs
    519.884.0710 x3070
    kcrowley@wlu.ca