Number of partners
Vancouver, British Columbia
President and CEO
Peter van der Gracht
Founding Donor and Director, e@UBC
Canada has a long history of global leadership in telecommunications. Maintaining this leadership in an increasingly wireless world depends in large part on the success of hundreds of small and medium-sized homegrown companies. A critical issue for these companies is how to identify and connect with the resources, partners and opportunities needed to commercialize new products and services, and expand into new international markets. In 2007, Vancouver-based business accelerator Wavefront broke new ground with a suite of services that began helping companies in British Columbia. Four years later, the centre was looking to go national.
Wavefront offers services across Canada to take firms global by providing access to commercialization resources normally beyond the reach of small- and medium-sized enterprises. These include accelerated commercialization and mentorship programs, international market linkages, product testing and affordable access to mobile device libraries for product development. Wavefront also connects academic researchers who have developed commercially viable innovations with suitable industry partners. Networking and hands-on learning underscore almost everything Wavefront does, whether through conferences, seminars, training camps or workshops.