Ottawa-based CIRA lands spot in first cohort of L-Spark’s new secure IoT accelerator

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Byron Holland, CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. File photo
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This article was updated to clarify comments on CIRA's domain registry business.

The Ottawa-based company responsible for the .ca domain is among the first cohort of companies joining a new accelerator spearheaded by L-Spark and its team of corporate partners.

The Kanata-based accelerator, which burst onto the scene in 2014 with an aggressive approach to scaling software-as-a-service companies, announced this past spring that it was teaming up with Telus, BlackBerry and Ottawa’s Solace to offer a new program focused on developing secure applications in the emerging Internet of Things field.

The first cohort of the four-month program was announced Monday. Among the four participating firms is the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Registration Authority. In recent years the local not-for-profit has expanded beyond the slower-growth business of domain registry into applications focused on internet security.

The new IoT accelerator program provides participating companies with technical resources to develop top-line applications, including Telus’ cybersecurity and connectivity services, BlackBerry’s secure operating system and Solace’s data mobility capabilities. While the three tech firms will guide the coming cohort in technical development, L-Spark will provide business mentoring and help arrange partnership opportunities between the corporate accelerator partners and participating firms.

Applications to the new accelerator closed on April 30. CIRA, Montreal’s Canscan, Sudbury’s Flosonics Medical and Coquitlam, B.C.’s Platoi Industries were all selected after a hackathon competition among 12 finalists.

L-Spark managing director Patrick White sat down with Techopia Live earlier this year to discuss the company’s approach to “corporate accelerators” like this one and a similar program with BlackBerry QNX focused on applications in the autonomous vehicles space. Watch the full interview below.