Primarily self-funded, The Accelerator needs your help to undertake renovations to our facility to turn The Accelerator into a globally-recognized entrepreneurial ecosystem. Towards this goal, we are embarking on the ‘Create the Future’ Capital Campaign with the goal of re-envisioning our historic building into a world-class business incubation and acceleration facility.
CREATING A WORLD-CLASS FACILITY
Like Windsor, The Accelerator's new building at 1501 Howard Avenue has a rich entrepreneurial history. Built in 1929 as the Purity Dairy, the 55,000 sq ft facility was an economic driver of its time. In March of 2018, The Accelerator purchased the facility and we want to expand on its history, re-envisioning the facility as an economic driver for the 21st century.
By combining multiple disciplines and resources under one roof, The Accelerator provides unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and inspiration — opportunities that lead to accelerated growth for start-ups and emerging businesses. This, successively, leads to accelerated growth and diversification in the local and regional economies.
The Accelerator attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners representing a wide range of enterprises, creating a living entrepreneurial ecosystem. Currently featuring open-concept and private office space, a gym, recording studio and event space, our future plans also include a makerspace, arts incubator, and TedX-style presentation theatre. Once completed, The Accelerator’s facility will provide a space that offers unparalleled opportunity for collaboration, creativity and innovation.
MORE THAN JUST OFFICE SPACE
Affordable office space is just the start. For entrepreneurs, business owners, artists and creators, The Accelerator is a networking hub providing access to resources and programming in an energetic and passionate ecosystem where ideas and experiences are shared.
Our programs, workshops and networking events provide vital training and create unparalleled business connections both within our region and beyond. By working with our members and our extensive network of partners, we help identify, recruit and bring together partners of innovation and investment to facilitate business growth.
The Accelerator’s A2X Project, already underway, represents our flagship cross-border entrepreneurial collaborative between Canada and the US. Short for Accelerator-To-eXport, the A2X Project is a launching pad for Canadian high-growth technology and innovation startups to enter the US market. At the same time, The Accelerator also functions as a landing pad for US companies that wish to enter the Canadian market and establish an international presence.
Windsor is a region that was built by more than just traditional business. Windsor is a region built by makers, and our plans include a makerspace so the makers of this region have a place to build and refine their prototypes using 3D printers, laser cutters, woodworking and CAD software, complemented with business programming provided by The Accelerator and its partners.
FUTURE ARTS INCUBATOR
This region has a large number of exceptionally talented artists and creators. Our arts incubator is intended to provide these creators with space to create and display their work, access to grant-writing assistance, and the business programming to teach them how to monetize their unique skill sets.
CREATE YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEGACY
Your support is essential for The Accelerator’s next phase of evolution and we’re inviting you to become a legacy partner in our efforts to create a world-class business incubation and acceleration facility.
Your sponsorship of The Accelerator assists in developing key areas of the facility, such as the makerspace for early stage product development and an arts incubator allowing the creators of Windsor a place to turn their talents into profitable businesses. The plans also include training rooms and a presentation theatre, attracting high-profile speakers and presenters to inspire and educate tomorrow’s business leaders.
By supporting The Accelerator you will help build a legacy that grows our economy for decades to come. Together we will build upon the tremendous assets and resources of our region creating unprecedented economic and social impact.
WHAT CAN MY DONATION DO?
Your contribution of $250 helps pay for a month of WiFi and printing resources for an entrepreneur.
CONNECT WITH US
Please see the full list of Sponsorship and Naming Opportunities by downloading the sponsorship packages at the links above. To discuss securing your Sponsorship or Naming Opportunity, please contact us. We’d love to partner with you.
Our sincerest thanks to the Leo Page Estate, the Dr. Honoré and Rosemary (Ratigan) Schiller Estate, and Irene Schiller, great granddaughter of Leo Page, for generously allowing us access to the historical photos that document this building’s incredible entrepreneurial legacy.