Accelerator Centre Announces AC JumpStart Program Cohort 8

Waterloo, Ontario – The Accelerator Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 8 of the AC JumpStart program. These 24 companies will receive a critical injection of $30,000 in seed funding and $10,000 of professional mentorship under the Accelerator Centre’s world-class mentorship model.

With the inclusion of these 24 companies, the program has now supported 192 early stage start-ups through an $8M investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and has resulted in 100 new products being brought to market, 562 full-time jobs, and over $1.6M in revenue.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support programs, such as AC JumpStart, that serve as an invaluable resource for our innovative, start-up companies. It is this kind of support that helps small- and medium-sized businesses scale up and bring great ideas to market faster, and that leads to the creation of good-paying local jobs. Congratulations to all of the successful companies under this new cohort! ”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo

The AC JumpStart Cohort 8 recipients are:

Ark Paradigm
Baysil Inc.
Brink Bionics Inc.
Curio Inc.
Glove Systems Inc.
Guard-Ex Corp.
IVD Workforce Corp
Livescape Inc
Maple Precision
Mirage VR Inc.
Mirsee Robotics Inc.
Mmsense Technologies Inc
Novalte Inc.
Phyxter Corp.
Polygone Technologies Inc.
Quote Kong Ltd.
SannTek Labs Inc.
Shiftride Inc.
Technology Trace Inc.
Terrene. co
Visionary Semiconductor
Xenium Information Technology Corporation

AC JumpStart is delivered by the Accelerator Centre in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier and the University of Waterloo.

Visit our website for a list of past AC JumpStart grant recipients

About AC JumpStart

AC JumpStart is funded by FedDev Ontario and delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

The AC JumpStart program began in January 2015, with three cohorts of companies participating in the program in 2015, and two cohorts annually in subsequent years. Each cohort receives funding and mentorship over a 12-month period. Over the four year term, the program will support 180 companies. 

About the Accelerator Centre

Our world-renowned, four phase accelerator program was developed based on our proven methods and best practices from accelerators and incubators around the world. The program, combined with our proven mentorship model, gives you the resources and guidance you need to grow all areas of your business, get your product to market faster, increase sales, and scale.

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About FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. The Agency’s programming is designed to support a strong southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally.

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Geotab Acquires FleetCarma, Positioning Geotab as Dominant Player for Electric Vehicle Fleet Management

Original Source: Business Wire
Published: June 12, 2018

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, today announced the acquisition of clean-tech solution provider, FleetCarma. Specializing in Electric Vehicle (EV) telematics, FleetCarma is a forerunner in the electric vehicle industry, providing technology that has been critical to the adoption and operation of EVs for over 10 years.

The acquisition of FleetCarma accelerates Geotab’s long-standing commitment to investing in the people and technology required to be the global leader in telematics for EVs. With the adoption of electric vehicles increasing over the past several years, resulting in more than 3 million EVs on the road today, Geotab is positioned to be the global, dominant telematics player for electric vehicle fleet management.

“Geotab’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and innovation is further amplified by the acquisition of FleetCarma,” said Neil Cawse, CEO, Geotab. “We are excited to expand our presence in the EV space and offer our current and future customers a reliable telematics solution to help meet their changing business and fleet needs.”

The highly talented, EV-focused team at FleetCarma, which is based in “Silicon Valley North” within Waterloo, Ontario, specializes in providing telematics for hybrid and electric vehicles. With customers in North America and Europe, FleetCarma also empowers utility companies to understand and manage the impact that EV charging has on the electric grid.

“Combining FleetCarma’s unique EV telematics capabilities with Geotab’s proven open-platform solution is exactly what our customers want and the industry needs,” stated Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma. “Together, as we continue to drive electric vehicle adoption, we will provide a complete solution that will not only benefit customers, but society as well.”

“With this acquisition, Geotab is now strongly positioned to help accelerate the uptake and EV infrastructure planning amongst both fleets and communities around the world,” added Cawse.

About FleetCarma

FleetCarma, is an award-winning clean-tech information and technology company that has been providing solutions to manage and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), since 2007. A robust cloud platform and specialized hardware are at the core of the company’s global product offering. FleetCarma manages hundreds of active client engagements around the globe which include electric utilities, municipal and federal governments, military and commercial fleets and transportation research labs. FleetCarma’s technology solutions are critical to managing the transition to an electric transportation infrastructure. In short, FleetCarma drives electric vehicle adoption.

About Geotab

Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit and follow us @GEOTAB and on LinkedIn.

