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#OttawaInc: FOKO

When you hear the pitch, it almost seems too easy; “Is no one doing that?” you think to yourself? Photo sharing for companies; Instagram for Business. It's founders hadn't even taken the training wheels off their app when FOKO landed one of North America's most successful grocery retailers, Whole Foods, as a client. Within 90 days, 1,000 employees in twelve regions were using it; today it`s three thousand and still growing.
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Ottawa’s Ecosystem of Female Entrepreneurs
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Ottawa’s Ecosystem of Female Entrepreneurs

The phrase "Rise of the Female Entrepreneur" has been catching on with great fervor as of late; especially in Silicon Valley where start-up culture has been traditionally dominated by men. However in Canada, the good news is that the number of women starting businesses has been rising steadily for the better part of a decade. Industry Canada says that from 2001 to 2011, the number of self-employed women grew by 23 percent compared with 14-percent growth in male self-employment.
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Trends of the Mobile Economy
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Trends of the Mobile Economy

Vision Mobile, a research company focusing on the “app economy”, has released the 8th edition of its State of the Nation report. The report is based on survey responses from over 8,000 app developers across 143 countries. It covers the latest trends and developments in mobile and the Internet of Things, language adoption, and revenue models that the estimated million active app developers (2014) are using.
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#OttawaInc: Cyphercor

The worldwide information security market is worth more than $71 Billion annually and growing. Experts now say cyber security is a constant risk to all businesses. The sentence “It is no longer an issue that concerns only information technology and security professionals; the impact has extended to the boardroom” stands out in this recent report. New stories about “data breaches” or “identity theft” keep mounting. Regardless of these warnings, the consensus is that business and people are still bad at protecting themselves.
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Ask a Lawyer – Virtual Reality in Gaming and the Murky Waters of Derivative Works

It’s a time of rapid technological change. As a gamer, I am very excited to see the game industry move to Virtual Reality (VR) and its much more immersive gaming experience. While technology might be changing, copyright law is not. If your VR project involves creating a virtual environment “inspired by” a TV show, movie, book, or even another video game, your virtual work may expose you to real world copyright infringement, as a “derivative work” of the original.
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A Good Idea or a Good Plan? How to Get Your Business Financed
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A Good Idea or a Good Plan? How to Get Your Business Financed

Passion is the true hallmark of an entrepreneur; the courage to take a leap into the unknown. However the excitement that generates the next “million dollar idea” can also cloud an entrepreneur’s judgement as to whether they have a sound business plan behind that idea. Without a concrete strategy, your business dream may stay exactly that: a dream.
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#OttawaInc: QuickSilk
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#OttawaInc: QuickSilk

Garry Brownrigg has no problem holding back his excitement over the launch of QuickSilk. The product essentially allows anyone to design their own multi-functional website; zero-coding skills required. Forget Java or HTML. Everything is drag and drop. Brownrigg says QuickSilk builds websites up to 90% faster than traditional tools and reduces maintenance costs by up to 75%. The product is currently used in more than 22 countries and has landed some impressive clients including the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada and the World Bank. Now the company has launched an INDIEGOGO campaign to help fund new R&D.
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Ottawa Delegation to Explore IT Security Opportunities at RSA Conference
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Ottawa Delegation to Explore IT Security Opportunities at RSA Conference

Ottawa IT security companies, Canadian government officials and Invest Ottawa will be travelling to San Francisco at the end of April to discuss the sector's most important issues and the latest advancements in internet security. The RSA Conference (held April 20-24) facilitates first-hand interactions with peers, luminaries, emerging and established companies.
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IO Partners With Brazil’s Top Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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IO Partners With Brazil’s Top Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In February Invest Ottawa signed a joint agreement for developing a soft landing platform between Brazil and Canada. Plug is Brazil’s most active entrepreneurial ecosystem, the two organizations will bridge the efforts of both countries to enhance and enrich their respective communities.
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Entrepreneur in Residence; Invest Ottawa’s Secret Weapon
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Entrepreneur in Residence; Invest Ottawa’s Secret Weapon

The sheer volume of resources are infinite. There are books, websites, podcasts,  conferences even Instagram accounts that a budding business person can consult on "How to be an Entrepreneur." Simply search that exact phrase and 174 Million results pop up. So how does a startup get practical, sound advice that new entrepreneurs can use, to help lay the foundation of a successful company? The answer: our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR).
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#OttawaInc: PageCloud

Many of us have tried to make our own website - using pre-made templates, or web editors, or the visual designer on Adobe Dreamweaver. And many of those attempts have been like ordering x-ray specs from an ad in the back of a comic book: extremely disappointing, and never looking as good as the ad. So when I first heard about PageCloud, I was to say the least, skeptical. However, after seeing Craig Fitzpatrick, CEO and Founder of PageCloud, pitch at an event (and feeling everyone’s heads in the room collectively explode while he was demoing), I knew I had to sit down with him to talk PageCloud and web design.
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Silicon Valley Dreams
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Silicon Valley Dreams

George Borovec, CEO of Treasure Chest Market Place, says the idea to invade the Valley catalyzed over lunch.
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The Harmony of Music and Economic Development
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The Harmony of Music and Economic Development

A city like Austin, Texas with a vibrant live music scene generates $1.6 Billion dollars annually for the local economy. Recently stakeholders in our local scene, say Ottawa has the potential to reach similar benchmarks. Now the city has commissioned a study to determine what’s needed to make that idea a reality. The findings will be released in March.
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President’s Report – February 2015

From the start, it has been our practice at Invest Ottawa to focus our activities around a theme. In 2012 that theme was “transformation”, in 2013 it was “results” and in 2014 our theme was “collaboration”. In just the last six months or so, we have been fortunate to participate in a number of collaborative proposals and projects that promise to enhance Ottawa’s innovation ecosystem in a significant way.
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The Best City in Canada
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The Best City in Canada

It took nearly two years.

The team at Invest Ottawa scoured research papers, websites, government statistics, even blogs to find every shred of evidence. Now more than 65 incredible facts have been married with rich visuals to create a powerful presentation that everyone can use.  As Bruce Lazenby, CEO of Invest Ottawa puts it, the goal was to create a tool where, "every person in Ottawa can tell our great story, so we are all singing from the same song sheet".
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Ask a Lawyer – Digital Games and Copyright

Here’s a very practical introduction to copyright in video games – what you, as a game developer, need to know.
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How to Build an International Office in 72 Hours
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How to Build an International Office in 72 Hours

On December 4th, the Swedish multi-national firm Syntronic officially opened its first R&D facility in North America. They are Sweden’s...
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#OttawaINC: QNX

QNX has been labeled “the hero of manufacturing” by Fortune. The Ottawa tech company has been called “The Crown Jewel...
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