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Ottawa Tool Library now offering workshops thanks to Invest Ottawa & Onshoring Ventures

OTTAWA - Jan 27 2016 - After a successful opening this past fall, the Ottawa Tool Library will now be expanding its offering by introducing workshops thanks to a donation made by Invest Ottawa and Onshoring Ventures. Today, the Ottawa Tool Library will receive two workbenches built by Onshoring Ventures. Kevin Ford, CEO, says: “We want to enable people to learn new skills, enabling them to create new products. Our work benches will find great use in the classes offered by the tool library.”
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#OttawaInc : Swaaap.com

It's a Friday afternoon and you're counting down the minutes until the weekend starts. You haven't made any plans for the night but are considering meeting up with a person you just matched with on a dating website. So you open up Urban Spoon, enter in your favorite cuisines and decide on a restaurant that fits your criteria. You drive home, watch a suggested TV show on Netflix, and request a lift from a ride-sharing app to go and meet your date. Any of this sounding familiar? These rituals of matchmaking services are no strangers to the year 2016, no matter what sector they're in. So what if these services were used as an inactive matchmaking and bargaining tool for entrepreneurs and startups?
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Ottawa a Hot Market for Venture Capital in 2015
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Ottawa a Hot Market for Venture Capital in 2015

2015 was quite a remarkable year for Ottawa. The amount of VC money invested in Ottawa-based companies doubled from 2014, topping out at $142 Million. As one of Canada’s leading tech hubs with 1750 knowledge-based companies creating nearly 70,000 jobs, Ottawa’s high tech companies were less affected by the oil and gas crisis, the Chinese economic downturn and other economic turmoil in 2015. This reflected in the low unemployment rate in the technology sector along with the increase in VC investment in Ottawa’s start-ups.
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Ottawa is an Exceptional G7 Capital
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Ottawa is an Exceptional G7 Capital

Recently Ottawa Citizen Columnist Andrew Cohen, espoused that “Ottawa is the worst G7 Capital”. I and thousands of others have a different view. I love Ottawa and am excited about our future. Here are some of the reasons why:
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#OttawaInc – Postcard

If you’ve ever dreamt of taking a trip, but didn’t know where to start, then we’re building Postcard for you. People tell us they feel overwhelmed, intimidated, and even stressed by all the travel choices out there. We’ve heard crazy stories about people trying to avoid travel planning – some get so fed up with the research that they give up and put that vacation budget towards a new couch, which is just heart breaking! Or, they (gasp!) resort to buying a mass-produced pre-packaged vacation instead! We want to live in a world where pre-packaged tours are not even a thing. And that’s where Postcard comes in - by letting people easily discover, customize and book awesome trips, we aim to make sure that every traveller takes their dream trip, every time.
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Carleton University Making R&D Easier for Ottawa Businesses
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Carleton University Making R&D Easier for Ottawa Businesses

Innovation has been a hot topic over the past five years, with many claiming Canadian businesses need to step up their game regarding research & development. The barrier however is always cost. Research and development is expensive, regardless of whether it’s conducted in-house or the task is outsourced overseas. It’s even more challenging to absorb the costs if you are a small-medium enterprise (SME) with thin margins and bottom lines.
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#OttawaInc – Fitchek

Much of the innovation and disruption around the fitness industry seems to focus on the "fit" side of the equation; whether it’s a new type of weight bench or wearable technology that tracks all those reps and burned calories. However, Ottawa startup Fitchek is looking to do the heavy lifting for studio owners. Their technology helps business owners keep track of their daily operations without breaking a sweat. Their software also connects all the players, from trainers to fitness fanatics.
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Ottawa Tech Companies at CES 2016
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Ottawa Tech Companies at CES 2016

After modest beginnings in 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has grown to be one of the world’s largest and flashiest technology trade shows. More than 3,600 exhibitors have set up in Las Vegas showcasing the latest in consumer technology hardware, content, delivery systems and more. 160,000 attendees from more than 140 countries will roam the aisles.
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#OttawaInc: CV Diagnostix

Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the developed world. The World Health Organization says Cardiovascular diseases account for 31% of global deaths every year; that's over 17 million people. Getting diagnosed can be a lengthy and multi-test process, with sometimes inaccurate results. Understandably, there is great interest among the medical community to have a simplified method to assist in diagnosing this disease.
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Building Business Bridges to China
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Building Business Bridges to China