Magnusmode: Making the World More Accessible for Those with Special Needs

Magnusmode® was founded out of a necessity and a passion. Nadia Hamilton, the company Founder, is the sibling of a young man with autism.  Growing up, she noticed how he struggled to do daily activities, like brushing teeth, on his own, yet he thrived when he was able to follow step-by-step instructions that Nadia herself created. She realized that when given the right tools, he was able to manage and complete tasks with greater independence, confidence, comfort, and ease. It was those early experiences with her brother that ultimately inspired the creation of Magnusmode and its flagship product, a mobile app called MagnusCards™.

MagnusCards is mobile app that community venues, corporations, and organizations (like the Royal Ontario Museum, Colgate-Palmolive, Toronto Pearson Airport, A&W and many more) use to provide step-by-step guidance for those with special needs, much like Nadia did for her brother. The mobile app has a central character, Magnus, who partners with other brand mascots (like CIBC’s Percy Penguin) to deliver life skills guidance in their area of expertise. For example, Magnus teams up with CIBC’s Percy Penguin to teach money management skills!  For people with special needs, the world can be a loud, scary and overwhelming place and Magnus and his friends help them to focus and manage activities with decreased stress and greater independence.

“People with autism and other cognitive challenges need and want access to museums, airports, public transit, and grocery stores. They have a right to these spaces like everyone else, yet they face invisible barriers to inclusion and independence. MagnusCards provides a digital roadmap and a friendly guide to daily life at home and in the community.” 


Since its launch in 2015, MagnusCards has been downloaded by with users in 77 countries and has over 30 corporate clients across North America.

The magic of MagnusCards is that it helps companies to increase accessibility, while connecting, engaging, and enabling customers with cognitive special needs. Today, in just 4-6 weeks, Magnusmode can deliver custom, branded, digital Card Decks that enable companies to join this Accessibility Movement.

It all started in 2011, when Nadia  entered and won ‘Project Wildfire’ a business pitch competition run through the Centre for Social Innovation. With that initial funding, she outsourced the development of the app to developers in China, and partnered with several Ontario-based autism organizations to test and refine the app. Magnusmode went from a neat idea to a business when companies began paying to create branded content on the MagnusCards platform.

The team continues to improve upon their existing app and have plans for new products in the future that build on relationships with CIBC, Colgate, and others. Presently, the team is located at the Accelerator Center in Waterloo Ontario, where they have three full-time employees, approximately 15 contractors, a development team in Costa Rica and they are currently hiring in several areas. The company has several private investors, including funding from the Golden Triangle Angel Network.

And the growth continues, Magnusmode continues to double revenue year over year, and has a goal of tripling revenue by the end of their fiscal year in October. Nadia shares,

” Our main focus right now is making our customers and users happy, exploring the building of new products for them, making sure we have all the right players on our team and continuing to build a product that is changing people’s lives for the better.”

Magnusmode and their client, Colgate-Palmolive, are co-recipients of the 2018 Change Maker Award from QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community). Nadia was also the recent recipient of the 2018 Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award from the BBPA, Black Business and Professional Association. It was a special milestone for her and the company as she was able to attend the award ceremony with her brother, and two of Magnusmode’s clients as guests, respectively from CIBC & Colgate.

“The mentorship at the Accelerator Centre has been so helpful in several areas including sales, product development, human resources, and marketing.  I feel they are part of a broader team, working together to build a foundation that will enable us to scale operations across North America and worldwide”

Magnusmode looks forward to the continued growth and success of the company and mobile app that’s sole purpose is to educate, empower and connect individuals, companies and customers in their daily lives. “There is still a lot of work to be done, and we’ve never been more passionate or excited to do that work. It’s wonderfully fulfilling (and challenging) to be able to build a business that solves a problem, I’m so thankful to my team, Magnusmode investors, and our customers for enabling this vision.”

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Accelerator Centre Announces Clean Tech Scholarship Award Recipients

June 5, 2018

In celebration of World Environment Day, the Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Clean Tech Scholarship Award.

This award, provided in partnership with Sustainable Waterloo Region and the Ontario Trillium Fund, allows local entrepreneurs that are innovating in the sustainable technologies, smart buildings, and renewable energy industries to join the Accelerator Centre’s world-renowned programming and rapidly accelerate their growth.

The program is part of the evolvGREEN initiative, a collaborative project between the Accelerator Centre, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the City of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo, University of Waterloo, Laurier, and the Accelerator Centre. The project, which will be located in the Cora group’s evolv1 building, Canada’s first net positive, zero carbon office building, provides a space to bring together entrepreneurs, industry leaders, academia and corporate partners to build a community of people that are passionate about the environment, a clean economy and the well-being of themselves and those around them.

