GrindSpaceXL startup accelerator welcomes fall cohort

NEWS RELEASE - KINGSTON - Eight high-potential startups have been selected to participate in the GrindSpaceXL-Kingston program at Innovation Park.  The companies were selected after participating in a competitive pitch on Sept. 2.

“Queen’s University is delighted to continue its support of GrindSpaceXL,” says Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “Through this partnership we are helping to expand the programs and services available to accelerate innovative startups emerging from our campus and across the region.”

The accelerator program offers early-stage ventures the opportunity to work in a group environment while meeting deliverables laid out in a personalized development plan that is created following a company-specific needs assessment. Content focuses on helping startups become customer-focused and investor-ready.

Participants have access to numerous resources including partnership development support and shared lab and office space at Innovation Park through interaction with Queen’s. They also benefit from intellectual property and financial expertise available through PARTEQ Innovations and mentoring and coaching services provided by Launch Lab. 

Queen’s University, PARTEQ and Launch Lab also provide support to participants following their graduation from GrindSpaceXL, including facilitating access to funding opportunities. Selected graduates have the opportunity to pitch their business to the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network.

The program officially begins on Sept. 22 and will run until early December. This is the third GrindSpaceXL cohort taking place in Kingston.


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The following companies were selected to participate in the Fall 2015 cohort: 

Atria – Atria is a motivational platform that lets you raise money for charity through exercise.

BuildMetric – Buildmetric is a communication and collaboration software that helps home builders and trades prevent project related issues and delays.

Brakers Early Warning Systems - The BRAKERS (Broadcasting to Radios Ahead Keeps Emergency Responders Safe) system informs motorists of approaching emergency vehicles or an emergency situation by sending an audible alert to their cell phone. 

eLearning Innovators – eLearning Innovators, Inc. is a dynamic mobile learning company that improves learning and performance through eCoaching and eMentoring solutions.

Glynt – Glynt is a mobile social app comprised of a live feed of what people are thinking, seeing and doing in your local area.

HR/IR Satellite – HRIR Satellite is a B2B Software as a Service (SaaS) product providing online human resources tools to SMEs. 

ListNet – ListNet is an online property marketplace that consolidates all property types (residential, commercial, and industrial, for sale, rent, or lease) all on one easy to use website.

PoeLighting - POE Lighting Ltd provides a new way of adding safety lighting to steps, walls and pillars that is aesthetically pleasing, cost effective and easy to install.