Incubating Innovation + Empowering Entrepreneurs = Peterborough & the Kawarthas only full service incubator, The Cube!
We get it, starting a business is hard work. We’ve been changing entrepreneurs lives for over a decade.
The Innovation Cluster creates a pathway for technology startups to prosper through our 6-month incubation program including access to mentors, experts, virtual workshops, an ecosystem of like-minded founders, the angel investor network and more!
Incubation programs are proven to increase your chances of success by up to 50%. Just ask our clients: “They’re helping me stay focused and keeping me making the right decisions.”
Our incubation program is built to meet you wherever you are. As a not-for-profit organization we offer our program complimentary with no equity stake in your company. From the initial business plan to taking your company worldwide. Only you can bring your idea to market, but we will be the sidekick on your journey. Learn more about our incubation program and eligibility requirements below.
Incubation space is limited, apply now to take your startup to the next level!
Our services are designed to be responsive to the changing needs of today’s fast-growing, knowledge intensive, technology-led companies. We have an excellent track record of helping startups become successful. The Cube contributes to the growth of a competitive economy and to the wealth and prosperity of our community.
The Cube is a full-service incubator – meaning we provide everything that a startup needs to become successful. From access to investor networks to workshops to office space, we have you covered! We assist new startups in finding their best path to market by connecting them with talented people, ideas, resources and know-how. Becoming a client of the Innovation Cluster means that you will be connected with an advisor that will work to take your business to the next level. Check out reviews from startup founders at the bottom of this page!
If you would like to work with the Innovation Cluster, please fill out our online application. The application is for the purpose of evaluating your venture for the potential of joining the Innovation Cluster as a client. As a fully funded not-for-profit, we offer the majority of our services complimentary to our clients.
- Incubation, so much more than just open-concept office space
- High-speed internet/WIFI
- Critical resources + support services provided by our advisors and Innovation Partner network
- Meeting and conference rooms
- Workshops to increase your skills and take your business to the next level
- We have the most up-to-date knowledge about funding opportunities for our clients
- A strong relationship with the Peterborough Region Angel Network gives our clients direct access to investment
- Special access to programs like HubSpot and Amazon AWS!
- Credibility of an incubation program
We work specifically with innovation and technology startups. A founder or company must meet some of the following requirements to be eligible to work with the Innovation Cluster.
- Innovation or technology based startups*
- A Minimum Viable Product
- Startup companies in the following sectors:
- Clean technology
- Agriculture technology
- Digital (i.e. SaaS, ICT, VR/AR, etc.)
- Or if your solution has intellectual property
- Please contact the Innovation Cluster if your company does not fall into these sectors but you think your startup would be an excellent fit
- Existing companies interested in introducing new and innovative solutions into their current business practices or products
- At least one full-time founder dedicated to sales and revenue development
- A driven, coachable and collaborative startup founder/team
- Has intellectual property associated with their product or service
- Able work directly with the Innovation Cluster’s office for the duration of the program
*Please note: You are considered ‘tech’ if your primary business objective is to develop and distribute custom-built technology (excluding re-distribution/consultancy).
We support startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas reaching as far north as Haliburton!
THE CUBE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Our program features 6 months’ mentoring and support and sees our clients work alongside a range of startups from Peterborough and the Kawarthas (and beyond). Think of the Innovation Cluster as part of your team; here to help as your grow and scale your business. Startups that are accepted into our incubator program will be matched with an Innovation Specialist that will work hard to ensure their success. Successful applicants will have access to workshops, resources, partners, funding and investment opportunities.
If you are wondering what it takes to become a client of the Innovation Cluster, we have outlined the process from submitting your application form online to joining our incubation program. We can’t wait to receive your application!
The first step is to apply to join The Cube as an incubated or virtual client to gain access to our innovative programming. Please fill out the application form at www.innovationcluster.ca/application to start the process. Once you have submitted your application online, it will be reviewed for eligibility requirements. You will typically receive a response on the status of your application within 1-2 weeks of submitting it. If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you meet our interview criteria, we’ll schedule a meeting to discuss your application and let you know a little more about how we can help your startup. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your company! It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and better understand our incubation program.
If your application is successful, the final step is our offer – we invite you to join The Cube family of startups!
4. INCUBATION PROGRAM
Now the work begins! We support you to accelerate your startup company through our incubation program. You will typically join the incubation program with other applicants.
Ready to join the Innovation Cluster and scale your startup?
All applications will be reviewed – due to our high volume of applications, applicants can expect a 1-2 week response time.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
“It’s so reassuring that every day they’re in touch — constantly in touch, I’ve got support, and advice on how to guide my business right now. They’re helping me stay focused and keeping me making the right decisions.” – Jessica Dalliday, Pilates on Demand.
“This is a time when having someone to reach out to, to talk about ideas, and to work through this situation is certainly lowering my stress. They have connections and people are willing to listen to you because you are connected to the Innovation Cluster.” – Dan Kitchen, Make Stuff Move.
“If you look at Silicon Valley, the companies there are part of big incubators that catapult them into the marketplace. To have an incubation space is crucial when trying to get your startup going. An incubation space reduces the rate of failure.” – Sanu Somaweera, Kavtek.
“The Cube is a collaborative, supportive space,” says Chowdhury. “It inspires you to share and learn. Even if other entrepreneurs are in a different sector, they still experience a lot of the same challenges, so we can learn from each other.” – Ribat Chowdhury, Ribitt.
“It’s a great place to talk to others who have been through the entrepreneurial process. It’s important to test your ideas as often as you can with as many people as you can.” – Miriam Verberg, Bloom Digital Media.