University of Ottawa and Wesley Clover Partner to Launch Alacrity Ottawa

This Quarter saw the latest member of the Alacrity Global ecosystem of technology start-up programs come to life with the launch of a home-town instance — Alacrity Ottawa. This partnership will marry Masters level academic learning with hands-on business and technology work placements, supported by experienced mentorship, to build new Canadian technology entrepreneurs and companies. Students will leverage local expertise in 5G+ wireless networking as a basis for new applications in industry sectors including MedTech, Cybersecurity, A.I., autonomous transportation and more.

The first registrants will enter the inaugural, two-year Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design (MEED) program at the Ottawa Faculty of Engineering in September of this year. As the budding business leaders move through the curriculum, they will also intern with local technology companies in the Kanata North business park, and work closely with mentors from the L-SPARK technology Accelerator to develop the real world skills they will need after graduation.

Key to the process, the students will form teams and begin to tackle technology/business challenges identified by members of industry. Those teams which produce viable and scalable solutions will then be presented to potential investors, and if a match is made, they will secure funding to form a company and start their journey as a new technology start-up.

Alacrity Ottawa executives are engaging with corporate and other partners now to enhance the funding opportunities and other forms of support for this latest addition to the Alacrity ecosystem. We look forward to its continued growth and success.