The Comprehensive List of Canadian Incubators and Accelerators

by Rob Lewis

Incubators and Accelerators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. While Incubators and Accelerators may vary in the way they deliver their services, their popularity is at an all time high.

Thanks to Y Combinator and TechStars, the unique combination of funding and mentoring has become a successful model that others think they can replicate. So much so that late last year, TechStars co-founder David Cohen said that we're in a startup accelerator bubble.

But one fact remains true - successful completion of an accelerator program increases the likelihood that a startup will stay in business for the long term.

So, where does this leave Canadian tech entrepreneurs looking to get their new business idea accelerated with funding and mentorship?

A handful of Canadians have had success through Y Combinator and TechStars. And even with the new kid on the block 500Startups. But competition for these programs is tougher than ever and not everyone wants to head south to prove themselves.

For those entrepreneurs that want to stick close to their Canadian roots, there are options that are worth investigating. Below is Techvibes comprehensive list (well, not quite yet but with your suggestions in the comments it will be soon) of Canadian Incubators and Accelerators.

Incubators and Accelerators that provide funding:


Flow Ventures, Montreal

FounderFuel, Montreal

Tandem Launch Technologies, Montreal

Year One Labs, Montreal


Mercury Launch, Ottawa

Extreme University, Extreme Venture Partners, Toronto

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, Toronto

Velocity, University of Waterloo, Waterloo

British Columbia:

GrowLab, Vancouver

institute B, Vancouver

Incubators and Accelerators that do not provide funding:


Accelerator Centre, Waterloo

Communitech Venture Services Program, Waterloo

OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre, Ottawa

British Columbia:

Centre for Growth, BCTIA, Vancouver

entrepreneurship@UBC, UBC & BCIC, Vancouver

entrepreneurship@UVIC, UVIC & BCIC, Victoria

Wavefront, Vancouver

Accelerate Okanagan, Kelowna

TIMES Ventures Innovation Incubator, SFU, Vancouver

Discovery Parks Generator Program, Vancouver

Outside of Canada but exclusively available to Canadians:

CTA@SF, Trade Commissioner Service and RocketSpace, San Francisco, CA, USA

CTA@Plug-and-Play, Trade Commissioner Service and the Plug and Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Once again, if we're missed anybody please make suggestions in the comments and we'll update in real-time.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Wavefront is the national centre of excellence for wireless commercialization accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada. Wavefront improves speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and wireless technologies by providing emerging companies with a suite of WaveGuide™ training, mobile industry advisory services, incubation services, testing resources and market... more

Flow Ventures
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Flow Ventures invests in and accelerates startups. Our unique model combines financing, strategy and hands-on operational services designed to grow new ventures quickly and efficiently. At Flow, you’ll work with experienced technology entrepreneurs who have built, financed and managed high-growth companies. Flow can accelerate your startup by operating key areas of your startup including... more

Extreme Venture Partners
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Extreme Venture Partners is focused on providing early stage venture capital. We recognize that sometimes all that is needed to propel a good idea into greatness is a small amount of funding and support from a seasoned team of technology and business alumnus. We bring together the agility and eagerness of an angel investor with the structure and support of venture capitalists. more

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages... more

Year One Labs
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We provide funding, hands-on operational help, guidance and a strategic curriculum to help initiate, co-create and accelerate startups. Technology is moving faster than ever. As the cost of launching new ventures drops, more and more startups throw themselves out there, only to find that there’s a lot of work “post-launch.” Today, startups don’t fail because of technical challenges; rather,... more

institute B
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

institute B is a new skool incubator and business accelerator. We are entrepreneurs who develop entrepreneurs. We have been in the trenches. We have put our skin in the game. We don't study entrepreneurs — we ARE entrepreneurs. Our model is success-based; we work together with you for long term results and often only take fees based on successful results. more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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