Montrealers named to Shopify Accelerator, Lazaridis Institute


Several Montrealers have been named to incubator/accelerator programs this week. Four people made the cut for Shopify’s Partner Accelerator, while Kitchener-Waterloo’s new Lazaridis Institute announced it has accepted ARC4DIA and Noviflow among other startups to its Scale-Up program.

The notable Ottawa-based online store builder Shopify followed up on its promise to select Canadian and American entrepreneurs working on Shopify-related challenges and to give them office space and mentorship. It announced its four Montreal winners in Deni Guerrera, Elyes Ben Mrad, Raff Paquin and Marek Zaluski.

Guerrera will work on the design agency, WebBotz, and will be looking to bring some of its existing clients onto the Shopify platform.

“One of which is a local Montreal artist who has grown her online presence, and would now like to offer online shopping,” said Guerrera.

Ben Mrad will work on integrating the Shopify POS to the Crema app, as the startup seeks to create an app for the Shopify marketplace.

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Paquin will work on Return Magic, his app for Shopify and Shopify Plus merchants.

Finally, Zaluski is working with One Tree Planted, a reforestation non-profit that plants one tree for each dollar someone donates. They’re building an app for stores to allow their customers to add a donation to their order at checkout, which will be used to plant trees.

Over in Kitchener-Waterloo, the Lazaridis Institute Scale Up program announced its first cohort of 10 startups, including three from Montreal: ARC4DIA and Noviflow. The program commences in Toronto on November 3, with sessions in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Silicon Valley. CEOs and founders will engage with experts on topics like talent management, design thinking, global markets, managing risk and funding growth.

ARC4DIA was founded in 2010 by Pierre Roberge, a former “cyber specialist” within Canadian national security. After years of witnessing valuable assets and intellectual property being compromised by cyber attacks, he gathered a group of experts to create a security solution to combat the world’s most sophisticated threats. The startup says it protects more than $40 billion dollars in global asset for government agencies along with mid-to-large scale enterprises across a variety of sectors.

Noviflow, meanwhile, was founded in 2012 and develops high-performance Software Defined Networking (SDN) Ethernet switches, routers and applications for Carriers, Data Centre operators and large Enterprises. Their customizable end-to-end solutions are designed to address the scalability to handle millions of flows and the programmability and features needed for production deployment.

Here’s the rest of the teams named to the new program:

·         Dozr (Waterloo)

·         Intellitix (Chatham)

·         Oculys (Waterloo)

·         Postbeyond (Toronto)

·         QRA Corp (Halifax)

·         StackAdapt (Toronto)

·         The Better Software Company (Ottawa)

·         Tulip Retail (Toronto)

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