Kik's Ted Livingston sparks VeloCity funding contest for Waterloo students

by Knowlton Thomas

Thanks to a donation made by VeloCity alumni and instant messaging app Kik founder Ted Livingston, University of Waterloo students will have the opportunity to compete in a contest offering $25,000 grants.

The winners will receive not only cash but also incorporation of their startup and office space for their next work term to work on their new company. You don't even have to live in VeloCity to enter—just be a student of the University of Waterloo.

Five teams will be given $500 after a weekend hackathan, and will then be given one month to turn that $500 into an impressive project for their shot at 25 grand.

Click here for details or to register.

Company:
Kik Interactive, Inc.
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more

Company:
Velocity
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Velocity is a leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo and the largest free startup incubator in North America. From idea to product development to commercialization, Velocity provides the knowledge, tools, space and network that startups and entrepreneurs need for success. The Velocity program includes a student dorm, workspaces in Waterloo region, events, mentor programs... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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