“evolvGREEN will house a community of local startups, government officials, academic institutions, and industry partners that are committed to supporting a sustainable economy and workplace wellness – the perfect home for entrepreneurs looking to make waves in the clean tech space. We are pleased to be able to offer program scholarships to these exceptional companies to help them build and grow their companies in this exciting new facility.”  – Dr. Paul Salvini, CEO, Accelerator Centre

“Sustainable Waterloo Region is thrilled to be partnered with the AC on the clean tech accelerator program and we are excited to be working together to foster an increase in clean technology in a one of a kind sustainable building, the Cora Group’s evolv1. This project is a big step to proving what is possible in sustainable businesses, building and creating a clean economy.” – Tova Davidson, Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo Region

Award Recipients

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Community Manager



Phyxter: AI for Independent Contractors in the Skilled Trades Industry

Jake Gibson grew up with a skilled trades family. His father owned a business in the skilled trades and his brother followed suit. After Jake graduated from University, he too entered into the skilled trades working as a Journeyman before moving to the sales side of the industry. That’s when he began noticing the inefficiencies that business owners, contractors, and freelancers experience on a daily basis. Although there were numerous business management tools available to business owners, Jake noticed a general avoidance of them among independent contractors. He wondered if there was a way to build a new platform that would better serve the specific needs of skilled trades business owners. Jake knew that business owners, like his father and brother, wore too many hats on a daily basis. Without the help of an easy-to-use, intuitive, business management tool, the work days and hours would keep piling up. He started thinking of a solution, which ultimately led to the creation of Phyxter.

Phyxter is a mobile platform that uses artificial intelligence and behavioral science to maximize profit by providing independent contractors with a virtual business partner. The platform is built specifically for independent contractors who desire both profitability and a healthy work-life balance. Simply put, Phyxter helps business owners work less, work smarter, and make more money.

Jake was still living in Utah as a successful sales manager when an advisor suggested that he apply to an incubator/ accelerator to assist in building Phyxter, noting that there were plenty of great options in Ontario. After careful consideration of various programs, Jake was most interested in the Accelerator Center because of their program structure. He applied immediately and was accepted, which meant leaving his career and moving back home to Canada. A big decision, for sure, but he knew it was the right one. Jake was thrilled about his new venture, he had the support of his friends and family, and he now had the Accelerator Centre program to help guide the way.

“The phased approach to business development, a curriculum with step-by-step guidance, milestones to work toward and mentor feedback is exactly the way I like to do things. I love learning and I love that the AC had their program set up for people who want to continually learn and grow. So, I applied and after I was accepted I quit my job in Utah and moved back to Ontario to take my shot at the entrepreneurial dream.”

After Jake moved to Toronto and found a co-founder and CTO in long-time friend Ben Fagan, Phyxter officially incorporated in May of 2017. Phyxter has evolved since its inception into a platform that merges artificial intelligence with behavioral science in order to mimic an experienced business partner. It allows independent contractors in the skilled trades service industry to automate their workflows, help them with their daily business decisions to get positive results, and increases their productivity so they can go home earlier or find additional profitable work, whichever they desire. More than a collection of features, Phyxter will be the smartest way for independent contractors to be more productive at work, to provide the highest quality service, and to have more time and money to do the things they love.

Jake describes the experience of building the company so far as incredible.

“We are having an absolute blast! The learning curve is huge – the community is so supportive, and the ecosystem in Ontario is perfect for learning and growing”

The leadership team started by completing thorough rounds of market research to fully understand the problem they aim to solve, then they moved into product development and are currently performing user testing. They anticipate launching near the end of 2018. The current team consists of Jake, Ben, a team of three developers, and a handful of knowledgeable and experienced advisors.

In 2018, the team is looking forward to beta-testing the MVP product and getting additional feedback from business owners. They’re also looking forward to launching the product, fundraising, and continuing to develop strategic partnerships. They have already solidified a number of aligned partnerships with companies that provide value-add benefits for platform users which reach beyond their tech.

Jake reflects on his inspiration and the core of the company’s values,

“My father was an entrepreneur, and my brother is one now…so if we can build a product that not only helps him to be more successful but also one that he’ll actually use then we’ll have succeeded. There are a lot of things we have to build to get this done and build them in a way that’s truly inviting. It’s important for all of us to always remember that we’re building this for independent contractors, so before every decision we make we need to ask ourselves three questions; do our customers need this, will they use it, and most importantly would our mothers be proud of us for making this decision. In the end we want to give something to entrepreneurs that will help them succeed, whether their definition is that they want to make more money or that they want to spend more quality time with their family, whatever it is Phyxter believes that technology should empower them to do it.”

