After announcing a joint accelerator in September, SaaS-focused L-SPARK and BlackBerry have selected seven companies to be part of their program.
BlackBerry said it would help companies research and develop product prototypes in robotics, device security, sensor fusion (e.g. LiDAR, radar, cameras and GPS), functional safety, analytics, medical devices, and autonomous vehicles.
“We are honored to launch the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator and bring together the passion and innovation of our SME companies with the global footprint of BlackBerry. Together, we will bring to light the best and brightest to serve our community,” said Leo Lax, executive managing director of L-SPARK.
At the end of the program, a pitch event will allow finalist companies to demonstrate their progress and proof of concepts that they plan to take to market.
“We were extremely impressed with both the quality and breadth of applicants for our first ever accelerator program with L-SPARK,” said Grant Courville, VP of product management and strategy at BlackBerry QNX. “The future of technological innovation is all about collaboration and we look forward to helping these companies over the next six months bring to market their next-gen products that will help shape the way we’ll live, work and play in the future.”
The seven finalists include: