Bringing a health tech incubator to fruition | Waterloo Medtech proceedings

health tech incubator in Waterloo Region

There is now an optimism that the once fragmented players in Waterloo Region are beginning to coalesce in support of scaling health tech.

Waterloo Medtech has just launched their latest proceedings report discussed here. The new Medical Innovation Xchange in Kitchener opened in January. Communitech has announced a new Velocity micro VC-fund for the medtech sector. Google is opening an accelerator in the region.  

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Landmark Medical Innovation Xchange opens

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A landmark step to see the pioneering new Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX) open in Waterloo Region. 

“There are inherent advantages of Canada’s entrepreneurial environment for medtech start-ups, but unfortunately, resources deplete at a shocking rate when those companies begin to scale,” described Intellijoint Surgical’s Rebecca MacIntyre in introducing the MIX roundtable discussion.

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Building a Successful Medtech Infrastructure

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“It’s time we built an integrated medtech incubator in this community, it would solve many of the problems we have heard about,” stated panellist Murray Gamble at the conclusion of the 2018 Waterloo MedTech conference.

Here we preview the 2019 conference on Building a Successful Medtech Infrastructure that tries to mobilize that call to action. We just need the will to make it happen in Waterloo Region. Watch the video interviews below to learn how this could be a worthwhile investment of your time to attend on October 2.

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Charity Spotlight – Reception House

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Reception House has helped thousands of refugees settle in Waterloo Region over thirty years.

Here we explore the work of Reception House. They were featured as the charitable partner at the True North 2019 conference. We were pleased to share more about their amazing work.

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New proceedings report points the way to scaling MedTech in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region MedTech proceedings report

The release of the new proceedings report from the Waterloo MedTech conference could help solidify a jump off point for our support of health tech scale-up in the Waterloo Region. 

The proceedings report from the Canadian MedTech: What’s holding is back? shares how the conference wove the ideal balance of no-holds-barred storytelling, policy insights, and pertinent panel discussions. We explored the theme for this conference in our prior post What’s holding us back in Canadian MedTechThe over 200 attendees appreciated the top 7 innovators and start-ups showcase and the inaugural 2018 MedTech Awards.

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Growth and scale for startups at the first Communitech HubSpot workshop

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According to HubSpot, starting a business is easier than ever, while scaling one is harder than ever.

This is strong advice from the drivers behind the inbound movement for the 2,299 startups in the Waterloo Region. HubSpot ran its first workshop at one of the regions foremost incubators, Communitech.
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BrightGuide illuminate path in health tech ecosystem

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Krysta Traianovski’s presentation at the Hacking Health Waterloo Cafe goes a long way to understanding why this health start-up is attracting attention in Waterloo Region.

Sharing their journey and experiences with the group provided us with a glimpse of the compassion and flair of the team. There will be close to 1 million Canadians living with dementia in 15 years. Their technology is poised to bring caregiver relief and autonomy for persons living with dementia.

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Rise of Waterloo Region Medtech start-up ecosystem

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“What we have in this community in KW [Kitchener-Waterloo] and in Canada is equivalent of capturing lightning in a bottle,” described Google Canada’s Managing Director, Sam Sebastian, opening the Go North event.

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