The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce that it has been ranked the #4 University Linked Business Accelerator in the world by UBI Global.

UBI Global is a Stockholm-based research and advisory firm known for its regional and global studies that map and evaluate the business incubator and accelerator landscape. The ranking, based off a benchmarking study that included over 1,370 programs, was announced last night at UBI Global’s biyearly rankings ceremony at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto.

“It is an honour to be ranked the #4 University Linked Accelerator Program,” says CEO Paul Salvini. “The Accelerator Centre’s programming has always been at the forefront of best practices and our clients and graduates have consistently produced high growth, high impact companies. This high performance results in the level of long-term success and sustained economic growth that the Waterloo innovation ecosystem is best known for. ”

Since 2006, the Accelerator Centre has worked with over 400 startups. It’s flagship Accelerator Program has produced 59 graduates that include Canadian grown, global powerhouses like Kik, Axonify, Magnet Forensics, SSIMWAVE, Sortable, Clearpath Robotics, Alert Labs, and Intellijoint and its seed funding program AC JumpStart has provided seed funding to 168 companies across Southwestern Ontario. Accelerator Centre clients have also created 2,500 full-time jobs, attracted $573M in investments and have a combined valuation of $3B+.

“Our amazing community of partners, sponsors, mentors and staff team are a big part of why we have been recognized tonight. We have been working with startups in the Waterloo region for over 10 years, and this community has made it possible to provide the services and support that have helped our clients become successful,” says Clinton Ball, Director of Client Programs and Strategic Initiatives. “We are excited to continue working with the international community through partnerships and licensing our program to share our lessons learned and help grow companies.”

The complete rankings will be made available on February 23, 2018 at:

Accelerator Centre Success Stories

Axonify  – Corporate elearning software designed to meet the modern learning needs of employees. Knowledge growth improving bottom-line business results.

Alert Labs – Smart home water sensors – real time water use, leak detectors & flood sensors. Protect property from water damage. Save money on water bills.

Magnet Forensics  – Global leader in digital investigative technology and was built on a foundation of helping and empowerment to help investigative teams find more evidence and empower them to uncover the truth.

SSIMWAVE – defining the future of video delivery with Viewer Intelligence TM. For the first time in history, video distributors, networks, and studios can take full advantage of digital optimization to deliver The Ultimate Viewing Experience TM to subscribers on any screen, anywhere.