Industry Partners & Ecosystem Participants
The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is the Canadian industry association for Angel investors, groups, networks, funds and others with an active interest in building competitive seed and early-stage Canadian companies. These investors, who together make up the Canadian Angel-asset class, are estimated to invest from $500 million up to $1 billion in Canadian early-stage companies.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals, and also supports and invests in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial.
The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is the leading professional and trade association focused on fueling the success of accredited angel investors and portfolio companies in high-growth, early-stage ventures. ACA is the voice of the Angel industry, providing comprehensive services in support of members working in Angel groups, through portals and individually. ACA provides professional development, public policy advocacy and significant benefits and resources to its membership of 220 Angel groups and more than 12,000 individual accredited investors.
Founded in Waterloo Region by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies, supporting and building a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that generates more than $30 billion in annual revenue. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, which is funded by the Ontario government, Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development -- from startups to rapidly-growing mid-size companies to large global players. Its goal is to create greater numbers of successful global businesses for Ontario and Canada.
The Funding Portal is an e-commerce platform that provides one-window access to all sources of government funding, including grants, tax incentives and other incentives programs, and sources of private financing to support the innovation and growth objectives of companies, hospitals, universities, charities and non-profits. Backed by some of Canada’s top business brands including KPMG, RBC, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Angel Investors Ontario and MaRS, The Funding Portal provides a national bilingual portal as called for in the Jenkins Report on federal R&D and the Drummond Report in Ontario.
The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster is an independent not-for-profit organization that serves to strengthen Peterborough’s regional innovation capacity by bridging the gap between scientific research and business. The Innovation Cluster brings together talent, knowledge, and investment to drive innovation-based economic growth and high-tech job creation across the Peterborough region. The Innovation Cluster supports clients’ commercialization efforts, facilitates value-adding partnerships, guides the protection of new intellectual property, leverages publicity, and provides access to funding and public and private investment.
Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world’s leading business Angel and Venture Capital associations, and powers over 1,000 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 200,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 45,000 individual accredited investors.
HalTech, as a Regional Innovation Centre, brings the resources of ONE to the partnerships it creates with clients and businesses. A collaborative network of organizations across Ontario, ONE’s goal is to connect clients to services and programs to innovate and gain a competitive advantage. Working with ONE provides HalTech with access to successful innovators and educators across the province contributing knowledge, experience and expertise to our clients’ success.
[IN]cubes is a Toronto-based incubator and accelerator that sources emerging entrepreneurs and talented start-up teams, and graduates qualified businesses with innovative products and ideas towards their first round of capital. [IN]cubes connects with the most forward-thinking and grassroots Canadian talent, with the goals of transforming their new and disruptive technologies into international sensations.
Innovate Niagara helps entrepreneurs in high-growth industries to start, grow and succeed. Founded on the principle of “innovation through collaboration,” Innovate Niagara provides a single access point to match clients with services to suit their needs through a suite of in-house programs, resource partners and network of incubation facilities.
Building a start-up is hard, but have no fear. Multiplicity is here to help. Multiplicity a not-for-profit group supporting education in the Toronto start-up community. Multiplicity proudly hosts a seminar and workshop series where local community experts share their knowledge on tactical, practitioner based topics that can be implemented quickly to help you solve problems and accelerate growth to improve success.
Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (Northumberland CFDC) is a not-for-profit business development corporation dedicated to providing financing and strategy for entrepreneurs. Northumberland CFDC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals delivering an array of entrepreneurial development programs funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. Northumberland CFDC manages an investment fund dedicated to business start up and expansion, and runs the $100,000 annual N100 Start-Up Competition.
The Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO®) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization engaged in the development of an integrated health innovation economy for Ontario, and one that will become a global leader in providing health technology products and services to the international marketplace. The OBIO Capital Access Advisory Program (CAAP™) operates downstream from other programs and targets the critical issue of access to capital for bioscience companies at the Series A to later stages of venture financing. Companies work closely with the CAAP Steering Committee of North American Venture Capitalists and a team of CAAP Advisors to address unique goals and objectives to position them for financing success.
The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre is an incubator that helps entrepreneurs fast-track their business to market. As a ONE Network partner, RIC Centre offers a comprehensive range of supporting activities for entrepreneurs including one-on-one coaching, practical training, and networking events. RIC Centre has been recognized by the Ministry of Research and Innovation as the go-to innovation portal for Peel Region. By working with technology entrepreneurs in Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies, RIC Centre provides key connections to help innovative technologies become thriving businesses.
The Small Business Enterprise Centre is a premier resource centre helping local enterprising people start and grow their businesses, and meet their entrepreneurial aspirations. The Centre is one of 57 offices located across Ontario providing support to new and existing businesses during their start-up, development, retention and operation. The Centre supports the Towns of South Georgian Bay and include the Town of Collingwood, the Town of The Blue Mountains, Clearview Township, and the Town of Wasaga Beach. Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) and community-based provider is an innovative partnership with the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment (the Province) and municipal governments.
Spark Centre provides free advisory services to early stage or growing innovation and technology companies. Executive coaching, functional advisory, co-location, incubation and day to day operational support are just a few of the services available.Spark Centre’s Experiential Programs, Business and Advisory Services and Industry & Academic Partnerships are available to innovation and technology based businesses in the Durham Region and Northumberland County.