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 of Excellence (, which is funded by the Ontario government, Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development – from startup companies, to rapidly growing SMEs, to large global players – to create greater numbers of successful global businesses for Ontario and for Canada.

Startup, Accelerators & Incubators

Events Hosted by Communitech

Tech Leadership Conference
The largest annual all-day gathering of tech decision makers. It’s about creating market expectations and establishing Waterloo Region as the best place on the planet for tech companies to start,... more

News on Communitech

Oregon Taps Waterloo’s IMS to Drive Change on Road-Usage Fees
Oregon hopes to get a lot of mileage out of a palm-sized device made by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems in Waterloo. IMS and Sanef ITS of New York have teamed up to equip the... more
Solve a Problem, Find a Business
It was a punch list that ignited Lauren Hasegawa’s innovative mind and changed her career path. A punch list, in case you’re wondering, is a list of remaining tasks as a construction... more
Innovation Highway gets Stronger with Toronto-Waterloo Partnership
Communitech, the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ) and OneEleven announced yesterday a reciprocal agreement that provides member companies access to one other’s facilities and... more
Communitech Retires HYPERDRIVE in Favor of Sales Accelerator Named Rev
Late last year Communitech's HYPERDRIVE welcomed applications for their fifth cohort with a new investment thesis, one that gave priority to companies with female co-founders. This morning the... more
TD Bank Announces Innovation Agreement with Communitech
TD Bank has signed a five-year agreement with Communitech to explore innovation. The new agreement covers a range of opportunities, including entrepreneurship, growth, international business... more
Manulife Opens RED Lab in Communitech Hub to Innovate Financial Services
Last week Manulife and Communitech announced the opening of the RED Lab within the Communitech Hub. The RED Lab will focus on exploring and prototyping different technology solutions for Manulife,... more
How Watching Too Much TV Turned into a Fashionable Career Change
Ever have that moment where you realize that you spend way too much time watching TV? Sarah Juma did – and she proved it is possible to turn all that tube watching into something productive,... more
Canadian Government Announces Which Startup Accelerators Will Get Funding Under CAIP
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the organizations that have been chosen to advance in the selection process for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). He made the... more
An Interview with TechStars CEO David Cohen During His Visit to Canada
From its first 10-company cohort in Boulder, Colorado in 2006, Techstars has grown into a world-leading accelerator with operations in seven startup communities—six in the US and one in the... more
University of Guelph Lighting up Toronto with Tech-driven Art Installation
A forest of clustered light poles, with bright orbs that slowly change colours, will soon light up one of Toronto’s darker neighbourhoods. The installation, called Nyctophilia, involves... more
Q&A With PiinPoint CEO Jim Robeson, Waterloo Region’s Latest YC Grad
PiinPoint knows location and patterns are the keys to retail success. The team announced Monday that they are now backed by Y Combinator, and that they have raised additional investment. They will... more
Velocity Startup PiinPoint Announces Y Combinator Backing
PiinPoint has received funding from Y Combinator after becoming the seventh Waterloo Region startup to complete the prestigious California-based accelerator program. On top of gaining YC... more
Hyphen Services Turns Science Fiction into Fact by Lifting 3D Printing Above the Hype
These days, science fiction seems less fiction than science. Stepping into the Christie Digital HIVE at the Communitech Hub is almost like entering a simpler version of the Star Trek Holodeck.... more
One Year In, Canadian Tire Innovations is Blossoming
Venturing into unknown territory is risky, but Canadian Tire Innovations (CTi) packed wisely for the journey it has taken over the last 12 months. When Craig Haney launched CTi in the... more
Former Automaker Magnate Turns to Canadian Startup Scene with an Eye to Investment
Ex-Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda ditched the auto industry for the startup world and now is eyeing the Waterloo region for potential investments. Anthony Reinhart interviewed LaSorda about... more
Dejero Labs: Owning the Live-broadcast Podium
The Winter Olympics in Sochi proved to be not only a win for Canadian athletes, but also for a Waterloo tech company. Since the beginning of February, Dejero Labs has been in Russia, setting up... more
Canadian Organizations Join Forces to Launch Open Data Institute to Foster Open Government
The Canadian Digital Media Network, the University of Waterloo, Communitech, OpenText and Desire2Learn today announced the creation of the Open Data Institute. The Open Data Institute, which... more
A Founder-led Greenhouse Where Startups Grow
