Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre has opened its new hardware innovation lab in downtown Kitchener. The lab, which opening shortly after the centre announced the first cohort of its Phase One Program, will provide clients with prototyping and lab space, tools and resources such as 3D printers, as well as access to a loading dock for shipping and receiving.
The facility is run in partnership with the City of Kitchener and ArtsBuild Ontario, an organization that provides local artists with tools and resources to develop creative spaces. MyShop, an industrial makerspace, will also join the Accelerator Centre’s hardware innovation lab, where it will provide users with prototyping tools and training to design and engineer their products.
“We are 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,” said Paul Salvini, the CEO of the Accelerator Centre. “With over 30 percent of the companies we support involved in hardware, IoT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing, it’s critical for us to offer space that meets their unique needs, while at the same time continuing to deliver the excellence in programming and mentorship that we’re renowned for.”
The Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario are hosting a launch event at the hardware innovation lab as part of Startup Open House in Waterloo on October 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 44 Gaukel, where members of the tech and arts industries will showcase their work.
To apply to use the Accelerator Centre’s new hardware innovation space, click here.