150 ACCELERATORS AND INCUBATORS IN CANADA
Accelerators and incubators are very popular and vital in today’s startup ecosystem. They play a major role in startup communities through out the world.
With mentoring, which is one of the most important services they provide, accelerators and incubators are really necessary for startups to grow up. And Canada is a country in where there are plenty of them. We made a research on key accelerators and incubators in Canada and here is a list of 150 of them.
Techstars is one of the leading accelerators in the world. It began about 10 years ago in Boulder, Colorado. It is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. They have $3.8B total funding and $9.9B market cap. Some examples of Techstars ventures are Uber, Twilio and Data Robot.
2) Founder Institute
Aspiring entrepreneurs have used Founder Institute to form and improve their business ideas, develop their marketing strategy, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, generate revenue, and more. The survival rate of the companies that Founder Institute worked with, is approximately 72%. Udemy is one of the graduates of Founder Institute.
It is one of the leading seed stage investor in Ontario, investing in IT, health and cleantech companies. It has 115 investments and its total funding is $733M. Client Outlook, Encycle and One Local are 3 of the companies MaRS has invested.
From idea to product development to commercialization, Velocity provides the knowledge, tools, space and network that startups and entrepreneurs need for success.
The Velocity program includes a student dorm, workspaces in Waterloo region, events, mentor programs and more. More than 215 companies started in the Velocity ecosystem and $550 million invested in Velocity companies to date.
DMZ helps startups since 2010. DMZ startups operate in an environment that cultivates success. From access to investors, target customers, industry-leading experts and community events, its startups have what they need to scale and succeed as global companies. Form Hero and Life Tales are 2 of the DMZ’s startups.
The UTEST Program is part of U of T’s growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services. In partnership with MaRS Innovation and with the financial support of the Connaught Fund, it provides companies with start-up funding, mentoring, business strategy and office space at the Banting Building at the University of Toronto St. George Campus.
eSAX events are large entrepreneur networking extravaganzas. Held every 3 months, they promote small business and collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce in Ottawa.
8) Invest Ottawa
Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the Cİty of Ottawa and its surrounding region. Its goal is to make Ottawa the most innovative city in Canada.
Invest Ottawa services include startup incubation and mentorship, acceleration for existing companies, global business attraction and local business retention and more.
9) Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton is an entrepreneurial community hub. It connects entrepreneurs and product builders with skills, community and workspace to support them as they take ideas to reality. Since 2009, it has brought together entrepreneurs, developers, students, founders, mentors, & investors to transform ideas into some of Canada’s most exciting and successful startup & scaling companies.
FounderFuel pushes companies to refine their vision, expand their network and rapidly accelerate their output. Groove, Playerize and OpenEra are some of the companies that FounderFuel works with.
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11) Accelerator Centre
The Accelerator Centre is an award winning startup accelerator/incubator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive technology firms, commercializing advanced research emerging from academic institutions, and enabling corporations to pursue innovative initiatives. It’s accelerator program offers a 2 year, milestone based program and one-on-one mentorship that is proven to help startups grow faster.
12) Launch Academy
Launch Academy is an early-stage tech incubator that provides entrepreneurs with the mentorship, resources, network and environment they need to launch, fund and grow their startups.
Since 2012, Launch Academy has incubated over 500 companies that have collectively raised over $100 million and created more than 1000 jobs. As a nonprofit leader that’s focused on community impact, Launch Academy aims to train and support more than 100,000 entrepreneurs by 2025.
It finds, funds and fosters innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Established in 1995 and based in Halifax, Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. Target industries include information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology.
Early stage investment is at the core of our business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to accelerate their companies.
Ideaboost is a Toronto-based business accelerator and startup community for companies that are building the next generation of technology-based media and entertainment products, services, and brands.
Ideaboost supports innovative companies whose success will produce jobs and contribute to Canada’s place in the global media industry for generations to come. Ideaboost has supported 20 startups, and another 30 companies in its affiliate programs since 2012 when it was launched by the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab.
15) Propel ICT
Propel ICT delivers two Accelerators, Launch and Build. Both are comprised of a 12-week intensive program, beginning with a call for applications and then shortlisted for Selection Camp that competitively chooses companies for entry into the Accelerator.
Launch is a pre-revenue startup accelerator focused on helping companies validate, develop and launch their startup.
The Build Accelerator is a startup accelerator program focused on early revenue startups, those who have progressed beyond the idea phase with initial market traction, and are developing the entrepreneurial skills required to grow the company with a strong emphasis on sales and marketing at scale.
16) Creative Destruction Lab
CDL helps innovators transition from science projects to high-growth companies. It is a seed-stage program. It focuses on the transition phase from pre-seed to seed-stage funding. Thalmic Labs, Nymi, Charge Spot, Pet Bot are some examples of the companies that CDL works with.
