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Techopia Live: Tech advocates talk fair play and silver linings of proposed tax changes
Sep 22, 2017
We talked to three experts who outlined how these changes might affect SMEs and professionals, and how they hope the dialogue surrounding “fair play” might change in the future.
Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor selected as finalist for Hyperloop One
Sep 15, 2017
If constructed, the high-speed transport could send Ottawa passengers to Toronto in 27 minutes and to Montreal in just 12.
Shopify leveraging Apple’s new iOS to merge mobile and offline retail
Sep 12, 2017
Shopify timed its release with Apple’s annual product announcement event on Tuesday because the tech giant’s latest operating system includes a QR code scanner natively in the camera app.
Techopia Live: Ottawa startup Rewind.io saving online storefronts from data oblivion
Sep 11, 2017
Rewind.io backs up SMEs' storefronts and makes that data accessible for restores and retrieving lost data, a service that co-founder Mike Potter says isn't covered by big e-commerce providers.
Shopify’s Build a Bigger Business winners ring the bell at NYSE
Sep 5, 2017
Ottawa e-commerce giant challenged thousands of existing, later-stage companies to scale up beyond revenues around $1 million to reach levels of $50 million and beyond.
Drupal North drops into Ottawa with keynote from feds’ CIO Alex Benay
Aug 24, 2017
Ottawa’s top public sector techie will deliver the keynote address this weekend at Drupal North, the first time the annual developers' event has come to the Capital.
Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke tops Snap, Dropbox CEOs on Fortune 40 Under 40 list
Aug 18, 2017
The 37-year-old’s profile on the list suggests Shopify’s CEO has been relatively low-key in the firm’s success to date, but that with the company’s continual success since its IPO and having recently…
Ottawa’s Clearford lauded for water projects spanning from Kemptville to India
Aug 17, 2017
The company installed a sanitation system at a mobile home park near Kemptville after residents were handed eviction notices when the park’s owner failed to comply with sewage treatment regulations.
You.i TV brings in Ottawa tech finance heavyweight Rob White as CFO
Aug 10, 2017
Business veteran also serves on the boards of Ottawa companies Pythian, LiveQoS, MASV.io and Cliniconex.
Member365 lands partnership with downtown management industry group
Aug 8, 2017
Ottawa startup making deals where the neon signs are pretty
Techopia Live: Assent Compliance’s ‘winner-takes-all’ mentality
Aug 4, 2017
On the surface, Assent Compliance appears to be chasing a niche market.
Techopia Live: Mitel CFO Steve Spooner breaks down Ottawa firm's $430M ShoreTel acquisition
Aug 2, 2017
Industry veteran explains the thinking behind the purchase, Mitel’s M&A strategy and why businesses are losing interest in managing their phone and communication systems in-house.
As Liberals tout ‘innovation agenda,’ CRA keeps scaling back SR&ED credits: CATA
Jul 31, 2017
CATA argues $5.3 billion has been removed from the program between 2009 and 2016.
Do you need a computer science degree to break into Ottawa’s tech sector?
Jul 27, 2017
More and more people in the industry are self-taught coders and that “a great portfolio and stand-up personality” can lead to solid job opportunities.
Bell joins Ottawa-based telecom consortium CENGN
Jul 26, 2017
CENGN aims to facilitate the commercialization of next-generation networks such as 5G connectivity.
SurveyMonkey surpasses 100 employees in Ottawa
Jul 24, 2017
SurveyMonkey releasing a new suite of software products, including a rebranded and “reimagined” incarnation of the made-in-Ottawa FluidReview.
Ottawa’s Shopify widens reach with eBay sales channel
Jul 14, 2017
Digital merchants using Shopify’s popular e-commerce platform in the U.S. will have a new way to reach customers later this year.
Fulbright donation leads to new entrepreneurship chair at Carleton University
Jul 11, 2017
Four visiting academic and research chairs will come to Carleton University, including an entrepreneurship chair at the Sprott School of Business, as part of a $16-million, 25-year partne
Video: Why are Ottawa's telecom competitors cooperating on 5G?
