A day well spent at Communitech


Having grown up hearing about Communitech, I always heard from people that it was THE place for innovation and start-ups in Canada. Words like tech hub, accelerators, incubators, scale-ups, and all that good stuff was always brought up when it was mentioned. I had an image in my head of the quintessential start-ups, people in hoodies playing ping-pong. In reality, what I saw was the complete opposite:


i)               Corporate innovators alongside start-ups:

I’m talking about some of the largest companies in the world, located meters away from a tech start-up with an eager founder straight out of university... and the best part about it, both parties benefit. Corporates get to see, experience, and interact with some of the most imaginative people in Canada, while start-ups build their business networks and get mentorship from top business leaders. Win Win.

ii)              An ecosystem for success:   

I believe one of the toughest parts about being a start-up/small business is the ability to find a support network. People who care about your success and want to help out. There was no shortage of this at Communitech. The type of people who find themselves in this renovated tannery building are not shy to lend a hand. Heck, most mentors and growth coaches have had start-ups themselves – they know how to help!

iii)           Innovation ≠ people in hoodies playing ping-pong an-…..

It was quite the opposite from what I said earlier. Everyone I spoke with was eager to make an impact. Whether that was for the corporate head office, or the world at large (aim for the moon)! They all had one thing in common – challenging the status quo. It was hard not to be inspired by all these individuals tackling the world’s toughest problems.


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Jeff Owen