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Three of the capital’s rising software firms are among the first seven companies to run through a new accelerator program presented by Kanata-based L-Spark and BlackBerry QNX.

Communications services firm Martello Technologies, cybersecurity company Bluink and automotive software developer Evolved Vehicles Environments will join four other companies from across Canada in the six-month program aimed at growing the country’s next great tech company.

First announced in September, the seven companies will get access to BlackBerry mentors and R&D team, drawing on the firm’s expertise in embedded software and cybersecurity applications to develop out their promising technologies.

Bluink, which develops password authentication and digital ID technology, is no stranger to the L-Spark system, or accelerators in general for that matter. The company went through L-Spark’s original program in 2017 and was accepted to Invest Ottawa’s first accelerator cohort earlier this year. Last year the firm secured a $1.2-million contract with the Ontario government to develop an electronic platform to store photo IDs such as health cards and driver’s licenses.

Evolved Vehicle Environments, also a member of the IO Accelerator, connects cars’ dashboards to users’ home devices. The startup signed a deal with Subaru in August to integrate its software into the automaker’s Starlink in-vehicle technology.

Perhaps the most advanced company to join the accelerator is Martello Technologies, which has already had a high-velocity year. The network performance management firm completed numerous acquisitions in 2018 and went public on the TSX Venture exchange via reverse takeover in September.

Also joining the first cohort are Montreal-based cybersecurity company KyberSecurity, Kitchener-based artificial intelligence firm Acerta, Edmonton-based automotive tech developer Soltare and imaging device maker Visionary Semiconductor of Waterloo.

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 December 12, 2018

Martello has been selected alongside six other promising Canadian technology companies to participate in the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator Program.

Spanning more than six months and focused on intensive, one-on-one, training, the accelerator program is designed to bring new products to market using BlackBerry QNX technology. As part of the new accelerator program, BlackBerry will help Martello research and develop network solutions that deliver high performance services on the increasingly complex networks created by the Internet of Things (IoT).

Martello’s proven solutions, already deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, continue to be recognized by industry. In October, the company received the Outstanding Information & Communications Technology Company (ICT) Recognition Award from IEEE, and in September, Martello was recognized with a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and was also ranked as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company on the Growth 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. In August 2018, the company received the INTERNET TELEPHONY SD-WAN Product of the Year Award, and in June 2018 Martello debuted on the Branham300 listing of Canada’s top ICT companies.

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December 12, 2018

After 37 years in telecom and nearly a decade since helping to start one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies, Martello co-founder Niall Gallagher will retire from the firm later this month.Niall Gallagher

Gallagher, currently the vice-president of product management at the network performance services firm, started Martello Technologies back in 2009 alongside Emilio DiLorenzo.

The University College Dublin electrical engineering grad also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and began his career in the industry with Nortel Networks in 1981. He worked with the telecom giant in senior leadership positions across Canada and Hong Kong before joining Mitel in 2005.

Gallagher’s VP role will end on Dec. 21 but he will remain on the company’s board of directors. Rob Doucette, former chief technical officer of recent Martello acquisition Savision, will step into the vice-president of product management position.

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