Supporting the needs of one large U.S. customer has Edsby developers CoreFour switching gears and expanding into new areas of service. Although not originally core to its Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning cloud education software, the company has begun helping its customer Hillsborough County Public Schools with a new application: report card printing.
“Remember when your floor was made of lava?” start-up PO-MOtion asks potential funders to demonstrate how its newest product opens the imagination.
For CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, a new school season may be the closest thing to a new version.
Canadian start-ups limit themselves if they plan only playing only in their own backyards, but at the same time seizing opportunities further afield can require help and diligent research.
, the runner up of this year’s Backbone
Innovation Campaign, is working on a common pain of modern society: speeding up the shopping experience.
It can be said that revolutionary new products are only ever as good as their level of adoption. After all, game-changing technology will only collect dust if no one uses it. This happens again and again with poorly-executed or premature innovations.
“We’re putting the band back together.” CoreFour was named the winner of Backbone magazine’s 2013 Innovation Campaign in May. The formation of the company was a little like the reunion of a band epitomized by The Blues Brothers. The four founders, all employees of Nortel Networks in the ’80s, have been working together on and off for 28 years. And two members of the company are even brothers.
One year ago, EidoSearch co-founders Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang and David Kedmey took to the stage after being named the first-place winners in the inaugural Backbone innovation campaign
. [Image: Winner John Myers, president of Edsby, with Steve Dietrich, Backbone
This year’s Backbone Innovation Campaign
saw a wide mix of finalists, all with top-notch inventions and ideas. In the end there can be only one winner, but all 10 had the opportunity to present their ideas — and any one of them could have been our big winner.
EidoSearch, the winner
of last year’s Start Me Up Innovation Campaign
, now has another milestone under its belt with the launch of a new product built out of its flagship financial data search engine technology.
Applications are flowing in from Canadian tech entrepreneurs for the second-annual Backbone Innovation Campaign
, and judges are gearing up for the tough job of narrowing the strong field down to a 10-best list and then, at our live event May 6, choosing one winner and one runner up.
To support its goal of expanding into the U.S. legal market, innovation contest runner-up TitanFile has naturally targeted top industry trade shows to attend in 2013. The first of these—LegalTech New York 2013—provided the start-up with “extraordinary” success, and also a number of lessons, according to Emily Barnes, community manager at TitanFile.
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