Membership

Backing entrepreneurs since 1997

Who's helping you start, grow and succeed? By joining Communitech’s vibrant and thriving community of tech, you’ll get access to more than resources that get results, that’s because Communitech member companies scale faster than anywhere else in Canada*.

On average, our members: 

  • raise 19% more capital – $28.6 million compared to $24 million;
  • raise more rounds – 3.4 compared to 2.5;
  • raised more on their most recent, up to 9% higher – $17 million compared to $15.9 million;
  • hold more patents – 13.1 compared to 8.5; and
  • have an increased financial velocity – 3.0 compared to 2.2.

Members are eligible to access and take advantage of specific Communitech services based on their membership type. Are you a non-tech company? We’ve got a membership for that too.

You'll be in good company. Check out our full Communitech member list.

*Companies founded 2010 or later receiving more than $1 million investment capital. Source: Crunchbase. Compiled by: Q3 Research. 

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Membership types

Startup membership

Eligible startups have less than 21 employees, and are developing and distributing custom-built technology.

Scale-up membership

You have more than 20 employees, over $1 million CAD in annual revenue and are developing/distributing custom-built technology. Your primary source of revenue is the technology you develop.

Corporate membership

You have more than 100 employees and operate in any business industry outside of advanced technology.

General membership

You're a ‘non-tech’ or service-based organizations. Though you may have technical roles in your organization, you primarily support Canadian tech by providing services, consulting others, retailing goods or fostering a community.

Membership fees

Communitech has an equitable pricing structure to ensure that our fees are appropriate for the purchasing powers of our customer’s organizations. Membership fees are based on the number of employees the participating organization has, and the date of purchase. 

To be eligible for our startup membership, your organization must have 10-20 employees and be developing and distributing custom-built technology. Your primary source of revenue must be from the technology you have developed. To be eligible for our free startup membership, your organization must have less than 10 employees.

Founder Membership

10-20
Canadian employees
21-40
Canadian employees
41-60
Canadian employees
61-99
Canadian employees
100+
Canadian employees
$550
/ year + HST
$2,200
/ year + HST
$3,300
/ year + HST
$4,400
/ year + HST
$5,500
/ year + HST

Non-tech corporate and general membership fees

1–5
employees 
6–10
employees
11–20
employees
21–40
employees
41–60
employees
61–100
employees
100+
employees
$300
/ year + HST
$500
/ year + HST
$1,000
/ year + HST
$2,000
/ year + HST
$3,000
/ year + HST
$4,000
/ year + HST
$5,000
/ year + HST

Note: All non-profits have a flat rat of $300 regardless of number of employees.

*2022/2023 membership year will expire on March 31, 2023. As a result, yearly rates will be prorated to 9 months.

Tech for Good™

At Communitech, you can expect to hear the phrase “Tech for Good™” a lot. It’s something that we’re more than serious about, something that’s more than just a part of our mission statement or cultural mantra. 

What does it mean? Well, there’s no denying that technology has an impact on all aspects of life, the environment, and all sectors, all organizations and all peoples. We believe that all organizations that create and use technology must do so with intent for the good of humanity and of the planet that sustains us. 

In 2018, at Communitech’s True North Festival, we developed and published the Tech for Good™ Declaration alongside the Rideau Hall Foundation as well as the Governor General of Canada. This is a living declaration built to create an ongoing dialogue between all Canadians about the meaning of Tech for Good™, a set of guiding principles that all aspiring organizations can follow to create and use technology for the good of humanity and of the planet that sustains us.

Being committed to Tech for Good™ is an unofficial prerequisite for Communitech membership. Companies joining our innovation ecosystem must share in our steadfast commitment and be prepared to work alongside our expert growth coaches and leadership team to ensure that their tech continues to uphold the principles outlined within the Tech for Good™ declaration.

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Startup membership

We love startups. Whether you’ve just sparked an idea or are further along in product development, we’ve got your back. Eligible startups qualify for a free membership.

Who you are

Eligible startups have less than 21 employees, and are developing and distributing custom-built technology.

What’s in it for you?

  • Take advantage of our free educational programming, including courses focused on pitching to investors, developing and fine-tuning customer segments as well as sales fundamentals.
  • Make connections and learn from other startup founders at our exclusive startup networking group and Communitech events.
  • Leverage our curated resource library and receive notice of exclusive startup focused opportunities and events with our startup members-only newsletter.
  • Qualified validation stage and beyond companies receive a lead advisor and free advisory services as well as potential access to Communitech’s Growth Coaches at the discretion of your lead advisor. 

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Scale-up membership

As your company grows, Communitech is there for you. As a Scale-up member, not only does your company benefit, so do your employees. 

Who you are

Eligible scale-ups have more than 20 employees, over $1 million CAD in annual revenue, and are developing/distributing custom-built technology. Primary source of the scale-up’s revenue must be from the technology it develops .

What’s in it for you?

  • You will receive a dedicated customer success manager who will work with you to understand your company’s specific needs—keeping you top-of-mind and sharing any opportunities that will help expand your reach as well as connect you with the resources and support that you’re looking for.
  • Take advantage of our Talent and Academy services to help support the growth of your company. Talent services include our Work in Tech job board, Communitech Academy programs at a preferred rate, and more.
  • Receive hands-on coaching from a world-class team of growth coaches. Our coaches are veteran professionals who have created, lead and sold companies as well as developed products in multiple tech sectors. Our growth coaches act as mentors to Communitech scale-ups on referral by your customer success manager.
  • Communitech Outposts helps you easily grow your international sales teams—we take care of back-office services (think: payroll, benefits, local tax filings) so you (the company) can focus on revenue.

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Corporate membership

At Communitech, corporate members and the individuals lucky enough to work for a member company can access our benefits.

Who you are

Eligible Corporate companies have more than 100 employees and operate in any business industry outside of advanced technology.

What’s in it for you?

  • Communitech connects the right people at the right time to get things done. 
  • Take advantage of our Talent and Academy services to help support the growth of your company. Talent services include our Work in Tech job board, Communitech Academy programs at a preferred rate and more.
  • From event sponsorships to strategic partnerships, there are multiple ways to showcase your brand and build relationships with local tech companies.

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General membership

Get involved with the local tech community! Our general membership gives you access to Communitech’s free events and programs, our tech-focused job board as well as a wide variety of great service discounts.  

Who you are

Our general membership type is designed for ‘non-tech’ or service-based organizations. Though you may have technical roles in your organization, you primarily support Canadian tech by providing services, consulting others, retailing goods or fostering a community. This could include government entities or academic associations.

What’s in it for you?

  • Take advantage of our Talent and Academy services to help support the growth of your company. Talent services include our Work in Tech job board, Communitech Academy programs and more.
  • Participate in our Member2Member discount program, which allows Communitech member companies to offer discounts or affinity programs to other Communitech member companies.
  • Explore our partnership opportunities to elevate your brand in Waterloo Region and reach potential customers.

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