UOIT’s Dr. Hamid Akbari launches app to match drivers with carpooling passengers

UOIT’s Dr. Hamid Akbari launches app to match drivers with carpooling passengers

On any given day, about 11.4 million Canadians drive to work, and 83 per cent of them drive alone. “That has to change,” says Dr. Hamid Akbari, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at UOIT. Carpooling is an obvious way to reduce traffic congestion and help the environment — but it can be difficult to organize, and many people worry about getting into a car with a stranger. That’s where Blancride comes in. Click here to read the full...
Spark Innovation Centre Launches Thrive Accelerator Program

Spark Innovation Centre Launches Thrive Accelerator Program

Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre today has announced their new Thrive Program, which offers a hybrid of incubation and acceleration services for startups. Thrive is a four month accelerator program with the option of continuing for up to 24 consecutive months. Companies accepted into Thrive will be offered co-location at The Loft – Spark Centre’s collaborative ecosystem in Durham Region. Thrive will also offer significant advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market entry. Braden Kemp, Spark Centre’s Manager of Business Acceleration Services, is leading the Thrive Program. “Thrive is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to access critical support and resources that are rarely found outside well-known startup ecosystems like Toronto, Waterloo, Silicon Valley and New York,” says Kemp. “It will allow Spark and our partners to focus significant efforts on up to ten rapidly scalable businesses, bringing incredible technologies to market right here in Durham Region.” In addition to a $1000 grant for initial business set-up, the companies in Thrive will be offered free support from Spark Centre including: Immediate immersion in an intensive program focused on rapid market entry Advisory Services in the areas of Leadership, Marketing, Sales, Legal and Finance Personnel support provided for Bookkeeping, Administration, HR, Public Relations, Creative Design and Government Grants Free office space Discounted professional services from the Spark Expert Network Ultimately, Thrive will focus on increasing revenues and private investment in startups locally, as well as driving innovative job creation in Durham Region. Those interested in learning more, or joining the program can apply online at:...
Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong

Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong

(Coinciding International ICT Expo, April 13-16, 2015) The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Canada, would like to invite Canadian companies to join a Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong scheduled for April 12 – 17, 2015.  The main objective of this mission is to assist Canadian ICT companies to diversify their business into Hong Kong, mainland China and Asian markets.   Who should join the Mission? Canadian companies offering the following products and services for Telecom, Healthcare, Physical Security, Financial Services, Transportation or Retail Business: Business Apps on Cloud & Mobile Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Mobile Security & Storage Big Data & Analytics Wireless Technologies Enterprise Solutions E-Logistics & Retail Technologies   What does the Mission offer? Participating companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Canadian Pavilion at the International ICT Expo and to join a business programme organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. Programme includes pre-mission briefing, site visits, networking events and business-to-business meetings tailored to company’s individual needs. In addition, four nights hotel accommodation in Hong Kong will be provided to qualified mission delegates (one room per company) on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation fee is CAD$300 per company. For more details on the Mission, please see this link: Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong. To apply for participation, please fill in and return the application form: Application Form – 2015 Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong For information on ICT market in Hong Kong, please see: Hong Kong ICT Market Report....