Compass North: Celebrating Women in Tech

It seems like not long ago that we launched the second cohort of Compass North alongside our partners at Queen’s University + WE-CAN. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 months. 

Compass North was created to support + accelerate the women-led startups in the Belleville-Kingston-Brockville region. You can learn more about the program here.

We are so beyond proud of all that these founders have accomplished, and we’re thrilled to be able to share that with our community! 

Watch the pitches here.

Special thanks to our partners Startup Community Empowerment Fund, presented by Startup Canada, Mastercard Canada, Sovereign Insurance, and UPS Canada for making this virtual pitch production possible!

Learn more about the companies + their founders:

Kristina Stanley, CEO of Fictionary

Fictionary is book writing and editing software for writers and professional editors. Take the guesswork out of editing fiction and ensure the story works.

Fictionary makes story editing faster by analyzing a manuscript from start to finish and providing powerful visuals such as the Story Arc. They help you edit your manuscript using the 38 Fictionary Story Elements to tell stories readers connect with.

Ingrid Gayle, Founder of Girl Boss Chess

Girl Boss Chess is a global collective of ambitious women on a mission to empower girls through the game of chess.

As the only online chess collective in the world for girls, they are tackling the gender gap in chess head-on by inspiring our students to discover and develop their inherent strengths.

Their community brings together students and women chess professionals from all over the world who have embraced their inner Girl Bosses, both in chess and life.

Lisa Henderson, MAATO, CBCO Owner + Designer at House of Three

House of Three offers a full suite of architectural design services. 

They create affordable, attractive, and code-compliant designs for residential homes, renovations, and rentals. From custom homes or small commercial buildings to tenant fit ups, and renovations, each floor plan is created by a BCIN-licensed designer.

See some of their plans + designs here.

Ana Valerie Mandri, Founder + CEO of Zamia Media

Zamia Media is a communications firm that specializes in effective and meaningful behaviour change and community engagement campaigns.

The Zamia Media team champions campaigns and programs that support local people, with a mission to create and grow initiatives that enhance justice,  build a better planet, and make for stronger, healthier people.

If you’d like to be put in contact with any of these founders or companies, please reach out to L-SPARK’s Community + Events Manager, Natasha, at We’d love to introduce you!

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