Looking to kickstart an online business? CANARIE and Cybera are offering free tools for support.

by Meagan Hampel

It’s always good to be your own boss, but right now seems to be a particularly good time. Especially if you’re into apps.

Several opportunities have recently come up to help Canadian developers/designers/entrepreneurs shape their products in order to take them to the next level.

CANARIE recently launched a “digital sandbox” for small to mid-sized companies to build and test their apps, products or services. And during its year-long pilot phase – this program will be offered FREE-of-charge!

The service is called Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research – DAIR – and is similar to the National Grid Service in the UK, which offers e-infrastructure to academics and researchers. DAIR is geared towards companies designing products such as online games, e-banking software, telecom software, web-based apps, etc. As well as speeding up a product’s time to market, the program offers access to the high-speed CANARIE Network, as well as online storage resources.

Visit the CANARIE site to see their call for papers.

Closer to home, for any budding entrepreneur in Calgary, the build-up to our first Startup Weekend is starting to draw some excitement (particularly for those of us who are first-timers). Cybera is running a contest to sponsor the registration fee for one lucky winner. You just need to finish the sentence: "The first step to creating a successful startup is..."

To fill in the blank and be entered in the draw, visit Cybera’s website.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

CANARIE Inc. - Canada's advanced Internet development organization - is a not-for-profit corporation supported by its members, project partners and the Federal Government. CANARIE's mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced Internet development and use by facilitating the widespread adoption of faster, more efficient networks and by enabling the next generation of advanced products,... more

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Cybera is a not-for-profit, technical agency that is helping Alberta advance its IT frontiers. It operates through a strategic investment by its members and the Ministry of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. more

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Meagan Hampel

Meagan Hampel

Meagan Hampel is a Communications Officer at Cybera. Cybera supports research connections between small companies and academics using technology, including high-bandwidth internet and cloud computing. Meagan comes from a journalism background, and has spent most of her career focusing on science and innovation. She spent four years in the UK writing for a magazine devoted to materials science,... more

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