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BlueBat Games Acquired by Greentube
BlueBat Games has been acquired. The Vancouver-based social game developer was scooped up by Greentube, owned by the Novomatic Group, for an undisclosed sum. The announcement was made at the... more
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
Zillow Acquires Retsly from GrowLab Portfolio
Seattle-based Zillow just announced that it has acquired Vancouver's Retsly, a GrowLab portfolio company founded in 2013. Zillow has not disclosed the financial terms of the acquisition. NASDAQ... more
GrowLab Becomes First Accelerator to Leverage Startup Visa Program
The federal government announced on April 1st of 2013 that they wanted the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to call Canada home and opened applications for their new startup visa... 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
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
GrowLab Extends Fall Cohort Application until July 31st
Vancouver's GrowLab startup accelerator has extended the application deadline for their fall cohort from today to July 31, 2014. A GrowLab spokesperson told Techvibes that the next cohort will... more
Canarie and GrowLab Partner to Take Startups from Idea to Revenue via the Fast Lane
CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, and GrowLab, a Vancouver-based startup accelerator, today announced a partnership to... more
To Swipe You Left or Right: Why Early Stage Investing is a Lot Like Using Tinder
First impressions are important. When I get off the podium after speaking I usually have 10 to 15 people who want to tell me about their business. It is usually late in the day, I have already met... more
Canadian Startup PrintToPeer Wants to Build a Common OS for All 3D Printers
3D printers seem like science fiction but one Canadian company argues the high-tech machines are "essentially operating in the stone age." "Paper printers went from parallel ports, to... more
Launch Academy Announces 2014 Student Startup Challenge
Launch Academy launched its annual Student Startup Challenge this morning. The SSC's mission is to encourage more post-secondary students and recent grads to embrace entrepreneurship and build... more
CineCoup's Howling Debut is Going to Cannes
In a world where Entertainment Weekly reads: “This is an actual thing!” and Moviefone says “Looks...interesting”, it would seem like CineCoup’s triumphant first... more
Farmers Market Basics – What can Startups Learn from Farmers Markets?
I love farmers markets. They make me happy and they make me hopeful. Their warmth and authenticity is magic. Whenever I travel I make sure that I specifically search out and make time for local... more
'Traction Trumps Everything,' Says GrowLab's Jonathan Bixby at Startup Grind
This was the first StartupGrindVan event in a long, long time that wasn’t set against the gloom of a rainy night. Between the sunshine and the excitement for the evening’s speaker there... more
5 Local Organizations Team Up, Unite Vancouver Tech Community at Cascadia Startup Day
On a drizzly Thursday, Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre saw an event completely unprecedented in the history of Vancouver’s technology scene—though to be accurate, the event... more
Startup Grind to Host Fireside Chat with Jonathan Bixby of Growlab on April 9
Startup Grind Vancouver will be hosting a fireside chat with Jonathan Bixby, the CEO of Growlab next month. On Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30pm at Invoke Labs, attendees will get a glimpse into... 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
Under New Leadership, GrowLab Reveals First Four Startups of Spring 2014 Cohort
GrowLab today announced the first four startups so far selected to be part of its Spring 2014 cohort. The search for top talent has been rigorous, the accelerator says. It received more than 350... more
Vancouver’s Leading Tech Accelerators Join Forces to Host Cascadia Startup Fest
GrowLab, Invoke Labs, Launch Academy, Spring Activator, and Wavefront are joining forces to bring you what’s bound to be the Vancouver startup event of the year: Cascadia Startup Fest -... more
ePACT Network Raises $1 Million Investment Round
GrowLab alumni ePACT Network announced today completion of a "significant round of financing" as well as a strategic partnership with Byye group to support accelerated spread of emergency... more
Five Secret Reasons to Join an Accelerator
Being an entrepreneur sucks. Everyone in earshot of me could easily get a great paying job, enjoy paid vacation, and be able to relax on weekends. Instead we’ve all decided to barely take a... more
Canadian Startup Awards 2013 Nominee ePACT is a Master of Disaster
ePACT has been nominated for a 2013 Canadian Startup Award in the Accelerator Graduate of the Year category. Let's find out why. What would you do if an earthquake/forest fire/alien invasion hit... more
