1855 Whitby

The 1855 Philosophy

A strategic initiative that began with the Town of Whitby and the CEO of 360insights, 1855 was created to fill a defined gap that existed in the innovation ecosystem in the Durham Region.

The vision is to provide support for established high-potential tech and innovation companies to accelerate growth and land within the community, expanding the Innovation District in Downtown Whitby,  ultimately becoming the growth arm for a robust Eastern Innovation Corridor from Pickering to Kingston.

new life, old roots

1855 has made its home in the former provincial Land Registry Office, a heritage site dating back to 1873.

As the Durham Region population grew, the Registry relocated in 1987. Many years later, the building was purchased by the Town of Whitby, as part of the vision of the late Peter LeBel, Commissioner for the Town of Whitby. His goal was to make Whitby a fundamental contributor to the tech and innovation ecosystem within the Eastern Innovation Corridor. Peter aligned with tech industry leader Jason Atkins, CEO of Durham's largest technology company, to create 1855 - a place where high-potential tech companies could receive growth support locally, staying within the community with access to capital, top talent, and strategic business influencers. The Town made an extensive retrofit and investment in this historical facility, formed a private-public partnership, and 1855 was established as its own not-for-profit organization. 

Delivering a unique approach

Accelerated programming at play

1855 PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED BY STRATEGIC PARTNERS.

Because of these partnerships, 1855 delivers programming in areas such as advanced sales and marketing, stakeholder communications, growth consulting, executive mentorship, IP/trademark protechtion, AI, client and investor presentation readiness, talent optimization and acquisition, financial and busienss model analysis, R&D, cyber security protocols, and much more. Our boutique model is built around identiying the needs of each individual company and providing relevant growth support.

GROWTH-CENTRIC OPPORTUNITIES
OFFICE HOURS
COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS
ADVISORY SESSIONS
LUNCH & LEARNS
CLIENT, CHANNEL PARTNER, & INVESTOR INTROS
MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
PRIVATE PRESENTAITON COACHING

 
SOCIALLY EXCLUSIVE
BEER O'CLOCK FOR PEERS IN ALIGNED ROLES
1855 COMMUNITY TEAM-BUILDING
MENTORSHIP ENGAGEMENT WITH KEYNOTES

 
SIGNATURE PROGRAMS & EVENTS
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INNOV8 AM
GROWTH ACCELERATOR PROGRAM (GAP)
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Impacting the Regional Economy

1855 was brought to life because of a gap in the innovation ecosystem. There are a range of local supports for start-up companies stemming from the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) to idea conceptualization, product validation, seed funding, and business incubation at Spark Centre. There was no entity along the Eastern Innovation Corridor (Pickering to Kingston) to advance companies under all facets of the tech and innovation sector,  to the global stage.

Innovation

Outside of 1855, there are currently 20 tech and innovation companies that exist in Whitby; 12 are located in the downtown core with 500+ employees.

Creating Jobs

1855 has commited to supporting 75 companies and creating 750 new local jobs over its first five years.

large-scale Growth

Within 5 years, the GDP from the Regional ICT sector will be approx. $739MM, of which 1855 will have contributed $45MM.

1855 LEADERSHIP

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Stephanie Mann

CEO, Growth Strategist & Partnership Development
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Lindsay Beyger

Program Coordination & Research
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an esteemed Board at the helm

1855 IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, LED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

"1855 provides a long-awaited invaluable service to tech entrepreneurs. As the CEO of 360insights, a company that has received growth support from a Toronto accelerator in the early days (and still operates a satellite office from there), we recognize the power that comes from having access to the right expertise and opportunities. We have a strong board at the helm and the right leadership in place. Tech companies reach out to me all the time looking for guidance, asking where to go, what to do next, how to advance. As we turn the page on our founding year, we strive to be the place innovators think of when needing next-level support. To those entrepreneurs, this is for you." 

 JASON ATKINS - CHAIR, 1855 BOARD & CEO, 360INSIGHTS

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Jason Atkins

CEO
360insights
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Jeff Quipp

Founder & CEO
Search Engine People Inc.
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Brion Hendry

Partner, Assurance & Accounting Leader
GTA, BDO Canada
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David Lahey

Founder
Predictive Success Corp.
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Peter Dillon

Technology, Privacy, & Franchise Lawyer
Siskinds Law Firm 
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Matthew Gaskell

CAO
Town of Whitby

1855's Member Community

Members receive a white-glove experience in a dedicated, creative working environment with access to accelerated programming and connections to industry leaders, investors, and prospective clients. Above all that, collaborations and synergies with like-minded peers make the 1855 opportunity a game-changing one for driven entrepreneurs.

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ANCHOR CLIENTS

In addition to accelerating companies, these organizations also work from 1855. These anchor clients align with 1855's objectives because they compliment what we are trying to do. They drive innovation in our community, provide invaluable advisory support for the members, provide a pool of top tech talent as companies expand, assist with real estate needs for companies looking to relocate here, and foster the landing strategy to acquire working space in the community upon exit. 1855 Member
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Partners who lead

These investing partners believe in our vision and are here to support the journey to growth.
1855 Whitby chooses partners skilled in many areas of expertise so they can be mentorship assets to the acceleration program.

A NOD TO OUR ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

To uphold the lofty vision of 1855, it takes a village of support from strategic partners within the innovation ecosystem. We look forward to developing new partnership synergies, further collaborations with these organizations, and the continuance of a culture of extraordinary engagement through innovation.

TOGEHTER WE CAN (AND WILL) MAKE A GREATER IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY!

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Contact Us

Get In Touch

Address

400 Centre St S., Whitby, Ontario, Canada L1N 4W2

Phone

+1 905 926 5176

Email Address

info@1855whitby.com