SoftLayer’s entrance into Canada is being driven by Softlayer's chief strategy officer and Canadian ex-pat George Karidis who recently wrote about Coming Home to Canada.
Through a partnership with a handful of accelerators, SoftLayer’s Catalyst Program will provide Canada’s most promising startups with IT infrastructure credits, executive mentoring, engineering resources as well as limited financial support.
The Catalyst Program has established relationships with GrowLab, Communitech, Ryerson University Digital Media Zone , Innovation Factory and Extreme Startups, as well as those affiliated with the Ontario Network of Excellence.
Canadian startups will be able to take advantage of IT credits on the SoftLayer platform for one year and receive mentorship and insights into how to build and scale the next killer application or game. They join the hundreds of US companies, from independents to graduates of top tier accelerators including TechStars and Y Combinator.
SoftLayer's Catalyst team is in active discussions with top tier accelerators and incubators in Ottawa and Montreal and will be expanding formally into those areas in early 2013.