Tehama, offshoot of Ottawa’s Pythian, accepted to New York accelerator

An Ottawa-based SaaS developer is headed to the Big Apple to join the next cohort of a national accelerator program.

Tehama, a business unit of local IT services firm Pythian, announced Wednesday it will join the Canadian Technology Accelerator’s spring cohort in New York City. The digital technology accelerator is a five-month program run by Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service that supports Canadian companies to enter foreign markets.

Tehama and five other companies accepted into the CTA spring cohort will set up shop in a Manhattan co-working facility and receive mentorship and networking connections throughout the coming months.

Tehama launched last year as a spinoff business unit to commercialize a product developed within Pythian. Specifically, Tehama’s software allows enterprise businesses to work with freelancers and third parties in a secure virtual room, eliminating the need to ship laptops around the world in order to keep sensitive data private.

The company is already a bit familiar with the New York state of mind, however. Senior vice-president Gene Villeneuve told Techopia Live last year that Tehama held its launch there in an attempt to make a splash in the heart of the world’s financial services sector.

“By launching the Tehama capability in New York, we’re sending a message … that we’re ready for that market,” he said.

To hear more about Tehama’s mission to secure the international workforce, watch the video below.