Communitech VP, Avvey Peters, speaks with Alan about the startup tech hub which is home to over 120 companies. Communitech was designed to assist entrepreneurs with growing their businesses through the help of networking in a creative space and receiving mentorship from experts. Over the last year, large companies like Canadian Tire, Manulife and Cannon, have noticed the success coming out of the hub and decided to join themselves, looking at ways to use
technologies to innovate their businesses. Avvey talks about her cross-Canada tour visiting similar startup hubs and shares what she learned. She also discusses how Canada is doing in terms of innovation, technology and job creation, and how we are blessed to have an amazing ecosystem for startups in Waterloo Region.
About Our Guest
Avvey Peters is the VP, external relations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Communitech and has worked with the company since 2007. Avvey is a strategic advisor to not-for-profit economic development and innovation organizations, and has successfully raised close to $100 million in public-sector funding for entrepreneurial and economic development community initiatives. At Communitech, she leads marketing, communications and advocacy activities and works to leverage public sector investments to support the Waterloo Region technology sector.