Living Lab Accelerator Program

L-SPARK has partnered with the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) and Hub350, the gateway to Canada’s largest technology park, to create the Living Lab Accelerator with the aim of accelerating customer adoption and real-world deployment of 5G and next generation technology solutions that support the Kanata North community’s live, work, play, learn and innovate lifestyles.

Program Details

Up to four companies will be selected in June 2023 to participate in the Accelerator program. L-SPARK, together with the KNBA, will facilitate finding a pilot site within Kanata North for deployment and demonstration of selected solutions during the accelerator period, July – October 2023, and showcase these solutions at the Hub350 Partner Summit on November 14, 2023.

Participating companies will work one-on-one with an experienced L-SPARK mentor over a four-month period to support the achievement of business objectives in parallel with the demonstration project. Companies will also benefit from biweekly joint meetings with their mentor and L-SPARK to problem solve and address growth opportunities.

Accelerator Benefits

Expert Mentorship

One-on-one engagement with an experienced L-SPARK mentor as well as support from members of the L-SPARK team, which may include business development, financing strategy, investor introductions

Grant and funding support

Guidance regarding access to applicable grants and funding sources

Brand Exposure

Brand exposure and facilitation for building relationships with potential customers in Kanata North.

Networking opportunities

Access to a community of serial entrepreneurs and startup founders.

Free Work Space

Access to co-working and meeting space at Hub350 and L-SPARK in Kanata North.

L-SPARK Perks Package

Access to exclusive discounts from the L-SPARK perks package.


Accelerator applications close:

May 4th, 2023

Short-listed applicant presentations:

May 24th, 2023

Accelerator kickoff:

June 20, 2023

Meet last year’s cohort:

FAQ about Living Lab Accelerator

Is there a cost to participate?

No, there is no cost to participate.

For the Living Lab Accelerator, applicants should have a product ready to deploy at least in a pilot stage. L-SPARK typically works with companies from early revenue to growth stages, supporting the company to move to the next level of growth.

Email us and tell us about them:

Your business does not have to be Ottawa-based, but you should be prepared to work with a local partner in Kanata North to implement your solution or demonstration. Routine meetings with your mentor and the L-SPARK team can be done via videoconference.

The deadline to apply is May 4th, 2023.