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ThingsHappen Episode 19: Accelerating Canadian IoT ventures

By Walter Knitl posted 05-28-2022 15:18


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Picking the right horse is important but choosing the best racetracks to race in is just as crucial. The same holds for individual IoT ventures and the IoT verticals or sectors they play in. With a track record of successful races, our guest shares his thoughts on the merits of IoT application in different sectors and why and how L-SPARK is accelerating IoT ventures in the automotive, medical, and cybersecurity fields. We also discuss the SaaS-IoT interplay and L-SPARK’s programs and touch on guidance for entrepreneurs growing their ventures.


Our guest is Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director at L-Spark in Ottawa. Leo has extensive experience in the high-tech sector in Canada, including senior management and executive roles at Mitel and Newbridge Networks (now Nokia). Leo also founded and led Skypoint, a prominent Canadian VC firm that invested in Canadian tech companies. Today, as founder and executive director at L-SPARK, he oversees their programs that help technology companies accelerate their growth through new investment and mentorship – with a significant IoT-related focus. Leo’s career is founded on his Electrical Engineering degrees from McGill University and the Royal Military College.

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06-03-2022 11:45

I would invite the community to listen lessons learned from this podcast. If you are an entrepreneur this may inspire you! Thanks to @Walter Knitl for putting together this executive story!​