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Increase your pace

Fast-track your ambitions—and reach unforeseen heights.

Acceleration

Whether you’re an industry partner, corporate leader, or founder—we’ve got you covered.

Looking to make an impact and connect with startups? Or maybe you’re a founder yourself wanting to partner with corporations. Either way, this is the place for you. Our passion for solving the world’s biggest problems is what keeps us focused on inspiring the innovators in our community, pushing them to thrive.

ac:Studio

Up to $100,000 to launch your startup

Have a high-impact startup idea or interest in joining the founding team of one?

With AC:Studio, we’re going beyond the status quo.

This hybrid accelerator/venture studio program combines the best of our award-winning AC:Incubate program with a venture studio model that funds high-impact startups, matches great ideas with talented founders and delivers:

  • Up to $100,000 in seed funding grants from FedDev Ontario
  • One-to-one mentorship with our team of in-house and specialist mentors
  • Sales training from pros like Uvaro to build a team that delivers
  • Tactical support in product development, marketing, UI and UX from industry experts and freelancers through partnerships with experienced startup builders at SnapPea and Conestoga College's Gig Lab
  • In-kind hours with industry experts like RSM, Bereskin & Parr and Gowlings WLG
  • Access to market research, investment intelligence and lead generation reports

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Looking to join the AC:Studio?

Applications for the first cohort of AC:Studio are now closed. Let us know if you would like to be updated when the next cohort begins.

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Partnerships built for innovating

When ambitious innovators connect with some of the world’s largest corporations, they often create the next big idea. The AC community, immersed in Waterloo’s tech and innovation corridor, is a hotbed for those who want to take on challenges that equate to global impact.

Our corporate innovation programs create pathways between industry, academia, innovators, and entrepreneurs to curate and accelerate tenacious ideas—and solve some of the biggest problems in industry today.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Ryan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Scribenote

Scribenote sets out to cherish and protect the human-animal bond by improving the lives of the veterinary professionals who make it possible. Co-founder Ryan Gallagher developed the first AI scribe for vets after shadowing his sister on the job—and discovering an administrative burden he was determined to help fix.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Kara LeBlanc, Founder and CEO of Medreddie

Discover the AI-powered tool that is revolutionizing medical solution procurement—and the story of perseverance behind it.

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Success Stories

Accelerator Centre Partners with Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan for EU Market Access Education Program

Expanding into international markets is a pivotal step for startups seeking rapid growth and global recognition. For internationally acclaimed organizations like the Institute for Information Industry (III) in Taiwan, facilitating a path to new markets is a key part of programming offered to support the startup community.

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Success Stories

Client Spotlight: Nicole Marchand, Founder of Dog Child

Dog Child has developed homemade recipes and meal mixes for nutritionally-minded dog parents. The startup offers dog owners a combination of recipes and mixes developed with veterinarians and nutritionists to ensure they are nutritionally complete. The recipes are available online for dog parents looking to discover new meal options that meet the unique needs of their dogs.

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Success Stories

WonderWell Toy Co. Launches The Kindness Mouse™

A thoughtful toy designed to inspire compassion one adventure at a time. The Kindness Mouse brings a new kind of kindness tradition that will inspire and nurture good values, all year long.

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Interested in getting involved?

It’s time to activate your ambition by tapping into the opportunities that help you create, continue to think big, and actualize your business. We can’t wait to hear from you.