9 09, 2019

SFU VentureLabs receives $3 million for innovation scale-up centre 

By |2019-09-09T13:09:55+00:00September 9th, 2019|Canada|0 Comments

Simon Fraser University’s VentureLabs® is receiving $3 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to establish a scale-up and soft-landing centre within its Vancouver-based business accelerator. The funding was announced today by the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The funds are part of a $3.7 million announcement aimed at supporting initiatives that will [...]

5 09, 2019

Ontario Investing in Research to Strengthen Economy and Create Jobs

By |2019-09-05T09:56:05+00:00September 5th, 2019|Canada, State or Government|0 Comments

Ontario is demonstrating it is open for business and open for jobs by making new provincial investments in research and innovation. Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, visited York University to announce that Ontario is investing nearly $41 million in leading-edge research that will improve the quality of life for [...]

17 04, 2019

New Velocity venture fund invests $200,000 in four startups 

By |2019-04-17T16:56:59+00:00April 17th, 2019|Canada, Startup Fund, Student Funds|0 Comments

The University of Waterloo’s entrepreneurship program, Velocity, has announced direct equity investments of $50,000 each for the four winners of the annual Velocity Fund Finals (VFF). This is the first time that Velocity has made direct equity investments. The original prizes were a $25,000 grant, however, the entrepreneurship program has doubled the prize values and transformed the [...]

17 01, 2019

University of Waterloo’s Velocity taps AngelList to launch new startup fund

By |2019-01-17T09:32:23+00:00January 17th, 2019|Angel, Canada, Startup Fund|0 Comments

University of Waterloo startup incubator Velocity has announced a bold plan to provide funding support to its startups. Velocity will launch an AngelList-powered fund to let investors make equity investments in companies pitching in the program’s Velocity Fund Finals competition. Three times a year, the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) allows companies in the Velocity Garage incubator (or [...]

8 01, 2019

Innovation Saskatchewan Launches The Innovation Challenge Program 

By |2019-01-08T08:34:20+00:00January 8th, 2019|Canada|0 Comments

The Innovation Challenge program harnesses the ideas and expertise of Saskatchewan’s innovative entrepreneurs, together with government, to rapidly solve public sector challenges. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Innovation Saskatchewan is seeking technology solutions to the following challenge: “How can technology be used to monitor the amount of solid waste generated and disposed of [...]

30 11, 2018

University of Calgary announces new Life Sciences Innovation Hub 

By |2018-11-30T09:35:00+00:00November 30th, 2018|Accelerator/incubator, Canada|0 Comments

To further reinforce our commitment to establishing University Research Park as a catalyst in driving innovation and economic diversification, the University of Calgary is purchasing the Shell Technology Centre Calgary (STCC). The former STCC will be converted into the new Life Sciences Innovation Hub at UCalgary in early 2019. “As one of Canada’s leading research [...]

8 06, 2018

U of Toronto accelerator launches stream for space startups with Chris Hadfield at the controls

By |2018-06-08T08:51:43+00:00June 8th, 2018|Accelerator/incubator, Canada|0 Comments

The Creative Destruction Lab has helped build dozens of futuristic companies over the years – now it’s seeking entrepreneurs whose ideas are literally out of this world. Working closely with former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the seed-stage accelerator affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is launching a dedicated stream for space [...]

19 04, 2018

UWM faculty to teach Scale Up Milwaukee Growth Accelerator 

By |2018-04-19T10:41:09+00:00April 19th, 2018|Accelerator/incubator, Canada|0 Comments

Elmer Moore Scale Up Milwaukee has changed the name of its Scalerator program to Scale Up Milwaukee Growth Accelerator and brought on University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty to teach the course. The format of the business growth training program has also been changed slightly in its fifth iteration, said Elmer Moore, executive director of Scale Up Milwaukee. The [...]

21 12, 2017

Ottawa pushes venture capitalists to fix startup gender gap as condition of $400-million funding

By |2017-12-21T15:32:57+00:00December 21st, 2017|Canada, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Ottawa is pushing venture capitalists to help fix the gender gap in the Canadian startup scene, telling those who want to qualify for a $400-million funding program they must “demonstrate how their strategies would advance these objectives.” In its call for expressions of interest for the program to backstop venture capitalists, to be posted Monday, [...]

18 10, 2017

Five Simon Fraser University-led research projects share $21.7 million from CFI’s Innovation Fund 

By |2017-10-18T13:02:44+00:00October 18th, 2017|Canada, Translational Research|0 Comments

Five SFU research projects—from creating a new centre for wearable biomedical technologies to studies in immersive remote sensing communication— will benefit from $21.7 million in new infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The federal contribution is expected to more than double over the next five years from partner contributions. The Innovation Fund supports transformative infrastructure projects that [...]