We deliver results through intensive mentorship and access to our network of top investors, expert advisors, talent and prospective partners and customers.

Our startup and corporate acceleration programs give companies exclusive access to leading edge technology and help build the foundation and metrics to raise capital, grow revenues, and reach global markets and partners. 

To date, our alumni network of 75+ startups has raised funding totalling over $97M.

Our partners help us drive innovation in the startup ecosystem.

We are proud to partner with incredible organizations to deliver unparalleled acceleration programs that drive success.

Our Programs

Corporate Accelerator Programs

01. Autonomous Vehicle

In partnership with BlackBerry QNX, our BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator works with startups who are focused on vehicle connected services and cloud connectivity to the vehicle on developing next generation AV applications.

02. MedTech Accelerator

The TELUS L-SPARK Medtech Accelerator supports companies in developing innovative connected medical devices and services aligned with emerging global IoT security standards. This program targeting the medical technology vertical is an offshoot of our Secure IoT Accelerator launched in 2019.

03. Compass North

Compass North is not your typical accelerator program. Designed in collaboration with Queen’s University, this accelerator helps grow female led companies with hustle and heart. The women leaders of today are helping to shape the women who will lead tomorrow, by providing the “lessons learned” they need, at the most critical time in their venture. With high-touch mentoring, tactical workshops and a tight-knit community, this program is all about redefining the future.

You and the community are at the centre of all that we do.

Beyond our acceleration activities, we look for ways to increase our overall support of the startup and tech ecosystem. There are a few notable initiatives that we are incredibly passionate about.

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Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur

Being a founder with limited resources can often be a true test of grit, determination, and flat out perseverance. Everyone expects you to have all the answers while you are cutting a new path with new technology. You experience the highest highs and the lowest lows along your journey.

Connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs, with similar experiences allows for shared inspiration and a support system you can lean on. Sometimes you need to vent and sometimes you need a kick in the….

They get it. They relate. They are living it, just like you.

Female Founders + Funders

In an effort to shine a spotlight on today’s often unsung female leaders and the rising female stars of tomorrow, we created an open spreadsheet to encourage the startup community to band together to build the largest database of Canada’s female founders and funders. This growing list is used widely by conference organizers, investors and the community at large to identify and engage female founders and funders in Canada.

SAAS NORTH

Co-founded in partnership with Cube Business Media Inc., SAAS NORTH Conference brings the entire Canadian SaaS ecosystem under one roof. Whether you are a start-up or a global brand, an investor or a service provider specializing in SaaS, SAAS NORTH provides you the opportunity to cross-pollinate with SaaS professionals from coast-to-coast.