Being a business owner or independent contractor can be an exciting but stressful job, and Phyxter’s mission is to remove the stress and maximize the excitement by giving business management tools an overhaul in the best possible way.

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Intellijoint Surgical Provides A New View Of Orthopedic Navigation

Originally posted on Surgical Products
By Daniel Seeger

A relative newcomer to the field of surgical navigation systems, Intellijoint is quickly positioning itself as a disruptive technology company. Specializing in orthopedics, the company is rolling out intellijoint HIP, a surgeon-controlled, 3D mini-optical navigation system that provides many unique advantages over similar options on the market.

To learn more, Surgical Products interviewed Armen Bakirtzian, CEO and co-founder of Intellijoint Surgical.

 CEO and Co-Founder, Intellijoint Surgical

Armen Bakirtzian

What can you tell us about Intellijoint Surgical?

Our first product is called intellijoint HIP. It helps orthopedic surgeons performing total hip replacement surgery prevent complications like dislocation, revision, leg length discrepancies, readmissions, and litigation. Our product helps control the most important variables that surgeons manage by eye at the moment, i.e. cup position, leg length, offset and hip center of rotation. We can help surgeons deliver a superior hip replacement by providing them with accurate intraoperative information during surgery.

We’ve done over 5,000 hip replacements, so far. We’re growing at a very high rate year over year, and we have hopes and plans for aggressive growth in the U.S. this year.

What’s unique about the technology?

Navigation has been around in orthopedics for a long time. It’s shown to improve the accuracy with which components are placed in the body. It can improve managing leg length, as well as reduce postoperative complications.

But traditional navigation systems — although they accomplish those things — were extremely time-consuming, they disrupted surgical workflow, they were expensive to acquire and operate, and they introduced a lot of inefficiencies into the hospitals.

With our core technology, we wanted to preserve the essence of navigation, which is providing valuable intraoperative information. But we also wanted to solve the other problems. So we wanted our product to be time-neutral and integrated into the workflow of the surgery.

Our product is very fast. We add only 2.9 minutes to surgery. We have comparable accuracy to other navigation systems and robotic platforms, but we really are focused on the speed, the efficiency, and the integration of the workflow.

I think surgeons value the information that navigation gives them, but they don’t want to put up with the extra time, the extra cost, and the disruption of their workflow that traditional systems have forced upon them.

What new FDA clearance did you recently earn?

The new FDA clearance was for revisions of hip replacement surgeries. This is a very significant achievement for us because we’re one of the only systems suitable for revision procedures.

intellijoint HIP is a imageless navigation system, so we don’t require any preoperative imaging to power our system, and that’s a key differentiator. Any image-based system — or any robotics platform, for that matter — can’t be used in a revision setting because of all the metal artifacts that exist in the body during imaging. So you’re handcuffed with those other systems.

And most people would argue that revisions are when you need the most help with additional intraoperative information. Having an indication cleared for revision surgeries is significant for Intellijoint and significant for the orthopedic population performing revisions.

We’ve already started to show an improved outcome if you use intellijoint HIP on a revision versus not. That data looks very promising. We did a study that followed 72 patients for 2 years after their revision with intellijoint HIP. None of those patients had any dislocations or required a re-revision at their 2-year follow-up appointment. That’s a significantly better result than you see with revision procedures performed freehand, where dislocation rates can be up to 28 percent and the re-revision rates 8-33 percent.

Can you tell us more about your commitment to providing a strong solution for revision surgeries?

Revisions are much more difficult procedures than primaries, and there are more and more revisions every year. Most primary hip replacements will need to be revised at some point over their lifespans, which can be influenced by how the primary was completed. As primary hip replacement patients age, they may require a revision, so there will be a higher demand for these procedures in the future.

There is a higher complication rate when it comes to revisions because of the increased difficulty and surgeons typically don’t have any assistance performing these procedures. The demand for revision procedures on the average orthopedic surgeon will climb in the coming years.

Our platform provides one of the only solutions that is accessible to every orthopedic surgeon. We work flexibly with hospitals to give them access to a technology solution that ultimately helps their surgeons deliver the best possible care. They can acquire intellijoint HIP on a fee per use basis or as a capital investment. I think that puts us in a unique position. intellijoint HIP is suitable for all major surgical approaches in hip replacement — and we’re suitable for primaries and revisions.

What added value do you think is available to healthcare providers when they use intellijoint HIP?

