History & Story
The idea for L-SPARK starts with a conversation at a coffee shop with a startup founder who was recently accepted, among hundreds of applicants from around the world, to attend Y Combinator.
While I shared in his enthusiasm, I also had to ask WHY GO?! He told me, Y Combinator would give him the visibility his company needed.
I firmly believe the answer is a resounding yes. Ottawa has been the birthplace and long-term home of global companies who dominate their respective categories.
After all, the city has an undeniable track record of tech success. And though they might be greying at the temples, the executives who grew up in the heydays of Blackberry, Mitel, Nortel, Newbridge Networks and Cognos have a wealth of experience. The IPO successes of these companies might have faded from memory, but their legacies have created a foundation of talented executives in our city.
We created L-SPARK to highlight Ottawa’s talent, domain expertise and operational know-how. Furthermore, with U.S. tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, OpenText, Survey Monkey, IBM, Google, and others setting up local development centers, it’s no wonder we are poised to be Canada’s capital of SaaS.