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Microsoft’s mission is to help businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. We are committed to our customers and partners and have a passion for technology. We take on big challenges, and pride ourselves on seeing them through. Microsoft’s BizSpark program supports startups with Azure to get businesses up and running in the cloud. Microsoft Company Brief – Oculys

University of Waterloo, Oculys research partner
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, has become one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities with more than 30,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. For 19 years in a row, Waterloo has been named Canada’s most innovative university in the Maclean’s annual university reputational rankings. Waterloo also topped the Most Likely to Produce the Leaders of Tomorrow category in 13 of the last 19 years, and was named Best Overall in 17 of 19 years — including in 2010 in all three categories. U of W’s School of Engineering, ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide, is committed to leading engineering education and research in Canada. As the largest, with more than 8,800 students enrolled in 2014. In 2012/13, external research funding in engineering exceeded $60 million for the third consecutive year, a strong indication of the emphasis placed on transformational research. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

Communitech, Oculys technology association partner
Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed. That’s our mission, our mantra, our reason for being. Everything we do ties back to collaboration and helping—values that run deep in our organization. We were founded in 1997 by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs who wanted to raise the profile of the Waterloo Region tech community. Their vision: more tech talent, a globally-recognized tech sector and better support for companies. Today, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. We support companies at all stages of growth and development—from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players—and we have fun doing it. Our team is dedicated and passionate. Regardless of role, we work together every day to help our tech companies overcome barriers to success. Team members can often be found throughout the community at all kinds of events. Next time you see one of us, say hi.