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