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Startup Guide Waterloo

We’re back with another Startup City Guide Waterloo. In this post, we bring you the best startup resources from Waterloo.There are plenty of Waterloo startups that are building great things. While some people refer to Waterloo as “Silicon Valley North”, we like to say it’s certainly the tech hub of Canada. Check out the startup meetups, conferences, funding, women entrepreneur resources, and even places to eat.

Startup Meetups Waterloo 

Communitech Events
Communitech Peer 2 Peer Groups
UX Waterloo
Young Sales Professionals KW
Strategic Marketing Peer2Peer
Communitech Up Coming Events
HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo
F*ckup Nights Kitchener-Waterloo
Tech Waterloo Region
Hacking Health Waterloo
UW Entrepreneurship Society Events
Startups and Beer
KW Ruby Developers
StartupTech Unleashed

Conferences and Annual Events

True North
Waterloo Innovation Summit
Startup Open House
Maker Expo
Drive Conf
Cybercity Conference


Hack the North
ETH Waterloo
WearHacks Waterloo
NASA Space App Challenge

Startup Competitions

University of Waterloo Velocity Fund 5K/25K
The Problem Pitch Competition
Code to Win
Branford Pitch Competition Laurier

Accelerators and Incubators

St. Paul’s Greenhouse
Fierce Founders
Open Sky Ventures
Accelerator Center
Velocity Garage
RBC Entrepreneurial Venture Program Laurier University
Launch Waterloo
Communitech services

Student Entrepreneurship Clubs

Startup Laurier
Entrepreneruship Society University of Waterloo
Product Vision Club

Facebook Groups 

Waterloo Startups


Soft Landing Program 
AC JumpStart Program 30K Funding
Velocity Fund
Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund
Chinese Angel Mentor Program
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
Communitech Outposts

Venture Capital

Garage Capital 
Tech Capital 
Quantum Valley Investment 

Co-working Space

Communitech Hub Co-working
One King North
44 Gaukel
Workplace One
Workhaus Kitchener

Educational Institutions

University of Waterloo
Wilfred Laurier University
Conestoga College

Industry Associations

Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
Waterloo Chamber of Commerce


Communitech Podcast

Meeting Space

Princess Cafe
Smile Tiger
Settlement Waterloo

Places to Visit

St. Jacobs Country
St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market
Waterloo Region Museum

Places to Eat

St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market
The Olde Heidelberg Restaurant & Tavern 

If you know any startup resources in Waterloo we should include here let us know in the comment below.

Eric Rafat

Eric Rafat

Eric Rafat is a passionate founder with expertise in startups, building high-performing teams, and growth marketing. He is a top ranked tennis player and always up for a conversation about startups and tech. Eric also writes on

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