Communitech Appoints Big Names in Canadian Tech to Hyperdrive Program

Communitech HYPERDRIVE has added entrepreneurs Ted Hastings and Steven Woods as advisors. Hastings, a serial entrepreneur in online publishing, and Woods, Engineering Director for Google in Canada, are set to share the role of overall business advisors to companies participating in the new $30-million-plus tech incubator program.

"It is our honour to welcome Ted and Steve to the team as they are both great ambassadors of what hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit can achieve," said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. "Their combined track records as successful serial entrepreneurs make them valuable assets and skilled thought leaders equipped to take HYPERDRIVE tech start-ups to the top of their game."

Hastings was named to Canada's prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" list. Woods is a 12-time patent holder and the co-founder of

"They've got the industry experience, they've built many companies and have the international business savvy to be able to advise and coach the companies in a number of areas," said Steve Currie, VP of Venture Services at Communitech. "They can absolutely relate to what all the companies in HYPERDRIVE are going through, and bring real-time examples to the table."

Hastings earned his business administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Woods attained his PhD and Masters in Math from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and currently operates out of Google's Kitchener-Waterloo office.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre in Waterloo Region, supporting a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies. Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development – from startups to rapidly growing mid-sized companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Communitech... more

Communitech HYPERDRIVE
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech HYPERDRIVE is a startup incubator that provides enhanced mentorship and other life cycle services to early-stage tech companies. The goal of the program is to maximize the ability of these companies to commercialize innovations and prepare them for investment opportunities. The program also enables 'soft landings' for experience in foreign markets, and higher visibility for... more

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