The Founder Institute, a startup accelerator with over 1,000 graduate companies, will be officially launching its first Canadian chapter in Montreal. With plans to run two semesters annually, the program aims to launch over 25 "meaningful and enduring" technology companies per year in Canada. Anyone interested in launching a technology company...read more
Although it has been around for a while now, some entrepreneurs still don't understand exactly what BDC Venture Capital's convertible...read more
The annual British Columbia Innovation Council New Ventures Competition is back for its 14th year and is seeking emerging BC entrepreneurs ready to take their technology startup "to new heights."read more
British Columbia is experiencing a boom in its tech industry. California’s Silicon Valley typically comes to mind when thinking high tech, but a growing digital media industry in BC, a budding talent pool, and the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Victoria are attracting big companies, new startups, and joint ventures.read more
We often joke around with our companies at INcubes about opening a domain business—by the time they launch their product, they have purchased quite a few domains, most of them dormant until the day of the actual launch. On launch, the company chooses one of the purchased domains to be the homepage of the service, and redirects the other domains or leaves them empty until they expire.read more
The Waterloo Accelerator Centre is this week celebrating the launch of graduating 30 technology startups from its JumpStart program, a six-month mentorship and business acceleration program aimed at assisting engineers and scientists commercialize new products and develop new businesses.read more
Vancouver-based startup Unbounce, a landing page platform for marketers, has announced that it is expanding to Montreal.
This is their first satellite office and will help establish the company's East Coast presence.read more
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 applications and interviewed more than 70 startups before selecting the first four companies.read more
SXSW hasn't even started yet and already Canadian startups are making waves at the event.
Specifically, Toronto wearable technology is set to dazzle attendees. Three companies from Canada's largest city will be showing off "some of the coolest wearable computers," writes John Shinal for USA Today.
Shinal gushes praise for several Toronto startups, including Bionym:
Arguably the biggest mobile-device breakthrough at this year's South by Southwest Interactive confab in Austin will be a unique bracelet … The Nymi device from Bionym contains a security advancement that, if widely adopted, could make passwords, security keys and all other methods of digital identification obsolete. Straight out of the future, the wristband turns the wearer's own heartbeat into a secure biometric identifier that can be used to access a home, car, office, computer, mobile device—anything that requires an authenticated ID.
And Kiwi Wearables:
Kiwi Wearables' forthcoming wristband, called the Move, uses an array of sensors to capture and analyze data on even the most subtle gestures. The result can be a better golf swing or throwing motion for athletes, or tighter collaboration among musicians.
And PUSH Strength:
The PUSH Strength, meanwhile, is an armband that helps produce more of what its name implies. Its sensor technology measures the force of human muscle movements, providing feedback to boost the effectiveness of weightlifting and other strength conditioning.
Bionym and Kiwi will be competing at SXSW as accelerator finalists in the wearable tech category, while PUSH is a finalist in the Digital Innovation Challenge.
While Toronto startups may be showcasing their tech upfront, Vancouver startups are actually powering the conference itself.
Eventbase developed the official 2014 SXSW Go app, which will achieve an industry first through the rollout of secure iBeacon-powered proximity beacons and the launch a "Session Live" feature that will enable real-time audience interaction.
Attendease is being used by SXSW in a number of capacities. First, the event planning team uses the company's Schedule Builder tool to slot the entire schedule across all event venues. Second, the Attendease API is being leveraged to synchronize the slotted schedule data with related SXSW properties. And third, Attendease is being used to host the interactive schedule for SXSW's Interactive Workshops.
Finally, Meetingmax will be powering hotel reservations. Meetingmax’s online accommodation platform will handle hotel room bookings for SXSW’s roster of events and conferences; the companies expect the system to process more than $15 million in hotel transactions during the first year.
The Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership is a leading a delegation of western Canadian interactive companies to attend the 21st annual South By South West Interactive Media conference.read more
HootSuite announced this morning the formal launch of skunkworks project HootSuite Labs.
With origins as a ‘startup within a startup’, HootSuite Labs promises to "explore emerging digital technologies and engage with HootSuite’s early adopters and select customers to shape the future of social media and digital marketing."read more
Today Toronto's Bitcoin Decentral launched Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate, the world’s first accelerator dedicated to funding and growing startups in the emerging and disruptive Bitcoin sector.read more
A team of Canadian startups is powering much of this year's South By South West Interactive Media conference.
Vancouver-based Eventbase developed the official 2014 SXSW Go app, which will achieve an industry first through the rollout of secure iBeacon-powered proximity beacons and the launch a "Session Live" feature that will enable real-time audience interaction.
Attendease, which also hails from Vancouver, is being used by SXSW in a number of capacities. First, the event planning team uses the company's Schedule Builder tool to slot the entire schedule across all event venues. Second, the Attendease API is being leveraged to synchronize the slotted schedule data with related SXSW properties. And third, Attendease is being used to host the interactive schedule for SXSW's Interactive Workshops.
Finally, a third Vancouver startup, Meetingmax, will be powering hotel reservations. Meetingmax’s online accommodation platform will handle hotel room bookings for SXSW’s roster of events and conferences; the companies expect the system to process more than $15 million in hotel transactions during the first year.
“Since 1987, SXSW has been a standard‐bearer for independent business and independent thinkers," said Mike Shea, Executive Director of SXSW. "Meetingmax is cut from that same cloth and we think their housing technology is the right system at the right time."
“Meetingmax’s core competency matched exactly what we were looking for. They know housing inside and out,” added Michael Brown, Technical Project Manager of SXSW. “Rather than building a system with similar capabilities, working with Meetingmax means we know the system will function at the level it needs to. We’re now free to focus our energy on innovation in other areas.”
“This contract is a long-term, significant investment for Meetingmax and SXSW. Ensuring the fundamentals of our organizations aligned was important to both of us,” said Jeff Duncan, founder of Meetingmax. “It feels great to be working with a team that will benefit from our software and that also functions like ours in terms of goals and culture. We’re excited to develop this relationship in the years to come.”
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, announced today that Kent Thexton is joining its team as Managing Director.read more
Technology can be many things to us, but the one role it plays that is central to all of our lives is that of storytelling. Placed within the network of connections that is the Internet, a story can spread across several countries in a matter of seconds.read more
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 - Accelerating Together.
Organized by Vancouver’s leading tech accelerators and incubators, Cascadia Startup Fest is a series of workshops and a high-energy pitch competition that connects tech entrepreneurs across the Cascadia region with investors, media, and industry professionals.read more