Canadian Accelerators Look to US for Cloud Infrastructure

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Dallas-headquartered cloud infrastructure company SoftLayer Technologies announced this week the expansion of its Catalyst Program into Canada.

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.

Company:
Communitech
Website:
http://www.communitech.ca
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech is located in Waterloo Region, 110 kilometres (66 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in an area that includes the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue. A member of the Ontario Network... more

Company:
GrowLab Ventures Inc.
Website:
http://www.growlab.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GrowLab supports the World's best entrepreneurs through seed funding, office space, mentorship & programming in Vancouver & San Francisco. more

Company:
Extreme Startups
Website:
http://www.extremestartups.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Extreme Startups is a venture backed startup accelerator that supercharges founder development, optimizes product-market fit and graduates fundable companies. Our evolved programs provide an unrivaled combination of seed capital (up to $250K), digital product leadership education and access to a global pool of mentors. Investors and financial partners include Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Relay... more


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