A Canadian Entrepreneur's Impression of the Startup Ecosystem in South Africa
We often talk about how being entrepreneurs is a hardcore experience. We consider ourselves risk takers and we take pride in going against the grain. We brag about our long hours, our travels and... more
GrowLab's Farm at Hand Wins NACO Pitch Competition
Yesterday, six incubated startups pitched at a competitive event hosted by the National Angel Capital Organization. The startups were Transit App from FounderFuel; Viromo from Innovate Calgary;... more
Advice on Navigating Advice
In the entrepreneurial world we live in, giving and receiving advice is an interesting conundrum. It can either paralyze you by pulling you in a million different directions or accelerate your... more
Three GrowLab Companies Nominated To Receive Permanent Residency From Startup Visa Canada
GrowLab announced this morning that it has nominated three companies to receive permanent residency from the Startup Visa Canada program: Cognilab, Retsly and Zeetl. The Startup Visa Canada... more
Canadian Media Fund Launches Accelerator Partnership Program to Help Fund Startups
The Canadian Media Fund (CMF) recently announced that they will be launching the CMF Accelerator Partnership Pilot Program, which will award $360,000 of additional funds to startups participating... more
GrowLab announces Jonathan Bixby as the new Executive Director
Last month GrowLab announced that Jonathan Bixby was joining Mark Relph to become their second Entrepreneur-in-Residence. This morning they announced that Bixby will be taking on more... more
GrowLab Becomes Research Partner of University’s Social and Interactive Media Centre
Emily Carr University’s Social and Interactive Media Centre and Vancouver-based startup accelerator GrowLab have forged a new applied research partnership. According to the university,... more
GrowLab Names Second Entrepreneur-in-Residence
GrowLab announced last week that Mark Relph had joined the Vancouver accelerator as their first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. At the time they alluded that they would be adding more EiRs to the roster... more
GrowLab Names First Entrepreneur-in-Residence
GrowLab announced today that Mark Relph has joined the Vancouver accelerator as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. And according to today's announcement they will be adding more. Relph is a... more
CineCoup Top Project WolfCop to be Filmed in Saskatchewan
WolfCop, the named Top Project of the CineCoup Film Accelerator’s inaugural year, to slated to be filmed in Saskatchewan. The horror-comedy by Regina filmmakers Lowell Dean, Bernie Hernando... more
GrowLab Reveals the Fall 2013 Cohort and Farm Team
Today GrowLab announced the seven companies that will be part of their Fall 2013 Cohort. There are five startups that will be joining their full program and two startups that will be a part of... more
Farm At Hand is Taking Farm Management to the Cloud
News on the upcoming GrowLab cohort is slowly leaking as accepted startups update their AngelList profiles and move into office space in Gastown. One of those companies is Farm At Hand from... more
Former Judge of International Startup Festival Awards Wins Top Honours, Raises $500K in 48 Hours
Serial entrepreneur, investor and mentor Jason Bailey was awarded $85,000 for winning the International Startup Festival’s startup award. The previous founder of several successful startups... more
Edmonton's Mover Raises Money from Vancouver's Yaletown Ventures
Vancouver-based venture capital firm Yaletown Ventures has made an investment in Mover, an Edmonton-based startup that helps users move files in the cloud. "We are pleased to announce out... more
GrowLab and Launch Academy Partner with Facebook
Facebook recently set up shop in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood. Now the world's largest social network has partnered with local accelerator GrowLab as well as Launch Academy to host... 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
Cinecoup Awards Wolfcop $1 Million in Financing and a Cineplex Release
Yesterday at the Banff World Media Festival Regina's Wolfcop was selected by the inaugural CineCoup Film Accelerator to receive up to $1 million in financing and a guaranteed Cineplex release in... 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
If You're an Entrepreneur Complaining About Canadian Investors, You Need to Get a Job
If you’re an entrepreneur struggling to raise money from your local investor community, and you’re complaining about it or using it as an excuse, stop. Just stop. And strongly consider... more
BDC Venture Capital Invests in All Four GrowLab Graduates
Techvibes has learned that BDC Venture Capital, Canada’s largest institutional venture capital investor, has invested in all four of GrowLab's most recent graduating startups. BDC is... more
Startups from Across Canada Pitch at GrowLab's Demo Day in Vancouver