Highline is a Canadian based pre-seed vc that supports early stage technology companies that are working hard to bring the future to life. It brings access to a premium network for its founders, helping them benefit from support that spans both of North America’s coasts.
It is a VC-backed company with not only great pre-seed investment track record, but also a proven method to effectively connect relevant startups to Fortune 500 strategic roadmaps.
18) The Venture Center
The Venture Center takes a decidedly pro-business approach to entrepreneurism. It connects powerful ideas to viability, creating real jobs and boosting the knowledge-based economy in Arkansas. In the first three years, its member companies have created more than 445 jobs, generated $28 million in revenue and have raised a combined $39 million in capital.
19) Next Canada
It provides its most promising innovators and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to create impact. Mentorship. Founder Development. Capital. Incredible Network. Aquova, Orello, Mahini are examples of its ventures.
For Startup Founders who need help commercializing their wireless technology innovations, Wavefront provides formalized business training, dedicated mentorship, engineering services and partnership opportunities. Its programs include our Venture Acceleration Program, National Entrepreneurship Program, RevUp for early stage and scaling up Startups, and its Global Market Entry Program for export ready companies (Small-Medium Enterprises).
And here is the alphabetic list:
1) Accelerate Okanagan
2) Accelerator Center
4) Anges Quebec
6) B4Change Social Venture
7) BC Innovation Council
8) Bienterprise Corporation
9) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
10) Biomedical Commercialization Canada Inc
11) Biomedical Zone
12) Blueline Bioscience
13) BrightSpark Ventures
14) Brunswick Business Incubator
15) Business Development Center
16) Business Link
18) Canada’s Music Incubator
19) Canadian Innovation Centre
20) Capital Investment Networks
22) Centech ETS
23) Centre d’enterprises et d’innovation de Montreal
24) Cleantech North
25) Cobalt Connects
26) Community Innovation Lab
29) Creative Destruction Lab
31) Digital Nova Scotia
32) Discovery Foundation
33) Discovery Parks
34) District3 Innovation
35) Driven Accelerator Group
37) Empowered Startups
38) Execution Labs
39) Expansion Quebec
40) Extreme Accelerator
41) Extreme Venture Partners
42) Flow Ventures
43) Food Starter
44) Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Center
45) Founder Institute
47) Founders Canada
48) Futurpreneur Canada
50) Generator at One
51) Genesis Centre
52) Genesis Inc
53) Genesys Venture Inc
54) Grit Ventures
56) Haliburton Creative Business Incubator
60) Imagination Catalys OCADU
62) Incubateur J
63) Incubes Investor Network
64) Inno Centre
67) Innovacorp Tech Innovation Centre
68) Innovate Calgary
69) Innovate Manitoba
70) Innovate Niagara
71) Innovation Factory
72) Innovation PEI
73) Innovation York
74) Institute B
75) Interface Health
76) Invest Ottawa
78) Kinetic Cafe
80) Latam Hub Toronto
81) Launch Academy
82) Launch180 Accelerator
83) Launchpad PEI
84) Legal Innovation Zone
86) MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
87) Manitoba Technology Accelerator
88) Mantella Venture Partners
89) McMaster Innovation Park
90) Montreal New Tech
91) Montreal Technopark
92) Multiplicity TO
93) New Ventures BC
94) Next Canada
95) Northern Alberta Business Incubator
96) Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre
97) Notman House
98) Okanagan Research and Innovation Center
100) Ontario Centers of Excellence
101) Open Sky Incubator
102) Planet Hatch
103) Pond-Deshpande Centre
104) PowerHaus Application
105) Propel ICT
106) Pycap Accelerator
107) Research Innovation Commercialization Centre
108) Rogers Ventures
109) Round 13 Capital
110) Ryerson Digital Media Zone
111) Ryerson Futures
113) Small Business Accelerator Program
114) Smart Virtual Incubation Winnipeg
115) Spark Center
116) Spring Vancouver
118) Start up Zone PEI
119) Startup Canada
120) Startup Edmonton
121) Startup Fredericton
122) Startup Ottawa
123) Startup Zone
124) TEC Edmonton
125) Tandem Lauch
126) Tech Alliance
128) The Code Factory
129) The Collective 12 | 12
130) The Company Lab
131) The Generator
132) The Launch Pad
133) The Next Founders
134) The Peer Project
135) The Scaleup Project
136) The Venture Center
137) Toronto Business Development Center
138) University of Toronto-Impact Center
139) Velocity Waterloo
140) Venn Innovation
143) Wavefront Vancouver
144) Wetech Alliance
145) X-1 Accelerator
146) York Entrepreneurship Development Institute Accelerator
147) Zone Startups Calgary
149) iBoost Zone
Resarcher : Cemre Kalender
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