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GROW Startup Smackdown Winner Crowned

At the GROW Conference, even the coffee breaks are action-packed.

Over the past two days a dozen startups had one minute to pitch a panel consisting of venture capitalists and media.

The winners from each Startup Smackdown session battled in the finals this afternoon and a winner was crowned.

Toronto's Blynk and Pro Angler joined Steamboat Springs, CO's U Grok It and the "Square of RFID" U Grok It came out victorious.

Pro Angler is a portfolio companies from Ryerson's Digital Media Zone. Pro Angler is the number one ranked fishing app in the U.S., providing anglers in Florida and Texas with comprehensive, real-time fishing information.

Blynk is a Next 36 grad and its app has been tagged the 'Tinder for Fashion'.

Image: Kris Krug

New Study Predicts 69 Percent of Consumers Will Own an IoT Device by 2019

Today the GROW Conference kicks off in Whistler and the theme is very different that previous iterations.

With Living in a Connected World as a new tagline, event organizer Debbie Landa is hooking her cart to the Internet of Things and her timing couldn't be better.

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the digital connection of physical, identifiable devices to the Internet where the data and devices communicate in an intelligent fashion.

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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 (TSX) this morning.

Extreme Startups’ and GrowLab’s respective Executive Directors, Marcus Daniels and Jonathan Bixby, had a vision to create one program that would unite the best entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem partners living above the 49th parallel by merging their two top tier accelerator programs.

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