Innovate with data

Future-focused companies will solve the problems of tomorrow 

And Communitech is here to help.

By providing access to data, technology and people, we connect you to the resources you need to tackle problems with markets behind them. 

Depending on your needs, we can help:

  • Find and access data, including open data.
  • Access advanced tech platforms for product development.
  • Develop and deploy a data strategy that is right for your business.
  • Fund data research and product development.
  • Connect you to technical professionals and business experts.
  • Find space and foster a community for data professionals.
  • Uncover a path to becoming more data-driven.
  • Find and build partnerships.

The Data Innovation Canvas

Looking to build an actionable plan to guide your organization towards data innovation? 

Introducing the Data Innovation Canvas. Similar to Lean Canvas, this is a resource to help organizations establish stronger data foundations to enhance their insights and better leverage advanced technologies. 

In addition to identifying the strengths and weaknesses in a company’s current data capabilities, the tool is organized around the four key pillars of data innovation and highlights the data-specific gaps the organization needs to close in order to innovate.

Download for free

Learning & engagement opportunities

Data Hub Sessions

One-hour sessions that cover a broad range of topics in the data and emerging technology space.

Data Growth Coaches

Access mentorship from technical professionals and business experts to help solve your data challenges.

Data Hub workshops

Get hands-on in these small-scale, tactical events that include a complete demo and do-it-yourself structure. Developed by key partners like Ericsson, Ciena, IBM, along with our data growth coaches, half- or full-day workshops are available.

Corporate data programming

Unlock the value of your organization’s data assets. Our data programming brings together your business unit and data leaders to collaborate on data-centric solutions for your organization’s key challenges. 

Ecosystem engagement

Corporate partners can seek innovative solutions to their most pressing problems through our Ecosystem Engagement programs. Solve data-related business challenges and capitalize on advanced technology opportunities through collaboration with startup and scale-up partners.

Sandbox sessions

Visit the Data Hub and test out its world-class equipment and tech tools. Sign up for a drop-in test period during one of our upcoming sessions.

Data Concierge

Not sure where to start? Can't find the data you need? Have a specific question? Our Data Concierge can help.

Access the Data Concierge

Funding opportunities

Looking for funds to accelerate your product development? Startups and Scale-ups are eligable for sources of funding through the following projects.

ENCQOR 5G Demonstration Program

Access up to $50,000 for a stand-alone project or collaboration using 5G.

Next Generation Networks (NGN) Demonstration Program 

Access up to $50,000 for a stand-alone project or collaboration using the CENGN testbed.

AVIN Waterloo Ventures

Access up to $50,000 for your HD mapping project.

Data headlines

How MAJiK took equipment monitoring virtual during COVID19
How MAJiK took equipment monitoring virtual during COVID19

For some companies, the global COVID-19 pandemic has been an obstacle. For others, it’s been an opportunity. So it is with MAJiK Systems of Kitchener, whose Visual Factory software allows its clients in… (click here to read more)

Bill Bean
2020-08-25 8:18 am - Data Driven Innovation

Aterlo validates network quality tools at high traffic loads
Aterlo validates network quality tools at high traffic loads

A Waterloo startup that wants to improve the experience of wireless users was able to punch well above its weight thanks to a digital testing lab hosted at the Communitech Data Hub. The flagship product… (click here to read more)

Bill Bean
2020-08-25 8:13 am - Data Driven Innovation

Seeing Through the Smoke – Using 5G
Seeing Through the Smoke – Using 5G

A startup that aspires to make it easier to be a firefighter says 5G may be the way to do the impossible. All it takes is the imagination to try it. Martin Shi is the co-founder of Longan Vision, a Hamilton-based… (click here to read more)

Bill Bean
2020-07-28 5:42 am - Data Driven Innovation

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Alayne Hynes

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Director, Data & Advanced Technologies | Email Alayne Hynes or call +1 (519) 888-9944