BLG Launches Catalyst Program to Support Technology Startups

Last week Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) launched a program to support both Invest Ottawa’s startup companies and other technology-based companies in the greater national capital region.

The BLG Catalyst Program is designed to offset legal fees by providing access to a team of tech-savvy lawyers, patent and trade-mark agents specializing in intellectual property protection, corporate, labour & employment law. 

For companies who have attracted eligible government funding, BLG’s Catalyst Program will match every dollar that those companies spend on legal services with BLG, up to $10,000 per company. This matching will be provided in the form of additional legal services.

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The BLG Catalyst Program is in addition to training sessions and initial consultations that BLG will continue to provide to Invest Ottawa portfolio companies.

Since becoming a Champion partner of Invest Ottawa’s Accelerator program, BLG has invested over $150,000 to support Ottawa’s thriving entrepreneurial community.

“BLG has a long history of supporting the Ottawa technology community, in addition to being a key financial partner of Invest Ottawa,” said Bruce Lazenby, CEO of Invest Ottawa.  “Our collective drive to support and build the Ottawa technology community as the best place in the world to start a knowledge based-business is evident in our success thus far.  This new initiative by BLG further confirms their commitment to building a thriving technology ecosystem in Ottawa.”

Ottawa-based startup Impakt Protective, a developer of sports sensor and software systems and participant on the CBC television show Dragons’ Den, has leveraged BLG’s services in intellectual property protection.

“Without the steadfast direction of BLG, we would not have such strong intellectual property protection in place, which protects both the founders and our shareholders,” said Danny Crossman, CEO of Impakt.  “The lawyers and professionals at BLG helped us avoid several potential costly mistakes along the way, and guided us in creating a solid foundation for our business.”