Common to each accelerator program:
You’ll work with a dedicated mentor, one-day per week, who brings years of experience to the table. Each company in our program works with the L-SPARK team and their dedicated mentor to create and execute on a customized plan.
Get Pitch Ready
Our pitch experts are on-hand to give you actionable advice on ways to improve your pitch. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your pitch practice to the test during our demo and pitch days, ultimately preparing you for the opportunity to pitch at our marquee events.
Broaden Your Network
Throughout the program, you’ll pitch to venture capital firms, angel investors and corporate partners as appropriate. These meetings will broaden your network and will help you start a dialogue about potential investment or partnership.
Deep Tech. Enterprise. SMB. : SaaS Accelerator
The SaaS accelerator will challenge you to think about how to perfect product-market-fit, identify early adopter prospects, define your sales channels, grow your revenue, build your team, navigate government funding and help you get you “pitch ready” – introducing you to potential angels and VC’s as you raise funding.
We achieve this through an intensive program, tactical and strategic support, relevant workshops and advice from a dedicated mentor who will join your team one day per week. We run weekly Ops Meetings with members from L-SPARK to test your assumptions, brainstorm options, and prepare you for customer and investor meetings.
Connected Car : Autonomous Vehicle Accelerator
Founded in partnership with BlackBerry QNX, our Blackberry/L-SPARK Accelerator works with startups who are developing next-generation applications focused on vehicle connected services and cloud connectivity to the vehicle.
Women in Tech : Compass North Accelerator
Created in partnership with Queen’s University, Compass North is a five-month accelerator program that scales women-led startups in the Kingston area. With hands-on mentoring, tactical workshops and a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who ‘get it’, this program is designed to help you grow your company hustle and heart style.
Cybersecurity : Secure IoT Accelerator
The Secure IoT Accelerator supports companies in developing innovative IoT products and services aligned with the emerging global standards for IoT security. Participating companies will have pre-commercial access to an IoT platform leveraging key capabilities from each of our strategic partners – TELUS, BlackBerry, Solace and CIRA.
With the global IoT market predicted to swell to USD $1.1 trillion by 2021, more complex applications and the need for greater security are driving innovation within the industry. Working with our industry-leading strategic partners, participants will be well-positioned to address these global opportunities.