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LevelUP’s 13 Innovators Ready to Transform Peterborough and the Kawarthas

PETERBOROUGH, ON – February 6, 2024 – Today, the Innovation Cluster proudly announces the 13 exceptional companies selected for the inaugural cohort of LevelUP, a groundbreaking startup accelerator program. Spanning across the Innovation Cluster’s five core sectors of focus — Agtech, Healthcare, Cleantech, Social Innovation, and Digital Technology — the selected companies’ embarkation in the LevelUP program marks a pivotal moment in the journey to redefine innovation and economic growth in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

About LevelUP

LevelUP is a fully-funded, comprehensive startup accelerator tailored for experienced entrepreneurs and regional innovators. It operates in three cohorts annually, hosting a select number of companies over a 12-week journey culminating in a competition where they will pitch for investment and compete for prizes up to $10,000 and access an exclusive AI platform – Pitch Bob – per cohort. The program offers mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and access to funding to transform startups into thriving businesses. In short, this is a fast-track program to bring more products and businesses to market in the region.

Impact on Regional Economy

LevelUP is expected to drive substantial economic growth in the region. It aligns with the strategic plan to make Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes an innovation hub. The program contributes to job creation and economic development by nurturing and retaining these companies, enhancing the region’s status as a beacon of entrepreneurial growth.

Collaboration and Community Engagement

In collaboration with regional stakeholders, including the City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, and industry experts, LevelUP nurtures individual startups and contributes significantly to our region’s broader economic and social fabric.

A Word from Our Executive Director

Camila Duarte, Executive Director of the Innovation Cluster, expresses her enthusiasm: “The selection of these 13 companies for LevelUP is a milestone for our region. We are fostering a sustainable ecosystem where innovation and economic growth thrive together. This program symbolizes our commitment to transforming our region into a vibrant hub for entrepreneurs.”

Share Their Journey:

Your support in sharing the stories of these ambitious companies can have a profound impact. We invite the community and media to join us in celebrating their journey, amplifying their achievements, and showcasing the strength of innovation in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

About the Innovation Cluster 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs to launch, grow and scale their businesses. They help entrepreneurs reach their business goals so that our local community, job market, and economy continue to grow.

The ICPK supports startup businesses by providing dynamic programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs through three core programs.

Startup Incubator – a full-service startup incubator program

LevelUP – a full-service accelerator program

STARTup Visa Program Canada – an Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program

Student Entrepreneurship Program

LAUNCH Kawartha – The Innovation Cluster operates across multiple locations, one of which includes LAUNCH Kawartha, a dedicated space for incubation programming situated in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes. For additional information, please visit

Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, and Franklin Empire. 

Media Contact

Camila Duarte

Executive Director, Innovation Cluster

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