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Industry Support

Waterloo is full of organizations that can help your company grow and innovate.

Academic Institutions

University of Waterloo

It’s Canada’s top tech school, with the largest computer science enrollment among the global top-25 programs. UWaterloo is also home to Canada’s largest engineering school and has been recognized as “Canada’s Most Innovative University” for three decades.

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Wilfrid Laurier University

An excellent university with strengths in both arts and business, Wilfrid Laurier University is home to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, which has programs focused on managing tech companies.

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Conestoga College

One of Canada’s top polytechnic institutes, Conestoga College produces work-ready talent in everything from marketing and tech to skilled trades and engineering. This is the first stop for manufacturers expanding to Waterloo.

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Commercialization Hubs


Canada’s most productive incubator, Velocity’s 400+ graduate companies have raised $4.2 billion in funding and created more than 5,000 jobs since 2008. Velocity helps founders get connections, expertise, capital and more.

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One of Canada’s top innovation hubs, Communitech has led the Waterloo tech community for more than 25 years. They offer programs and support for startups, scale-ups and innovation-focused multinationals.

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Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is Canada’s #1 Private Business Accelerator and in the top-5 globally. They provide entrepreneurs with a community, programming to grow their company and access to a global market.

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Catalyst137 is a world-class hub built for growth-oriented, globally-focused firms. In addition to highly-flexible commercial space options, they provide a suite of services and are now home to the Catalyst Commons co-working space.

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Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX)

Canada’s first industry-led hub, MIX helps medical technology startups in Waterloo scale successfully in Canada and worldwide.

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Google for Startups Accelerator

The first of its kind in Canada, the Google for Startups Accelerator is a ten-week program for Seed to Series A Canadian startups working with machine learning and artificial intelligence. They provide mentorship, technical support, workshops and more.

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