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Canada’s most dynamic tech ecosystem
With hundreds of startups, Canada’s fastest-growing scale-ups and some of the world’s biggest tech companies, Waterloo is the most dynamic tech ecosystem in Canada. Our companies are working on everything from fintech, autotech and artificial intelligence to cybersecurity, cleantech and quantum.
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Waterloo at a Glance

Our vibrant tech ecosystem

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Tech Density

3rd largest technology cluster in North America

Most of what happens in Waterloo’s tech community takes place in a 10km/6.5mi corridor, which is connected by a new and efficient light rail transit system (LRT). Along this LRT line you’ll find the Accelerator Centre, Velocity, Communitech, Google’s Canadian Engineering HQ, offices for McAfee, Ford, SAP, ApplyBoard and Faire, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and, within a short walk, Conestoga College’s tech-focused campus.

Zoom out and you’ll find an exceptional tech cluster – the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor:

  • 15,000 tech companies
  • 5,200+ startups 
  • More than 315,000 tech workers 
  • 16 universities and colleges
  • 8.9 million people speaking 190 languages
  • $370 billion economy

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Canada’s most productive tech incubator, Velocity, was created by the University of Waterloo to help founders build companies that scale.

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Built by founders for founders, Communitech is Canada’s leading innovation hub, supporting a community of more than 1,200 founders.

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Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is Canada’s #1 ranked private business accelerator that helps founders rapidly bring their innovation to life.

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They Choose Waterloo

From global leaders to the next big thing, these companies are building the future in Waterloo

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" The engineering talent we find in Waterloo is the best of the best. "

Jack Dorsey

CEO, Block (formerly Square)

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