With bare white walls, unpolished floorboards and a fire pole from the second to the ground floor, the small green house in downtown Kitchener feels more like a kid’s tree fort. The orange... more
Strengthening the Nodes: The Innovation Highway Explained at Series 401
When you think about highway 401, traffic and commuting is most likely the first thing that comes to mind. For John Ruffolo, its innovation. CEO of OMERS Ventures, Ruffolo kicked off an event last... more
Ontario Government Commits $15 Million to Waterloo Innovation Hub, Communitech
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa this week announced that the provincial government has comitted to investing $15 million in Communitech over the next three years. Sousa visited the... more
Why BlackBerry Laying Off 4,000 Canadians Might Actually be Good for Our Economy
Last month BlackBerry confirmed plans to lay off a staggering 4,500 employees worldwide, most of them in Canada, including its headquarters in Waterloo. The 45% workforce reduction means... more
Motorola Opens Office in Waterloo Near Google and BlackBerry
On the heels of BlackBerry announcing that it will cut 4,500 jobs within the next year, competing smartphone maker Motorola is setting up shop just 10 minutes away from the company's global... more
Waterloo's Communitech Selected as Only Canadian Hotspot to Join Google Tech Hub Network
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... more
Battling with Gratitude: When Perspective is the Best Medicine
Some might say that Scott Barker and Jim Moss are determined. Some may even go so far to call them stubborn. Describe them as you will, but their similar journey from pro athlete to battling... more
Harper Government Supports Project Aimed at Advancing Women in the Canadian Digital Economy
Yesterday the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced support through the Women in Technology Projects initiative to Communitech to provide more... more
Communitech Launches Data.Base, the World's First Structured Big Data Ecosystem
Communitech has launched Data.Base, which it claims is the world's first structured big data ecosystem. Data.Base, a collaboration amongst government, academia, and the private sector formerly... more
Communitech Tweaks Hyperdrive Ahead of Third Cohort
Waterloo-based Communitech announced recently that it's making some changes to its Hyperdrive accelerator ahead of its third cohort of startups. Here are the changes being made to Hyperdrive:... more
Intel Opens Technology Lab in Waterloo to Fuel Canadian Digital Media Innovation
This week, the Intel Developer Zone opened in Waterloo. The zone is a lab for digital media developers based in the Communitech Hub, providing them with access to Intel technology and... more
Wavefront and Communitech Forge Collaboration Designed to Accelerate Tech Startups in Canada
Wavefront and Communitech this week announced a collaboration agreement. Wavefront, a centre of excellent for wireless commercialization and research, and Communitech, a member of the CDMN... more
Communitech Hyperdrive Opens Applications for Third Cohort
Communitech's Hyperdrive incubator has opened applications for its third cohort of startups. Since its creation a year ago, Hyperdrive has admitted 18 companies in two cohorts of a $30-million... more
Canadian Startup Dandy Launches Open Beta for Community-based App Development
Waterloo-based startup Dandy has launched its app development platform in private beta, with plans to open to the public next week. The company is part of the Hyperdrive program in Waterloo,... more
Canadian Tire Wants to Think Like a Startup, Joins Communitech
Most startups want to become big companies. It's not often that big companies want to become startups. Or at least think like startups. That's the case for Canadian Tire, whose chief technology... more
Thorsten Heins, Seth Godin to Speak at Communitech 2013 Tech Leadership Conference
Communitech has lined up an impressive roster of keynote speakers for this year's Tech Leadership Conference in Kitchener on March 7. Thorsten Heins, chief executive officer of BlackBerry, which... more
Waterloo's Hyperdrive Announces Second Cohort of Startups
Despite a small population, Waterloo has been recognized one of the world's best startup ecosystems and praised by well-respected investors. In 2007, the city hosted 443 technology companies and... more
What's in Your Water, Waterloo? Startup Legend Praises Canadian City's Entrepreneurs
Waterloo has made a name for itself on a global scale by punching well above its weight class. Despite a small population, the scrappy city has been recognized one of the world's best startup... more
Google and Communitech Collaborate to Boost Canadian Startup Ecosystem
Google Canada and Communitech today announced a partnership to help mentor and grow a new generation of successful Canadian-led technology companies. "Google has been a great corporate supporter... more
Communitech's Hyperdrive Program Casts Net Across Canada for Startups
Communitech's Hyperdrive program is hosting startup recruiting events in Vancouver and Toronto this month to encourage applications from some of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. The... more
Canadian Accelerators Look to US for Cloud Infrastructure
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... more
