If Jack and Jill had worked together to engineer a well water system …

By Leo Valiquette  Alex Reid's post on Monday about the economic necessity of supporting investment in more women-led startups is all the more timely as it comes the same week that we cheer the release

Published on: November 29th, 2012 Francis Moran

Supporting investment in women-led startups

By Alexandra Reid  Maple Leaf Angels is working with Canadian Women in Technology to create investment opportunities between angels and women-led startup companies. More than 60 angel investors, entrepreneurs, partners and sponsors filled a room in

Published on: November 27th, 2012 Francis Moran

The subsistence diet of government funding, with a sprinkle of VC

By Francis Moran  Former Canadian Olympic gold medalist and chef de mission Mark Tewksbury gave a keynote address at the National Angel Capital Organization‘s summit in Halifax in late October. In urging that Canadian business adopt

Published on: November 26th, 2012 Francis Moran

Startup Canada to call for urgent action to support Canadian entrepreneurs

By Francis Moran  The results of the largest consultation ever undertaken within the community of Canadian entrepreneurs and their supporters will be unveiled in a series of six cross-country news conferences on Tuesday when

Published on: November 23rd, 2012 Francis Moran

Even angels are going enterprise

By Francis Moran  There’s been a growing amount of attention paid recently to the surge in interest by startups in working on enterprise-grade products and services rather than the quick-to-market consumer and web

Published on: November 14th, 2012 Francis Moran

Ottawa boosts cybersecurity spending to $155 million by 2017

The federal government is putting more money into cybersecurity. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Wednesday Ottawa will spend $155million over the next five years through the Canadian Cyber IncidentResponse Centre, up from

Published on: October 17th, 2012 Christine Wong

Canada’s manufacturers: IT is our top operational spending priority

Although Canadian manufacturers list IT spending as a top priority, they're actually investing less in technology upgrades than they did last year.According to PwC's Manufacturing Barometer Report for Q2 2012, 63 percent of

Published on: August 27th, 2012 Christine Wong

Wave Accounting acquires personal finance tools firm

Toronto-based personal investment tracking tools firm Vuru Inc. has been acquired by free online service Wave Accounting.In an acquisition deal in which the terms were not announced, Wave Accounting says that Vuru co-founders

Published on: August 21st, 2012 Brian Jackson

Toronto’s SecureKey raises $30 million in new investments

Top corporations in the credit card, technology and telecommunications industries have invested no less than $30 million in SecureKey Technologies Inc., a Toronto-based firm that provides platform-as-a-service tools for authentication, payment and identity.SecureKey

Published on: May 25th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Feds give $50,000 to Ontario angel investment group

Even angels need help sometimes.Especially angel investors and the businesses they finance. To bolsterangel investment in southern Ontario, the federal government is givingup to $50,000 to the Angel One Investor Network, anon-profit groupbased

Published on: May 15th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Lessons in entrepreneurship from the Startup Canada launch

By Alexandra Reid  “A million people walk into a bar in Silicon Valley. Nobody buys anything. The bar is declared a huge success.” Harley Finkelstein, CPO of Shopify, shared that illuminating joke during the

Published on: May 8th, 2012 Francis Moran

What’s going on in Waterloo?

By Francis Moran  Regular readers of my posts will know that I spend a fair bit of time in the Waterloo region where both the buzz and the substance of the startup scene

Published on: April 20th, 2012 Francis Moran

Gree invests in Vancouver’s Iugo Mobile Entertainment

Global mobile and social gaming company, Gree Inc., has made a minority investment in IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc., a Vancouver-based game developer. Under the new partnership, Iugo and the Japan-based Gree will co-develop

Published on: April 19th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

OpenCal on life after Groupon acquisition

The way Simon Vallee and Arash Shiva describe it, it was almost a relief when Groupon Inc. bought the online appointment booking business they'd spent three years bootstrapping into a viable business located

Published on: April 9th, 2012 Brian Jackson