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Startup secures $25k top investment after pitching to Colorado VC in Ottawa

Jamie Keeley

Search for 'next big thing' comes to Ottawa (Mosaic Manufacturing pitching)

Ottawa Business Journal
Tom Pechloff

The first 60 seconds are the key to a successful pitch, says an author and longtime tech investor who rolls through the capital Wednesday on a five-city book tour and pitch competition.

Tech investor and author Brad Feld will be in Ottawa March 25, looking for the "next big thing."

New online school nurtures young writers

The Whig Standard
Julia Mckay

A new online school is looking to share the teaching methods crafted at the University of Oxford with Kingston students.

The Sage School for Young Writers was co-founded and launched in November 2014 by two Kingstonians: Raja Panjwani and Dev Thain.

Both young men attended Oxford University but got their early education in Kingston.

Smartphone app connects local businesses, customers

The Kingston Whig Standard
Michael Lea

Ahsen Basit has a simple enough goal. He wants to take over the world.

The fourth-year commerce student at Queen’s University has just premiered a new mobile app that allows businesses to better connect with local customers through their smartphones and, if all goes well, he is hoping the business will eventually go global.

He calls the app OPPROX, for Opportunities in Proximity.

It started on one of the regular Friday night brainstorming sessions he had with a buddy and business partner at his home in Mississauga.

Kingston company receives $8.1 million grant

Steph Crosier

Ottawa-­based Grafoid Inc., which has a global technology centre in Kingston, has been given $8.1 million by the federal government.

Greg Rickford, natural resources minister and minister responsible for sustainable development technologies Canada, made the announcement Friday in Toronto. The grant is to design and test an automation system that will produce MesoGraf graphene.

Student startup gets TV treatment

Andrew Stokes

William Yin, Sci’15, says he wasn’t an entrepreneur when he first created his company, Scent Trunk, during the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative (QSII). It was during the months-long competition — where student teams compete against one another to design and create startup businesses — that he developed the skills he’s using as he continues to market and build his company.

New PBF technology has potential to eliminate scaling in CO2 heat pumps


In response to the need to reduce maintenance costs and improve efficiency in conventional domestic hotwater heat pumps, the brain trust at QSBR Innovations (QSBRI) Ontario, Canada, are introducing their patented Passive Back Flow (PBF) technology to the market. In an exclusive interview with QSBRI’s Dr. Steve Harrison and Managing Director Robert Stinson, R744.com finds out more about PBF technology and its potential to transform the transcritical CO2 heat pump market.


PBF technology

National Research Council of Canada and KalGene Pharmaceuticals announce license agreement for the development of novel Alzheimer's therapeutics

Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC)

Incubating and accelerating successes

Queen's Gazette
Anne Craig, Communications Officer

Queen’s University has been awarded $1.4M in funding from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario.  This award is part of a larger award that is also funding co-applicants Invest Ottawa and Wesley Clover International.  The Queen’s allocation will enable Innovation Park and PARTEQ Innovations to deliver a variety of virtual and physical incubation services and acceleration programs to high potential startups and emerging SMEs in Kingston and other areas of Eastern Ontario.

SPARQ Systems secures $11 million to launch next generation microinverter

MaRS Discovery District

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - SPARQ Systems today announced $11 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies in the cleantech sector. A MaRS Cleantech client, SPARQ Systems' technology converts power produced from solar panels into electricity that can be used by the grid.


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