Building the Next Generation of Local Technology Entrepreneurs As part of the Alacrity Global start-up ecosystem, Alacrity Ottawa offers aspiring entrepreneurs the combination of a Master’s degree in business management, on-the-job experience, and mentoring services to launch new Canadian technology businesses.

About Alacrity Ottawa

An initiative of Wesley Clover International, the global Alacrity program helps start and scale new technology companies around the world.  Working with like-minded partners, the model is tailored to each location and brings together a unique combination of education, mentoring, business relationship building and customer opportunities that increase competitiveness and success rates.

Alacrity Ottawa has been formed in partnership with the University of Ottawa and offers graduate students from engineering disciplines a further Master’s-level, entrepreneur-focused program that marries campus education with on-the-job experience and focused ‘Technology Incubator” mentoring.

The mentoring services will be managed by Wesley Clover affiliate L-SPARK, the Ottawa-based Incubator/Accelerator that to date has helped more than 75 tech start-ups build the foundation and metrics to raise capital, grow revenues and reach global markets and partners, raising more than $97M in funding in the process.  Alacrity Ottawa participants who complete the program successfully will be eligible to take the next steps in their own entrepreneurial journey by seeking investment partners to fund their new company.

Program

A fundamental component of Alacrity Ottawa is the Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design (MEED), a custom, two-year program provided by the uOttawa Faculty of Engineering at their main campus.  The program delivers academic instruction as well as practical business training and experience in the development of new business ideas and the creation of new companies.  As students progress, they will spend time at the uOttawa Kanata North campus, in what is now the largest technology park in Canada, and then intern with technology companies based there.

In the next phase of the program, students will form teams to tackle identified industry challenges and receive business-building mentorship from L-SPARK.  Industry focus will be centered around local expertise in 5G+ networking, for applications including Healthcare, Cybersecurity, A.I., autonomous transportation and more.  Initial projects will target MedTech opportunities, and these will be expanded over time.  Those teams producing viable and potentially scalable solutions will then be presented to appropriate investors.  If a match is made, the team(s) will secure funding to form a new company and start their journey as a new technology start-up.  Ongoing engagement with corporate partners will enhance the industry challenges, funding opportunities and support provided to this latest addition to the Alacrity ecosystem.

Team

Alacrity Ottawa is operated by a team of highly skilled educators, mentors and support workers. The experienced management team is shown here.

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Leo Lax
Executive Managing Director, L-SPARK

Leo is a veteran of both the corporate and entrepreneurial sides of the telecom industry. As CEO and co-founder of Skypoint Capital, a venture capital firm that specializes in telecom, he served as principal for each successive telecom fund within the firm. …

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Greg Vanclief
Managing Director, Global Investments

As a member of the Wesley Clover Investment Committee, Greg is responsible for portfolio management and new investments, and holds Directorships with a number of the investee firms. In particular, Greg develops and manages investment opportunities in global markets under the Alacrity brand, and leads international business development for portfolio companies. …

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Michael Turner
V.P. System Strategies

Michael Turner provides the company with strategic analysis, government relations management and support of the Alacrity business incubators program. Previously, Michael was a senior executive with the Canadian Government, leading the IT and telecommunications operations within the common services agency. …

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Sylvain Charbonneau
Vice-President, Research, University of Ottawa

Sylvain has held the position of Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa since 2018. He is a strong advocate for the benefits of pairing university research and industry and strives …

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Hanan Anis
Alacrity Ottawa Academic Lead I NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design | Acting Director new School of Engineering Design and Teaching Innovation I Professor, University of Ottawa

Hanan is the Acting Director of uOttawa’s new School of Engineering Design and Teaching Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering. She holds the NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also a professor …

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Veronica Farmer
Director of Partnerships & Commercialization, uOttawa Kanata North, University of Ottawa

Veronica is an entrepreneur and marketing leader with 20+ years of experience in strategic marketing and go-to-market and branding strategies. She is also the founder of TrueCourse Communications, a marketing communications agency …

Address

Alacrity Ottawa
390 March Road, Suite 110
Kanata ON Canada
K2K 0G7