Change log: Startup briefs

ChangeLog is a summary of the latest news from the Ottawa startup community.

University of Ottawa startup captures instant donations

New startup Go Give-Back has developed a mobile app that lets philanthropists collect instant, “in-the-moment” donations for charitable causes and events. Users can look up nearby events or find an organization that appeals to them and make a donation using a single tap. Founded by Lemuel Barango and Liora Raitblat, the young firm was recently selected as one of the top five startups to come out of the University of Ottawa and has also been accepted into this summer’s Startup Garage incubator program.

eStaffMatch lands partnership, plans expansions

Ottawa-based online marketplace eStaffMatch, which connects event organizers with trained staff, inked a partnership agreement with Tourism HR Canada in April. The internationally recognized Invest Ottawa portfolio company makes its first move into the Toronto market in late May and plans to expand to Montreal shortly.

Ottawa firm pioneers new eco-friendly LED lighting

Lighting design company Rimikon aims to make a bigger break into the commercial sector with plans to install and test its extra-low-voltage LED lights – which use only 24 volts, last up to 50,000 hours and are completely recyclable, according to the Ottawa company – at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, a facility designed to get innovative technologies into the market more quickly, the firm announced recently. Launched in 2010, the company currently has 27 distributors across North America.

L-Spark accepting applications for 2016 accelerator

L-Spark is now accepting new applicants for its 2016 fall session. The Kanata-based business accelerator for enterprise software is designed to rapidly grow revenues at software-as-a-service startups and prepare the companies for late seed or Series A financing rounds within nine months. L-Spark is seeking firms with an already established commercial product and at least $10,000 to $30,000 in monthly recurring revenue. Companies can fill out an application at l-spark.com before July 24.

Lobby group calls for federally funded accelerator

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance wants the Canadian government to help boost both the public and private sectors in Ottawa by creating a new accelerator for startups that are looking to commercialize research and development by government scientists, engineers and technologists. The lobby group says such a program would help spur innovation and also act as “a vote of confidence” for government scientists.