Canada’s most entrepreneurial system
Waterloo Region is home to the second-highest density of startup activity in the world with new companies forming every day. R+T Park, the Accelerator Centre, and Velocity collaborate to connect disruptive startups with global leaders.
Waterloo’s Tech Ecosystem
Waterloo Region boasts one of the most innovative and fastest growing entrepreneurial tech ecosystems in the world. With more than 1500 startups, the #1 accelerator in Canada, the largest student incubator in the world, and Canada’s Most Innovative University, Waterloo is taking innovation and entrepreneurship to new heights.
Many of Canada’s biggest success stories, like BlackBerry, OpenText, WatCom, and D2L, all started right here in Waterloo.
Ranked as one of the top incubators in the world, the Accelerator Centre has supported many of Waterloo’s leading tech companies, such as Miovision, Clearpath, TextNow, Axonify, and Top Hat. With a 92 percent Graduate survival rate, the AC has a proven track record as one of the world’s best incubators.
The AC offers a variety of unique programs, such as their Amazon Alexa accelerator, the first voice-tech program in Canada; the TD sustainable Future Program, Ontario’s only CleanTech program, and the AC JumpStart funding program for early stage companies.
The Toronto-Waterloo Connection
Waterloo is the West-side anchor of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor. With over 15,000 tech companies, 200,000 knowledge workers, 5,200 startups, The Corridor is Canada’s centre for fast growing companies developing the latest world-changing innovations.
It’s also one of Canada’s most diverse ecosystems with people from all over the world, speaking over 150 languages, and skills in everything from software to hardware, marketing to organizational development. The Corridor is where research becomes reality, where problems get solved, and where the world starts to change.