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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.

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