Welcome to RIC Centre’s Annual General Report

A look back over the past year on the clients we’ve served and how we’ve helped Real Ideas Converge.






RIC Centre provides valuable services to technology startups of all shapes and sizes.

Whether you just have an idea or have millions in revenue, we will tailor a custom strategy to your particular situation. 

The majority of services for entrepreneurs and startups provided by RIC Centre are free and are designed to help accelerate the entrepreneurial path to market. We offer a comprehensive range of supporting activities for entrepreneurs, including one-on-one coaching, practical training and networking events.

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Pre-revenue Startups

Find out how the RIC Centre can help guide you through the early stages of business development to achieve your first sale

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Post-revenue Startups

Explore the resources provided to help your company grow sales through strategic planning and business connections

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Corporate Innovation

RIC Centre will work with you to develop a custom approach to support your company’s intrapreneurship goals

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services-1RIC Centre hosts two or more events per week providing entrepreneurs with tools and feedback to develop their startup and solve problems

services-2RIC Centre provides an opportunity to meet with top-tier service providers in Peel Region through monthly group or one-on-one sessions to help entrepreneurs succeed

services-3MaRS Market Intelligence provides eligible startups with free access to thousands of proprietary reports from best-ranked research firms and advice from experienced industry analysts

services-4RIC Centre boasts a network of over 100 volunteer advisors with expertise in various industry segments, including business strategy, marketing, investment readiness, etc.

services-5RIC Centre provides 7 startups access to an exclusive incubator program to achieve their next level of growth in partnership with Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC).

services-6RIC Centre invites clients to a Dragon’s Den-environment in order to make industry connections and gain realistic feedback on their go-to-market strategy and business model


We helped 369 tech startups at RIC Centre in the last year.

As the Entrepreneur and Innovation Hub for Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, RIC Centre has provided a range of free support services to 369 active clients (new + existing) in the last year, and welcomed 243 new clients!

Throughout the year, RIC Centre has made significant impact on our clients’ business performance by accelerating the process of creating 153 new products, 87 new services, and 21 granted patents.

Over 50% of our clients say that RIC Centre has made a vital or significant impact on their entrepreneurial journey.

RIC Centre supports entrepreneurs from all industries.

With our unique partnership between Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) and GreenCentre Canada, RIC Centre continues to grow its expertise.

RIC Centre’s advanced materials and manufacturing and clean tech segments currently support 103 clients.


RIC Centre’s clients progress through the five stages of a startup venture and are tracked based on milestone achievements.

63% of RIC Centre clients progress at least one sub-stage every quarter.
16% of clients progress at least one full stage every quarter.


Did you know? 39% of RIC Centre’s clients have at least one youth founder.

RIC Centre’s clients are composed of tech professionals discovering their next great ideas and becoming entrepreneurs. We also assist young and innovative founders, under the age of 29, pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.


RIC Centre believes in building an ecosystem that can accelerate the growth and scale-up of small businesses, which is critical for Canada’s future prosperity.

RIC Centre’s clients are consistently contributing to Canada’s overall GDP and economic prosperity through sustainable revenue and job creation. We have successfully helped clients connect to capital and funding sources for investment and business growth.  


How does RIC Centre help startups?

Meet the team!

Pam Banks

Executive Director

James Sbrolla


Geoff Simonett


Paul Barter


Alex Senson

Senior Business Strategist

Mariya Leslie

Operations Manager

Amarpreet Kaur

Digital Marketing Manager

Robert Iaboni

Communications Officer

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Founding Partners

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Program Partners

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RIC Centre provides services to technology startups of all shapes and sizes. Whether you just have an idea or have millions in revenue, we will tailor a custom strategy to your particular situation.

Questions? Get in touch at info@riccentre.com or call us at 289.373.3050.

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