Startup news Round-up: March 29, 2012

Startup Festival is back. The event, which was a huge success last year, will take place July 11 – 13 in Montreal.

This year’s theme is “Startups that Matter.” Last year’s event featured various startups owners who staged presentations, pitched their companies and showcased their products and services. Expect more of the same this year.

Read up on the event on the Startup Festival blog:

Click here to apply to pitch. The deadline for applying is May 4th. You can nominate yourself through the Startup Festival site. 12 startups will be selected to pitch on stage, and there are only 20 startup demo tables (for those that don’t pitch on stage). Last year startups from Israel, Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada and other countries attended.

Register here: Early bird tickets are already sold, but they have all access passes for $475 (startups can get in for $295).

A record 450 investors, entrepreneurs and reporters packed the hall of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to hear pitches from 66 teams in the latest Y Combinator incubator program, according to a report from the Globe and Mail.

The Y Combinator’s “Demo Days” is considered the technology world’s version of the Kentucky Derby. Investors flock to the event to inspect and place their bets on the possible startup success stories.

Among the shows stellar startups are Dropbox, a Web-based file-storage company that has been valued at $4-billion, and AirBnB, a home-rental service worth $1-billion.

Kitchener, Ont., -based Igloo Software Inc., has partnered with MicroStraategy Inc. to integrate reporting analytics into Ingloos social business suite.

Igloo is a provider of cloud-based social business software. MicroStrategy is a global provider of business intelligence software.

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