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Google Eyes Canadian Startups and Tech Entrepreneurs

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Being at RIM’s doorstep has helped the developer community in Southern Ontario grow tremendously. Smaller companies and startups have been setting up offices nearby that have given rise to a strong support network of startups, mobile developers and entrepreneurs.

In the past year, Google has spent over $100 million dollars acquiring a handful of Canadian tech startups.

With acquisitions in the gaming, content distribution and payment, Google’s Waterloo offices have grown with a strong mobile focus. Here are a few of the recent additions:

Social Deck is a social gaming platform that specializes in content discovery, distribution and monetization.

PushLife is a cross-platform digital content management and distribution system for mobile.

Zetawire developed their own mobile banking advertizing technology, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing.

It’s interesting to see what catch-up moves Google is making in growing it’s mobile business. Tapping a competitor’s developer ecosystem is becoming a bit easier now that mobile developers are developing for multiple platforms. I’m not surprised that Google is paying close attention to the innovative yet underrated Canadian Tech sector.

Win Tickets to the BlackBerry Developer Conference with Startup Weekend in Toronto

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toronto startup weekend

RIM is sponsoring Startup Weekend in Toronto from September 24th to the 26th and providing 4 free passes to the BlackBerry Developer Conference in the run-up to the event. For those who don’t know about the event, Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. People will be giving elevator pitches for their ideas and startup ventures and the crowd forms teams around these ideas. This is a great opportunity to meet a potential co-founder and get your dream off the ground.

As part of their sponsorship, RIM is giving away 4 passes to DEVCON to those lucky individuals who can tweet most creatively about the event.

Click here for more details about the contest to tweet your way to DEVCON.