Shopify, which makes starting an e-commerce store ridiculously simple, snagged up a fancy new office a couple months ago. Now, Shopify is letting Avitu, a fresh startup run by three University of Ottawa students, incubate in its offices.
Since Shopify got their new office in downtown Ottawa, they have played a big role with the Ottawa community, and have regularly hosted meetups such as Ruby Tuesday, Open Data Ottawa, and Fresh Founders Ottawa. As of July 26, 2010, Shopify gave Avitu the chance to work out of one of their offices as well as provide us guidance with design, programming, marketing and business. This is an amazing opportunity that we have come across and we want to share our experiences with you.
Avitu was created by three students at the University of Ottawa. Believing there was a significant need for a simple ad platform that could easily help publishers sell their ad slots directly to advertisers, we took Avitu from class project to live prototype in less than 5 months. We are currently working out of an incubator at Shopify in downtown Ottawa.
Follow Avitu's experiences with Shopify on their blog. All the power to 'em (and Shopify)!