Accessibility and Hearing Technology Startup, AAVAA, Receives $1.3M Grant from Government of Canada

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May 25, 2023

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — AAVAA, a company specializing in brain-computer interface technology for accessibility, hearing solutions, and AR/VR applications, has announced its recent receipt of a $1.3M grant from the Government of Canada. In collaboration with the Minister of Innovation, this funding, provided through the Accessible Technology Program (ATP), will bolster AAVAA’s ongoing endeavors to create groundbreaking technology that enhances accessibility for individuals with disabilities both in Canada and worldwide.

The Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing accessible technology aligns with AAVAA’s mission of breaking down barriers and empowering individuals with disabilities. The newly awarded grant will fuel AAVAA’s continued research and development initiatives within brain-computer interface, allowing the company to further expand its portfolio of innovative accessible products that transform brain and bio signals to access a new era of human device control.

“We are honored to receive this generous grant from the Government of Canada. This funding will allow us to accelerate the development of our cutting-edge brain-computer interface technology, which is poised to revolutionize the lives of individuals with disabilities. We sincerely appreciate the government’s recognition and support of our mission to foster inclusivity and enhance accessibility for people with mobility and speech impairments.”

–Naeem Komeilipoor, Founder and CTO, and Barclay Knapp, CEO of AAVAA

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AAVAA’s technology enables devices to understand and react to user needs, with subtle eye and facial movements.

AAVAA has developed a proprietary brain-computer interface technology that empowers devices to comprehend and respond to user needs through subtle eye and facial movements. With five patents filed in over 20 countries, this technology was created by a team of neuroscientists and entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing brain and bio signals to enable a new era of human device control. The company’s extensive range of products encompasses assistive devices and consumer applications, each meticulously designed with a commitment to user-friendliness, functionality, and affordability.

With the newly acquired grant, AAVAA aims to expedite its research and development efforts, ensuring that its products remain at the forefront of accessibility innovation.

Administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Accessible Technology Program plays a crucial role in providing support to organizations like AAVAA that are dedicated to developing technology solutions aimed at eliminating barriers and fostering equal participation for individuals with disabilities.


AAVAA is a leading provider of accessible technology solutions dedicated to breaking down barriers and improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities. With a range of innovative products and services, AAVAA strives to empower and enhance the lives of people with disabilities by leveraging the power of technology. 

Source: AAVAA

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