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Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign | Supporters 2013

Presented by Backbone magazine - raising innovative entrepreneurs to the next level

Thanks to our Supporters!

 Accelerate Okanagan logo Accelerate Okanagan offers a range of programs to support entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow.
 British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) logo British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today's global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.
 BCTIA Centre for Growth logo BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Centre 4 Growth, officially incorporated in 1993, is a not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in British Columbia. Its network spans the province and includes technology and professional services companies of all sizes from every sector.
 Branham Group logo Branham Group is a leading industry analyst and strategic consulting firm exclusively focused on the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector. It is committed to delivering innovation by shaping data, intelligence, and knowledge into focused analysis, breakthrough advice and thought leadership.
 Canadian Association of Business Incubation (CABI) logo Canadian Association of Business Incubation (CABI) is a vital national body of organizations engaged in business incubation and economic development dedicated to supporting the growth of new and emerging businesses.
 Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) logo Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) To ensure Canada’s place at the forefront of the digital economy, CDMN was founded in 2009 as a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to create companies, jobs and wealth for the nation.
 Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) logo Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) For over 40 years, it has represented the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government in their fight for tax fairness, reasonable labour laws and reduction of regulatory paper burden.
 Canadian Financing Forum logo Canadian Financing Forum provides the setting for entrepreneurs to build relationships with leading venture capitalists and corporate investors. These links pave the way for company financings that enhance economic growth through new business creation and development
 Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) logo Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) As a national organization established in 1996, it has invested in more than 5,100 young Canadians who have established successful businesses that have created more than 20,100 new jobs, $143 million in tax revenue, and hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and export revenues.
 CapitalRoad logo CapitalRoad is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the opportunities for early and growth stage Canadian technology companies to better access investment financing. It is pleased to endorse the efforts of the Canadian venture capital and technology communities.
 CATA Alliance logo The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)  grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge - a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s innovators, commercializers, users, and professionals.
 Centre for Social Innovation logo Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world. It believes that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges.
 Communitech logo Communitech is a not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in Waterloo Region that promotes the region as a technology cluster.
 Digital Nova Scotia logo Digital Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing growth and development of Nova Scotia’s Digital Technologies Industry.
 Ericsson logo Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries use our network equipment, and more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks.
 Google Ventures logo Google Ventures is a radically different kind of venture-capital fund. The hands-on team works with portfolio companies full-time on design, recruiting, marketing and engineering. The start-up lab is a dedicated a dedicated facility and educational program where companies can meet, learn, work, and share. It invests hundreds of millions of dollars each year in entrepreneurs with a healthy disregard for the impossible.
 The Health Technology Exchange logo Health Technology Exchange (HTX) supports the growth of a dynamic, prosperous Ontario medical and assistive technologies industry sector that aligns with and advances world class health care, enabling enhanced healthy living for its citizens.
 IBM logo IBM is one of the largest technology, services and consulting organizations in Canada. It helps clients of all sizes and in all industries transform their operations through the use of technology, infusing intelligence into the systems that run our businesses, our society and the world.
 Industry Canada NRC logo Industry Canada NRC provides innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services. NRC has just what industry needs: infrastructure, personnel, equipment, experience and networking capabilities.
 Innovacorp logo Innovacorp is here to help. It gets invested in Nova Scotia’s entrepreneurs.
It has the experience and the assets to help you succeed in the global marketplace. Its proven venture capital model is built around response time and veteran guidance.
 ITAC logo ITAC is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content.
 KPMG Enterprise & trade logo KPMG Enterprise™ provides audit, tax, and advisory services. It works closely with its clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.
 LinkedIn logo LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.
 M Partners logo M Partners is an independent full service brokerage serving a global list of clients worldwide. Founded in 2005, there are over 30 investment professionals, working in research, sales and trading, and investment banking.
 MaRS Discovery District logo MaRS is where science, technology and social entrepreneurs get the help they need. Where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas. And where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time.
 Microsoft logo Microsoft founded in 1975, is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing.
 Miller Thomson logo Miller Thomson demonstrates a consistent ability to provide practical, creative and cost-effective advice, combined with an unyielding service commitment to its clients.
 nGen logo nGen is a hub for interactive digital media projects and business development in Niagara. nGen works to create an innovative business incubation and generation model to help jump-start and grow new enterprise. This initiative is helping to build an interactive digital media cluster in the niagara region.
 OCAD University (OCADU) logo OCAD University (OCADU) has more depth and breadth in visual arts and design programs than any school of its kind in Canada. OCAD U offers its students a unique environment that combines studio-based learning with critical inquiry.
 OMERS Ventures logo OMERS Ventures is focused on investments in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors in Canada and the US. It takes a broad view of these sectors, focusing on companies with global target markets and a strong ability to scale their businesses to meet market demand.
 Ontario Centres of Excellence logo Ontario Centres of Excellence drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry and academia, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s colleges, universities and research hospitals.
 RIC Centre logo RIC Centre is a virtual incubator that supports creative technical innovators to get to the marketplace successfully. It can provide you with access to programs and workshops that can help strengthen and expand your business knowledge.
 Rotman School of Management logo Rotman School of Management has set out to redesign business education for the 21st century and become of the world's top-tier business schools. The school's MBA program is now ranked in the top 15 in North America by the Financial Times.
 RBC Capital Markets logo RBC Capital Markets is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products and services to corporations, institutional investors, and governments around the world.
 Royal Roads University logo Royal Roads University provides high quality, innovative, competitively priced, and applied post-secondary education to working professionals and career-focused students in Canada and around the globe.
 Schulich School of Business logo Schulich School of Business offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to careers in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and has more than 21,000 alumni working in approximately 90 countries.
 TATA logo TATA comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. The group has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents, and its companies export products and services to 85 countries.
 UK Trade and Investment logo UK Trade and Investment works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
 UBC logo University of British Columbia (UBC) established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.
 University of New Brunswick logo University of New Brunswick (UNB) Founded in 1785, UNB offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 60 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields. UNB brings a diverse group of students together with nationally recognized professors to learn in small classes and labs.
 University of Waterloo logo University of Waterloo is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities, with undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization.
 Wave Accounting logo Wave Accounting is an intuitive, 100% free, easy to use accounting application that's built for small business owners. Launched in 2010, Wave Accounting is signing up tens of thousands of new small business customers per month with users in more than 200 countries.
 Wavefront logo Wavefront is a non-for-profit National Centre of Excellence accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada by connecting them with critical resources, partners and opportunities, to drive economic and social benefits for Canada.


Complete details:
Start Me Up - The Backbone Innovation Campaign 2013 - 2nd Annual
Start Me Up! - The Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign presented by Backbone magazine in 2012


For sponsorship details contact: 
Steve Dietrich
Publisher, Backbone magazine  

For assistance contact:
Sue Ansell
Backbone Online communications manager  

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