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BlackBerry and L-SPARK Select Seven Finalists For New Tech Accelerator Program

Seven companies have been chosen as the initial class of a new accelerator program set up by BlackBerry and L-SPARK, Canada’s leading software-as-a-service accelerator, with the goal of growing the next great, global technology company. Applications were received from across Canada with senior representatives from BlackBerry and L-SPARK ultimately narrowing down the highly competitive field…

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Alacrity’s growing investments puts Kanata at the centre of global startup network

Wesley Clover backed initiative uses unique partnership model to build international ecosystem. The Alacrity Global Initiative continues to expand its portfolio of tech startups and venture capital funds around the world, with recent additions in Mexico City and Pune, India. The Alacrity Global Initiative was developed around five years ago by local company Wesley Clover,…

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BlackBerry and L-SPARK Launch New Accelerator Program to Fuel Canadian Technology Innovation

The BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator Program is looking for startups with business models and technologies that align with the BlackBerry QNX product group’s technological initiatives, leveraging its embedded software platform, in next generation applications such as vehicle software and medical device systems, among others. Six companies will be selected to join the Accelerator program for six-months of…

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Applications Open for L-SPARK Accelerator Program

L-SPARK is officially accepting applications for SaaS, Cyber and IoT startups that are looking to take their business to the next level. The L-SPARK Accelerator helps startups grow their revenue, build their team, perfect product-market-fit, establish their sales channels, navigate government funding and help the founder(s) get pitch ready to raise their financing round. Visit…

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Congratulations on Another Successful L-SPARK Cottage Pitchfest

Well done, L-SPARK! Another successful Cottage Pitchfest featuring well prepared start-ups, articulate presenters and bold visions. The pitches were compelling, delivered to invited investors from Canada and the United States as well as corporate partners by the latest L-SPARK cohort and select early stage companies. Presenters took the stage from companies including Cybeats, Property Spark,…

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Alacrity Shares 2 Simple Tactics to Increase Response Rates

The messages you try to communicate with emails can only be effective so long as the emails are actually getting opened in the first place. Below are two tips to increase open rates and email responses: 1. Resend the same email to everyone who didn’t open it For your next group email, try this trick…

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Lessons Learned from a VP of Sales

Jim Farrell recently joined one of the Wesley Clover portfolio companies, Solink, as Vice President of Sales. With nearly twenty years of experience working in sales within the tech sector in both the Canadian and American tech ecosystems, Jim has gained the perspective needed to understand what works, what doesn’t, and how to deal with…

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Top 5 apps any SaaS company needs to use to run their business

It’s not uncommon for founders to be pulled in multiple directions and find themselves immersed in a variety of areas, ranging from taking care of employee issues, payroll, accounting, marketing, and more. While these demanding tasks are often natural byproducts of running a startup, they can also become very time-consuming and overwhelming. Thankfully, multiple productivity…

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Shopify: The ecommerce Solution for Businesses of Every Size

Shopify is quickly becoming one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in the world. The Canadian company, headquartered in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, processed over $5B in sales last quarter. This is second only to Amazon’s retail sales, outside of the Chinese market. According to Datanyze, Shopify’s technology currently captures nearly 11% of the market…

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Cliniconex

Cliniconex lands $1 million in funding

Alacrity Global is pleased to announce that Cliniconex, a Wesley Clover portfolio company, has closed a $1 million funding round this month. This funding comes less than a year after it’s initial $500,000 seed round led by Wesley Clover last October, bringing the company’s total funding to roughly $1.5 million. Anthony Mar, CEO of Cliniconex…

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