Extreme Startups

Extreme Startups

Extreme Startups is a venture backed startup accelerator that supercharges founder development, optimizes product-market fit and graduates fundable companies. Our evolved programs provide an unrivaled combination of seed capital (up to $250K), digital product leadership education and access to a global pool of mentors. Investors and financial partners include Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Relay Ventures, Rho Canada Ventures, Pinetree Capital and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). For more information, please visit: http://www.ExtremeStartups.com.

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News on Extreme Startups

Extreme Startups and GrowLab Ventures Merge to Become HIGHLINE
Vancouver's GrowLab Ventures and Toronto’s Extreme Startups have announced their merger and the launch of HIGHLINE, the first pan-Canadian accelerator platform, at the Toronto Stock Exchange... more
Canada's Accelerators Send Their Best to BDC Pitch Event at Startup Fest
This week at the International Startup Festival in Montreal BDC is hosting a Pitch Event on the keynote stage. Six startups from Montreal's FounderFuel, Toronto's Extreme Startups, and Vancouver's... more
Roots Teams up with Canada’s Instagram Platform Developers Candid to Harness Customer Photos
Candid, the first Canadian company invited to join Instagram's platform developers directory, is a visual commerce platform that tells a brand's story through the eyes and photos of its fans. Born... more
Extreme Startups Grad FameBit Raises $1.5 Million Round
Extreme Startups portfolio company FameBit has been on quite the ride. Founded by high school friends David Kierzkowski and Agnes Kozera, FameBit is "a marketplace that makes it easy for... more
Canadian Government Announces Which Startup Accelerators Will Get Funding Under CAIP
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the organizations that have been chosen to advance in the selection process for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). He made the... more
A Startup's Guide to BDC Venture Capital's Convertible Notes Program
Although it has been around for a while now, some entrepreneurs still don't understand exactly what BDC Venture Capital's convertible note program. This guide is here to aid them. There are more... more
Meet the Extreme Startups Spring 2014 Cohort
Today at the Dx3 Conference in Toronto Extreme Startups announced the five companies selected for their spring cohort. Extreme Startups newest portfolio companies will also be demo-ing their... more
Extreme Startups Grad ShopLocket Acquired
Last week Techvibes reported from Extreme Startups Demo Day event in Toronto that Extreme Startups alumni Sciencescape has quietly raised $3 Million. Sciencescape, Picatic, and ShopLocket had been... more
Extreme Startups Grad to Close $3 Million VC Round
Accelerator Extreme Startups debuted its latest cohort of digital entrepreneurs last night at an invite-only Demo Day at the Burroughes Building in Toronto. Extreme Startups managing director... more
Dx3 and Extreme Startups to Launch 'Acceleration Zone' in March
Today Dx3 and Extreme Startups launched The Extreme Startups Acceleration Zone @ Dx3, "a groundbreaking new partnership" aimed at putting Canada's future leading digital product companies in... more
Edmonton Startup Lands Seed Funding from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Others
Edmonton's Granify announced today that it has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from Valar Ventures, iNovia Capital, Klass Capital, BDC, Extreme Startups, Social Starts and nine angel... more
Extreme Startups Splits into Three Integrated Programs, Emphasizes Founder Development
Extreme Startup's new managing director, Marcus Daniels, is bringing substantial change to one of Canada's most prominent startup accelerators. In what the organization is describing as a... more
A Breakdown of Canada's Eight Biggest Startup Accelerators
Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District recently released a report called Seeding Success: Canadian Startup Accelerators that breaks down numerous aspects of accelerator programs in Canada. In the... more
Six Reasons Your Startup Should Join an Accelerator Program
Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District recently released a report called Seeding Success: Canadian Startup Accelerators that breaks down numerous aspects of accelerator programs in Canada. In the... more
Event Ticketing Platform Picatic Now Lets Event Organizers Pay What They Want
Vancouver-based ticketing platform Picatic announced yesterday that they're skipping the industry standard transaction based model of pay per ticket service fees and giving full control to event... more
A Closer Look at Canada's Seven True Startup Accelerators
Over the past three years, dozens of accelerators and accelerator-like programs have emerged in Canada. However, there is debate about their value—do accelerators hurt startups, and can the... more
Extreme Startups Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 Cohort
Young companies need all the help they can get these days to compete in the fast-paced business world. Extreme Startups is a tech accelerator based out of Toronto that develops relationships,... more
Canadian Accelerator Extreme Startups Announces Third Cohort
In March, Techvibes reported that Canadian startup Koge Vitamins chose Toronto-based Extreme Startups over TechStars for its accelerator. Today, Extreme Startups unveiled the rest of its third... more
Toronto's Koge Vitamins Chooses Extreme Startups Over TechStars
Koge Vitamins has confirmed that they are one of the five startups selected to join Toronto accelerator program Extreme Startups new cohort. While we can’t report on who the other four are... more
Canadian Startup Relay Raises $700,000 from Real Ventures and Others
Toronto-based Relay has raised $700,000 from a mix of Canadian and US investors, including Real Ventures and Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures. Relay was part of Extreme Startup's last... more
Extreme Startups Seeks Third Cohort, Applications Due Valentine's Day
Toronto-based Extreme Startups is still seeking startups for its third cohort. Interested startups have until this Friday to apply. The Canadian accelerator provides up to $230,000 in funding... more
Canada's Top 5 Angel Investors by AngelList Popularity
AngelList is increasingly becoming the place where early-stage and seed deals first get off the ground. Of late, the growing community of startup founders and investors has been transitioning... more
Canadian Accelerator Extreme Startups Seeks 2013 Cohort
Extreme Startups had their second-ever demo day in late November. They have become one of Toronto's most well-known startup accelerators in 10 months. Andy Yang, Daniel Debow, and Sunil Sharma... more
Canadian Accelerators Look to US for Cloud Infrastructure
Dallas-headquartered cloud infrastructure company SoftLayer Technologies announced this week the expansion of its Catalyst Program into Canada. SoftLayer’s entrance into Canada is being... more
MyShoebox Launches from Extreme Startups
Toronto's Extreme Startups announced the second cohort of their startup accelerator earlier this month and today one of them launched. MyShoebox is unlimited free photo backup service that... more
Kera is a New Way to Onboard Users with Interactive Tutorials That Overlay Live Websites
Kera is a new way to onboard users with interactive tutorials that overlay on live websites. The Toronto-based startup has created a solution in which users never have to leave your app. And,... more
New Documentary Aims to Shed Light on Canadian Entrepreneurs and Their Startups
UPDATE: Day Job's Indiegogo campaign is now live and ready for your support. Video production company Fidelity Format has partnered with Canadian accelerator Extreme Startups to launch Day Job,... more
Meet The Next Five Companies To Join Extreme Startups
Extreme Startups has announced the five companies that will take part in its 2nd cohort culminating with a demo day on November 28th. The lucky startups and their business model in a sentence:... more
ShopLocket Raises $1 Million in Funding to Grow its Team and Power the Next Wave of E-commerce
Just three months ago, Toronto-based startup ShopLocket officially launched in open beta with a goal to turn the traditional destination commerce model on its head. Today, the company announced... more
Extreme Startups Chief Innovation Hunter Andy Yang on Talent, Capital, and Community
The hall in the Burroughes Building was packed with entrepreneurs (along with one person claiming to work in venture capital) for Extreme Startups Demo Day, all curious to learn more about the... more
Extreme Startups' Sunil Sharma Shares His Thoughts on Venture Capitalism at Demo Day in Toronto
"Shhh,” Sunil Sharma lulled over the video clip introducing Extreme Startups. A hushed silence fell over the yammer in Berkeley church at 315 Queen Street East. Entrepreneurs, venture... more
Five Things Toronto Learned from Paul Singh of 500 Startups
Extreme Startups' Demo Day took place yesterday at Berkley Church in Toronto where five graduating startups pitched to a packed house. Before they took the stage a couple special guests shared... more
Extreme Startups to Host Inaugural Demo Day on June 19
Toronto accelerator Extreme Startups is hosting their inaugural demo day on Tuesday, June 19, and their initial cohort of five startups will be centre stage. "We are extremely excited by our... more
Toronto's Extreme Startups Reveals First Five Companies [Updated]
Toronto-based accelerator (not an incubator, like some misinformed people suggest) Extreme Startups has selected five companies for the inaugurual round of its program. The organization saw... more
Canadian Startup Verelo Hopes to Save Lives with New Monitoring and Alert Services
A tech startup based in Toronto hopes to use its technology to save lives. Verelo points out how high the risk and danger can be when emergency systems fail. What happens when the 911 line goes... more
ShopLocket Announces Partnership with Paypal Competitor Stripe
Just one week after launching in open beta, Toronto’s ShopLocket is announcing a new partnership with US online payment solution provider Stripe. Beginning today, ShopLocket sellers can... more
Toronto’s ShopLocket Launches Open Beta Today
Katherine Hague, co-founder of Toronto-based startup ShopLocket, has always been an entrepreneur at heart. Just after graduating with a BBA from the Schulich School of Business, she worked in... more
Extreme U becomes Extreme Startups with $7 Million in committed funding
Montreal has FounderFuel, Vancouver has GrowLab, and now Toronto has Extreme Startups. Extreme Venture Partners successful Extreme U program has morphed into an accelerator. According to their... more
Extreme Venture Partners gets friendly with Facebook
Toronto's Extreme Venture Partners announced yesterday that it is launching a revamped version of its Extreme University accelerator program - ExtremeU. ExtremeU’s new model will consist of... more

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