Another Dragons' Den Deal Dies in Due Diligence
We've been telling you for awhile that CBC Dragon's Den deals aren't all they're cracked up to be. Just because a Dragon or two agrees to give entrepreneurs X number of dollars for a Y stake in... more
City of Waterloo to Host Job Centre in October for Laid-off RIM Employees
The City of Waterloo will host a job centre for laid-off Research In Motion employees at City Hall starting in mid-October should city councillors approve the plan. Local organization Communitech... more
Ontario Government Partners with RIM to Help Laid Off Tech Workers in Waterloo
This summer we've talked a lot about how Waterloo's technology industry is thriving, even in the face of adversity. In fact, Waterloo recently dubbed itself Canada's top innovation hub. But with... more
Communitech Adds One More Startup to Hyperdrive Accelerator's Inaugural Cohort
Earlier this week we revealed the seven Canadian startups that qualified for Communitech's Hyperdrive accelerator program, including Buildcircle, Coachd, and StampMe. But apparently an eighth... more
Communitech Unveils First Seven Startups for Hyperdrive Accelerator Program
Communitech today announced the first cohort of companies participating in Hyperdrive, its $30 million startup accelerator. The first cohort consists of seven startups. Hyperdrive is designed to... more
There are 1,200 Job Openings in Waterloo's Tech Space Right Now. Here are Five Worth Checking Out
According to Karen Gallant, senior director of talent networks at Communitech, there are 1,200 job openings right now in the Waterloo tech community. With news last week that RIM is set to lay off... more
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,... more
Communitech's HYPERDRIVE Joins FounderFuel and JOLT in TechStars Canadian Network
Last month Techvibes reported that Toronto's JOLT had become a member of the Global Accelerator Network (formerly TechStars network). The Global Accelerator Network (GAN) is an alliance championed... more
Here are the High-Profile Funders Behind Communitech's $30 Million Hyperdrive Incubator
Hyperdrive is Communitech's new $30 million technology startup incubator based in Ontario. When it was first announced a week ago, Communitech didn't reveal any of the funders. Today, they have.... more
Buckle Up: Communitech Puts Canadian Innovation into Hyperdrive with $30 Million Fund for Tech Startups
Waterloo-based Communitech, a regional hub for the commercialization of technologies, has launched a new program called Hyperdrive. This initiative is a $30-million wallet for high-potential... more
Arianna Huffington Among Thought Leaders at Communitech Tech Leadership Conference 2012
Big names, big news, big influence. That's what can be expected at the annual Communitech Tech Leadership Conference slated for April 10. The event is sure to ignite innovation and challenge the... more
Government of Canada Invests $5 Million in Jobs, Growth and Innovation in Southern Ontario
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced a contribution of up to $5 million for the... more
Check Out This Totally Unassuming House in Waterloo That's Secretly Incubating Significant Startups
There is nothing extraordinary about the Batavia House. On the outside, anyway. But inside the six-bedroom bungalow on Batavia Place, it's all about the extraordinary. Financial Post Tech Desk... more
Open Text Chairman Tom Jenkins Inducted to Order of Canada
Open Text Chairman Tom Jenkins was inducted into the Order of Canada last week. Tom has been closely involved with many projects in the area over the past several years. A decade ago, Tom... more
Communitech's Hub responsible for $500 Million in deals in Year One
Waterloo's Communitech announced yesterday that they have played a "key role" in tech company deals totaling more than $500 million and the emergence of 164 new digital media companies during the... more
Waterloo's Communitech hosts career fair to help displaced RIM employees
Waterloo's Communitech has announced that they are hosting Tech Vibe Career Fairs later this month to help displaced RIM employees connect with other tech companies in Waterloo Region who are... more
Do Business Accelerators Work?
Leaders of three Canadian business accelerators painted a very clear picture of what it takes to succeed—strong connections with the surrounding tech community, industry involvement,... more
Communitech’s Venture Services Program expands to meet Waterloo tech growth
Waterloo's Communitech announced this morning that their Venture Services program is expanding to support the growing number of startups relying on Communitech for commercialization expertise. The... more
Communitech Tech Leadership Conference showcases 12 up-and-comers
Twelve tech companies on the brink of breakthroughs will be showcased in the Tech Expo at Communitech’s annual Tech Leadership Conference at Bingeman’s Conference Centre on Wednesday,... more
The Accelerator Centre and Communitech team up in Waterloo
The Waterloo Region just became an even better place to start a business. Early-stage companies now have access to seamless support services from both the Accelerator Centre (AC) in the Research +... more
Ontario offers foreign students scholarships; should those scholarships be going to students born in Ontario?
