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Ottawa pilots eight start-up companies for innovation program

One Ottawa-based company, Key2Access, has developed a product that will help visually or physically impaired people activate the walk signal at intersections.

A screen grab from Key2Access' website. The Ottawa-based company is piloting a product that will help people with visual and physical impairments activate the walk light at intersections.

Key2Access

A screen grab from Key2Access' website. The Ottawa-based company is piloting a product that will help people with visual and physical impairments activate the walk light at intersections.

The City of Ottawa is test-driving eight projects for a “municipal innovation pilot program.”

The crop of start-ups – picked from a pool of 65 local and national applicants – includes cyber security, social media analytics and cloud software companies.

One Ottawa-based company, Key2Access, has developed a product that will help people with visual and physical impairments activate the walk signal at intersections. Signority has an e-signature product, while Carleton University’s Gamifi is creating interactive software for municipal mental health awareness training.

After the testing phase is done, the companies may have the chance to bid on city contracts. However, the city is not obligated to sign contracts or buy any projects.

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