The Stratford Accelerator Centre is relocating from its Wellington Street headquarters into the University of Waterloo Stratford campus this spring in an effort to foster greater collaboration between students and entrepreneurs.
Making the announcement Wednesday, campus executive director, Ginny Dybenko, said the new initiative creates a unique opportunity—a community based on the networking and collaboration that is critical to entrepreneurial success, with the added benefit of being housed within the highly innovative culture at the campus.
"We’re creating and supporting an environment that will help startups reach their goals through interaction with our students, and our students will benefit through direct access to these entrepreneurs," she added.
With its Master of Digital Experience Innovation and Global Business and Digital Arts programs, the Stratford campus supports business, technology and arts students who have projects that are ideal for commercialization. The move will give the campus direct access to the Accelerator program, an award-winning incubation program for technology startups.
"We are incredibly excited by the potential of blending our startups, experienced team and in-house mentors with Stratford’s students in an on-campus setting," Tim Ellis, CEO of the Accelerator Centre, said.
"The interactions and exchange of ideas that will come from this initiative will strengthen the bond on both sides, providing students with another important avenue for applying their learning, and offering startups access to cutting-edge, digital arts expertise, and a pipeline of strong, up-and-coming talent."
The startups from the Stratford Accelerator Centre are expected to move to the campus at the end of March.