5665I want one !
But might wait for the launch of the PowerSkate :-)
I guess that will be the reaction of all IT Geeks that play hockey when they discover the FWD Powershot device.
Athletes need to depend on data to improve their performance. This is one of the reasons why performance monitoring devices are playing an increasingly important role in swimming, golf and basketball. However, I had not seen any gadget that was specifically made for hockey. All this is now changing with Montreal based Quattriuum Team launching their FWD Powershot
. This performance sensor is designed for hockey and it provides a wide array of important shot data.
Data Vital for Hockey Players
The Powershot provides data that proves to be vital for hockey players such as shot speed, acceleration, puck speed, angle and duration of slapshots as well as snapshots. This is an important technological innovation that will definitely Read more…
5670As most of the Montreal Tech Watch readers already know, FounderFuel
is a mentor-driven, top tier accelerator helping early stage SaaS, mobile and web startups raise capital. The organization offers capital of $50,000 along with access to senior executives, VCs, angel investors, veteran entrepreneurs and more than $400,000 in services and perks. Participating teams are also eligible for $150,000 on Demo Day from BDC Venture Capital. During the FounderFuel program, participating companies can build products, refine their company vision as well as polish their pitches. The organization provides a network of industry leading mentors to help participants. On Demo Day, teams can pitch their ideas to an audience of over 800 people that includes community members, partners and investors.
Applications for Spring 2014
FounderFuel has recently announced that they are currently accepting applications for their Spring 2014 cohort. Deadline for applications is October 15th. The program Read more…
recently announced the launch of their new mobile innovation fund
. Previously called 2XM Interactive, Mobilogie invites medium and small sized companies with mobile projects to apply for the innovation fund. Initial funding is one of the biggest problems faced by startups. With the launch of their new fund, Mobilogie is striving to ensure that funding will not hinder innovation.
Fostering Innovation for the Mobile Sector
The new fund unveiled recently by Mobilogie will allow the company to greatly accelerate the commercialization and development of new mobile applications and products. With an exceptional mobile team, its record of helping a large number of clients ranging from multinationals to startups, Mobilogie strives to foster innovation for the mobile sector. It also helps clients position themselves as leaders in the industry. This new fund will further help these companies not just successfully develop innovative solutions through financial help but Read more…
5701Disclaimer: I've known Thierry Marechal, co-founder of Snoobe, since Startup Weekend 2012, and also have worked on Snoobe
The dire state of the mobile industry in North America
In Europe, Free Mobile offers a contract-free, unlimited calls (even to international) as well as unlimited texts and 3GB of data, all of 19.99 euros. Here, that only gets you 100mn of talk, no data and you have to sign for at least a one-year contract.
Here's another graphic showing the difference between Europe, America and other countries:
The graphic above is from a 2013 OECD study amongst developed countries, and shows what's available for basic mobile usage ("Level 1").
There are different factors at play on why we pay more in North America than in other countries to telecom companies; what everyone agrees on though is that consumers have little power on how they choose their mobile plans, and telcos are now so big that they Read more…
5704We are preparing a low-fee job board for Montreal Geek Jobs. In the meantime we will happily publish some job postings for free so if you have one you would like us to post, just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
is the first venture fund of its kind in Canada run almost entirely by students that invests in student startups.
We originated in Montreal, which has a student population of 286,000 (the highest student per capita ratio in North America). We are now in Toronto, ranked as one of the top startup ecosystems globally, and Halifax, an up and coming startup force on the East coast of Canada. However, students in these cities struggle to obtain the necessary capital to take their startups to the next level. TheFounderProject invests in student startups by providing them with the capital and resources required to propel their businesses forward.
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: This is a guest post by Patrick McTosh. For the last decade, Patrick McTosh has deeply immersed himself into the IT world and enjoys sharing his knowledge with small businesses in Montreal.
The Montreal Tech community is constantly growing. As I see a rise in mentions for all those new and innovative tech start-ups, I feel like the companies making the "boring" B2B applications are not getting the praise they deserve.
SaaS startups have saved companies tons of money by saving companies the costs associated with software purchases. With the increasingly rapid pace of software updates, SaaS is edging itself into companies’ budgets while the need for on-site IT staff is being edged out.
Montreal SaaS producers like ERP Guru
& FX Innovation
to name a few are making it easier to stay on top of the technology curve, while Read more…
Hexoskin can be described as a smart shirt that is capable of recording your health data on the go. It talks to your smartphone and is capable of capturing data in a seamless way wherever you go.
Today Hexoskin's crowdfunding campaign reached their 100k goal and there's still 20 days left before the campaign is officially over.
I sat down with one of the co-founder of Hexoskin, Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, to find out how their product became so popular.
Hexoskin's concept was conceived some 3 years ago. Pierre-Alexandre and his partner Jean-Francois Roy, both passionate about microelectronics and machine learning, were interested in analyzing health data. They were looking for a way to gather lots of data in order to perform data analytics, but they soon realized that conventional sensors were not the way to go. The moment of epiphany came one day when both founders were covered with sensors and wires. They Read more…
5628Lean Startup Machine
recently announced its event in Montreal. This three day event will take place over the November 8th weekend and has already generated a lot of enthusiasm in the city. Lean Startup Machine is a highly competitive workshop where participants learn how to apply the Lean Startup methods in real world scenarios. It is much more than coding and teaches participants how to build thins that people really want. The event will include inspirational speeches from industry veterans and advice from some of the brightest minds in the startup community.
The Lean Startup Machine
workshop invites entrepreneurs to attend and learn about building disruptive products. The workshop starts with product pitches and divides attendees into teams. Teams work on new ideas and develop problem and solution hypothesis as well as assumptions that will help the business succeed. Teams are also Read more…