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Accelerator launched for Canadian IoT ventures

L-Spark and telecoms company Telus will work in collaboration with technology companies Blackberry and Solace to build a secure IoT ecosystem for the country.

The IoT accelerator is taking applications from growth stage Canadian companies
The IoT accelerator is taking applications from growth stage Canadian companies

Canadian software-as-a-service (SaaS) accelerator, L-Spark, has teamed with telecoms operator Telus to launch a secure Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator programme.


Working in collaboration with BlackBerry and Solace, the accelerator is currently accepting applications from growth stage Canadian companies developing IoT applications in a variety of industries.


The programme seeks to provide Canada’s emerging IoT ventures with global market reach capability with a Secure by Design technology.


Driving innovation


With the global IoT market forecast to grow to £1.1 trillion by 2021, more complex applications, and the need for greater security, are driving innovation within the industry, a trend the secure IoT accelerator aims to address.


“Telus is dedicated to fostering a thriving and secure IoT ecosystem in Canada, capable of both serving the needs of Canadians and providing reach to markets around the globe. Ensuring that next-generation security products and services are available to that ecosystem is vital to its success, so we are proud to support L-Spark’s secure IoT accelerator,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, Telus.


Utilising the strengths of its strategic partners, the acceleration programme will support its portfolio companies in developing innovative IoT products and services that leverage the combined capabilities of Telus’ global connectivity and IoT cyber-security services, BlackBerry’s secure operating system, and Solace’s data movement capabilities.

“We believe the winners in IoT will be the companies that realise security is not an added cost but a valuable differentiator”

According to the partners, woven together, these capabilities will enable the development of out-of-the-box product and service experiences, ensuring privacy and security by design with built-in connectivity, end-to-end security, streamlined device management and end-user managed access and provisioning.


“We believe the winners in IoT will be the companies that realise security is not an added cost but a valuable differentiator,” added Charles Eagan, chief technology officer, BlackBerry.


“It’s incumbent upon all manufacturers to deliver safe and secure IoT devices that consumers and enterprises can trust, and the secure IoT accelerator programme is an excellent place to start.”


Accelerator package


Companies taking part in the four-month programme will receive:

  • Exclusive access to LTE-M ready software development kits (SDK) from the corporate partners to facilitate the development and demonstration of new applications prior to the general market availability of the platform
  • Technical mentoring from Telus, BlackBerry and Solace experts
  • Business mentoring from L-Spark to accelerate company growth and facilitate business development opportunities with corporate accelerator partners as well as outside entities
  • All other benefits associated with L-Spark acceleration programs, including access to its SaaS, cloud and IoT technology community.

The secure IoT accelerator programme is accepting applications from growth stage companies developing IoT products in a variety of industries, including: automotive; healthcare; access management; smart home and building; retail and supply chain management; logistics and fleet management; natural resources; and asset management among others.

Ideal applicants must have Canadian headquarters as well as the required team and financial capacity to execute projects during the accelerator programme timeframe.


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