There are Now More Than 100 Accelerators and Incubators in Canada

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

At an event this week held by Canada's Venture Capital Association, investors warned that accelerators and incubators are not a be-all and end-all method of taking one's startup to the next level.

There are now 106 accelerators and incubators to choose from in Canada, according to the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, and the level of quality varies tremendously between them.

Research in the US showed that, out of hundreds of accelerators, only three—Y Combinator, TechStars, and Excelerate Labs—consistently produced successful companies upon graduation from their programs.

The rest, overall, failed miserably, according to ReadWriteWeb.

It's important for entrepreneurs to remember that accelerators are just one cog in the machine: getting accepted into one is an achievement, but it's an achievement that guarantees nothing. The task of building a viable technology startup still rests on the shoulders of the founders, and no accelerator can save a doomed startup from drowning in its own ignorance or mistakes.

“The idea of all these programs is to accelerate your business," Fixmo's Rick Segal reminded the audience during the event. "Going through one of these programs to say you went through one of these programs is stupidity."

Consider it like graduating from a school. You're better off but it's up to you to land a killer job, get promotions and raises, and build a successful career. On the same note, the quality of education varies immensely school-to-school, so take the time to find one that's right for you specifically.

It's also beneficial for entrepreneurs to understand the distinct differences between incubators and accelerators before applying to one.

Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The CVCA – Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – represents the majority of private equity companies in Canada, with over 1500 members. CVCA members have over $65 billion in capital under management, in three distinct market segments: Buyout is characterized chiefly by risk investment in established private or publicly listed firms that are undergoing a fundamental change in... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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