Jul 10, 2017
CENGN president and CEO Ritch Dusome and Nokia's vice-president of mobile strategy Rob Cameron took the orange seats this week to talk about the activity in Ottawa surrounding next-generation…
FarmLead moves to a new plot of land in Ottawa
Jul 7, 2017
Having outgrown its first digs at Invest Ottawa’s incubator space, FarmLead picked up its roots and moved into a new office space this week.
Canadian CEOs want money, talent, government support, survey by Ottawa’s Sampford Advisors finds
Jul 6, 2017
Sampford Advisors’ annual survey of Canadian tech CEOs shows that raising capital and acquiring talent are top of mind of the nation’s executives.
Video: Ottawa’s Thinkwrap Commerce eyeing automated e-commerce future
Jun 26, 2017
Techopia Live speaks with CEO Steve Byrne about how the advent of machine learning is shaking up the industry
Video: Take a look inside MadeMill, the on-site workshop at Ottawa's Innovation Centre
Jun 23, 2017
MadeMill, the on-site workshop and digital media lab inside the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, opened its doors Friday. Equipped with water-jet cutters, 3D printers and a variety of artistic and…
Video: Shopify, BlackBerry QNX, Dragonwave: The year’s biggest stories (so far) in Ottawa tech
Jun 19, 2017
Techopia Live’s producer Craig Lord (who is definitely not also writing this post) took the hotseat this week to talk about the biggest Ottawa tech
Video: Latest startup cohort graduates from Ottawa’s L-Spark accelerator
Jun 14, 2017
L-Spark grads walked across the stage Tuesday night, but pitched their businesses – not their caps – as the latest cohort graduated from the Kanata-based SaaS accelerator.
Video: Member365, Quickily reflect on L-Spark experience before SaaS Showcase
Jun 5, 2017
L-Spark's SaaS Showcase is just more than a week away, when the Kanata accelerator touts the best of its cohort of companies in an event that is both pitchfest and celebration.
Video: Telfer EMBA, Junior Achievement partner to deliver business skills to Ottawa youth
May 30, 2017
As Canadian demographics shift towards an aging population, Ottawa organizations are putting the focus on youth to ensure our local talent has the skills necessary to build business success.
Ottawa-based Shopify finds Canadians don’t think Ottawa is entrepreneurial
May 24, 2017
Ottawa's You.i TV expands market offerings with Samsung platform
May 17, 2017
Samsung has officially approved the You.i Engine as a solution for developing apps on its Tizen TV operating system, opening up a new marketplace for Kanata-based You.i TV.
L-Spark opens applications for Fall 2017 accelerator cohort
May 16, 2017
If your software-as-a-service startup is getting the insatiable itch for growth, L-Spark wants you. The Kanata-based accelerator has opened applications for its Fall 2017 cohort.
Video: Ottawa museums' steampunk gala adds art to STEM through augmented, virtual realities
May 15, 2017
The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is putting a steampunk flair on its inaugural gala this coming week, and Techopia Live sat down with the museum's leaders and partner businesses…
Stop making excuses and start solving people’s problems: Venture capitalist
May 11, 2017
The reason for most startup failures is that founders are talking with the wrong people, having the wrong conversations, Sean Sheppard tells AccelerateOTT audience at Lansdowne Park.
TEDx Kanata: Canadians failing to tell our own tech success stories
May 9, 2017
“We are an innovation nation. We just don’t act like one,” says digital storyteller Melanie Coulson.
Video: AccelerateOTT MC Susan Richards dishes on Ottawa startup growth
May 8, 2017
With preparations wrapping up for this Thursday's AccelerateOTT, Invest Ottawa's flagship entrepreneurship conference, Techopia Live brought MC Susan Richards to the show to uncover how she's…
Ottawa earnings week: Who’s up, down, firing and acquiring?
May 5, 2017
Shopify kept up the pace but WiLAN hit some "lumps" in the road. See who else was up and down after first quarter earnings this week.
Video: Move-in day at Innovation Centre for new Startup Garage cohort
May 2, 2017
On Monday's Techopia Live, the University of Ottawa's new Startup Garage cohort put down their boxes and picked up our microphone for a few minutes to chat about their companies and their goals for…
AccelerateOTT unveils full lineup, including Finkelstein, Wille, Techstars
Apr 27, 2017
The list of speakers, which includes local champions as well as global leaders in entrepreneurship, is highlighted by a keynote address from Eamonn Carey, managing director of Techstars. Carey has…
Video: Discovery, not business model or product, the goal of Ottawa's pHacktory
Apr 24, 2017
The Ottawa-based organization pitches itself as a "risk-as-a-service" platform, the place where audacious ideas meet reality (and, they're prepared to admit, likely fail).
Shopify launches first hardware product, new checkout process at Unite conference
Apr 20, 2017
Shopify is bolstering its online and offline merchant offerings by expanding its reach into real-world retail with a new device and an interface aimed at streamlining customers' e-commerce purchases.
TEDx Kanata: 150 years on, what will make Canada prosperous?
Apr 19, 2017
Fresh of a countrywide “Innovation Nation” tour, Microsoft Canada’s John Weigelt was feeling nostalgic for the early days of confederation.
Video: Invest Ottawa head Tremblay seeks regional plan for growth
Apr 17, 2017
Invest Ottawa looks for assistance in crafting a five-year strategic plan for growing the National Capital Region’s companies.
TEDx Kanata: High school student looks to rebrand science through dance
Apr 12, 2017
While researchers and innovators may have fallen under the spell of science and technology, many more are seemingly disenchanted by the field, observes Ottawa high school student Mathilde Papillon in…
Video: Tackling the sports tech market with FanShare
Apr 10, 2017
For even the most avid fan, the idea of building a business around sports technology may seem like it's coming out of left field. Yet the industry built around loyal, passionate fans – especially…
Applications to Carleton's Master of Entrepreneurship up 300%
Apr 7, 2017
In just its second year, a new degree offered through Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management program is attracting significant interest, though its explosive growth may lead to tough…
Shopify launches free stock images site to beautify merchants' stores
Apr 6, 2017
Shopify is ostensibly an ecommerce platform provider, but that hasn’t stopped it from holding classes at its Ottawa headquarters or offering a business name generator, and it isn’t stopping the…
Video: What Ottawa companies need to consider about mergers and acquisitions
Apr 3, 2017
Is selling your homegrown company a sin?
Kanata North recruiters hunting for talent, culture fits at Technata expo
Mar 28, 2017
Techopia Live shifted its day and location to take a roadtrip to Kanata North's Technata tech expo and talent hunt. The event was packed with more than 60 exhibitors and hundreds of candidates…
Video: FarmLead lands $6.5-million funding in mission to modernize grain marketing
Mar 20, 2017
Ottawa named best Canadian tech hub: study
Mar 14, 2017
There’s no better place to live and work in tech than Ottawa, according to a recent study.
Video: Punchtime, Bluink imagine the future of mobile
Mar 13, 2017
Fresh off the 2017 Bootstrap Awards, winners for best mobile application Chris Desjardins of Punchtime and Steve Borza of Bluink joined us for Techopia Live. We covered the difficult decisions…
Ottawa’s 2017 Bootstrap Awards winners lace up for gala
Feb 21, 2017
This year’s rebooted Ottawa Bootstrap Awards include a wide range of winners, from a zero-waste grocery story to a new way to punch out at the end of the day.
Federal government gives $3M for Ottawa university tech research
Feb 15, 2017
During a University of Ottawa lab tour today, federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced more than $50 million in funding for Canadian research projects, $3 million of which will go towards l
Video: Ottawa, Silicon Valley share similar energy, different VC culture: Kwilt co-founder
Feb 14, 2017
Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke defends powering Breitbart storefront
Feb 9, 2017
Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke waded into the political waters this week to defend his e-commerce company against a litany of complaints for powering the online store of right-wing media outlet Breitbart N
Three quotes that sum up how Ottawa entrepreneur Tobi Lütke runs Shopify
Feb 7, 2017
Purpose, culture, and long-term vision: If you had to boil it down, this is what Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke thinks about when he’s making decisions about Shopify.
Video: What Ottawa businesses should do amid Trump's entry ban fight
Feb 6, 2017
Ottawa's Leo Lax shares his high expectations for L-Spark portfolio companies
Feb 3, 2017
L-Spark managing director Leo Lax recently wrote a blog post that forecast a banner year for the Kanata-based accelerator, as well as for Ottawa and Canada as a whole.
Ottawa tech leaders join petition against Trump’s migrant ban
Jan 31, 2017
Several prominent members of the Ottawa tech community joined their Canadian counterparts in adding their names to a petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government to
Video: Breaking down the growth in Ottawa's gaming sector
Jan 30, 2017
Mayor Watson, Sir Terry Matthews leading tech crusade to Queen’s Park
Jan 25, 2017
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson put innovation high on his list of priorities during his State of the City address on Wednesday.
Shopify, Algonquin College partner on graphic design course
Jan 24, 2017
Shopify U has added graphic design to its course offerings.
Video: Vicki Iverson is the woman and the code behind Ottawa's Iversoft
Jan 23, 2017
Shopify opens second Toronto location with room for 200 employees
Jan 19, 2017
Shopify has officially opened its second office in Toronto, the latest installment in a still-growing presence in Ontario's capital.
University of Ottawa biohacker Andrew Pelling named TED Senior Fellow
Jan 17, 2017
Andrew Pelling, the University of Ottawa researcher known for treating “biology like hardware,” has been named a TED2017 Senior Fellow.
Video: How autonomous driving can fix Ottawa's potholes
Jan 16, 2017
Shopify powers both sides of Trump debate
Jan 12, 2017
Shopify was caught in political crosshairs this week when a petition emerged on SumOfUs.org calling for the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant to stop powering the online store of Breitbart, a pro-Donal
Video: Wipebook CEO Frank Bouchard named first executive director of Ottawa’s Fresh Founders
Jan 9, 2017
Ottawa tech firms descend on Vegas to show wares at Consumer Electronics Showcase
Jan 4, 2017
The start of the new year means new tech at the Consumer Electronics Showcase, and several local Ottawa area companies are in Las Vegas this week to flaunt their latest products.
Video: PageCloud CEO Craig Fitzpatrick is a man on a startup mission
Dec 7, 2016
Video: Lessons from Eli Fathi's long career in Ottawa tech
Dec 6, 2016
Shopify acquires Toronto-based app studio Tiny Hearts
Dec 5, 2016
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Feature: How to pitch an angel
Dec 2, 2016
If you’re looking for funding, sometimes your best shot is an angel. But more often than not, your prayers fall flat and investors aren’t impressed.
Ottawa named Futurpreneur Canada’s Top Entrepreneurial Community for second straight year
Nov 25, 2016
If you were looking to get involved during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this year, the nation's capital was apparently the place to be.
Feature: A tough slog
Nov 23, 2016
It’s not all fun and games inside social app startup Bumpn.
Ottawa fintech startup ChangeJar accepted into Silicon Valley accelerator
Nov 18, 2016
The Ottawa team behind an app that turns spare change into digital currency is joining a California accelerator that’s also making a “significant” investment in the company.
Ottawa-based You.i TV, ProntoForms among Deloitte’s 50 fastest growing companies
Nov 16, 2016
The exponential growth of two Ottawa firms ranks among the top in the country according to professional services firm Deloitte.
Ottawa’s Mitel and Shopify among Canada’s top R&D spenders
Nov 14, 2016
Research Infosource released its annual report on the top 100 companies in R&D spending, and several comp
Better Software Co. lands another $1M investment round
Nov 3, 2016
The Better Software Company just raised another $1 million. And, to be honest, no one is surprised anymore.
Shopify announces '100 per cent growth' in stock ticker symbol
Nov 1, 2016
Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH) just hit a milestone on the TSX: Effective today, the company is now trading with the ticker symbol SHOP instead of SH.
Wipebook founder wins $10,000 Innovation Award
Oct 27, 2016
Wipebook founder Frank Bouchard sure knows how find money.
