Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.
In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. Another expanding focus for OCE is the development of the next generation of innovators through our entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.
Communitech helps tech companies start, grow, and succeed. That’s their mission, mantra, and reason for being. Everything Communiech does ties back to collaboration and helping—values that run deep in this organization.
Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs who wanted to raise the profile of the Waterloo Region tech community. Their vision: more tech talent, a globally-recognized tech sector and better support for companies.
Today, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. Communitech supports companies at all stages of growth and development from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players and we have fun doing it.
The Communitech Hub is the homebase and a clubhouse for the Waterloo Region tech community. The Communitech Hub is 50,000+ square feet dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation. Here Communitech brings together key players—from startups and global brands, to government agencies, academic institutions, tech incubators and accelerators—to create an environment like no other.
Focused on fuelling job creation and company growth, the Hub keeps buzzing well beyond typical business hours. It plays host to events, special guests and other shenanigans, serves as a collaborative office space for a mix of tech and non-tech companies, and as a drop-in space for guests.
OneEleven is over 15,000 square feet of start-up development space in the downtown Toronto core where our region’s brightest minds will have complete access to high performance computing, training and development, industry partnerships, domain expertise, mentorship and financing to create the next generation of data-driven technologies.
The DMZ at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s largest business incubators for emerging tech startups.The top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world. It helps startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs. It is a space and community that encourages, supports and fosters new technologies that transform lives and businesses.
The DMZ is based at Ryerson University, but it is not just for students; this unique community is home to entrepreneurs and innovators of all ages from across Toronto, Canada and the world. Overlooking the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, the DMZ is a hub of innovation and collaboration.
The DMZ opened its doors in April 2010. Then Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy saw the value in creating a space on campus that would encourage students, alumni and young entrepreneurs from the wider community to collaborate, innovate and create. The goal was to forge a home for digital industry and entrepreneurship in Toronto, and keep talent in Canada.
Five years after launching, 236 startups have incubated at the DMZ. They’ve raised $148 million in seed funding and have fostered the creation of more than 2,100 jobs. They have acquired customers, won awards, grown their teams, and developed products and solutions that are positively changing lives and businesses in Canada and abroad.
MaRS Discovery District is dedicated to driving economic and social prosperity by harnessing the full potential of innovation. Since opened in 2005, MaRS has built on a rich legacy to create one of the world’s largest innovation hubs, a 1.5-million-square-foot complex located in the heart of Canada’s largest research cluster in downtown Toronto.
MaRS works with an extensive network of private and public sector partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their innovative companies that are building future startup ventures with a broad economic and societal impact.