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Kira Talent Adds Seed-Funding for Cloud Based Video Interview Platform

on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:59

Betakit - Published on December 4, 2012

This week cloud-based video screening tool Kira Talent announced that it has raised seed funding from Relay Ventures, with participation from over 10 angel investors including Wind Mobile chairman Anthony Lacavera. The company was founded in March 2012 during The Next 36′s startup incubator program, and it helps companies conduct video interviews with potential candidates.

Co-founder Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski, who formerly worked at Montreal’s Nuance and San Francisco’s Minted, said the idea for Kira Talent was inspired by the application process for

Six students named among Canada's Next 36

on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:36

Western University News - Published on December 3, 2012

Six Western students from three faculties have been selected as part of 'The Next 36' – a search for Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates.

Mallorie Brodie (Richard Ivey School of Business), Lauren Hasegawa (Faculty of Engineering), Ali Jiwani (Ivey), Bianca Lopes (Faculty of Social Science), Owen Ou (Ivey) and Steven Wellman (Ivey) will be given the academic foundation, practical skills, role models and networks to become Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, all as part of the program.

“These kinds of

Many Young Canadians Resorting to Entrepreneurial Route

on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 13:34

Toronto Star - Published on Monday December 03, 2012

In a world where young job-seekers feel powerless, a growing number are taking matters into their own hands, and handhelds.

They are starting their own businesses.

Many will fail. A few will keep trying until they succeed. Along the way, they will create jobs not just for themselves but for others, too.

It is one answer for the young and jobless.

Kira Talent on BNN's The Pitch

on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 12:27

Kira Talent on BNN's The Pitch -

UBC Announces Partnership With The Next 36

on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 11:49

University of British Columbia News

In September 2012, UBC announced a partnership with The Next 36, Canada’s entrepreneurial leadership initiative. Each year, 36 students are selected from across Canada to participate in The Next36 program. Working in teams to develop an innovative new product or service, the teams receive instruction, mentorship and investment to support their enterprise during a nine-month program that culminates in an intensive three-month entrepreneurial bootcamp during the summer.

As part of the partnership agreement, each organization is collaborating in providing

Canadian Innovation Exchange Announces Canada’s 20 Hottest Innovative Companies

on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 13:41

In anticipation of the Canadian Innovation Exchange(CIX) annual forum, the CIX Top 20 companies were revealed in Toronto last night. The finalists, chosen by a selection committee of industry experts, were hand-picked from a list of companies from across the country and will be featured in live showcases at CIX’s annual event to be held on November 27th in Toronto.

CIX 2012 features interactive sessions led by some of Canada’s top business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs in information and communication technology and digital media.

The Next Mark Zuckerberg?

on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 14:40

Published in The Globe and Mail on October 22, 2012

Morgan Moe never thought she’d start a business in school – it’s hard enough to keep up with classwork – but in her last year of university she did just that. The University of Calgary alumna, who graduated last April, was earning her bachelor of science in kinesiology when she came up with a novel idea to help stroke patients with their recovery.

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How to Leverage Luck

on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 13:27

The Globe and Mail - Published October 17, 2012

Reza Satchu sold his first startup - a supply-chain software company - at the height of the dot-com boom, for just shy of $1-billion. Since then, the Harvard Business School grad, who spent 12 years at the private equity firm Fenway Partners in New York, has made a name for himself as one of the crustiest - and best - business professors at the University of Toronto, a mentor for young entrepreneurs, and a savvy investor through his Alignvest Capital Management fund. And he's got some tough words for Canada when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Company Develops Mobile App for Stroke Victims

on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:25

Calgary Herald - Published October 14, 2012

Throughout Morgan Moe’s entire undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, she was a volunteer at the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. As a volunteer, she developed a passion for helping stroke patients as well as people with traumatic brain injury. From there was born an idea for a business venture while at the same time helping people.

“StrokeLink is mobile application to empower patients and their caregivers throughout their entire care journey by providing both knowledge and tools to help them regain their

Entrepreneurship: The Next Generation

on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:19

Dalhousie University News - Published October 11, 2012

Speaking at the Rowe School of Business recently, Claudia Hepburn, the executive director and co-founder of a national entrepreneurial leadership initiative called The Next 36, described how the program was born out of recognition of a crisis facing Canadians.

“The problem we identified was that in Canada, we didn’t have enough high-impact entrepreneurs,” she said. “We didn’t have enough of the Sam Waltons, Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates that were building great, industry changing, internationally competitive businesses.”

Hepburn pointed