News Release

AcceleratorYYC Joins Canadian Digital Media Network to Contribute to Digital Media Innovation

Calgary, Alberta – January 30, 2014 – AcceleratorYYC, an entrepreneurial community hub that kick starts and activates local startups, announced today that it has joined the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) a cross-Canada network of digital media innovation hubs collaborating to advance digital innovation nationally.

Through membership in this unique national network, AcceleratorYYC will gain domestic and international market exposure for its entrepreneur members and community. AcceleratorYYC will also benefit from having access to proven regional programming and best practices of other network members. Joining Canada’s largest members-only online collaboration of commercialization resources immediately expands the hub’s client support capability, while enabling national access to AcceleratorYYC regional resources.

The CDMN is Canada’s digital media collaboration network connecting innovation hubs across the country. We’re delighted to bring on board another organization dedicated to furthering Canada’s competitiveness in the global digital economy, and to advancing commercialization of digital media innovations.
— Kevin Tuer, CDMN Managing Director

AcceleratorYYC, a nonprofit organization, is a pillar of Calgary’s ecosystem with hundreds of thought leaders and hungry entrepreneurs who engage, innovate and accelerate big ideas. AcceleratorYYC is a home for hackers, creative and entrepreneurs. They offer a unique coworking space with everything an entrepreneur would need but their main focus is on building a collaborative community and supporting it through facilitating meaningful events and programs.

We are excited to be partnering with CDMN as it aligns with our vision to entrench Calgary (in turn Alberta, and Canada) as a global force in entrepreneurship and innovation for tech, energy and social enterprise.
— Hannah Cree, Director of AcceleratorYYC

Effective today, AcceleratorYYC will be a channel for driving participation in national initiatives that support the commercialization of innovation. Applications for the CDMN Soft-Landing Program, an initiative for mature startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who can benefit from a getting a toe-hold outside Canada to expand their businesses, will be accepted again later in 2014. Companies can apply for up to $4000CDN worth of funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses associated with an up to three month stay at a business accelerator in an economy of interest. To learn more, visit


About The Canadian Digital Media Network

The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research, is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media (ICT + mobile) by creating and enabling connections and collaboration between entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes, government and intermediary organizations across the country. CDMN helps bring more digital media solutions to market to create more companies, jobs and wealth in Canada. Together, the Network provides access to the knowledge, connections, services and support that digital media companies need to successfully innovate and market themselves at home and abroad. Follow @CDMN on Twitter, join the Canadian Digital Media Network Group on LinkedIn and like the CanadianDigitalMediaNetwork Page on Facebook.


About AcceleratorYYC

Founded by local entrepreneurs, within its first 2 years of operations, AcceleratorYYC has been able to impact and accelerate over 75+ startups. Our members won the “A100 One-to-Watch Award” at the Startup Calgary Launch Party in both 2011 & 2012, received funding off CBC’s Dragons’ Den and many of our members have also received media exposure with the Calgary Herald, Global TV, CTV, Pivot Magazine and Techvibes (among others).  Critical Mass, a renowned global digital agency, is now the Vision Sponsor of AcceleratorYYC and they kicked off their partnership with launching HackYYC; the first enterprise Hackathon in Calgary that creates real innovative solutions for some of the biggest companies and charities in the city.

Get connected to AceeleratorYYC: follow on Twitter @acceleratoryyc, join our Facebook Page and Linkedin Group or go to our website:


For media enquiries about CDMN, please contact:

Chris Plunkett

Director of Media Relations

1.855.641.CDMN ext.1071


For enquiries about AcceleratorYYC, please contact:

Hannah Cree

Director of AcceleratorYYC

403 850 5121