Communitech has been honoured with a Kitchener Business Heritage Award for its 25 years of service to the community.
Established in 1997, Communitech was created by a group of tech founders who were committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader.
The organization has evolved over the years, helping founders and community leaders grow the tech industry locally while also working with government and other partners to strengthen the industry nationally.
Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a regional community of more than 1,600 startups, scale-ups and large global players.
The organization’s decision to move to downtown Kitchener in 2010 contributed to the revitalization of the city core. The Communitech Hub, located in the heritage Tannery Building at Victoria and Charles streets, has become the centre of a fast-growing tech presence in the city’s Innovation District.
Communitech CEO and President Chris Albinson said the organization’s ability to support the tech community flows from the enthusiastic collaboration of founders and community partners.
“Waterloo Region has a remarkable culture in which business, political and community leaders come together to solve problems, fuel prosperity and build a great place to live,” he said. “Communitech has been a proud member of this amazing community for 25 years. I can't wait to see what we'll accomplish together over the next quarter-century.”