One of the values we can offer to the healthcare system is that the intellijoint HIP system makes surgery less likely to require corrections afterwards. So if a patient is re-admitted to the hospital for a preventable revision surgery, there are unnecessary resources consumed by the surgeon and the hospital to care for that patient.  Preventable mistakes can also hurt the reputation of a surgeon and a hospital, which can be damaging to the ongoing business of both stakeholders. Further, if you can prevent any patient from coming back for a surgical revision, you’ve opened up more resources to do more primary hip (or other) procedures.

And as our orthopedic surgeons get older and retire, there are going to be fewer of them doing surgery, even as the rate of procedure is on the rise. intellijoint HIP allows for improved efficiency and improved outcomes that can result in fewer repeats, fewer revisions, and fewer readmissions. That ultimately reduces the burden on the healthcare systems of today and tomorrow.


eleven-x Launches LoRaWAN™ Wireless Connectivity Solutions for Smart City and Enterprise IoT Applications

Originally published on eleven-x

Innovative Platform Enables Easy Wireless IoT Connectivity for Currently Installed But Unconnected Devices 

WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | May 31, 2018 – eleven-x Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network optimized for the Internet of Things [IoT], is pleased to announce the launch of a new platform that includes a lineup of interface units enabling easy and secure wireless LoRaWAN™ connectivity for currently deployed but unconnected Smart City and IoT sensors and devices. The platform is designed to extend the capabilities of existing sensors and devices to provide real-time data collection and monitoring. The initial group of interface units includes the MIU-X, designed for use with water and gas meters, the TIU-X for tank fill-level monitoring, and the WIU-X to enable remote data collection from water level monitoring sensors.

The eleven-x interface units help organizations realize their goals of deploying smart applications and utilizing real-time data to improve their workflows in an easy, cost effective manner without having to absorb the high costs of removing and replacing existing devices. The interface units are battery operated and last for more than ten years with almost zero maintenance, resulting in a low total cost of ownership, wireless IoT solution. Installation of the eleven-x interface units is a simple 3-step process that can be completed in minutes without the need for any wiring or specialty tools.

The interface units are part of the eleven-x LoRaWAN wireless interface connectivity platform. The wireless platform is a universal solution that provides secure wireless LoRaWAN connectivity via easy integration with currently deployed non-wireless data collection devices and offers significant enhancements for security and ease of use in addition to its connectivity capabilities.

The MIU-X easily converts currently unconnected meters to smart meters, facilitating the use of real-time data which enables streamlined operations by eliminating the need for manual or drive-by data collection and improves customer billing and overall experience. The TIU-X enables cost efficient remote monitoring for a market that currently relies on more expensive satellite and cellular wireless technologies and eliminates the need for manual tank readings and costly emergency deliveries. The WIU-X facilitates wireless water level monitoring and data collection without having to replace currently installed dataloggers. Offering pre-configurable alerting capabilities based on high or low water level conditions, the WIU-X can be configured remotely and reduces operational costs by eliminating the need for manual data collection.

“We’re excited to provide this key enabling product platform that provides an easy, cost effective solution to expand the capabilities of currently unconnected IoT sensors by transforming them into “smart” devices,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x Inc. “Utilizing our wireless interface units helps organizations avoid costly removal and replacement programs and disruptions to customer service, while still getting to enjoy the benefits of real-time data collection. This unlocks potential for improving workflows and reducing operational costs while providing better service levels”.

The MIU-X device enables QMC to bring wireless connectivity to existing water meter assets that would otherwise need to be replaced and upgraded. The cost savings to the utility is substantial,” said James Easton, CEO of QMC. “The eleven-x meter interface units provide near real-time usage information which reduces the costs of collecting meter data and provides value add information such as leak detection and alarming, a win-win scenario for the utility and the customer.”

“The added capabilities we get as a result of real-time collection of water levels from our water supply monitoring network has enabled us to make more informed decisions and helped us improve a key service we deliver to our community,” said Nancy Kodousek, Director Water Services at Region of Waterloo. “By not having to incur the expense of replacing all of our sensors and providing the ability to get more timely data with lower operating expenses, this has resulted in real value to us.”

The eleven-x low power network is optimized for the Internet of Things and enables the promise of Smart Cities, Buildings, Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses IoT applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

Availability and Pricing

The MIU-X, TIU-X and the WIU-X models are FCC, ISED and LoRaWAN certified and commercially available today. For pricing and sales inquiries contact us at or call +1-226-887-0011. For more product information, visit 

About eleven-x Inc.

eleven-x, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Our low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network supporting the use of low-cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN™, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, our carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit for more information.

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