This morning, Waterloo's Communitech joined Google's exclusive Tech Hub Network for entrepreneurs.
The network, which is comprised of seven hubs throughout North America, aims to support entrepreneurs and provide a stimulus for local economies.
Google says that it will support Communitech and the other hubs in the network, both financially and technologically. Hubs will have greater access to Google experts and products, and will participate in a number of Google events each year, according to the company.
"We are honoured to be selected as the only Canadian member of the Google Tech Hub Network," says Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. "There is a long history of collaboration across companies within the Waterloo Region, which Communitech has helped to foster. This network will allow us to collaborate with an entirely new set of partners, leading to more innovation and more successful startups."
Communitech is the only Canadian hub in the network. The other six hubs in the network are CoCo in Minneapolis, MN; 1871 in Chicago, IL; Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, TN; American Underground in Durham, NC; Galvanize in Denver, CO; and Grand Circus in Detroit, MI.
"Google heard consistently from tech hubs that they wanted to be part of a larger network, to learn from each other and collaborate together on ideas. We are happy to facilitate that," noted John Lyman, Head of Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. "Our team has been incredibly impressed with the great work these hubs have done in their cities, and are excited to partner with them to do even more."