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Chrysalix EVC, clean energy venture capital firm, funds 11 early-stage companies

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups

The Canadian Financing Forum held February 20 and 21, 2014 in Vancouver brought together the West Coast’s largest gathering of corporate development leaders from some of the most active acquirers in IT and Cleantech, the most active US and Canadian VC firms, and the most accomplished M&A professionals. The Forum featured presentations from Canada's most promising technology companies, as approximately 30 technology companies compete for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States. During the event, Chrysalix EVC announced funding of over half of their portfolio companies.

CoreFour completes investment round

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, have finished their first round of investor financing with multi-millions to show for it.

Edsby Outgrows Its Old Offices

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
New funky loft space will accommodate rapid employee growth.

Laurier Launches Student-run Start-up Program

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
Wilfrid Laurier University announced in October that a generous gift from angel investors is kicking off a unique program in which Laurier business students will manage millions in funds and select start-ups in which to invest.

Enter Okanagan Tech Jump:Start:Challenge by Dec 13, 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
Calling the hottest technology startups, entrepreneurs and growth companies with vision, technology and management – are you ready to take your business to the next level? Then enter Accelerate Okanagan's Jump:Start:Challenge by December 13, 2013

TitanFile Launches into the Enterprise

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
TitanFile, runner up of Backbone magazine’s 2012 Start Me Up Innovation Campaign, has decided to go big—enterprise big. The company in October launched an enterprise version of its core file sharing and collaboration product.

Canada’s Fastest-growing Tech Hub? York Region

By Andrew Bisson  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
GTA hub scores impressive 23 per cent growth. York Region led all major Canadian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hubs with a growth rate of 23.3 per cent (www.branham300.com) in 2012 alone.

Edsby Adds New Capabilities to Meet Customer Needs

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

The Top 6 Sources of Start-up Funding in Canada

By Ryan Weaver  |  Categories: SMB Technology start-ups
To say that Canadian small businesses are important to the economy would be a gross understatement. Small businesses in Canada account for nearly a third of the nation’s GDP, employ nearly half of the labour force, and are responsible for over 3 quarters of the country’s exports.

Maker Movement and Startups: Two Communities 'Made' for Each Other

By Luc Lalande  |  Categories: Technology start-ups Trends
“The 20th-century mass-production world was about dozens of markets of millions of people. The 21st century is all about millions of markets of dozens of people.” – Joe Kraus

PO-MOtion Gives New Product for Kids a Kick-Start

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
“Remember when your floor was made of lava?” start-up PO-MOtion asks potential funders to demonstrate how its newest product opens the imagination.

New School Season, New Improvements for Edsby

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
For CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, a new school season may be the closest thing to a new version.

48hrs in the Valley for 20 Canadian Startups in 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
The C100 in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Palo Alto invite 20 Canadian startups twice a year to Silicon Valley for 48 hours. Applications are now open!

Grow Your Company – Get to GROW in Vancouver

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
The 4th Annual GROW conference in Vancouver gets going today with an interesting and diverse line-up of speakers including Tobias Lütke of Shopify, Danae Ringelmann of IndieGoGo and Oleg Gutsol of 500px.

Edsby: Reseller Partners Are Key to International Business

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

Small Business Grants to Give Your Marketing Department a Big Lift

By Ryan Weaver  |  Categories: Sales and marketing Technology start-ups
With advancements in technology continually reshaping how marketers reach and interact with their potential customers, those who are not on the forefront of digital marketing can easily find their efforts falling short.

PO-MOtion Wants to Help You Shop

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
PO-MOtion, the runner up of this year’s Backbone Innovation Campaign, is working on a common pain of modern society: speeding up the shopping experience.

RIC Centre Announces the 2013 Winner of Innovator Idol

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
A company that makes a fast, non-invasive and painless test for breast cancer risk management took home top honours as the grand-prize winner of RIC Centre’s Innovator Idol 2013, which the organization calls a hybrid of Dragon’s Den and American Idol.

Step into the Spotlight, Canadians

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
Canadians are ingenious. We have built our nation through the innovative adoption of various waves of technology from the canoe right through to Twitter. Enterprises and public organizations have been particularly adept at using technology to achieve business outcomes or enhance the operations of society.

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