The accelerator is run by the Canadian wireless and internet services provider, TELUS
UrbanLogiq, a Vancouver-based analytics start-up, has won recognition for its leadership in government technology (govtech).
It was awarded with the City Innovation Prize of $10,000 from the Vancouver Economic Commission, as part of the BCIC-New Ventures Competition to kick off Vancouver Start-up Week, and has been selected to participate in the TELUS Technology Accelerator (TTA), a programme powered by Innovate Calgary.
The company uses analytics and machine learning to unlock the value of data that has become trapped in government silos to make urban planning faster, cheaper and more efficient. The City Innovation Prize recognises the top-performing venture with a primary market or potential primary market of city departments and/or agencies.
"To have an award dedicated to government technology is indicative to us that government is waiting and willing to adopt innovation,” said Herman Chandi, co-Founder of UrbanLogiq. “We’re excited to put this money towards helping governments do just that.”
“We also want to credit two of our biggest champions and early adopters, the City of Richmond and the City of Surrey. They are the reason why we’re able to make a start-up with such high potential, which was yet again validated here today."
TELUS, the Canadian wireless and internet services provider, undertook a competitive application process for its accelerator that was open to all Canadian technology start-ups. As one of the successful candidates, UrbanLogiq will be assigned an experienced mentor for the duration of the programme.
They will also be paired with an executive from TELUS who will lead its engagement with TELUS, advise them on how to best position its technology to be relevant to TELUS and connect them to appropriate experts across the organisation.
Start-ups will also have the opportunity to visit and work from the TELUS Innovation Centres in downtown Calgary and downtown Vancouver, providing increased exposure and access to TELUS, its technologies and people. The accelerator will conduct sessions between Calgary and Vancouver until Spring of 2018.
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The project is part of a joint commitment by the federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority