Startup news round-up: April 12, 2012

Two University of Toronto computer engineering students hope other universities throughout North America will adopt social academic network and talent management platform they developed.

Social media talent management

CoursePeer (, which is currently being used by several U of T departments, was created by Hadi Aladdin and Marwan Aladdin.  The social media-based tool allows students to connect, share knowledge, get help and help others, as well as get job opportunities delivered to them based on their activities.

“CoursePeer intelligently measures students’ behaviours and activities and with a student’s permission, matches them with any available job opportunities,” said Hadi. CoursePeer also  enables employers to post job positions, as well as start receiving smart suggestions for suitable candidates.

Crowdfunding kickstarts Canuck startup

Canadian entrepreneur Eric Migicovsky’s startup Pebble Technology is being pelted with funding dollars thanks to crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

According to the Vancouver Sun the Palo Alton, Calif-based which develops wrist watches that connects wireless to iPhones and Android smartphones raised a record $100,000 during its first hour on Kickstarter. As of Thursday morning the company had received more than $900,000 in pledges.

Want to know more about the Migicovsky’s watches? Check out a video here.

Digital Life – Vancouver Sun

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