L-Spark names successful inaugural incubator applicants

After attracting 300 startup applicants from Toronto, Montreal and its home base in Kanata, the L-Spark enterprise software incubator announced Monday six Ottawa startups have been selected to enter the incubator immediately.

Mydoma Studio, Cliniconex, Advantage Connect Pro, Zination, Punchtime and Target Fuel were selected from the 13 startups that advanced to a pitchfest held late last month.

The pitchfest selection committee included representatives from Microsoft, the Business Development Bank of Canada, IBM, OpenText, the Capital Angel Network, Naavon Capital and Wesley Clover International.

Mydoma Studio is an e-design portal for interior designers created by interior designer Sarah Daniele. It helps designers work with their clients and better manage their products.

Cliniconex, designed by CEO Anthony Mar, is an appointment reminder and survey app for health care patients. More than 500 physicians already use the product.

Advantage Connect Pro is an official Adobe solutions provider and a Microsoft and Blackboard partner. Founded by Matthew Rock, ACP offers a hosted app that integrates telephony and learning management systems.   

ZINation, founded by David Ker, is an online publishing app that users can integrate with e-commerce platforms such as Shopify to create virtual “magazines” to promote their storefronts.

Punchtime is a software solution that tracks employees’ hours and location. Founded by Yves Eggleston, it helps automate payroll and works on most smartphones.

Founded by Chris Corman, the Target Fuel platform is designed to simplify the delivery of targeted website content, drive up conversion rates and lower the costs of inbound marketing channels.

Over the next four months, the six startups will be given the L-Spark hands-on treatment, each paired one-on-one with an experienced mentor to support each company’s executive team. They will get opportunities to pitch for seed financing and meet with L-Spark partners such as Google, Microsoft, Citrix, OpenText, Mitel and IBM.