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Insights Into AI Investing From Alacrity Global

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a strong trend today in terms of technology innovation, start-up company focus and investment firm interest. Much hype can be found in the typical investment pitch-deck being circulated. But the term “AI” has become so common, even overused, it can often be misleading and unnecessary as a value-add to these materials.…

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L-SPARK Continues to Hit the Accelerators

L-SPARK hosted their SaaS Roadshow in four Canadian cities (Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo) over the past Quarter. The primary goal — find the next B2B SaaS ‘unicorn’ in Canada. No small feat, but it is always best to aim high! Over the course of the Roadshow, the team heard business pitches from hundreds of…

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Wesley Clover Parks Wraps Up Another Very Busy Summer

As is now the norm, the summer season of programs and events at Wesley Clover Parks was a very busy time once again. Here are a few of the highlights: CAMP Reservations at the Campground were strong throughout the season, aided in part by the online reservation system which was deployed this With operations now…

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The Latest Venture Capital Activities and Trends

As this is the first issue of Q for calendar 2019, we thought it would make sense to provide an update on the latest investment activities being reported around the world. Combining a number of sources, we offer the following picture. The Global View PWC and CB Insights released their MoneyTree Report earlier this year,…

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There ARE Such Things as Unicorns

The term used for an exceptionally successful new company today is a ‘Unicorn’. The label was coined in 2013 and it refers to a privately-held start-up that has a valuation of $1.0B USD or more. As shown in the following chart, while once rare, the phenomenon has become much less so, particularly in Asia and…

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Wesley Clover L-SPARK Launches New Corporate Accelerators

L-SPARK, the leading SaaS Accelerator in Canada, has been busy developing new partnerships to build upon their legacy of helping innovative companies spring onto the Canadian and global technology stage. And the scope for the next start-ups they are working with is impressive. Before we look forward, let’s look at some of the recent accomplishments.…

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Tutela wins business on both sides of the pond

Tutela Builds More Momentum in 2019

The latest Quarter continued the rapid growth for portfolio member Tutela, the mobile device experience measurement company. The team secured a number of large new business deals, including a global agreement with Telefonica that will see Tutela SaaS used as the standard for customer experience measurement across the global Telefonica operations. Tutela also deepened their…

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Echosec Shines Light on the Darknet

This past Quarter, the team at Echosec added a major new offering to their SaaS portfolio. In addition to the existing location- based social media data aggregation and intelligence platform, the company launched ‘Beacon’, a proprietary new search tool that enables users to navigate the Darknet quickly and easily. Darknet is an umbrella term used…

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Martello Growth Accelerates Following IPO, Next Acquisition

Ottawa-based Martello closed 2018 ready for continued growth after debuting on the TSX Venture Exchange, acquiring IT Analytics software provider Savision and bolstering the company leadership team before year end. The mission remains set on bringing clarity and control to complex digital environments, with products that monitor, manage and help optimize IT infrastructure. The acquisition…

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