Startup news round-up: May 3, 2012

Pitch your startup at the International Startup festival 2012 in Montreal and you could walk away with $50,000 in investment.

$50K up for grabs

Show me the Money! $50,000 “prize” will be presented to the startup whose pitch can get the attention of the judges during the festival.

A group of angels and VC investors, including the Festival’s Founders Phil Telio and Alistair Croll, Anna Goodson, Rory Olson, and Danny Knafo, banded together as equal partners to create the prize.

For more details check out:

Brent Barrett – Next Montreal

Clarity opens up network

It was only in January that Moncton-born serial entrepreneur Dan Martel unveiled, a business advice network which uses the phone to connect budding entrepreneurs with big name business experts.

Martel strongly believes people have distanced themselves from each other through technology such as email and Skype. “When I look at all the great advice I’ve gotten over the years, 99 per cent of it was over the phone. You don’t have those types of conversations over e-mail or tweets,” he said. was previously in beta mode and customers based in New Brunswick could officially access the service through the company site. But yesterday, Martel said “we’re slowly opening up Clarity to the world.”

To sign up visit their homepage now.

Search and acquire

The Toronto-based digital marketing firm The Acquisition Agency became the most recent acquisition of Los Angeles-based global digital marketing agency, The Search Agency.

The Acquisition Agency, is headed by Jason Sikora who describes himself as a “customer acquisition geek” and is credited for launching the first travel Web site in Canada in 1995 (INTRA Travel ) and the first Web advertising network in Canada in 1997 (ClickThrough Interactive  – now 24/7 Real Media Canada).

The Acquisition Agency will become The Search Agency’s Toronto office.


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