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Startup Canada Takes a Tour of VeloCity Garage and Residence with Mike Kirkup

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We talked a lot with Mike Kirkup over the years during his tenure at RIM as a VP of Developer Relations. Now, he’s Director of Student Innovation at VeloCity out of the University of Waterloo, giving startups the tools and resources they need to create great businesses.

VeloCity was created as a gateway to entrepreneurship for students. The program is a collaborative community of student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs. From ideation to prosperous startup, VeloCity is where our most promising students and alumni find support. For a tour of some of the facilities, check out the videos below and take a tour with Mike Kirkup.
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Track Email and Gain Insight With ContactMonkey Bridge Plugin

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ContactMonkey is the startup that recently brought a simple way to share your contact information via an email signature. The idea is brilliant in that it allows you to provide someone with a single landing page, formatted for mobile, that you can share and have all your details downloaded. The company’s latest product is the Bridge Plugin and it allows you to track who is opening your emails as well as view analytics around who you’re emailing most and when.
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RIM, Canrock, OMERS, Rho, BDC, iNovia and CYBF Invest $30M+ in Tech Startup Incubator Program HYPERDRIVE

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Startup incubators are a great way for tech entrepreneurs to take something from idea to product and beyond. The programs generally give funding, mentorship and access to services that help entrepreneurs develop a great company that could potentially be the next big thing. Recently, a new incubator called HYPERDRIVE has launched with $30M+ in funding. It’s also really cool to see RIM as the only technology company funding, hopefully giving them first dibs on acquisitions. Especially since Google has its name on the building and is an anchor tenant at Communitech.
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Pressly Announces Pressly Self Serve Launch in Spring of 2012 – Sign Up Now

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Pressly is a really cool startup out of Toronto, Canada that makes content look beautiful on a tablet. The service takes your content and optimizes it for the iPad and PlayBook using HTML5 standards. It’s also a great way to monetize your content for the tablet as the service has some top tier advertisers that have paid for full screen ads. We wrote about the company recently when they announced a partnership with the Toronto Star to optimize its content for tablets. Now, the company is announcing that you can register to have any blog’s content made tablet-friendly.
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Mobile Development Studio Select Start Acquired by eCommerce Company Shopify

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Select Start Studios is a mobile app development shop based in Ottawa, Canada and it was recently acquired by the up-and-coming eCommerce company Shopify. The acquisition makes a lot of sense as eCommerce is increasingly happening on mobile devices and rather than Shopify outsourcing its mobile efforts, it made more sense for Shopfiy to acquire a group like Select Start and develop the mobile products internally. While Select Start promoted the fact that it does cross-platform development and included BlackBerry, the company is better known for its iOS products such as Getaround.
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Sometimes It’s Great That Startups Ignore BlackBerry

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Sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the startup world. It seems Silicon Valley churns out the next “game changing” startup about once a month and the vast majority of these companies are a waste of everybody’s time. Take Kevin Rose’s Oink for example. It’s not a bad a idea, it’s just a waste of your time. No offence to Rose because Oink would be awesome if everyone in your city used it, but that’s incredibly unlikely. What’s more likely is that this idea will pivot about six times until it’s something very different than what it started, or the idea will simply fade into oblivion. In the meantime, if you’re an iPhone user and your friends are into trying every free app that hits the App Store, you will likely get bombarded with friend requests for each of these startups.
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