Startup news round-up: May16, 2012

Five lucky startup companies will receive $50,000 each from Toronto-base Extreme Venture Partners as the organization begins the inaugural round of its Extreme Startup program.

Startups get extreme moolah

Three startups are based in Toronto, while one is from Edmonton and one is from Ottawa, according to a report by online tech publication Techvibes.com

The five startups are: Gijit, which developed special calendar app; ShopLocket, which helps online sellers post their products on any site, Facebook page or blog; Granify, an e-learning and e-commerce platform; Verelo, a Web site monitoring system; and SimplyUs, a shared calendar, to do list and organizer tool.

From Techvibes.com

Making a game out of online trading

It’s free, there’s no risk, you can learn something about the stock market, and you can win real money. Vancouver businessman Neil Curie and his co-founders offer aspiring online investors a chance to learn more about real online trading with Stockpools.com.

And this week, Stockpools’ clients, Prophecy Platinum (TSX VENTURE:NKL), is giving away a solid platinum coin valued at over $1,500.
“We really wanted to help people understand that even in this troubled economy, one can still learn about the stock market,” says Currie, “and understand the risks and rewards and that it isn’t about losing your shirt or your house…we want to make it fun.”

Stockpools.com deals primarily with metal and mineral stocks but each user does have the ability to create pools in any sector as long as the companies are publically traded in North America.

From Marketwire

Montreal’s Spotcycle rools into international cities

The bike-share mobile application Spotcycle, created by 8D Technologies, of Montreal will be rolling into several United States and international cities this week as bike-sharing systems in those municipalities begin adopting the app.

Starting today, B-cycle bike-share users, including those cities of Denver, Col., Madison, Wis., and Fort Lauderdale (Broward), Fla., will have access to Spotcycle. Soon, several other bike-share schemes will be supported, including Paris’ Vélib, Barcelona’s Bicing and Miami Beach’s DecoBike.

Spotcycle is a free mobile application that helps users locate bike stations, displays bike and bike dock availability, displays bike path networks, and even create and share personalized bike routes. Spotcycle is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

From CNW

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