The Province of Ontario has recently announced the Ontario Trillium Scholarships, which are designed to attract international talent to Ontario universities. Representatives from the South Ontario... more
Communitech steps it up with Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo
Communitech is stepping it up a notch this year as their celebrate their 7th annual Entrepreneur Week. “Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo Region is all about networking between founding... more
Ontario's Digital Media Hub opens for Business in Kitchener
In March Ontario announced $100 Million in provincial support for a major digital media innovation centre in downtown Kitchener. Today the Communitech Hub has officially opened for business and... more
Waterloo Tech Sector jumps by 21% in 2 Years
According to the 2010 edition of the Waterloo Region Tech Directory and State of the Industry report, company growth in the Waterloo Region has jumped 21% over the past two years. The full... more
Google relocates KW offices to downtown Kitchener
Kitchener will play host to Google soon, as the internet behemoth relocates its offices from UWaterloo's Research and Technology Park to downtown Kitchener's Tannery District. This is the second... more
Communitech heats up Conference with Keynote from Ashley Madison Founder
What do the founder of the Ashley Madison Agency (Tagline: Life is Short. Have an affair.), a Harvard business professor, and a best-selling business author have in common? They are all keynote... more
Waterloo Tech Companies tapping Ottawa Talent Pool to fill Jobs
On April 21st Communitech is heading to the nation's capital to look for talent with its 'Get a Life in Waterloo Region' recruitment effort on behalf of 700 tech companies from Waterloo.... more
Maple Inc. and Communitech a-buzz with new offices
Talk about aggressive expansions, two Waterloo scions of technological wizardry seem all set to open up new offices in a bid to capture and stabilize a growing activities base. Waterloo-based Maple... more
Here's how you can fast track to entrepreneurial success at UWateroo this summer
The University of Waterloo's VeloCity residence looks all set to hold its VeloCity Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (VEB), a first-of-its-kind residence-based program to be launched this summer. The... more
Digital Media Gets a Home in Downtown Kitchener's The Tannery
Early this week Communitech announced that The Tannery in downtown Kitchener will become the "centre for innovation in digital media." The Hub will offer not only office space, but a collaborative... more
UW to host residence-based Young Entrepreneur Bootcamp
The folks in Waterloo are at it again. This summer the University of Waterloo is launching the VeloCity Entrepreneur Bootcamp (VEB), where Canada's most promising young entrepreneurs can come to... more
Communitech hosts Entrepreneur Week
From November 16th - 22nd, Communitech is hosting Entrepreneur Week - "North America’s biggest innovation festival dedicated to entrepreneurial spirit".  The week-long festival features... more
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s Breakfast Presentation
Apple co-founder, Steve Woznaik recently gave a presentation at a Communitech technology breakfast event last week held in Kitchener. Woz has been giving a lot of presentations lately to help... more
National Post Article Names Waterloo As Ontario’s New Tech Capital
Last week the National Post ran an article titled, Technology the new engine of central Canada. The article offers a mix of stories about Waterloo’s tech start up culture and looks at the... more
Digital Media Corridor gets funding
Communitech and the Stratford Institute of the University of Waterloo announced today that they have been awarded $10.7 million from Ottawa to establish the "Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital... more
Communitech Breakfast With Brent Mooney - Senior VP of Allstream
The Waterloo Region Technology Association, Communitech, will be hosting another of its "Breakfast with the Boss" events this Wednesday from 7:30 - 9:00am at the Kitchener Children Museum. The... more
Lunchtime Accounting Bootcamp in Waterloo
Gary Will of WatStart reminded tech startups in Waterloo today that there is a free accounting bootcamp tomorrow (Oct. 29th) from 11am to 1pm at the Accelerator Centre. The session will look at tax... more
Founders & Funders coming to Waterloo
The folks at Communitech are helping coordinate a Founders & Funders event for Waterloo to take place on Ocotober 9th during Entrepreneur Week. Founders & Funders is a social event aimed... more
The Long Tail in Waterloo
Exciting news in Waterloo. Apparently Communitech has secured Chris Anderson as their keynote speaker for their 2008 Tech Leadership Conference which takes place on May 1st. Communitech's annual... more

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