Montreal-based Real Ventures announced today the first closing at $50 million of its newest web, mobile, and internet focused investment fund. The fund is expected to reach $100 million by the time of its final closing, according to Real Ventures, a venture capital firm. The lead investors in the new fund are Québec...read more
Somehow, the words "incubator" and "accelerator" have somehow become interchangeable. They're not. They're two different things.read more
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 was an energy to the networking session before that hadn’t been seen in the two months prior.
A slight change to the layout of the event made a surprisingly large shift. The previous set-up staged the networking (and the beer) in a smaller, more intimate zone of the space—Wednesday night’s chat had the formal seating there instead, which lead to a pleasantly community-centric event.read more
There’s something about a return story that warms the soul.
We’ve all, at one time or another, returned back to the past. We’ve all walked through the elementary school where we first learned, realizing that we’ve outgrown the place, and how much we’ve changed in between.read more
Vancouver-based coding bootcamp Lighthouse Labs announced the launch of a new course, an eight-week iOS bootcamp that claims to be the first of its kind in Canada when it commences in July.read more
We wanted to uncover common elements in the fundraising strategies of “successful” Canadian high-tech startups that may have contributed to their success. For example, were all these companies part of an elite network? Were they formerly connected to influential industry leaders?read more
A Canadian company is hoping to give the Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus a run for its money.
Markham-based Sulon Technologies is the maker of Cortex, a headset it believes is better than the one Oculus is pushing. Cortex can overlay a view of one's physical environment with virtual monsters and terrain the user can interact with.read more
Toward the end of your journey through an accelerator program you'll present at a demo day.read more
Crew, formerly known as Ooomf, is an on-demand network connecting short-term mobile and web projects with handpicked developers and designers.
A FounderFuel grad, Ooomf was originally an app discovery startup and the name change was also part of today's announcement.read more
When choosing an accelerator for your startup, one of the most important but least quantifiable aspects to judge it on is an ability to acquire partnerships to distribute your product to customers.read more
If you get accepted into an accelerator it becomes easy to be distracted by seemingly important tasks.
You'll be finding leads for your next raise, getting feedback from mentors about market position, and practice pitching your company so many times you'll get sick of your own idea.read more
Failure is an almost sexy word for startups these days.
It means you tried something that was not properly executed or wanted by the market—but if you managed to learn and grow from it, failing should be celebrated.read more
There are so many articles out there about idea validation, most of them offering generic, worn-out advice such as “trust your gut feeling," “interview potential users,” and “conduct a survey.”
Most of these articles, in addition to being unhelpful, fail to mention that idea validation is a limited concept; that no amount of research can predict the actual adoption of a product.read more