CANARIE and GrowLab partner to take startups from idea to revenue via the fast lane

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, and GrowLab, a Vancouver-based startup accelerator, today announced a partnership to provide entrepreneurs with a suite of powerful, cloud-based resources to support product development and commercialization.

Through this partnership, GrowLab will provide its clients with access to CANARIE’s Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) through the Powered by DAIR program. DAIR provides free cloud-based compute, network and storage resources for small businesses to develop, test, prototype and demonstrate next-generation products. DAIR’s made-in-Canada cloud provides users with the cost certainty, scalability and long-term usage horizon that can kick-start commercialization of research and the formation of new businesses.

GrowLab’s approach is entrepreneur-centric. Startups go through an intense mentorship program and are provided with access to resources and a global network that will accelerate their growth. Startups are mentored by the GrowLab executive team as well as a group of handpicked mentors that is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs, top executives and industry professionals, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors.

“CANARIE’s Powered by DAIR program is a highly valuable and innovative complement to the suite of resources that we offer to our cohort companies,” said Jonathan Bixby, Executive Director of GrowLab. “With the DAIR cloud, we can give our entrepreneurs a boost so that they develop their products faster and at a considerably lower cost, so that they can get to market first.”

“The combined technology resources and expertise of CANARIE and innovative business incubation and mentoring services of accelerators like GrowLab offer a significant boost to startups so that they can receive the support and services they need, when they need it,” said Peter Wilenius, Vice President of Business Development at CANARIE. “Cloud technology offers efficiencies that let entrepreneurs and small businesses move from idea to market launch faster.”

The GrowLab partnership is an expansion of the Powered by DAIR partner model, in which organizations supporting businesses secure a block of DAIR resources and offer the service as an extension to their existing services. Administrative and marketing support is also offered, to assist in cloud incubation support to clients. For business owners, Powered by DAIR is a one-stop shop of services that reduces the time and effort required to navigate various programs.

Powered by DAIR has been launched with a host of Canada’s leading business incubators and accelerators including the City of Fredericton’s goFred network, Startup Calgary, and TEC Edmonton, the Association of University

Research Parks (AURP) Canada, and educational institutions such as Ottawa’s Algonquin College and New Brunswick Community College.

DAIR’s free cloud resources are also available to any small or medium-sized Canadian business through the CANARIE website at

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
CANARIE Inc. (613) 943-5432


CANARIE designs, delivers, and drives the adoption of digital infrastructure for Canada’s research and education communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud- computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

About GrowLab

GrowLab is a Vancouver-based startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs to build great companies through seed funding, mentorship, collaborative workspace and 3 months of intensive programming. GrowLab brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from the world, and connect them with our global network of top tier investors, mentors and partners.

Founded by world class Super Angels and VCs: Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Leonard Brody (Clarity Digital), Debbie Landa (Dealmaker Media), Mike Edwards (LX Ventures), Jason Bailey (East Side Games), GrowLab provides entrepreneurs a unique wealth of expertise, knowledge and connections.

To date, GrowLab has invested in 27 companies; they have raised over $15M in early-stage funding and created over 85 jobs in B.C.