CanCon Podcast Ep. 116: Is the party over for Canadian incubators and accelerators?

Wavefront team

Vancouver-based Wavefront “centre of excellence” shut down suddenly this month, entering receivership after running out of money. Innocuous Canadian tech news, perhaps, were it not for the fact that Wavefront had secured significant federal and provincial government funding and support. It’s the latter part that has many people in Canadian tech upset and asking questions.

Firstly, is the incubator/accelerator model unsustainable in Canada? Should there be better vetting of which tech hubs call themselves incubators vs. accelerators (and what’s the difference)? Do government funding programs like CAIP have so much red tape they actually constrict the Canadian tech ecosystem they seek to support? Where’s the public reporting and accountability on the impact of that funding (over all the announced activity)?

And the scariest question (submitted to BetaKit by one source familiar with Canada’s incubator/accelerator ecosystem): could this be a precursor to problems with the Superclusters?

Join us as the CanCon crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; Rob Kenedi, General Manager of TWG New York; Matt Roberts, Partner at ScaleUP Ventures; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – gives Wavefront its last rites before learning about influencer marketing.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 116

Wavefront goes under
Out of money, Wavefront shuts down (read the comments)
People aren’t impressed #1
People aren’t impressed #2 (note: Sunil runs an accelerator)
Mark Evans: Is The Party Over for Startup Incubators and Accelerators?
Great Startup North conversation on the difficulties of the incubator/accelerator business model

What the hell is influencer marketing?
#paid raises $9 million Series A to help you find influencers with AI
Did you know: there are power tool influencers (yep, he’s Canadian)?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “I will remember you” by Sarah McLachlan
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Feature image courtesy Wavefront.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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