Rockport Networks receives $2.9 million loan from FedDev Ontario


Ottawa-based SaaS startup Rockport Networks has received a $2.9 million loan from the federal government’s FedDev Ontario program, to help commercialize its autonomous networking solution.

“Rockport is positioned to accelerate market entry of our Canadian networking innovation.”

Rockport has developed an autonomous networking solution to simplify a company’s data centre. The startup will use the funds from the government to adapt its technology specifically for the server market, undergo product refinement, and carry out market development and product launch activities. Rockport also plans to produce at least seven new patent applications for its newly developed intellectual property.

“Thanks to this partnership with FedDev Ontario, Rockport is positioned to accelerate market entry of our Canadian networking innovation, deliver the economic, environmental and security benefits, and continue to build a highly-skilled labour force,” said Doug Carwardine, co-founder, president, and CEO of Rockport Networks.

The company’s product offers three changes to data centre networking: direct server interconnection, eliminating the need for physical switches and photonic switching technology to route network traffic, and advanced software and hardware control to manage data flow. The new technology aims to improve performance, increase reliability and scalability, and reduce electricity consumption and cooling requirements associated with data networking.

Founded in 2012, Rockport has created a new networking model aimed to usher in a faster, more efficient, and cleaner approach to data centre connectivity. The company has previously received about $4 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada as part of a $45 million investment in cleantech projects across Canada.

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The funding was made through FedDev Ontario, a regional development agency that delivers various programs, funding, and services to support innovation and economic growth in the southern Ontario region. The federal government said FedDev Ontario’s loan will leverage about $5.4 million in private sector investment, adding that Rockport’s project will cost approximately $8.3 million total.

“FedDev Ontario’s investment in Rockport Networks Inc. will support the growth of a highly resourceful local company in an industry that demands innovative solutions for connectivity and networking,” said Karen McCrimmon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. “This announcement is great news for Ottawa, as it supports the scale-up of a local business, strengthening the ICT cluster and creating quality jobs in the region.”

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Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle is a Vancouver-based writer with 5+ years of experience in communications and journalism and a lifelong passion for telling stories. For over two years, she has reported on all sides of the Canadian startup ecosystem, from landmark venture deals to public policy, telling the stories of the founders putting Canadian tech on the map.

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