WOLFVILLE - A Wolfville-based firm, Singolar, has been selected by the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) platform, to participate in the Onboarding / Business to Business program in Silicon Valley. Originally from India, Suman Kalyan has worked internationally with top multi-national telecommunications companies.
The program will host 12 Canadian companies at RocketSpace Inc. in San Francisco and Singolar is the only Atlantic Canadian company that was selected to participate. “The accelerator will provide a huge advantage for Singolar to grow in the U.S. - Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,” said Suman Kalyan, founder, Singlolar. “It’s providing excellent support to start ups like Singolar to sell their products and services globally.”
The program is designed to provide Canadian entrepreneurs access to contacts and resources that can accelerate international growth based business. The intensive mentoring component will include business modeling, competitor intelligence, business development and customer strategies, accessing financing and engaging strategic partners. Originally from India, Suman has worked internationally with top multi-national telecommunications companies. In 2013, he moved to Bridgewater from Halifax, and later was recruited by Dr. Danny Silver, director of the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics, to become a tenant in the Rural Innovation Centre.
“Suman and his team at Singolar offer a unique blend of technical and business knowledge and experience in the areas of data analytics and business intelligence,” said Silver. “They understand how to capture, analyze and extract business insights from customer data that has been acquired from multiple channels of interaction with a company.” Silver added that he and one of his “graduate students have been fortunate to work with Suman on a novel machine learning project. Having completed his education, that student is now working full time with Singolar in Wolfville on predictive and prescriptive analytics.”
Kalyman commutes to Acadia twice a week, when not away on business. His son is currently a student at Acadia and a budding entrepreneur. He recalls being attracted to work in the Rural Innovation Centre at Acadia because of the faculty, research opportunities, and connections to students for co-op and work terms. He has grown his company rapidly over the last 10 months, and now has a full-time employee, two co-op students in Wolfville, and two additional employees, based in the U.S. He aims is to have ten full time employees in Wolfville by the end of this year.
Last November, Singolar signed a partnership with Azorus Inc. to pilot an enhanced customer relationship management (CRM) recruitment tool with three universities: Warwick (United Kingdom), Leicester (UK), and Ryerson (Ontario). Once testing is complete, the software will be sold to universities and colleges globally. Singolar, formerly known as Adroit Vista, gives companies access to advanced intelligence to enable smarter strategic and business transformation. Advanced intelligence improves the customer experience and related business outcomes such as brand protection, loyalty, cost of acquisition, customer lifetime value and cost savings.
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The Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre manages the Rural Innovation Centre in partnership with the Acadia Research and Graduate Studies department and the Office of Industry and Community Engagement. The Rural Innovation Centre fosters industry engagement with Acadia University staff and resources in three key sectors: tidal energy; agri-food; and information and communications technology (ICT). Innovation and Incubation Services are designed to support and stimulate economic and community growth, facilitate connections, and increase levels of innovation and commercialization in Southwest Nova Scotia.