- BlackBerry Limited and L-SPARK, Canada’s largest software-as-a-service accelerator, announced the third phase of their joint accelerator program.
- Program with the goal of growing Canadian technology companies focused on united vehicle solutions.
Following the achievement of the 1st and 2nd groups, the partnership will once again assist small and medium-sized technology enterprises (SMEs) in growing their businesses and bringing new products to market through the use of BlackBerry® QNX® technology.
This year, the accelerator will give selected companies access to BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, BlackBerry, allowing them to create high-impact solutions that use in-vehicle data to improve driver and passenger experiences.
BlackBerry IVY is a vehicle 1st, cloud-connected software platform that presents vehicle data in a normalized format. It was announced in December 2020 as part of a multi-year global agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS).
BlackBerry IVY insights can be easily consumed by applications on or off the vehicle, managed through a cloud console.
The BlackBerry IVY development environment makes it simple to generate insights from vehicle data in a secure way. “After 2 successful groups with L-SPARK, we look forward to returning to the deep talent pool that exists within the Canadian start-up scene to assist in identifying those companies that share our vision. A transportation industry and in-vehicle experience transformed by data,” said Peter Virk, BlackBerry’s Vice President of IVY Product and Ecosystem.
“We can’t wait to see the ideas also use cases that will emerge to help automakers unlock the huge potential of next generation intelligent connected vehicles as we continue to build out a robust ecosystem of services and automotive applications to leverage the rich data insights. That BlackBerry IVY provides.”
“Imagine the possibilities when we combine the imagination of the Canadian SME community with BlackBerry’s technological depth and market reach,” said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director of L-SPARK.
“When the breadth of applications, depth of innovation, and market traction are combined through this accelerator program, the results will be revolutionary.
I’m looking forward to seeing the transformative services demonstrated for use in the transportation industry, as well as the in-vehicle experience of the drivers who use these BlackBerry IVY-powered applications.” In addition, L-SPARK will once again rely on the expertise of the National Research Council of Canada-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to reach out to companies that have business models and technologies that could benefit from collaboration with the BlackBerry QNX product group.
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