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Tune up your business and get on the fast track to revenue and investment with Innovation Guelph’s signature client coaching and education programs

Companies Supported
Invested in Local Companies
Industry Specialists
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As of June 2016. (Want to know more about these numbers? Contact Us)

Innovation Guelph has customized tracks designed to benefit different business stages, from startups to small & medium-sized enterprises (SME’s)

Please select the option below that most closely resembles your business level.

I’m a Startup

Do you have a great idea, or is your company just getting started?

Innovation Guelph offers both the Gear Up and Supercharger tracks to help accelerate your startup business.
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I’m an SME’s

Does your company employ more than 10 people or make $1 Million or more in annual revenue?

FASTLANE is Innovation Guelph’s program for small-to-medium sized enterprises.
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If you have questions, we offer a free monthly information session for anyone interested in our programs: click here to register

Meet Our Mentors

Steve Barrett
Steve BarrettMentor
Steve has a proven track record for conceiving, funding, launching and commercializing early stage technology companies. He has successes across telecom, networking, wireless and biotech.
Kevin Boon
Kevin BoonMentor
At Innovation Guelph, Kevin has helped clients raise private capital, tap into government funding, and establish sales, marketing & social media strategies to leverage influence and build audience. Kevin coaches clients to build a simple, robust and scaleable business model combined with go-to-market strategies that embrace storytelling as well as process.
Jeff Campbell
Jeff CampbellMentor
Jeff has a well developed understanding of how to commercialize technology and services in markets globally. As a serial CEO he has lead startups through commercialization, funding, growth and acquisition. Lately he has been driving transition to scalable business models in client companies and experimenting with a business accelerator.
Stacey Curry Gunn
Stacey Curry GunnMentor
Stacey is a public relations and marketing communications specialist who enjoys solving business challenges through strategic thinking, branding excellence and inspired storytelling.
Melissa Durrell
Melissa DurrellMentor
Melissa Durrell is actively involved with the startup scene, working with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors across Canada. As one of Canada’s few female pitch coaches, she’s known for her unique storytelling skills, which she honed at her former career as an award-winning broadcast journalist.
Mark Goldberg
Mark GoldbergMentor
Mark is an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in drug research and as a regulatory consultant. He is co-founder of PlantForm Corp., a biotechnology start-up manufacturing therapeutic antibodies, and serves on its Board of Directors.
Jane Humphries
Jane HumphriesMentor
Jane has an extensive background in community philanthropy, leadership, and organizational development with over 20 years experience in training, design, facilitation, coaching, and strategic planning. A skilled consensus builder she has led startup organizations through community consultations, funding strategies, crafting operational plans, developing Boards and Advisory Groups, staff recruitment, and building successful, collaborative partnerships.
Bob Ilmonen
Bob IlmonenMentor
Bob is a Mechanical Engineer and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with more than twenty years of experience in the area of machine design and product development.
Dr. John Kelly
Dr. John Kelly Mentor
John Kelly supports entrepreneurs and innovation in the life sciences, agriculture, food, health and bioeconomy sectors in domestic and international markets. He has a wealth of experience in the private and public sector and has held various executive and Board of Director positions with start-ups and multinational companies. He has been focused on innovation development and implementation, actively advancing products and technologies to commercial success.
Niel Palmer
Niel PalmerMentor
Niel possesses a strong understanding of the correlation between operational efficiencies and financial performance. With an educational foundation in physics, his background includes engineering, lean principles, business management and business coaching.
Don Thompson
Don ThompsonMentor
Don has a proven track record developing new products. He has developed expertise in the areas of new product development and end-to-end product lifecycle management. With a passion for new product innovation, Don holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and a Certified Project Management Professional.
Peter Warmels
Peter WarmelsMentor
Peter has held a diverse portfolio of responsibilities during his career in the agri-food industry that started with an education in food science at the University of Guelph. With over 20 years in the manufacturing sector culminating as GM of a $50M dairy processing operation, he understands fluid and dry processes in the Consumer Packed Goods industry in a cost-effective environment.
He has also extensive knowledge of the ingredient sector having worked for a global distributor in Sales & Marketing functions within the Food, Pharma and Personal Care industries. More recently he has assisted startups and mature organizations in the food safety space gaining deeper penetration and market share within the agri-food industry at all levels.
To compliment this, Peter continues to serve voluntarily at Board and President levels of industry not-for-profits that support the agri-food and entrepreneurial industry both provincially and nationally.


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