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Community Builders Awards: This year’s Economic Development award winner is a leader in fostering growth in Guelph

Boundless Accelerator, formerly Innovation Guelph, is transforming our community through entrepreneurship
Alison Crumblehulme accepts the 2024 GuelphToday Community Builders Award for Economic Development/Kyle Rodriguez

Boundless Accelerator, formerly known as Innovation Guelph, is a driving force for economic growth in our region. 

They aid local businesses, spanning from startups to scale-ups, by providing a wide range of programs that cater to the diverse needs of clients across various sectors. 

Programming offered includes networking, education, workshops and events, most notably the Ontario Innovation Expo. 

Alison Crumblehulme, CEO of Boundless Accelerator, was surprised to hear about the Community Builders Award win for Economic Development. 

“I was absolutely shocked. It was such a pleasure to receive the phone call. We’re really honoured to be recognized as an important organization in the community,” she said. “Having this recognition is so important to spread awareness about our organization.”

Diversity and inclusivity are core principles of their mission, with a significant emphasis on supporting women-led businesses. 

For many years, Boundless Accelerator has partnered with International Women’s Day, YMCA Three Rivers and incorporated the Women of Distinction Ceremony. 

Reflecting on their commitment to fostering a diverse entrepreneurial landscape, Crumblehulme shared: “We’re continuing to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. We want to ensure that Boundless Accelerator remains inclusive and sustainability-focused.” 

"We couldn't be more thrilled to receive this recognition. As we celebrate this honour, let it serve as a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in driving economic growth," she said. 

In recognition of its exemplary contributions, Boundless Accelerator has received prestigious accolades such as the University of Guelph's Gordon S. Lang HeForShe Impact Award and the National Enterprise Support of the Year Award. 

Boundless Accelerator’s profound impact transcends mere entrepreneurship support, embodying a catalyst for societal progress, economic prosperity, and an inclusive innovation ecosystem in the Guelph area. 

The Economic Development award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the economic well-being of the community. 

Congratulations, Boundless Accelerator!

This award is proudly sponsored by Invest In Guelph.


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