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#OttawaInc: LIXAR

With 15 years in the books, LIXAR is one of the more mature software companies in the city. They specialize in mobile solutions for a variety of sectors, with clients throughout North America and abroad. Quietly building its portfolio, it’s chosen to stay under the radar. That’s now changing with their new workspace. As CEO, Bill Syrros says, “It’s even the first time we’ve had a sign on the building”.
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#OttawaInc: CENX

CENX is growing; fast. In two short years the firm has hired nearly 100 people, attracted equity from high-profile investors such as Verizon and Ericsson and has grown their revenue by nearly 500%. For the most part, their technology solutions work behind the scenes to help carriers make rapidly informed decisions, to the ultimate benefit of Internet consumers. However, their work culture emanates the feel of a young start-up, working on that next cool iPhone app. Street Art adorns the walls, Nerf guns rest on desks and break-out rooms are named after volcanos (The company’s rationale: volcanos are the ultimate disruptors).
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President’s Update – June 2015
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President’s Update – June 2015

The Invest Ottawa Board has just approved our 2015-2018 strategic plans, with a vision to transform Ottawa into “the most innovative city in Canada”.  Innovation has been a difficult concept to measure, but with some new science from our friends at i-Canada and the Conference Board of Canada, we believe we are now ready to support this initiative. We will be looking to you for help. What do we mean by innovation? We will find and apply new ways of doing things, which will lead to a more attractive and prosperous Ottawa. The alternative is to resist change and wait until we are forced to play catch up with other cities. From my experience, not a good plan.
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#OttawaInc: Mxi

"Flying Under the Radar” has probably never been a more appropriate saying. For nearly two decades, Mxi Technologies has quietly amassed a client base representing more than 20% of the global commercial and military market. For some context, there are over 100,000 flights around the world, every single day. The software company, which builds solutions designed to manage the lifecycle of aviation assets, has significant brand recognition in all international markets. It’s most recent victory was winning a contract with Southwest Airlines, America’s largest domestic carrier.
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Courting the Capital
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Courting the Capital

Expanding a company internationally is not for the faint-hearted. It takes an abundance of time, a wealth of resources and often a leap of faith. That's where Invest Ottawa's Soft Landing Program comes in. It can help mitigate the hurdles a company faces by facilitating all the networking, market research, and business development opportunities. And in rare circumstances, it can turn months of work into mere days. On the heels of receiving international awards regarding its Foreign Direct Investment strategies, Ottawa has never been in a stronger position to help.
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How Governments use The Internet of Things
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How Governments use The Internet of Things

The private sector has already embraced it. Companies are connecting everything to it and using analytics to drive major decisions. The result is cost savings and efficiencies.
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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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