Last night, Vancouver accelerator GrowLab hosted its Demo Day for the Winter 2012 cohort. In addition to the four local companies that participated in GrowLab's three-month program, three startups... more
The App Pitch an Opportunity for Startups, Developers, and Students to Pitch Windows Apps
The App Pitch lands in Vancouver on March 13. The event is a chance for Vancouver startups, students, developers, and designers to pitch their ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Also on... more
GrowLab Grad Raises $470,000 Seed Round Led by Yaletown Ventures
Vancouver’s Wantering announced late last week the closing of a $470,000 seed round led by Yaletown Ventures. The annonucement was timed with the startup's public launch after completing six... more
GrowLab Announces its Five Winter 2012 Cohort Companies
This morning Vancouver-based startup accelerator, GrowLab, announced its Winter 2012 cohort. Five chosen companies have settled in GrowLab’s new space and are ready to begin their 4-month... more
Superangel Mike Edwards Goes Public with LX Ventures - Now You Can Invest With Him
Over the last few years the Vancouver startup community has been booming and a lot of the credit goes to two very active angel investors. Together Boris Wertz and Mike Edwards have interested in... more
Matygo Raises $515,000, Rebrands as Learndot
One year ago, Matygo gradutated from Vancouver-based accelerator GrowLab and went on to raise $515,000 in seed money. But we have not heard a peep from them since. Until today. Turns out that... 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
GrowLab Graduate Announces $850K in Total Funding
Vancouver's announced today it has closed $850k in funding to date from a long list of investors including Geoff Entress, Mike Edwards, Summit Capital, Yaletown Venture Partners, BDC, Ryan... more
Vancouver Startup Weekend Was a Blast! And the Winner is…
There is a winner. And that detail is coming. But a serious amount of sweat equity, team effort, sleep deprivation, and passion to learn as much as possible in 54 hours is the real story of... more
GrowLab Adds New Startup to Second Cohort Two Days Before Demo Day
Edmonton startup Mover just announced last week that they have been included in GrowLab's second cohort and will be presenting at GrowLab's Demo Day this Wednesday. While Mover is an extremely... more
Canadian Startup BlueBat is Not Blind to the Future of Gaming
One headline shouts pending BC gaming industry apocalypse. Turn the page there’s a hard charging startup making serious waves. Highly fragmented and slightly schizophrenic would be the most... more
With Demo Day One Week Away, GrowLab Announces Farm Team
GrowLab will be showcasing their current cohort in less than one week as part of a packed GROW Week. It's a chance for GrowLab's second cohort to show off their progress from four hard months of... more
Canadian Startup Battlefy Knows 300 Million Users Can’t be Wrong
Picture more than 300 million players, or one in four people in the lucrative 18- to 30-year-old demographic, representing a total spend of over $16.5 billion last year, triple that of three years... more
Canadian Startup Skyscrpr Launches Monetization Solution for Bloggers
Blogs and monetization. They usually don't go together very well. But a Canadian startup by the name of Skyscrpr hopes to change that. Dubbed "the easiest way for bloggers to sell ads directly to... more
Tech Community Rallies Behind Startup Weekend, the Birthplace of Tomorrow's Canadian Entrepreneurs
An African Proverb suggests that it takes a village to raise a child; such thinking is beginning to pervade the Vancouver startup community. In order to foster, and help develop future... more
Launch Academy’s Inaugural Demo Day Sends First Startups into Orbit
It was no April fool’s joke when Ray Walia, Jesse Heaslip, Roger Patterson, and Mike Edwards decided to open the doors on Launch Academy. Since April 1st they’ve been getting it done,... more
Your Complete Guide to Everything Going On During GROW Week in Vancouver
The third annual GROW Conference is fast approaching and all eyes will be on Vancouver as startup founders, investors, and executives from across North America converge. What started out as a... more
Mike Edwards: 'Vancouver is Definitely Not a Hotbed for Angel Investing'
Mike Edwards is the executive director of Vancouver's GrowLab and a founding partner of InitioGroup, a seed investment company. So he knows a thing or two about the local startup ecosystem... more
Is Finding a Startup Cofounder Difficult? Yes, but it Doesn't Have to Be
Is finding a cofounder difficult? It’s an easy question to answer: yes! Well, maybe not finding any old cofounder—but the real challenge is finding a good one, one who’s truly... more
Vancouver’s Launch Academy is a Hybrid Incubator, Accelerator, and Alternative Education Centre
Recently, three Meetup groups combined their efforts to attract 350 eager participants for the Lean Crossroad event. Learning lessons from the likes of Eric Ries (via video feed), Flowtown founder... more
