Canada's first cybersecurity accelerator just launched in Brampton
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, a leading national centre for cybersecurity activities at Ryerson University, in partnership with DMZ, Canada’s leading technology accelerator, are launching the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator, to help Canadian cyber scale-ups grow and succeed.
This launch is Canada’s first commercial accelerator designed for companies in cybersecurity fields.
The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator will be headquartered in Brampton’s Innovation District and will help with the nation’s overall cybersecurity ecosystem and provide Canadian companies the tools they need to grow and succeed on a national and international level.
The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator is supported by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and Rogers Communications Inc., in partnership with the City of Brampton.
Rogers, Royal Bank of Canada, Herjavec Group, Torys LLP, Amazon and Siemens Canada will be joining a “Corporates-in-Residence” program and provide guidance and mentorship to companies at the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator.
Other major companies are expected to join the program in the coming weeks.
“Ryerson University is proud to announce this unique new accelerator as we continue to lead in the development of entrepreneurship in the cybersecurity ecosystem,” said Steven N. Liss, Ryerson’s vice-president, research and innovation.
“Through our commitment to collaboration, training and research in this sector, Ryerson supports the success of Canadian cybersecurity scale-ups as they transform the digital space, making an impact not only here in Canada but around the world.”
Benefits for scale-up companies include mentoring on product strategy, marketing, talent acquisition, investment attraction, growing sales, make connections with DMZ’s network of 300+ investors, have free desk space usage and more.
The scale-ups will also have access to over $500,000 worth of exclusive business services and perks provided by over 60 globally recognized businesses.
The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator is now accepting applications which will begin programming in May. They will close on March 25, 2020.
“We are thrilled to launch Canada’s first Cybersecurity Accelerator in Brampton. It is a great fit with our Innovation District in our downtown core and with our growing cluster of Cyber Security related firms,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.
“This addition moves us one step closer to growing Brampton as a centre of excellence in Cybersecurity.”
For more information on eligibility requirements, click here.
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