Medtech

Hey medtech startups!

Need funding from medtech investors? Want advice on selling into the healthcare ecosystem? Trying to get Health Canada and FDA approval? 

We’ve got your back.

There are 100+ medtech companies in Waterloo Region. We have world-class talent, a large entrepreneurial support and expertise network, and nearby medtech hubs and teaching hospitals. 

You probably already know about the perks of being a Communitech member. Here’s how we help medtech companies:

  • We can set you up with one of our medtech growth coaches for advice on everything from company and product strategy to Health Canada and FDA approval.
  • Our network is fire. Access physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as partners like Octane, OBIO, CAN Health, Synapse Hamilton, Velocity and MIX.
  • Need funding? We have a massive investor network. We can connect you with medtech investors in Canada and the U.S.
  • Start networking. Access our events and Peer2Peer groups. Want to meet other founders? Want to network with others in the medtech field? We can help.
“Communitech has transformed how we communicate our value proposition as a business. Their growth coaches are key experts that provide a significant depth of knowledge in key areas in the medtech space. The mentorship and resources of the group are immense. It has been the single most valuable opportunity for us as a company and it is truly a growth program.”
– Dr. Karen Cross, Founder, CEO at MIMOSA Diagnostics

Meet the Growth Coaches

Peter Bloch

CEO Bresotec Medical, former CEO Bionik Laboratories, Co-Founder Tribute Pharmaceuticals

Peter Bloch

Expertise: 

  • Capital strategy
  • Business planning strategy
  • Partnerships
  • Team building

Bruce Brown

Chief Commercial Officer Kenota Health, former VP Global Marketing Unitron Hearing

Bruce Brown

Expertise: 

  • Company strategy
  • Sales and marketing
  • Product planning
  • International distribution and launches
  • Team development and executive coaching

Laurie Lafleur

Professor - Bachelor of Applied Health Information Sciences, former Director of Product Marketing Intelerad Medical Systems

Laurie Lafleur

Expertise: 

  • Product strategy
  • Commercialization and marketing strategy
  • Software as a medical device
  • Health informatics and data management

Paul Weber

Former President and CEO Perimeter Medical Imaging

Paul Weber

Expertise: 

  • Strategy
  • Product development
  • Funding
  • Partnerships

Ready to get started?

Join over 1,400 companies and become a Communitech member.

Already a member? Reach out to your advisor/CSM to get started or book a Medtech Advisor Is In session.

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FAQ

Communitech’s membership cost is determined by the number of employees at your company.

  • Startups with less than 20 employees receive membership for free.
  • Scale-ups with 21-40 employees start at $2,000 per year plus HST.

Communitech works with our medtech member companies to get them ready for their next funding round. We can help connect you to our network of investors across Canada and the U.S. Not quite ready for that? We have growth coaches and healthcare professionals who can help you get there.

Nope! We’re here to support you as you start and grow. That means our services are free and membership is provided at no cost – until you hit 21 employees.

We support medtech founders year round. That means you can access our services anytime. You’re also never “graduated” from our programming so you can be a Communitech member and stay involved in our programs for as long as you want.

Medtech startups play a key role in the Waterloo Region startup ecosystem. Communitech has been here since 1997. That means we have seen and supported the growth of a lot of medtech startups like Curiato, KA Imaging and Intellijoint Surgical.

We offer services specific to medtech startups – in addition to all the other pros of being a Communitech member. From growth coaching to investor introductions and connections with other medtech partners and healthcare professionals – just to name a few.

Our partners

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Have questions?

Armin Eichhorn is happy to help.

Med-Tech Startup Advisor | Email Armin Eichhorn or call +1 (519) 888-9944