Tag: venture capital

Relay Ventures (New BlackBerry Partners Fund) Launches $150M Mobile Fund

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund isn’t so much an investment arm of RIM as it is a tech investment fund that invests in North American tech companies. Relay Ventures (the new brand for the BlackBerry Partners Fund), has commenced its second $150M mobile fund. Like its predecessor, the new fund will continue to be an independently managed, platform agnostic, earlystage venture fund with a singular focus on mobile computing.
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Extreme Startups Launches in Toronto With Up to $200K Funding For Companies

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There’s a trend in the tech industry these days, especially in mobile, for tech accelerators. The general way these things work is that your company applies, and if accepted, is given a small sum of money up front to begin work on a product. For a period of anywhere between 3 and 6 months, companies in an accelerator work tremendously hard and are given support by mentors to get to a working product stage complete with demo. Ideally, startups leaving an accelerator will have enough traction to raise money to build an actual company. The most recent Canadian accelerator to launch is Extreme Startups, which is part of the same family as Xtreme Labs, whose BlackBerry apps we’ve written about many times.
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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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Watch Startup School Videos from Justin.TV (Ashton Kutcher, Zuckerberg, Conway et al)

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If you’re in the mobile industry then you’re probably a startup. There are a few companies out there that have managed to break the 100 employee benchmark in mobile but the vast majority have fewer than 50 employees. Anyone in a startup loves to hear about other startups and what’s going on in the market and Startup School has videos from the conference online. You can watch Ashton Kutcher, Zuckerberg, Conway and more.
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Missed GROW2011 Conference? Check Out These Videos For Great Advice

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The GROW2011 Conference was held in Vancouver and had some really interesting insight from entrepreneurs and tech leaders. The conference brought together Silicon Valley and Canada to help drive innovation and give some cool startups a chance to meet each other. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, there are some great videos for you to check out.
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