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Google Canada and Communitech Collaborate to Support Canadian Start-Ups

November 13, 2012

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ – Google Canada and
Communitech, one of Canada’s largest start-up enablers, today announced
a partnership to help mentor and grow a new generation of successful
Canadian-led technology companies.

“Google has been a great corporate supporter of the Waterloo tech sector
and of Communitech’s work with local startups, so I’m delighted to
officially welcome Google into our partner space at the Communitech
Hub,” said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. “Announcing this
initiative while unveiling Google’s new Toronto office creates another
strong bridge between businesses in the Waterloo Region and downtown
Toronto, continuing our long record of collaboration across the
region.”

As part of today’s announcement, Google Canada and Communitech will be
opening a new digital collaboration space, as a place for mentoring and
hosting start-ups in the early stages of their involvement with
Communitech’s Hyperdrive initiative. Located adjacent to both the
Hyperdrive and Google Kitchener-Waterloo offices, this new space will
be used in part to connect startups to Google’s Global Entrepreneurial
Network and Google Developer Network, as well as to startup initiatives
around the world.

“At Google, we are dedicated to supporting Canadian technology
entrepreneurship to help mentor and grow a new generation of successful
Canadian-led technology companies,”  said Google Canada’s Director of
Engineering, Steve Woods. “Start-ups fuel innovation and play a key
role in growing Canada’s digital economy – that’s why it’s critically
important to nurture the amazing entrepreneurial talent here as a way
of growing our start-up community.”

As part of this partnership, Googlers will act as technical advisors,
mentors and staff the space daily to help startups working with
Communitech, with a goal of creating an increased presence of great
young companies in the Waterloo Region.

Kitchener-Waterloo is a centre of Canadian innovation. Combining the
presence of Canada’s top engineering and computer science programs at
the University of Waterloo along with a growing and dynamic tech
community, it continually attracts some of Canada’s top innovators and
leading technology companies.

“We hope this collaboration will be a model for future partnerships and
continue to support and enrich the vibrant tech startup community here
in Ontario,” Klugman concluded.

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advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand
one of the most recognized in the world.

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