So much to celebrate.


Back in 2002, back before doing a "startup" was hardly a recognized term let alone the coolest thing to do, funding was finalized for a Research + Technology park on the North campus of the University of Waterloo. The funding provided for an incubator - a place where research could be commercialized and where entrepreneurs could build new businesses. Now, more than a decade later, that incubator - the Waterloo Accelerator Centre (AC) - celebrates its 10th anniversary.

In this issue of Watch, we are focused on celebrating the AC, its people and its clients.

We sit down for a conversation with AC CEO Paul Salvini, where he reflects on the AC’s first 10 years and what lies ahead.

In from “Days to Minutes” and “Opportunity Bubbles to the Surface", we share the stories of Alaunus and TrafficSoda, the AC’s newly minted 50th and 51st graduates.

We visually explore the spectacular success the AC has achieved since opening its doors to startups in 2006 and its economic impact. 51 graduates from the program. $500M in revenue and investments generated by startups and graduates. 1500 jobs created (most right here in Waterloo Region). More than 25,000 hours of mentorship delivered. And so much more...

Where are they now? Use your mouse wheel to zoom and drag to pan the map. Click on the dropped pin for more information.