QRA Selected as Top 10 Tech Firm to Pilot Lazaridis Institute Program

 The Halifax based company is the only company outside of ON & QC to be chosen for the sought after program

 HALIFAX, NS – October 26, 2016 – The Lazaridis Institute has selected QRA Corp as one of Canada’s most promising emerging technology companies to participate in its inaugural Canadian Scale-Up Program. QRA is based in Halifax, NS, making it the only company to be selected outside of Ontario and Quebec. The highly anticipated program will bring high-potential firms together with an elite group of experts, all of whom have experience in scaling globally competitive enterprises. 

"The QRA team is at a critical point for growth; we need to scale now in order to operationally handle the many incoming clients, countries, and industries,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, CEO & Co-founder of QRA. “We’re really very happy, honoured, and excited to have been chosen to pilot the Lazaridis Institute Canadian Scale-Up program."

Canada is home to thousands of startups, but a recent survey from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) found that only one in 1,000 Canadian small businesses grew beyond the 100-employee mark in 2013, a 40-per cent drop from 2001. Last year, only four Canadian technology companies went to IPO. These numbers do not bode well for the long term development of the tech ecosystem in Canada. The Lazaridis Institute Canadian Scale-Up Program is part of a broader effort to create conditions in Canada that will enable tech startups to thrive and grow without being bought, winding down prematurely or moving elsewhere.

A panel of experts consisting of venture capitalists and leading Canadian and American technology executives considered over 100 applications and video submissions to assess each firm’s potential for growth. A short list of applicants was invited to take part in video interviews with the selection panel, from which the top 10 companies were chosen.  

The 10 selected firms are each at a key turning point in their growth trajectory. They hail from Montreal, Halifax, Waterloo, Toronto, Chatham and Ottawa. They have innovative, made-in-Canada technologies that solve critical problems, from managing hospital operations and optimizing complex system development, to creating better customer experiences, cybersecurity, and sourcing heavy construction equipment on an on-demand basis – to name just a few. 

The 10 technology scale-ups in the first cohort of the Canadian Scale-Up Program are:

·       ARC4DIA (Montreal)

·       Dozr (Waterloo)

·       Intellitix (Chatham)

·       Noviflow (Montreal)

·       Oculys (Waterloo)

·       Postbeyond (Toronto)

·       QRA Corp (Halifax)

·       StackAdapt (Toronto)

·       The Better Software Company (Ottawa)

·       Tulip Retail (Toronto)


More detail about each company can be found here.

“The quality of technology companies in Canada is extraordinary, and that was reflected in the many compelling applications we received,” said Carlo Chiarello, CEO, Lazaridis Institute. “Our collective challenge is to continue to keep more companies growing in Canada by helping them as they transition into the scale-up phase.  We can’t wait to start working with the 10 firms we’ve chosen for our first year, companies who are at that critical inflection point in their evolution. We’re confident that members of this cohort will take their places among the next generation of globally recognized Canadian companies.”

The Canadian Scale-Up Program will begin in Toronto on November 3, with sessions in the following months in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Silicon Valley. CEOs and founders of the participating firms will engage with experts on topics like talent management, design thinking, global markets, managing risk and funding growth. Throughout the program, companies will be provided with customized support from a mentor, tailored to the execution of their individual growth strategies. Participants gain access to the expertise they need to scale their businesses while at the same time building international networks that will enable them to take their growth to the global stage.

More information on the Lazaridis Institute Canadian Scale-Up Program can be found at www.scaleupprogram.com.

About QRA Corp

QRA Corp, an emerging developer of systems and requirements engineering technology based in Halifax, NS, is accelerating the design process across industries tackling the most complex, mission and safety critical systems. By committing to solve the complexity issues in engineering that hinder innovation, QRA’s tools help engineers build tomorrow’s safe, secure, and incredibly powerful products. For more information, visit qracorp.com

About the Lazaridis Institute

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises was created to support growth-oriented Canadian technology companies. Developed through investments by Mike Lazaridis and the Government of Ontario, the Lazaridis Institute helps current and emerging technology firms to scale rapidly into globally competitive enterprises. The Lazaridis Institute is based in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, part of the Toronto-Waterloo Region Tech Corridor. We’re building knowledge and networks to strengthen Canada’s tech ecosystem, its current leaders and the students who’ll be the leaders of tomorrow.