H2i Programs
Accelera Program
The Accelera Program is a round table discussion group led by an industry or academic facilitator on topics that are central to the issues and challenges faced by very early stage startups within the academic/hospital research environment.
Accelera is designed for entrepreneurs to share their experience, knowledge and challenges with each other so that they may help navigate common problems, succeed and grow. In general, we share our experiences, strengths, and challenges on a given topic– to learn from each other and with each other. The program is divided into 3 streams based on what stage entrepreneurs are at with their ventures:

Accelera 1.0: Education

Accelera 2.0: Discovery

Accelera 3.0: Venture and Scale


Accelera 1.0: TR Talks

Education phase groups or individuals are invited to attend TR Talks led by Joseph Ferenbok at the Translational Research Program. These sessions will occur the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00-7:00PM. Follow the links below to register.

Accelera 1.0 Session Dates and Registration Links

September 8, 2020 | 5-7PM:  How Has COVID Changed Translation?

October 6, 2020 | 5-7PM:  Ethics & Patients in Research

November 3, 2020 | 5-7PM:  Rapid Approvals– COVID-19 Models and Sustainability

December 1, 2020 | 5-7PM:  Getting Interventions into Hospitals, Patients, & Communities

January 12, 2021 | 5-7PM:  The Trouble with Models (cells, animals & simulations)

February 2, 2021 | 5-7PM:  Drug Regulatory Pathways

March 2, 2021 | 5-7PM:  Approving Medical Devices

April 6, 2021 | 5-7PM:  The Future of Healthcare in Canada


Accelera 2.0

Level 2 companies will be invited to a monthly round table discussion led by Paul Santerre. These round table discussions will coach groups toward completing more of their business plan and facilitating peer to peer support between groups at similar phases in their business development. Start-ups who have attended a minimum of 50% of the sessions by March of a given event year will be eligible for our professional service voucher program of that year.

Accelera 2.0 sessions will take place on the last Thursday of every month. The final 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to networking for those interested in exchanging expertise or sharing current problems with fellow founders, cofounders, etc.

Accelera 2.0 Session Dates

September 24, 2020 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Pivoting: How to be Especially Adaptive

October 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Non-Dilutive Funding (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

November 26, 2020 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Procurement

January 26, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Regulatory Pathway: Focus on Budgeting and Timeline

February 25, 2021 | 9:00-11:00AM:  Legal (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session) **Please note the change in time**

March 25, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Team: Company Formation and Building your Team

April 21, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Business Development Strategy **Please note the change in time**

May 20, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Prototyping

June 24, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Time & Project Management

July 22, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Making Connections and Collaborations

All Level 2 H2i companies will be contacted within the first two weeks of each month with a registration link for the month's session. Please email info.h2i@utoronto.ca to RSVP should you not have received the link!


Accelera 3.0

Level 3 and 4 companies will be invited to monthly round table discussion led by Andris Lauris. This round table series will focus on helping start-ups with their final points to scale. As businesses grow, there are a lot of new challenges and hurdles to overcome. These discussions will bring together founders and entrepreneurs in the health care space to learn from and support each other in a safe environment.

Accelera 3.0 sessions will generally take place on the third Wednesday of every month, with certain exceptions such as joint sessions. The final 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to networking for those interested in exchanging expertise or sharing current problems with fellow founders, cofounders, etc.

Accelera 3.0 Session Dates

September 23, 2020 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Financial and Investment Partnerships

October 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Non-Dilutive Funding (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

November 25, 2020 | 12:00-2:00PM:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Investment and How it has Affected Entrepreneurs

January 27, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Valuations and Deal Structures

**Please note the change in time**February 25, 2021 | 9:00-11:00AM:  Legal (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

>March 24, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Mergers and Acquisitions

April 21, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Sales and Branding: Selecting the Best Marketing Platform

May 19, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Legal/Governance: Board of Directors and Advisory Boards

June 23, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Team: Recruiting and Staffing

July 21, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Clinical Studies and Industrial Partnerships

All Level 3 and 4 H2i companies will be contacted within the first two weeks of each month with a registration link for the month's session. Please email info.h2i@utoronto.ca to RSVP should you not have received the link!