GrowLab's Cinecoup Announces Partnership with Cineplex Entertainment
Vancouver startup CineCoup will be announcing today at the Banff World Media Festival an innovative feature film model in partnership with Cineplex Entertainment. Debuting this fall, film-making... more
GrowLab Matures with Announcement of Second Cohort
Two months ago, Techvibes reported that Vancouver's newest superangel, Mike Edwards, would be taking over the helm of Vancouver accelerator GrowLab. We warned Vancouver's startup community to... more
GrowLab Gets a New Executive Director
Ten months ago, Vancouver welcomed Silicon Valley style accelerator program GrowLab to the startup community. And it conveniently filled the void left by Bootup Labs, when Bootup unceremoniously... more
Shape Collage Launches New Web App for Photo Collages Called Loupe
Shape Collage has launched Loupe, a new web app that offers "a free and east way to share and shape your photos online." Founded by Vincent Cheung, who graduated from the University of... more
A Closer Look at Vancouver Accelerators
Accelerators can play a key role in growing early-stage companies and university research and intellectual property into market ready ventures, but not all accelerators follow the same model or... more
GrowLab begins its hunt for 2012 Spring Cohort
GrowLab announced today that it has started accepting applications for its 2012 Spring Program. The Vancouver startup accelerator is searching for the world’s best entrepreneurs focused... more
5 Things To Know When Approaching An Accelerator
If you live in Vancouver and are considering applying to join a startup accelerator, you need to check out this event tomrrow at GrowLab. But first read this article from the weekend on TechCrunch.... more
Vancouver Startups That Can Make a Difference
GrowLab held an amazing event Tuesday, November 29 that combined top entrepreneurs and driven investors.  It was clear that although the 5 startups hadn’t started pitching their ideas,... more
GrowLab's Jason Bailey on Angel Investing
The Vancouver Enterprise Forum hosted their annual Angel Investing panel discussion last night and it was a sold out affair. BC's 2011 Angel Investor of the Year Boris Wertz moderated a panel that... more
GrowLab profiled by WiseWords, an Inspiring Campaign About Successful People's Real Experiences
GrowLab, a tech startup accelerator in Vancouver, has been profiled by WiseWords, a campaign whose slogan is "Inspiration from successful people with real experiences." The web-based video series... more
Vancouver's GrowLab reveals inaugural cohort
This morning Vancouver startup accelerator GrowLab announced the five startups that will take part in their inaugural four month accelerator program this Fall. GrowLab portfolio companies receive... more
How does Ottawa's Mercury Launch measure up to FounderFuel and GrowLab?
With the addition of Ottawa's Mercury Launch last week, we now have three new startup accelerators across Canada. Mercury Launch joins Montreal's FounderFuel and Vancouver's GrowLab. All three... more
Ottawa's Mercury Launch joins GrowLab & FounderFuel in new wave of Canadian Startup Accelerators
Ottawa's Scott Annan announced this morning the launch of a new accelerator for Canada's capital - Mercury Launch. Mercury Launch's mission is to support Ottawa’s best entrepreneurs and... more
GrowLab to host Open House on August 16th
On August 16th Vancouver's newest accelerator GrowLab will be opening its doors to the public and you're invited. You'll also have the chance to meet GrowLab's first cohort of five companies... more
GrowLab extends submission deadline to midnight today
If you thought you had run out of time to apply to Vancouver startup accelerator GrowLab before their June 15th cut-off, you've had a reprieve. Due to a problem with a service provider GrowLab... more
It's a great time to be a Female Entrepreneur in Canada
Despite what we've all been reading, I think it's a great time to be a female entrepreneur in Canada. We've got two brand spanking new startup accelerators - FounderFuel in Montreal and GrowLab... more
GrowLab vs. FounderFuel: How Do They Measure Up?
Two startup accelerator programs, GrowLab and FounderFuel, have been announced in the past couple of weeks. Both companies will offer new startups the knowledge and the means to become successful,... more
Innovation in BC: Vancouver’s GrowLab coming soon…
Innovation in BC is a biweekly feature highlighting local startups making waves in BC's technology environment and exciting events for startups and entrepreneurs. BCIC develops programs... more
Vancouver welcomes new early-stage, startup accelerator: GrowLab
Big news in the Canadian tech startup space today. Vancouver is once again home to a Silicon Valley style accelerator program. GrowLab calls itself a “startup boot camp” for... more

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