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How I Leveraged Government Support to Grow my Startup

Steve Cody, founder and CEO of The Better Software Company (TBSC), details the ways in which both federal and provincial government agencies and NGOs have benefited his growing company. At a recent panel discussion held at Kivuto, representatives from each organization outlined how they’ve helped the startup with hiring, financing and R&D. Steve has recapped his experience with each of the organizations, and how their programs have been important to every aspect of his company.

How to Build a Sales Culture in Your SaaS Company

We’ve equipped the companies in our second Accelerator cohort with a bell to ring every time they close a sale. This stems from a practice started by Accelerator graduate The Better Software Company (TBSC). Founder and CEO of TBSC Steve Cody explains why the bell is effective in building culture, instilling passion and driving hustle in a SaaS company.

4 Places to Look for Early Adopters

An early adopter is typically defined as a company or person who embraces new technology before other companies do. Early adopters validate ideas and provide key insights on how a product can be improved. This fundamental part of finding market fit can be difficult.

Toronto Incubator #SaaSRoadshow

L-SPARK is making its way to Toronto on our Incubator #SaaSRoadshow and can’t wait to visit again with early stage SaaS startups from the 416. First up, L-SPARK Director, Eli Fathi will be in house at Extreme Venture Partners with Founder Institute Toronto for office hours from 9:00am-5:00pm. Book some time to meet one on one & chat about our Winter 2016 #LSPARKIncubator session.

Ottawa Incubator #SaaSRoadshow

The L-SPARK Team will be at The Code Factory on November 26th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm taking office hours. Book some time to meet with L-SPARK Director, Patrick White. Patrick would love to chat about the #LSPARKIncubator & give you the down low on how your startup could benefit from joining our Winter 2016 session.

L-SPARK Selects B2B SaaS Startups to Join Second Accelerator Session

Four Companies Make the Grade out of 190 Qualified Applicants OTTAWA, ON – Four B2B SaaS and cloud software startups have been chosen to join L-SPARK’s second Accelerator program that begins this month. Following an application process that attracted startups from the Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa areas, 11 companies were selected to participate in a Pitchfest held at the end of September.

Fredericton Incubator #SaaSRoadshow

The L-SPARK Team will be on the East Coast for the first time visiting startups from the Propel ICT portfolio at their Alumni Summit from November 6-7th, 2015. Book some time to meet with our Director, Marco Janeczek while he is in town!

Waterloo Incubator #SaaSRoadshow

The L-SPARK Team can’t wait to visit with the Waterloo tech community on November 5-6th at Communitech as a part of the Incubator #SaaSRoadshow. Keep an eye out for L-SPARK Director, Bob Huggins, who will be at the Startup Open House after party on November 5th to chat with the local startup community.

Montreal Incubator #SaaSRoadshow

Our first stop on the Incubator #SaaSRoadshow will be with our friends in Montreal! The team is arriving in MTL on October 28th and can’t wait to visit with Founder Institute and other startups at La Gare. Directors, Marco Janeczek and Andrew Jackson will be holding office hours from 10:00am-4:00pm. Pop by at noon for a lunch-n-learn where the team will be giving the La Gare community the down low on Why L-SPARK!

The ‘Best In SaaS’ Presented by L-SPARK at Inaugural Incubator and Accelerator Graduation

OTTAWA, ON – September 18, 2015 – Canada’s leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Incubator and Accelerator, L-SPARK, presented the ‘Best in SaaS’ at the graduation of their inaugural 2015 cohorts. Founders of the two companies from the nine-month Accelerator program and six companies from the four-month Incubator program presented their achievements to a jam-packed audience of more than 350 mentors, advisors, investors and corporate partners at Canada’s premiere SaaS Showcase.

The L-SPARK 4% Solution

There have been a few questions about the L-SPARK business model, so I would like to take the time to review first the model our team has come up with.

Montreal #SaaSRoadshow

Our last leg on the 2015 #SaaSRoadshow will be with our friends at FounderFuel in Montreal! The team is arriving in MTL on August 26th and can’t wait to visit the Founder Institute alumni at La Gare for a lunch-n-learn at 12:00pm followed by one on one office hours with our Director of Entrepreneurs, Marco Janeczek, from 1:00pm-5:00pm.