Bringing together entrepreneurial minded students with opportunities to found, scale, and secure funding for their own tech business.

Alacrity Ottawa - People collaborating on a project.
Alacrity Ottawa brings students together to work on a tech startup.

What is Alacrity Ottawa?

The University of Ottawa and Wesley Clover International, have launched Alacrity Ottawa, a new technology business program. Wesley Clover is a private investment management firm and holding company; they invest in a range of technology companies, bringing impressive innovation to markets and clients around the globe. Together, they will educate, train and support engineering graduates with mentorship and funding opportunities aimed at fostering a pipeline of new Canadian tech startups.

The collaborative program leverages the Wesley Clover Alacrity model of start-up founding and funding, which has been deployed around the world and combines the expertise, resources and networks of Wesley Clover (and its local L-SPARK technology Accelerator) with the Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design (MEED), a two-year program at the University’s main campus. As students move through the program, they spend time at the uOttawa Kanata North campus and intern with local tech companies, many of which are in Kanata North, home of Canada’s largest tech hub.

Successful applicants for Alacrity Ottawa will form teams to tackle identified industry challenges. Teams with viable and potentially scalable solutions will be presented to investors. If a match is made, teams will secure funding to form a new company and start their journey as a new technology start-up. Through the Alacrity process, graduates get exposure to an ecosystem that would otherwise be difficult for young entrepreneurs to access, and investors gain opportunities and insights into young ventures that are already supported by a group of experienced advisors in a solid business framework.

Digital MedTech space

Initial focus: MedTech

Alacrity Ottawa’s initial focus is on healthcare by addressing challenges and opportunities in the digital MedTech space.

About the MEED program

The first year consists of two semesters of full-time course work, followed by a summer internship with a startup. In the second year of the program, students interested can turn to Alacrity Ottawa and work on a solution to a problem or challenge that is presented to them by industry.

News and updates

Alacrity Ottawa logo over STEM Complex

uOttawa, Wesley Clover launch Alacrity Ottawa

uOttawa and Wesley Clover International have launched Alacrity Ottawa, a new tech business program, fostering a pipeline of new Canadian startups.
Kanata North Ottawa tech hub

Eager to explore entrepreneurship? Alacrity Ottawa may be the right fit for you

Engineering grads who want to experience entrepreneurship in a supported environment, now have access to a new program at uOttawa.
Alacrity Ottawa - People collaborating on a project

Building a pipeline of new Canadian entrepreneurs & tech startups

Alacrity Global educates entrepreneurs and supports them in scaling and funding their businesses. Next chapter? Alacrity Ottawa.

Questions about the program?

Hanan Anis

Alacrity Ottawa Academic Lead
Professor at the University of Ottawa, NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, Director School of Engineering Design and Teaching Innovation

Student inquiries: [email protected]

Veronica Farmer

Director, Partnerships and Commercialization, uOttawa Kanata North

Business inquiries: [email protected]