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Aerospace Accelerator Program Launched in Region of Waterloo

Aerospace Accelerator Program Launched in Region of Waterloo

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Living in Waterloo Region offers a remarkable perk: easy access to flights spanning the nation and beyond. Thanks to the proximity of the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), travel has become incredibly convenient for residents of the region.

In fact, the Region of Waterloo International Airport is one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada, making it a hot spot for cutting-edge advancements in aerospace and aviation.

Aerospace entrepreneurs will now have a place to text, expand, and amplify their startups at the Accelerator Centre. Awarded as one of the world’s top 5 private business accelerators, the Accelerator Centre offers programs to help startups launch their ideas into reality via mentorship, access to funds, strategies to scale, and more.

Applications for the program are now closed, but we’re excited to see the great ideas that take flight from this program.

Accelerator Centre launches inaugural Aerospace Accelerator Program in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE

Waterloo, ON — Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Aerospace Accelerator in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE. This innovative initiative aims to foster the growth and development of cutting-edge aerospace technologies while contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the region.

The Aerospace Accelerator will run out of the AC’s headquarters in Waterloo and be delivered through a combination of remote and in-person education, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The program will serve as a dynamic hub for startups, entrepreneurs, and established companies in the aerospace sector. The innovative program provides access to potential test facilities, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to the investment community to accelerate the development of innovative aerospace solutions that align with the Region of Waterloo’s aviation and aerospace priorities.

Waterloo Region’s strong aviation and aerospace ecosystem is built on a reputation for top talent, exceptional research capacity and a legacy of manufacturing and tech innovation. The Region is home to a full-service airport (YKF) and is strategically located next to one of Canada’s largest aerospace clusters. With 100+ companies working in materials testing and development, component and aircraft manufacturing and software and sensor technology, Waterloo Region is a leader in aviation and aerospace.

NAVBLUE is a leading services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations solutions and services for airlines and aircraft operators, on the ground and onboard. NAVBLUE combines aircraft manufacturer expertise, flight operations know-how and agile development to enhance operational efficiency, optimize resources and increase productivity, for a safe and sustainable aviation. Entrepreneurs participating in the Aerospace Accelerator will benefit from NAVBLUE’s extensive industry expertise and global network of over 600 customers and 500 employees.

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More about the Accelerator Centre

“The Accelerator Centre is one of several startup incubators in the Waterloo region that can support graduate student entrepreneurs to turn their research into a startup. It provides entrepreneurs and new companies with access to coaching, mentoring, professional management advice, and even services, such as accounting, IP management, high-speed internet access and vital business networks.”
University of Waterloo