Startup news round-up: May 8, 2012

Here’s the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs. Three Ottawa startups share almost $2 million in funding, a Mother’s Day hack event for women, and Montreal gets set to accelerate its startup scene.

Ottawa startups share $1.9M
Three Ottawa startups aregetting a combined total of $1.9 million inseed funding from the federal government. Toushay Inc.will receive$750,000, Protecode Inc. will get $680,000 and Benbria Corp. willreceive $517,250. The funding comes from the Federal EconomicDevelopment Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Under theprogram, the three startups are also eligible for a further $2 millionin private financing from venture capital firms and angel investors insouthern Ontario. The investment is expected to create up to 40 ITsector jobs in the local area over the next two years.

Posted on the FedDev news page

Moms (and other women) can hack, too
Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based non-profit group offering ITworkshops and networking events for women, is holding its firstMother-Daughter Hack Daythis Sunday, May 12. Today the groupinterviews Marlon Rodrigues, marketing director at event sponsor PolarMobile Inc. He talks about what his company is doing to tackle theshortage of females in the tech world, especially atstartups. Seedetails and ticket information here.

By Heather Payne on Ladies Learning Code blog

AccelerateMTL gears up
Some of Montreal’s most impressive startup community members aregathering in the city on May23 for AccelerateMTL to trade ideas on howto make the city’s startup scene even bigger. The event,organized bythe Silicon Valley-based group of Canadian tech titans and financiersknown as the C100, includes sessions featuring entrepreneurs, angels,VCs and other notable guests. Register here.

Posted on the c100 Web site

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