Duguid says Bitmaker Labs must register as private college

A Toronto-based firm that offers a nine-week computer programming training course must be licenced as a private college, according to a statement from Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities. Earlier this

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

MaRS portal could be forerunner for equity-based crowdfunding

MaRS has gotten the green light from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to start an online portal that will connect accredited investors and startups looking for funding. On Friday, the OSC approved an

Published on: June 25th, 2013 Candice So

Bitmaker Labs fiasco indicative of wider friction between startups and government

We're turning our digital innovators into paper pushers. Bitmaker Labs is used to crunching code in excess of eight hours a day and churning out Web applications in a classroom environment. But thanks

Published on: June 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

New Incubes’ startups hope to disrupt home security, customer loyalty markets

Toronto-based accelerator Incubes has just announced its fourth cohort, bringing in seven startups that will be spending the next three months working in hyperdrive to fine-tune their products and business models. ARB Labs,

Published on: June 20th, 2013 Candice So

School’s in for summer: AcceleratorU opens doors with ‘innovation challenge’

For kids, having to attend summer school is a sentence worse than prison. But for entrepreneurs looking for help getting their business launched, taking some courses at the brand new AcceleratorU might seem

Published on: June 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Ex-Facebook employees launch data visualization startup Polychart

Startup name: Polychart Co-founders: Lisa Zhang, CEO; Samson Hu, vice-president of business development; Fravic Fernando, vice-president of user experience Funding: Raised $135,000 in seed funding Startup premise: Back in 2010, higher-ups in the

Published on: June 14th, 2013 Candice So

Sciencescape cataloguing research papers everywhere, one essay at a time

Startup name: Sciencescape Presenter: Sam Molyneux, CEO and co-founder Funding: Closed seed funding of $1.1 million Startup premise: Sam Molyneux has always been involved in research. In a past life, before becoming a

Published on: June 13th, 2013 Candice So

Brika connects shoppers and makers through e-commerce

Startup name: Brika Co-founders: Kena Paranjape, crafter of brand; Jen Koss, builder of business Offices: BRIKA, 500 Sherbourne St, Ste 2109, Toronto, Ontario Funding: $500,000 secured out of $1 million Startup premise:   Touted

Published on: June 13th, 2013 Candice So

Koge Vitamins cutting out middleman to sell vitamins for less

Startup name: Koge Vitamins Co-founders: Alex Hyssen, Andrew Lenjosek Funding: $500,000 committed of $850,000 Startup premise: When Andrew Lenjosek first got into the finance and startup game, he was working long hours, eating

Published on: June 13th, 2013 Candice So

MaRS to unveil report on Canadian accelerators

With so many startup accelerators sprouting up in Canada, the MaRS Discovery District has been gauging their efforts to boost companies emerging into the startup space. On June 6, MaRs Data Catalyst announced

Published on: June 10th, 2013 Candice So

6 startups launch as part of JOLT Demo Fest

From wearable technology products to reimagining advertising flyers, tech-driven entrepreneurs gave their best pitch last night  at the Jolt Demo Fest in Toronto as the accelerator showcased its most recent cohort of early stage

Published on: June 5th, 2013 Karim Kanji

Emerging country music star applies Lean Startup lessons

Last year we met Hannah Chapplain, a musician venturing into the world of entrepreneurship and digital media as a new client of Communitech and the Canadian Digital Media Network. Chapplain was a bit of

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Kayleigh Platz

Toronto startup Top Hat’s software boosts student participation

Dr. Ian Hunt teaches two courses with about 200 students in each class. In the past, the University of Calgary chemistry instructor says, “there were one or two students who would be always

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Grant Buckler