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L-SPARK, TELUS, BlackBerry and Solace Launch Accelerator for Emerging Canadian IoT Ventures

L-SPARK, Canada’s leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) accelerator, and TELUS have partnered to launch the Secure IoT Accelerator program in collaboration with BlackBerry Limited and Solace The Secure IoT Accelerator program is intended to enable Canadian Internet of Things (IoT) ventures by providing them with global market reach capability with a Secure by Design technology. With the…

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Crowdsourcing Being Used to Improve Mobile Internet

Tutela collects data from millions of devices worldwide to power business decisions As seen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, mobile smart phone usage continues to grow at incredible speed. But at what rate? A recent report predicts that “mobile Internet traffic will reach nearly a Zettabyte of data annually by 2022”. That…

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Artificial Intelligence Enables Lightning Fast People Screening

As investors focused on technology companies, we are often asked about the more human side of the business. This includes how to find and retain talent, motivate the right behaviour, and occasionally advise on the more sensitive tasks. The common thread is ‘people’, which – across our portfolio – consists of thousands of individuals working…

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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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A Look Behind the Scenes of the Holiday Retail Season

Some insights on the year’s biggest shopping days The benefit of being an investor in many B2B SaaS companies is that we have access to industry data from a variety of sources. As a result, we can create insights that are otherwise difficult to formulate. This time of year, we are always interested in the…

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Could You Watch 150 Movies in a Minute?

Artificial intelligence puts an end to manual video search Security Cameras are ubiquitous in businesses, however it is still a daunting task for many business owners to comb through hours of video to identify an event of interest. Often those events coincide with transactional moments from a POS or other system. For CCTV to be…

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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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Martello (TSXV: MTLO) to Begin Trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on September 12

OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2018 /CNW/ – Martello Technologies Group Inc. (TSXV: MTLO), (“Martello” or the “Company”), a provider of network performance management solutions for real-time communications with more than 5,000 businesses and government organizations already under management in 150 countries around the world, and more than 1.5 million IPT (Internet Protocol Telephony) users under management,…

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Cybersecurity Pioneer HYAS Raises $6.2M Series A Round Led By M12

HYAS, a leading provider of attribution intelligence tools for InfoSec and cybersecurity professionals, today announced it has raised $6.2 million in a Series A funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s Venture Fund, with participation from Startup Capital Ventures, 205 Capital, Wesley Clover and luminary cybersecurity professionals Tim Eades and Tom Noonan. The company will use…

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