The Barn is a group of builders in the community who look for ways to connect, grow, and ​support the community.


Our focus is on the Waterloo Region, the students (across all schools), alumni, and the ​people who have made the community a place where global tech leaders have a connection.


We are a founder-focused organization offering different ways for people to connect, learn, ​and grow.


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Projects we are currently working on


  • Founder Dinner Club - not an accelerator, it’s better.
  • Monday Club - weekly demo session for early products and ideas. Sign up here.
  • Builders Club - for ambitious people working on what they want to do next. Apply here.
  • Builders on a boat - experience sharing with a small group on Georgian Bay.
  • Workshops - offering online courses and in-person workshops to builders, founders, and ​people interested in how to get started.


Who is leading this?


Operated by Caroline and Jesse, Startupbarn builds on 20 years of experience supporting ​early-stage founders and ecosystems.


email: jesse@jesserodgers.com