Startup news round-up: April 19, 2012

Telus Communication Co. is donating up to $150,000 to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) to help seven young entrepreneurs build their business ventures.

Telus, CYBF to help young biz owners

For every person that attends a Telus Challenge event, the telecom company will donate $100 to the CYFB, an organization that addresses youth unemployment and under-employment by providing programs that help young people “create their own employment.” The CYFB targets individuals aged 18 to 34 who want to start their own business.

Telus Challenge events are a year-long series of events that provide speakers and information sessions geared towards helping small companies tackle business challenges.

“We are delighted to work with Telus to celebrate and support a culture of youth entrepreneurship in Canada,” said Vivian Prokop, chief executive officer of CYFB. “Teaming up with Telus on their Challenge events is a unique way for CYBF to gather important intelligence about the challenges facing young entrepreneurs, while celebrating their unique solutions.”

The first donation was made Thursday at Telus House Toronto in celebration of The Challenge contest, sponsored by Telus and the Globe and Mail. The contest, now in its second year, invites Canadian small business owners to present their biggest business challenge for the opportunity to win a $100,000 grant from Telus. To enter the contest, visit The contest closes May 28, 2012.


Ryerson’s digital specialization program

Ryerson University is launching this year the Ryerson Digital Specialization program. The university said the program is the first of its kind in Canada.

The program will allow students to spend a semester exploring the digital world. Students in any Ryerson program will be able to combine their current area of study with specialized learning in digital innovation, entrepreneurship, business planning and industry problem solving.
The program moves away from traditional experiential learning models and instead supports students in creating and nurturing their own products, services and businesses. To learn more about the Digital Specialization program, visit the Ryerson website here.

From CDMN News

Get cheaper Google Adwords traffic rate with Tenscores

Web-based application Tenscores helps users of Google Adwords get traffic to their Web sites at a cheaper rate.
The application focuses on one key aspect of Google Adwords: Quality Score.

According to co-founder Christian Thunder, Quality Score has a lot of influence over how much an advertiser pays on each click and Google provides very little information on it. Tenscores helps advertisers get key insights on their Quality Scores and how to improve them, translating into lower costs and higher exposure for their ads, Thunder said.

The company was founded by Christian and Chretien Mwizerwa. The two met in Belgium in 2003. They both wanted to become engineers at that time but the entrepreneurial bug bit them.

by Ben Yoskovitz – Next Montreal

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