The local technology company received $150,000 from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, a federally-funded initiative to support innovative Canadian firms.
The funds will be used to help the company develop software to improve the graphic quality and user experiences of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as take on three new technical staff members to work on the project.
"NRC-IRAP has been an incredible source of support and has enabled us to build a world-class team and product," stated YOU i Labs co-founder and CEO Jason Flick. "This has allowed the product to be recently licensed to some of the world's biggest brands in four different countries."
The company is bound to keep the names of many of those companies private because of non-disclosure agreements.
Founded in 2006, YOU i Labs is a provider of natural user interface technology. The company has doubled in size each year since inception. Its revenues jumped by 500 per cent in 2012 because of a deal with an unidentified Japanese company that released a new product this September.
YOU i Labs has received various investments from NRC-IRAP since May 2009.
Mr. Flick is the founder of multiple local tech companies including Flick Software and, most recently, Freakin’ Awesome Apps which creates motion-based apps from scratch or using client-submitted designs.
YOU i Labs and its affiliated companies have 30 employees working out of its Kanata office.