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Ottawa’s Coral CEA invests in four Toronto based startups

Coral CEA, a not-for-profit open innovation network based here in Ottawa, has invested $120,000 in four companies located at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). What is the DMZ? It’s a workplace and incubator designed for young entrepreneurs. It’s members have access to overhead and business services, which means students and alumni can fast track their product launches.

Companies involved in the investment include:

  • ARB Labs Inc. designed a software application that that allows any video display to create an immersive 3D effect – without the need for goggles or glasses
  • Greenguage Inc. developed a software tool for smartphone and Web that blends mobile technology with the green movement allowing monitoring of Corporate Social Responsibility efforts
  • HitSend Inc. offers an online platform to enable and enhance community-based change by tapping into the community’s collective voice
  • ViaFoura Inc. created a cloud-based plug and play user engagement and gaming platform for online content sites

 Check out what the DMZ is all about below:

By Carolynn Lacasse

Canvas Pop/DNA 11 Looking For Senior Web Developer

Do you work hard play hard? Like yummy breakfasts? Live and breathe social media? If you have five years or more experience in web development Canvas Pop/ DNA 11 has a spot for you at their lovely Westboro office. Check out the job posting here for more information on the position.

By Carolynn Lacasse

Sliced Bread sells Hello Referrals to Refertrac

Hello Referrals was born over a couple of beers on an Elgin street patio in the summer of 2009 after Sliced Bread co-founders Chris Saracino and Steve Palmer recognized small business owners had no easy way to exchange leads. Nearly 18 months later, after 10 months of private beta testing, the two formally launched a web application that helps groups who practice referral and word of mouth marketing to organize and centralize the exchange of leads. With said launch only in February of this year, Sliced Bread has already sold their flagship product to Refertrac, a Wisconsin based company competing in the same space with a product targeted at financial advisors and institutions.

By Carolynn Lacasse

Carleton Entrepreneurship Association: The Art of Social Exchange

Carleton’s young entrepreneurs are looking to meet you! March 3, The Exchange is playing host to the Carleton Entrepreneurship Association’s event: Art of Social Exchange. The event features speakers Keenan Weller of and Shannon Tessier of the CHANCE foundation. The event is free and you can register here!

By Carolynn Lacasse

Affinity Click Raises $900,000 in Funding

Last week Affinity Click announced the closing of a successful round of financing totaling $900,000, bringing their total overall funding to $1.1M. The funding came from trio of investors: Cassandra Capital, Investment Quebec and Development Economic Canada.  This is great news for Affinity Click who plans to use the latest round to grow its software development operations as it expands its network of publishers and advertisers.  

AffinityClick automatically matches website or blog content with contextually relevant Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, making it easy for bloggers to generate revenue from their content. Affinity Click currently has several thousand bloggers in their network, and boasts 5000 different online partners.

By Carolynn Lacasse

Test Nuvyyo’s iPad Application

Nuvyyo, an Ottawa iPad app startup, is looking for iPad afficionados to participate in some tests. For less of an hour of your time you’ll be rewarded with $50, but you should be familiar with the iPad and use it to watch movies. If this sounds like something you’d like to participate in contact Monica Nuyens  ( with the following information:

- Name

- Age

- Phone Number

- Email Address

- Your Availability

The testing will be done between now and December 22 and will take place at the Nuvyyo office near Carling and Moodie.

By Carolynn Lacasse

Swix is Looking for a Developer!

This could be your dream job!  Our little team needs to grow.  We are going to be looking for another developer so we can start working on our 3rd social media analytics app!

Let me just say, that SWIX is a great place to work.  So far we’re 4 super fun people sitting up on the 2nd floor of a cozy building overlooking Byward Market Square.  We’re working in a hot space (Social Media) and getting to lead the way as the world figures out how to get real business value out of this crazy social media thing.  We like to push the envelope and raise the bar with anything we take on, which means it’s never dull or boring around here.

We’re looking for a web developer to work with Python/Django/MySQL/Redis on the back-end and the usual browser side stuff on the front end.  You’ll get to make a big impact on the product you’re building and get in on the ground floor of a growing startup with a bright future.  Not only will you learn a ton, but have fun doing it.

Ideally, we’re trying to find someone who has up to a few years professional coding experience (i.e. 0 to 3 years), who’s hungry, ambitious and wants to kick ass in the software world.  Our team is quite social, well rounded, and personality will be a big influencing factor in us finding just the right person for the job.

We’re also looking for someone who isn’t just looking for a job, but a place to make their mark.

Have a look at our site and products, and feel free to say hello directly, at:

craig (at) swixhq (dot) com

By Carolynn Lacasse

Open Data Ottawa Presents: International Open Data Hackfest

This Saturday, meet up with fellow artists, developers, designers, librarians, data-wranglers, and curious citizens like yourself to make fun/crazy things with open data that just might make your life better. Open Data Ottawa is teaming up the with the City of Ottawa to promote the $50 000 app contest that’s ending this January. Yes, you read that right; There’s a total of $50 000 in prizes for awesome applications surrounding open data in our city.

So you may be asking, what is a hack fest anyways- how does it all go down? When you show up, greeters will ask what sort of things you’re interested in. You then have the opportunity to connect with tons of other talented people so you can share ideas and hopefully get started on a project.  Small tutorials will be run on using open data and making it work for you. Nothing is compulsory except for having a sense of adventure and a passion for making. After a few hours of brainstorming and hacking together ideas, you’ll have the opportunity showcase your creations and pass them on to local media for them to help promote.

What takes this hackfest to the next awesomeness level is that 63 other cities, in 25 countries, over 5 continents will be hacking on open data too! The event plans on having visualizations running to show work announced over Twitter across the world.

Registration is FREE, and you can do it here and if you want to find out more about the event then make your way over here.

December 4th, 2010 from 1PM to 5PM

City Hall, Champlain Room (110 Laurier Avenue West)

By Carolynn Lacasse

Startup Drinks November 24

Come one, come all to drink, help and bounce ideas off each other this November 24 at the Clocktower in the market. As always the event is free, full of local startup flavour and everyone is welcome. The fun begins at 6:30, so sign up here.

 Where: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 89 Clarence Street (map)

When: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Time: 6:30pm onwards

By Carolynn Lacasse

Ideavibes’ Gets Some Swag

Ideavibes has launched a series of change inspired t-shirts as part of its effort to get the word out about its crowdsourcing and crowdfunding apps. Check out the 3 designs at – half the funds from the sale of the t-shirts go to a local charity.

By Carolynn Lacasse