Vancouver-based online emergency network ePACT announced yesterday that it has received $1 million in funding after being selected in the second competitive round of the Western Innovation Initiative (WINN). The money comes just over a year after the company closed a $1 million seed round from the Byye Group, Yaletown Ventures, and BDC.
Launched in 2013, WINN is a five-year initiative to provide $100 in repayable contributions to Western Canada-based technology companies, with $21 million being distributed across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba last year. Receiving WINN funds requires companies to participate in a multi-stage application and selection process.
“We are proud to have the Government of Canada recognize ePACT as an innovator, and support our company with WINN,” said Christine Sommers, CEO of ePACT. “These funds will directly assist our growth across Canada and the U.S. and help more communities better prepare for and respond to emergencies.”
ePACT’s app makes it easier for personnel to stay informed, retain control and ensure safety and business continuity in the wake of a disaster. The company said it will use the new funding to support expansion of its network across North America.
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