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L-SPARK AN­NOUNCES NEW AC­CEL­ER­A­TOR CO­HORT

Six star­tups have been se­lected to join L-Spark’s fall ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram be­gin­ning this month, where they’ll move into the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Kanata of­fices for nine months and work to­ward scal­ing sales and grow­ing rev­enues ten­fold. The firms come from Mon­treal, Ot­tawa, Toronto and Water­loo. The new mem­bers are Bluink, Han­gry, Lur­ni­ture, Mem­ber365, Op­ti­m­ity and Worx.

SNAPCLARITY LAUNCHES YOUTH MEN­TAL-HEALTH APP

The One Young World sum­mit in Ot­tawa late last month marked the launch of the Snapclarity app, de­signed to pair users with cer­ti­fied ther­a­pists so they can com­mu­ni­cate by text about their men­tal health. The youth­fo­cused startup, led by Terri Storey of Ter­race Well­ness Group and fea­tured in the July edi­tion of OBJ’s Launch Pad, pi­loted the app in Wood­stock and in Cross Lake, Man., two com­mu­ni­ties highly af­fected by youth sui­cide. With rev­enues from sub­scrip­tion fees and trans­ac­tions made by users en­list­ing ad­di­tional ser­vices from their ther­a­pists, the firm has said it projects $2.8 mil­lion in monthly recurring rev­enues by its first year.

MYDOMA STU­DIO TO BE USED IN COL­LEGE PRO­GRAMS

Ot­tawa soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice startup Mydoma Stu­dio has part­nered with Al­go­nquin Col­lege and Port­land Com­mu­nity Col­lege to of­fer its soft­ware to stu­dents as a free teach­ing tool. The pro­gram lets de­sign­ers man­age their projects, col­lab­o­rate with clients, ac­cept con­tracts and pay­ments, build a prod­uct cat­a­logue and ac­cess other re­sources. This year, the com­pany re­ceived a $275,000 shot of cash from the Cap­i­tal An­gels Net­work, Wes­ley Clover and two pri­vate in­vestors.

ESSAYJACK CEO SHORT­LISTED FOR EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR AWARD

Lindy Le­do­howski, chief ex­ec­u­tive of EssayJack, was named a fi­nal­ist for the Cana­dian fe­male en­tre­pre­neur of the year award at the Ste­vie Awards for Women in Busi­ness. Launched in 2015, EssayJack is an in­ter­ac­tive web plat­form that helps stu­dents learn how to write es­says. The L-Spark alumni firm was also nom­i­nated this year for an EL­Ton award for dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion, pre­sented by the Bri­tish Coun­cil. The Ste­vie Awards win­ners will be an­nounced Nov. 18.

CLINICONEX LANDS FIRST-SEED ROUND, LOOKS TO EX­PAND

Ot­tawa e-health soft­ware startup Cliniconex an­nounced its first round of seed fund­ing this month, led by the Cap­i­tal An­gels Net­work and Wes­ley Clover. The in­vest­ment prompted the com­pany to seek ad­di­tional soft­ware engi­neers and sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives. As part of the fund­ing agree­ment, Wes­ley Clover pres­i­dent Paul Chiarelli and Cap­i­tal An­gels mem­ber Rob White have joined the firm’s board of direc­tors. Founded in 2011 and an L-Spark ac­cel­er­a­tor grad­u­ate, Cliniconex is a fast-grow­ing provider of pa­tient outreach so­lu­tions that aim to im­prove clinic ef­fi­ciency.

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