L-Spark announces fresh fall accelerator cohort
Oct 18, 2016
L-Spark, the Kanata-based SaaS accelerator, announce
Terry Matthews to co-chair Algonquin College entrepreneurship panel
Oct 11, 2016
Sir Terry Matthews – you know, the serial entrepreneur and the force behind Wesley Clover, which helps fund L-Spark,
L-Spark grad Cliniconex lands seed funding round
Oct 7, 2016
Local healthcare IT company Cliniconex says it’s on the hunt for additional software engineers and sales representatives after securing its first seed funding round, led by the Capital Angel Networ
Shopify hires through acquisition
Oct 3, 2016
What does a rapidly growing tech firm do when it meets a team of talented software developers?
Ontario entrepreneurship, by the numbers
Sep 28, 2016
A recently released report is shedding new light on the state of entrepreneurship in Ontario and what drives residents in the province to start their own company.
You.i TV unfazed by Shomi shutdown
Sep 27, 2016
News that streaming service Shomi would be shutting down at the end
DRS completes consolidation in Kanata
Sep 26, 2016
Local staff at defence firm DRS Technologies are settling into a new home after the company consolidated its two offices in the region into a single location.
Ottawa's The Better Software Co. returns to hiring following layoffs
Sep 22, 2016
The Better Software Company is back in growth mode.
Tech security firm Trend Micro to keep hiring in Ottawa: Report
Sep 21, 2016
The chief executive of Japan-based Trend Micro says the digital security firm plans to continue adding to its Ottawa-based headcount, according to a local media report.
Updated: EDC backs Shopify Capital cash advances
Sep 20, 2016
One of Ottawa’s hottest tech firms is hoping to accelerate its growth by strengthening a program that gives cash advances to its customers.
Akimbo wants to save video game developers millions of dollars
Sep 16, 2016
Ottawa’s long history of networking companies might not seem to have much to do with video games, but that track record - and the talent around it - is what led one Vancouver-based game developer t
IoT613 conference to build on Ottawa’s strength as Internet of Things hub
Sep 14, 2016
Imagine walking into a hotel room that’s already adjusted its temperature according to your personal preference before you arrive.
Cash in the capital: Fusebill, You.i TV land multimillion-dollar funding rounds
Sep 13, 2016
The week is off to a prosperous start for the city’s tech sector, which has seen an infusion of $18 million into a pair of its fastest-growing firms.
Feature: What you need to know about Ottawa’s new Innovation Centre
Sep 5, 2016
The multimillion-dollar transformation of a 75-year-old city maintenance garage into a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation is nearly complete.
The straight dope: MediaMiser president explores the ins and outs of M&A
Sep 1, 2016
Chris Morrison knows mergers and acquisitions from both sides of the table – buyer and takeover target. The president of Ottawa-based MediaMiser, which creates software and provides services related…
Apprenticeships: An old yet new approach to entrepreneurship education
Aug 29, 2016
Post-secondary institutions across Ontario are embracing entrepreneurship education at an unprecedented rate, according to a recent report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
Ottawa's Assent Compliance punches above its weight
Jun 23, 2016
By Michael Woods Ottawa’s Assent Compliance raised one of the largest series-A rounds in Canadian history last month.
Feature: Science and Tech CEO looks to new frontiers
Jun 22, 2016
Change is in the air at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology.
Day on the Hill: Bringing small business owners, public servants and politicians together
Jun 21, 2016
By Michael Woods The federal government’s much-anticipated innovation agenda took centre stage at Ottawa’s Shaw Centre early last month.
Feature: Ottawa companies become early adopters of conversational commerce
Jun 20, 2016
By Michael Woods
The straight dope: How to ramp up sales at your startup
Mar 18, 2016
Paul Emond knows his stuff when it comes to sales.
BIA study looks at gaps in regional innovation hotspot - pt. 2
Mar 17, 2016
By Lucy Screnci
Video: Macadamian’s Fred Boulanger on unleashing the full potential of ideas
Dec 16, 2015
Feature: Out of the founder’s shadow
Sep 7, 2015
What happens when a visionary leader moves on?
Cutting through the 'future fog' of innovation economy
Sep 1, 2015
By Barry Gander
The uncomfort zone
Jun 17, 2015
Entrepreneurs are fueled by living outside their comfort zone. When things get comfortable, they always find a way to push the envelope.
It's back, baby
Jun 12, 2015
By Alexia Naidoo
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