Uplifting escalator ad pitch wins 19-year-old student $25,000

Douglas Lusted has nowhere to go but up after pocketing $25,000 for his winning pitch on escalator advertising technology at a recent University of Waterloo competition.Lusted, just 19, has developed technology to place

Published on: June 12th, 2012 Christine Wong

Why Toronto region shouldn’t be celebrating Pebble’s Kickstarter success

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky’s success raising money on Kickstarter after being ignored by venture capitalists is a startup story that warms the cockles of our collective hearts in the entrepreneurial community. But after

Published on: June 1st, 2012 Brian Jackson

Startup news round-up: May 23, 2012

Here's the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs.Last chance for Hyperdrive The new Waterloo, Ont.-based tech firm accelerator based in the Communitech Hub has issued another notice that

Published on: May 23rd, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

University of Waterloo wins top-10 spot at global coding contest

The University of Waterloo once again had the best Canadian showing at the Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) finishing in ninth place overall at the University of Warsaw

Published on: May 17th, 2012 Brian Jackson

What Waterloo’s Sweet Tooth will do with $2.25M seed funding

Sweet Tooth is all about earning and enjoying rewards, and after winning $2.25 million in seed financing recently, the Waterloo-based loyalty program provider intends to expand its e-commerce capabilities. Based in Waterloo, Sweet

Published on: May 7th, 2012 IT World Canada Staff

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

Big names put money into Waterloo’s new $30 million incubator

Some high-profile investors have already been lined up to put money into a new $30-million tech incubator in Waterloo, Ont.Research in Motion Ltd., OMERSVentures (the venture capital arm of theOntario civil servants' pension

Published on: April 17th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Communitech launches $30 million Hyperdrive program for early-stage tech firms

A Waterloo, Ont.-based technology firm networking hub is launching a $30 million program to help early-stage startups commercialize their technology, the organization announced today.Communitech is calling its new capital-supplying program Hyperdrive. It's backed

Published on: April 10th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Startup Round-up: April 9, 2012

Here's what's making headlines in the startup world today: Facebookto buy Instagram Social media juggernaut Facebook Inc. is buying photo sharing startupInstagram for $1 billion, a tidbit of news that Facebook founder MarkZuckerberg

Published on: April 9th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Electric vehicles meet the network – happening soon?

by Barry Gander Electric Vehicles (EVs) have a desperate need for communications, to help them get over “range anxiety.”  At a recent Networked Vehicle Association (NVA) Executive Workshop, a few EV factoids leaped

Published on: March 15th, 2012 Barry Gander

Waterloo still a top tech hub despite RIM’s slide

Waterloo will thrive, not just survive, despite the recent turmoil and management shakeup at Research in Motion, the leader of the city's local tech startup incubator says.The southwestern Ontario city has become somewhat

Published on: January 26th, 2012 Christine Wong

Infographic: Who wins the most Canadian government ICT funding?

Canada has many government programs designed to pump funding into the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Published on: November 18th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

RIM layoffs could help company’s execution, analysts say

Early reaction was mixed to the 2,000 layoffs announced Monday by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, as several analysts said RIM continues to face problems from aggressive smartphone and tablet competitors such as

Published on: July 26th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

Accelerated: Waterloo’s culture of collaboration

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Throughout this series, we have often referenced startup accelerators and the important role they play in the commercialization ecosystem, as well as where government support fits into the

Published on: July 14th, 2011 Francis Moran