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Canada’s Top Young Entrepreneurs Launch Ground-Breaking Businesses at Venture Day 2013

on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 10:38

August 13th - MaRS Discovery District

As the capstone event of the 2013 cohort, N36 ventures presented their businesses to an audience of over 200 key stakeholders and pitched for funding from some of North America’s top angel investors and VCs. The livestreamed event also featured an official graduation and awards ceremony, and keynote address from Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

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Ernst & Young Insight: Why bootstrapping companies turn to social media marketing

on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 11:15

Published in The Finalcial Post on July 31, 2013
30-Second Mentor
By Kwan Song, Special to Financial Post

We’ve all witnessed the force of social media and have probably seen first-hand how entrepreneurs and small businesses are leveraging it right out of the gate. By filtering information through their networks using platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Vimeo, it’s taking traditional word of mouth and amplifying its reach.


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Becoming...The Next 36 - Episode 4

on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 13:36

"Announcing the 2013 Cohort"

In this episode, Professor Ajay Agrawal - Academic Director, The Next 36 gives some last second advice to the finalists before the 2013 cohort is announced. Extreme highs and lows are experienced by the National Selection Weekend finalists who are hoping to make it into Canada's top program for young entrepreneurs.

Amherstburg native spreads his entrepreneurial wings in The Next 36

on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 11:07

Published in the Windsor Star on July 26, 2013

Fresh out of business school, Amherstburg native Steve Wellman has already pitched his company to venture capital firms in New York City.

Phashtag, short for photo hashtag, uses image recognition technology to scan photos on social media websites so companies can see how their brands and products are being used and perceived by consumers. It’s being tested in Canada by the likes of Australian wine brand Yellow Tail and Canadian craft beer maker Steam Whistle Brewing.

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2014 Application Webinar - Video Recording now online

on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 16:26

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our 2014 Application Webinar, held July 24 (12pmEST).   

The recorded webcast is now available online! For anyone that missed the live webcast, or for those who wish to refer back to specific content, click below to watch now.

Background: This webinar features N36 staff and current entrepreneurs, and was broadcasted live across Canada on July 24th, 2013. Interested applicants asked their questions about the 2014 application process and gained insight into the program.

N36 Faculty Research on Crowdfunding Highlighted by Techvibes

on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:05

Equity Crowdfunding Will Come with Major Learning Curve, Canadian Report Suggests
posted by Techvibes on July 23, 2013

Equity crowdfunding had always posed as a risky means for struggling startup businesses or a financial threat.

As US policymakers determine the potential outcome of equity crowdfunding, the Rotman School of Management in Toronto produced a research paper aimed at helping them approach the most positive conclusion. The paper will be included as a chapter in the up-coming volume of Boston’s National Bureau of Economic Research.

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WestonExpressions Gives Average Televisions Mobile and Motion Capabilities

on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:02

posted by Techvibes on June 23, 2013

WestonExpressions this week announced a new tool for marketers: Linkett, a device that enables existing televisions and digital signs to have motion and mobile capabilities for promotions.

The Kitchener-based startup says its new product connects to any display with a USB or HDMI connection, "transforming the television or digital sign into a one-of-a-kind interactive user experience."

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N36 Venture WestonExpressions Revolutionizes the Digital Screen; Launches Linkett

on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:21

20-Year old CEO of KW Startup on a Mission to Make Dumb Screens Smart with NFC & Motion Tech
Published by BetaKit on July 23, 2013

Founder and CEO Douglas Lusted is just heading into his third year at University of Waterloo and has already completed his first round of funding for his KW-based company, WestonExpressions, which officially launches its dumb to smart screen digital signage technology today.

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The Next 36 on ‘McLean in the Morning’ Radio Show

on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 17:57

Aired July 15, 2013 on ‘McLean in the Morning’ with Tyler McLean on Rogers News 91.9 Moncton/Rogers News 88.9 Saint John
Jon French, N36 Director of Marketing & Events, speaks with Tyler McLean about The Next 36 - including an upcoming recruitment event in Moncton and the resources provided to young Canadian entrepreneurs during the country's most intense 8-month entrepreneurship program.

The Next 36 Sends Five Promising Canadian Startups on New York Field Trip to Pitch US Investors

on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 11:40

Posted in Techvibes on July 12, 2013
by Christina Pellegrini

Practice might make perfect when it comes to pitching your budding mobile startup to potential investors, but everyone knows there’s nothing quite like the real thing.

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