Mercury Grove Re-launches To Hustle for the Ottawa Startup Community

Posted by Rob Lewis

Over the last six years Scott Annan has been an active and vocal advocate for the Ottawa startup community.

Last week that continued when Annan announced the re-launch of Mercury Grove as an ambitious, community-led project to grow startups in Ottawa.

Annan worries that Ottawa is underserved by investors and mainstream media and that the city will have trouble keeping up with the tech hubs of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Especially when those cities are constantly benefiting from the "startup buzz" around government funding announcements, a glut of support organizations, and new programs for startups.

Which is why we refocused Mercury Grove to support and help grow startups.  As entrepreneurs, I’m pretty confidant that we can help ourselves.  We can’t wait for someone else to fix our problems.  We don’t need government hand-outs.  We don’t need permission.

Over the last few months Mercury Grove has raised a small seed fund to invest in Ottawa startups.  According to Annan, "100% of the fund is from startup founders (real, after tax, self-earned money) who believe in the talent, ambition, and quality of startups in Ottawa." So far Annan and his team has recruited over 50 mentors from the community who have agreed to help Ottawa's startups grow.

As part of the re-launch Mercury Grove announced that they have selected four startups to join their portfolio. For the next four months and change Mercury Grove will be "hustling to build momentum" for Vegan CutsND StorefrontOpenera, and Project Speaker.

"We all benefit from their success," he affirms. "A spotlight on these four companies overflows to all the great startups in Ottawa.  Their success—because of Ottawa, not in spite of it—paves the way for your success and shows that, as a community, we can build great companies together."

Company:
Mercury Grove
Website:
http://www.mercurygrove.com
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

We believe in providing a better technology experience through great software and exceptional support. Mercury Grove develops software and provides professional consulting for medium and large businesses in the US and Canada. We currently have offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and Ottawa, Canada and a distributed team across North America and Asia. We opened our doors in 2005 as a small consulting company focused on... more

Company:
Openera
Website:
http://www.openera.com
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Automated Filing for Everyone. Openera automatically organizes email and cloud files to meet corporate compliance requirements and allow the right people to find files fast. Openera is a SaaS compliance gateway that applies corporate policies to files flowing through connected email and cloud accounts. The file analytics dashboard allows companies to find, analyze and auto-file important documents, and the mobile... more


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