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From Students to Startup: Smoke Labs Team Hits the Ground Running

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BlackBerryCool shares an office with a three startups in Ottawa Canada. Smoke Labs is composed almost entirely of students and fresh graduates and they really like developing games. Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like to have a trial by fire in the mobile industry by Smoke Labs’ very own David Barton.
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Free Restart Me for BlackBerry Makes Pulling Your Battery Easy

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Restart Me by S4BB Limited is a free restarting or battery pull app for BlackBerry. Every seasoned BlackBerry user knows the importance of a daily reset so that everything runs smooth and problem-free. The 99 cent pro version features the ability to schedule resets.
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RIM, Canrock and Others Invest $30 Million in the Hyperdrive Startup Fund

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Hyperdrive is a startup fund that finances high-tech startups in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The $30-million program was created to finance high-tech startups and help them bring their ideas to market. RIM, 5 venture capital firms and a charitable foundation help fund Hyperdrive.
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VeloCity announces new leadership team: Mike Kirkup and Brett Shellhammer

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VeloCity, the University of Waterloo’s student startup incubator program has added two experienced staffers to their team. Mike Kirkup of RIM developer relations fame will be VeloCity’s new Director and Brett Shellhammer will be bringing his startup and Silicon Valley experience to the role of Executive In Residence.
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Startup Showcase: Hoot.me Helps Students Collaborate On Facebook #startupfest

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Hoot.me is a Facebook app that leverages the social network to help students better collaborate on projects, classes, assignments and more. According to the founders: “We switch your Facebook into study mode by connecting you with friends to collaborate on homework and projects.”

Facebook is a great platform for Hoot.me since Facebook began with targeting the student demographic and the company’s target market spends a great deal of time on the site. Also, since a typical student’s network will almost certainly be 100% on Facebook, the social interactions and collaboration potential is huge.
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GrowLab Accelerator Provides Startups with $25k Seed Funding and $15k Follow-on Funding

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A new Vancouver incubator has launched called GrowLab Accelerator and it provides startups with $25,000 seed funding and $150,000 follow-on funding. The “startup boot camp” also provides four months of mentorship, free office space and the opportunity to pitch investors at the end of the program for follow-on funding. The program is accepting applications from entrepreneurs globally and will be based in Vancouver for the first three months, with the fourth month in San Francisco.

In terms of who you can expect to meet, there are some interesting VCs and founders. The four founders of GrowLab are Boris Wertz, one of Canada’s top angel investors and former COO of AbeBooks.com; Debbie Landa, Founder of Dealmaker Media and creator of the Grow Conference and Under the Radar; Jason Bailey, Founder of SuperRewards (sold to AdKnowledge); and Leonard Brody, president of Clarity Digital (former CEO of NowPublic). GrowLab’s Executive Director is Michael Tippett, co-Founder of NowPublic. The investors you can expect to meet include BDC, iNovia Capital and Blackberry Partners Fund, along with Rho Canada, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Growthworks, Yaletown Venture Partners, Chris Albinson, and Mike Edwards.

The accelerator is now accepting applications for its Fall Program at growlab.ca, deadline for submission is June 15. Five companies will be chosen for the first cohort beginning August 15, 2011.