OTTAWA FIRMS WIN STARTUP CANADA AWARDS
Local startups CanvasPop and SuraiTea are being recognized for excellence in entrepreneur-led business at the Startup Canada Awards this month. CanvasPop, a canvas printing company, won the global entrepreneurship award. SuraiTea, a social venture that makes and sells traditional jasmine tea while providing jobs to Syrian refugees in Canada, won the social enterprise award. In addition, Eli Fathi, head of analytics startup MindBridge Ai, won the senior entrepreneur award. The Ontario region’s reception and ceremony will take place Sept. 27.
FOUNDER INSTITUTE MAPS OTTAWA STARTUP RESOURCES
There’s a “giant list” now available to help Ottawa entrepreneurs and startups navigate the many resources available to them throughout the city. The Ottawa Founder Institute has created the Startup Ecosystem Canvas to “provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.” The list spans the idea, launch and growth stages, and also includes resources for recruitment and advisement. The creators are still looking for input and feedback. Visit the website at fi.co/ canvas.
ESTAFFMATCH LOOKS TO TOUCH DOWN IN EUROPE
Ottawa startup eStaffMatch, a marketplace that connects event organizers with trained staff, has been accepted into the Techstars accelerator program and is using the opportunity this fall to establish a base in the European market. The company will have operations in Berlin and London. It was only a few months ago that eStaffMatch was expanding out of Ottawa and into Toronto and Montreal. As the startup continues to grow rapidly, chief executive Eropa Stein says that revenues have been doubling month over month as more users join the platform.
YOU.I LANDS CONTRACT WITH CFL
The Canadian Football League launched a new version of its mobile app CFL Mobile this month, powered by the user experience technology of Ottawa firm You.i TV. Working with the company was “the only option that allowed us to realize our vision for the new application,” Christina Litz, the CFL’s senior vice-president of content and marketing, said in a media release. You.i’s steady stream of bigname deals helped it to No. 6 on OBJ’s list of fastest-growing companies in 2016.