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The Ottawa Citizen logoMay 31, 2016

Back in the day — which was really not so long ago, but an age in technology terms — big and small companies spent fortunes on telephone technologies and expensive hardware to run them. Then arrived Internet technologies, which could do all the work of that expensive hardware — voicemail, call recording, call-centre management, video conferencing — for a fraction of the cost.

Based on a subscription model, online services had the added advantage of no-risk investment. If the technologies changed, the customer wasn’t stuck with costly, obsolete hardware. Martello Technologies develops and manages those online services, ensuring they work and work well. If they don’t, they fix them. The point has been to make the services so reliable that clients like banks, and their customers, can trust them.

The industry has caught fire over the last three years and Martello, which had developed technologies early in the game, was poised to ride the wave. Its sales grew over 600 per cent in four years, from $230,000 in 2012 to $3.6 million last year. The firm went from a couple of hundred to several thousand business networks over the same period. Each pays annual fees for Martello’s services.

“Our skill set is aligned with making highly reliable, very robust services in voice, which is what Kanata North did for phone companies — meaning data communications companies — around the globe,” says Martello CEO Bruce Linton. “This sector’s taken off.”

Based largely on its rich history in the fields of research, technology and innovation, Kanata North remains a magnet for tech firms, says Linton.

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Martello On Guard for Mitel

One of the newer faces among this crowd is Martello Technologies. Its MarWatch software-as-a-service (SaaS) helps Mitel resellers, service providers and customers in 20 countries find and fix problems on their cloud-hosted business communications networks. In six years, Martello has become a key player in the Mitel ecosystem, thanks in part to its acquisition in 2014 of French software company Netvitesse. Last year, Martello was Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company.

It’s obviously a big plus to be next door to Mitel when you’re part of that ecosystem, but President and CEO Bruce Linton says there are other great reasons to have put down roots in Kanata North.

“Kanata North is rapidly becoming a leader in SaaS, and part of the reason for that is the entrepreneurial environment that’s been fostered here,” he said. “Being in Kanata North also gives us an opportunity to draw upon people who have spent their careers scaling companies like ours from the startup stage through various phases of growth.”

May 03, 2016

Ottawa Community News

Funding will go towards expanding into new markets, new jobs: Martello

Kanata-based Martello Technologies welcomed Kanata-Carleton’s MP to their local headquarters on April 28 where she announced $750,000 in federal funding for the company.

“Martello Technologies is a terrific example of a Kanata-based, innovative start-up business that is poised for growth and success,” said MP Karen McCrimmon.

The money, given through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, is meant to aid Martello in accelerating the development of its MarWatch system.

The system monitors, tracks and analyzes the performance of a company’s digital communications systems. The product is intended to show what could be causing poor connectivity resulting in, for example, a drop in sound quality during conference calls. The software aids tech support in identifying the problem and fixing it.

“This is increasingly important as digital communications systems are more complicated than phone line connections,” said president and CEO of Martello, Bruce Linton.

Founded in 2009, Martello’s employee numbers have grown significantly, as has their list of buyers, said Linton.

The government funding was given based on several factors, including evidence of investment from other sources, the opportunity to create jobs, sales and diversify markets, and the company must own the rights to the intellectual property being used in their project, said FedDev Ontario’s investment guidelines.

McCrimmon said the federal government aims to make Canada a “centre for global innovation,” adding that Kanata is a leader in that field.

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April 28, 2016

Today, Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $750,000 for Martello Technologies Corporation.

Companies need the right resources to further develop and bring their innovative products to market. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in Martello to assist the company in further developing and marketing its technology.

FedDev Ontario’s funding, through the Investing in Business Innovation initiative, will be used to enhance the design and development of Martello Technologies’ MarWatch system that monitors, tracks and analyses the status of a company’s communications network.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 2009, Kanata-based Martello Technologies Corporation is expected to create nine jobs and maintain 12 full-time jobs over the course of the project.
  • FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution will leverage up to $1.5 million from accredited investors from the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
  • Ottawa continues to attract innovation and was recently crowned the most “Business Friendly” mid-sized city in North and South America by the Financial Times.

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“The Government of Canada knows that innovation is about new ideas that, ultimately, improve our lives. Investing in companies like Martello Technologies supports these new ideas and will help propel our innovative entrepreneurs to the world stage while creating a stronger economy at home.” – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“Martello Technologies is a terrific example of a Kanata-based, innovative start-up business that is poised for growth and success. By supporting dynamic small businesses and providing them with the support they need, we will help create jobs and economic prosperity for Canadian families.” – Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton

“FedDev Ontario’s support will accelerate Martello’s growth, meeting growing global demand for solutions that manage the performance of cloud-hosted business communications. In fact, we’ve already created new skilled Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs in Ontario, and entered new global markets for MarWatch.” – Bruce Linton, President and CEO, Martello Technologies Corporation

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Ottawa’s Martello Technologies announced Thursday it has received up to $750,000 in federal funding through the FedDev Ontario program.

“FedDev Ontario’s support will accelerate Martello’s growth, meeting growing global demand for solutions that manage the performance of cloud-hosted business communications,” Martello president and CEO Bruce Linton said in a statement. “In fact, we’ve already created new skilled Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs in Ontario, and entered new global markets for MarWatch.”

The MarWatch system, which monitors, tracks and analyses the status of a company’s communications network will see its design and development enhanced by the funding, and Martello expects that in addition to maintaining 12 jobs over the course of the project, the funding will help it create nine new jobs.

Kanata-Carleton MP Karen McCrimmon made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains.

“Martello Technologies is a terrific example of a Kanata-based, innovative start-up business that is poised for growth and success,” Ms. McCrimmon said in a statement. “By supporting dynamic small businesses and providing them with the support they need, we will help create jobs and economic prosperity for Canadian families.”