October 25, 2018
L-SPARK, the leading SaaS Accelerator in Canada, was hard at work as always during the last Quarter, launching initiatives to continue building and benefitting the Canadian startup ecosystem. For example, the team began soliciting and reviewing applications for the next Accelerator cohort, and in doing so, broadened the criteria for acceptance to include start-up companies that consider themselves to be in the cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) and “deep tech” fields.
To help spread the word, L-SPARK took the story on the road again, in the form of another ‘SaaS Roadshow’ which included hosting ‘office hours’ in Toronto and Montreal as well as the usual Ottawa engagement. L-SPARK also launched a new co-working initiative to make a portion of their office space available to start-ups under a different model. Called L-SPARK SPACE, the zone is designed as a type of “staging area” for SaaS companies who are not yet ready for the full Accelerator program, but who would benefit from being around other start-ups, as well as the mentors and more mature cohort companies that occupy the full facility. All in an effort to extend the benefits of the ecosystem further.
L-SPARK also began a series on their blog called ‘Voice of the North’ to feature interviews with speakers confirmed for the third annual SAAS NORTH Conference, coming up this November (more on that in the next issue of Q). The series includes conversations with Lightspeed CEO, Dax Dasilva, Jamie Neuwirth from Stripe, Steve Neville with Trend Micro, Satish Kanwar at Shopify and several others. These clips can be found on the L-SPARK website: l-spark.com