Ubi computer makers win $100,000 in funding

Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC), maker of an always-on, voice-activated computer called the Ubi, has just landed $100,000 of investment in a competition for startups in Northumberland, Ont. On Monday, Spark Centre and

Published on: September 16th, 2013 Candice So

Why Kickstarter may not approve your tech project

Yancey Strickler stands in a darkened theatre on Toronto’s College Street, his frame illuminated by a big-screen projector behind him. Energetically cracking a few self-deprecating jokes with the crowd filling the theatre, Strickler

Published on: September 13th, 2013 Candice So

Crowdfunding fever spreads to Canadian city halls seeking relief from budget pressures

You could call the Statue of Liberty the first successfully crowdfunded municipal project. Not the construction of the actual copper icon by Paris-based Gaget, Gauthier and Cie Workshop in 1881, but the funding

Published on: August 12th, 2013 Brian Jackson

When crowdfunding goes wrong: how platforms handle fundraiser disputes

When Tara Reed first began her crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, she had high hopes that it would help her achieve her dream - to self-publish her book. In March, the Toronto-area writer launched

Published on: August 2nd, 2013 Candice So

Elevator Pitch: Alertly – off-the-shelf security system

A member of Toronto-based accelerator Incubes' fourth cohort, Alertly offers a do-it-yourself security system you can install in your home, office, or car. Alertly says 1.6 million homes were broken into last year

Published on: July 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Is that a $70,000 keyboard in your pocket?

When was the last time you tried to type out a long e-mail to your co-workers or boss on your phone or tablet, silently cursing all the while as your fingers banged out

Published on: July 16th, 2013 Candice So

First iFundWaterloo campaign to fund service dogs for autistic kids

The first campaign on the city of Waterloo’s local crowdfunding platform is now under way. On July 1, the city of Waterloo, Ont. launched its own crowdfunding platform for citizens interested in funding

Published on: July 15th, 2013 Candice So

York Region’s BrainFx:Set to assist patients and further neuroscience

Recently, hundreds of biomedical and rehabilitation leaders got to see and hear about a new Web and tablet-based clinical assessment tool for measuring the functional effects of brain injury. At the June 20

Published on: July 3rd, 2013 Jonathon Shore

Crowdfunded satellite telescope raises $1.5M

Looking for an example of a well-crafted, well thought-out crowdfunding campaign? Look no further than the ARKYD 100, billed as the world's first public space telescope. With the help of a hefty, crowdfunded

Published on: July 2nd, 2013 Candice So

Waterloo gets its own crowdfunding hub

Aside from Canada Day, Waterloo, Ont. has something else to celebrate today - the launching of a new crowdfunding platform specifically designed for citizen engagement purposes that is backed by city hall. The

Published on: July 1st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Kickstarter expanding to Canada this summer

Crowdfunding Web sites in Canada will have a big competitor in the market space later this summer when New York-based Kickstarter expands its services north of the border. The site, Kickstarter.com, allows entrepreneurs,

Published on: June 27th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Two tech hardware startups find success with Indiegogo campaigns

Think Toronto startups seeking funding, and you might conjure up an image of networking over drinks, or meetups between investors and founders. Conventionally speaking, that may be the case, but a growing number

Published on: June 26th, 2013 Candice So

What we learned at our #itbcrowdfund Twitter chat

With the explosion of sites modeled after Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and talk of U.S. style, equity-based crowdfunding coming to Canada, the time seems ripe for another discussion about crowdfunding and the direction it

Published on: June 20th, 2013 Candice So

Lessons learned from the ‘first publicly traded’ man

Kenneth Mike Merrill, also known as “kmikeym,” the first publicly traded person. Merrill is also an office manager, entrepreneur, and sometime artist. He has been his own personal stock market since early 2008.

Published on: June 20th, 2013 Monica Goyal