The Accelerator Centre Announces Third AC Jumpstart Cohort

Accelerator Centre

Twenty-six companies in the Waterloo region just got a boost.

The Accelerator Centre, a Waterloo-based network of facilities dedicated to commercializing technology startups, announced the third cohort for its AC JumpStart Program.

The JumpStart Program, which is funded through an $8 million commitment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo, began in January 2015. Including this cohort, three cohorts of companies have participated in the program this year.

Along with $30,000 in seed funding, the chosen startups will receive $10,000 worth of mentorship over the next 12 months, and access to market research and investor connections. “What really stands out about the companies coming into the program is how diversified they are,” said Andrew Jackson, VP of client services at the Accelerator Centre. “As the ecosystem matures we’re really seeing a greater depth in our entrepreneurs, both in how they bring together hardware and software, and in the range of industries they’re working in, from financial services and medical to sports, travel and business.”

The cohort includes:

    CoinValue — coin valuation software and hardware developer

    Digital Governance Group — real-time political engagement software platform

    Dimples — customized 3D printed jewellery

    Eleven-X — cellular IoT hardware and software

    English Never Stops — cloud-based peer-to-peer language acquisition platform

    FishBuoy — Software offering real-time water and environmental conditions to anglers

    Fidget Toys — developers of a multifunctional stress-relief toy

    Find BoB — online marketplace easing the transfer of financial business ownership

    HealthIM — standardizing hospital admission processes for persons with mental illness

    HH Development — data management solution for professional motorsports

    Horizon Solutions — helping building owners improve energy efficiency

    InkSmith – Manufacturing filament (ink) for 3D printing using bioplastics and 100% recycled materials

    iSports Development — software platform connecting professional and amateur athletes

    Kineris — wearable devices that speed recovery from joint injury or surgery

    Local Line — connecting local food suppliers to customers

    Massuni — allows users to easily design customized furniture that meets their exact needs

    OneIRIC — sports tech manufacturer

    Palette — platform of physical input devices for improving creative workflow

    Pressa — developing a water bottle allowing users to naturally flavour water

    Streetcast — mobile platform that allows organizations to communicate with local residents and visitors

    TaaCam — virtual reality (VR) and higher dimensional (3D/4D) digital image or video solution

    Thalo — revolutionizing the way information is displayed on portable devices

    UCIC — enables users to see any place in the world in real-time by connecting people.

    Vidhub — platform for profs, students and researchers to have discussions in a sandboxed environment.

    VIV Life Group — helps people discover meaningful experiences that are curated just for them

    zpharm — medical tech company focused on smoking cessation

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.