It’s was a whirlwind of meetings and connections for Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, Invest Ottawa and the 15 local businesses during a recent trade mission to China. Out of the gate, five major agreements were signed with Beijing’s Mayor Wang Anshun; two of which will positive impacts on the Ottawa Business Ecosystem.
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Best of the BOB’s
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Best of the BOB’s

Always a great party, the Best Ottawa Business Awards (aka the BOBs) is a celebration hosted annually by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal. For two decades the black-tie affair has been a "who's who" of the National Capital's business community. It's also a chance to recognize successful and innovative companies which are driving economic growth and prosperity in the nation's capital.
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Double Innovation: What Can We Learn From Unicorns?
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Double Innovation: What Can We Learn From Unicorns?

Canadians love our Double-Double Tim Horton’s Coffee (that’s two sugars and two creams for non-northerners!) But the term “Double-Double” doesn’t just apply to the world of coffee. Have you ever wondered why some startups made it to Unicorn status while others didn’t? Let’s explore the notion of “Double Innovation”. While Unicorns built amazing products with the right customer fit, these companies also innovated new go-to-market strategies. Meaning they developed innovative strategies beyond their product innovation to grow market share into the juggernauts they are today. In hindsight many of these strategies (referred often as growth hacks) now seem obvious; but good ideas always do. Here are some well-known examples:
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What does the evolution of the digital economy to 2025 look like?
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What does the evolution of the digital economy to 2025 look like?

On October 6th 2015, Ovum released the results of its extensive survey conducted with all types of digital ecosystem players. Invest Ottawa is pleased to share the highlights of Ovum’s view and key recommendations.
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President’s Report – November 2015
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President’s Report – November 2015

The cool weather always seems to creep up at this time of year. However, Ottawa’s business ecosystem continues to stay hot. The last few months truly demonstrate what happens when all the stakeholders work together.
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#OttawaInc: Solink
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#OttawaInc: Solink

The surveillance industry has remained virtually unchanged for years. Set up a camera, record footage and access the content after an incident arises. Although the hardware has evolved, the uses for this visual data have been narrow in scope: mostly loss and fraud prevention. Ottawa’s Solink is on a crusade to change that mindset. In addition to saving companies time and money for fraud investigations; the company believes that the hours and hours of gathered video footage can offer key insights into the operations of a business.
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Ottawa’s Greatest Show and Tell: Maker Faire Ottawa 2015

Maker Faire is a festival that gives all “makers” a place to show off their products, designs, inventions, gadgets, knickknacks, and more! This interactive playground attracts people of all ages to come and “chat one-on-one with makers, try prototypes, ask questions, give input, and even cuddle-up with technology,” says Remco Volmer, Maker Faire Ottawa 2015 Organizer.
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Ottawa Tops List of Business-Friendly Cities in the Americas
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Ottawa Tops List of Business-Friendly Cities in the Americas

We are going to need a bigger mantle over the fireplace. The city is running out of room to display all the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) awards that keep coming. In April the Financial Times (via their research arm fDi Magazine) analyzed 77, mid-sized cities, in the Western Hemisphere and bestowed upon Ottawa the following:
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Ask a Lawyer – Relying on Recycling Precedents… No Big Deal? Right?

There are many situations in which a digital media producer would want to get a deal in writing. Perhaps you want an option agreement signed with the creator of a comic that you want to bring to life with a game. Maybe you need a short-form co-production agreement with a new partner for an exciting new web series. It should not be a surprise that a lawyer is recommending that non-lawyers not rely on recycled precedents.
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Good Design Breeds Great Technology
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Good Design Breeds Great Technology

Ask Ron Gagnier about what makes design important; the first thing he'll point you towards is Google. Not to study the layout, but to point out the definition of design:
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#OttawaInc: Purple Forge

It's been a roller coaster ride as of late for Brian Hurley. The CEO has spent seven years bootstrapping his business, finding success servicing a variety of sectors and was anointed a "Startup to Watch". Now Purple Forge has suddenly shot to the A-list, after working with some of the world's most advanced computing technology. In partnership with IBM's Watson, the Ottawa company has created a mobile app for the city of Surrey, BC, that can process voice requests. In essence, it takes on the role of a 311 phone service. The company is now fielding requests from other cities for the same technology, it's on the brink of raising it's first round of funding and Hurley believes they are just scratching the surface, when it comes to leveraging Watson. Hurley spoke with IO about his rising firm and the Ottawa ecosystem.
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