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Parking Startup Aims to Connect Cities

Now that it has completed the Launch36 accelerator, Fredericton startup HotSpot Parking is gearing up to roll out its solution for downtown shoppers and merchants in its third Atlantic Canadian city.

HotSpot Parking began as a product that allows consumers to pay parking meters remotely through their cellphones. But as it passed through two accelerators — ACelr8 at Planet Hatch and Launch36 — the company has refined its product and the focus of its technology.

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What Culture in a Company Is – And, Perhaps More Important, What It Isn't

Let’s quickly identify a misconception: culture isn’t “perks,” nor is it a collection of soft adjectives. Rewards or attributes are derivative of culture, but not in and of themselves meaningful. When they’re divorced from culture or mistaken for culture, all you’re creating is a parade of expenses and expectations. Culture is comes solely from vision. Your vision.

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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 GrowLab will have 3 minutes to wow the crowd and judges.

Representing FounderFuel are VanHawks and Provender.

VanHawks is responsible for the hugely successful, crowdfunded Valour bike. The Valour is connected to iOS, Android and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider statistics in real-time including the route, distance, speed, and time.

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Leaving No Stone Unturned: Successful Entrepreneurs Take Advantage of Everything

A handful of years ago, we made perhaps one of the smartest hires in our 14 year history. The title was nebulous - “producer” - and the job description was even more so: "to create opportunities for us to create beauty." Sounds pretty fluffy, right? This individual quickly set about to finding us hundreds of thousands of dollars in opportunities that we didn’t know even existed.

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