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Three N36 Alumni Chosen to Represent Canada at G20 YEA in Russia

on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:02

Congratulations to N36 Alumni - Melinda Jacobs, Daniel Rodic and Micheal Schmidt who have been selected to the Canadian delegation attending the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20 YEA) Summit in Moscow.  Read the full article

Two N36ers in Maclean's Future Leaders Under 25

on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 15:57

Congratulations to Stephen Lake - Co-founder of Thalmic (creators of the MYO gesture-controlled armband), and Michael Cheng - Co-founder of Needle (a new creative talent hiring system) on being chosen as one of Canada's Future Leaders Under 25 in their annual celebration!

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N36 Venture MobiCare acquired by American-based Masonic Aging Services Corporation

on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:06

The Next 36 is proud to announce the sale of one of its 2012 ventures. On April 10th, MobiCare, was acquired by Masonic Aging Services Corporation to add “a best-in-class mobile caregiving platform” to their growing portfolio of products and services, according to President Charles Dyer. The acquisition comes with a mission of continuing its purpose and filling a current gap existing in healthcare.

MobiCare, a mobile health platform launched out of the 2012 cohort of The Next 36, assists and empowers families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

N36 Alumni Venture Kira Talent "as disruptive as Netflix"

on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:46

*published in Toronto Star Business Club on April 9, 2013

Market Disruption Adaption: Netflix, Apple, Ikea And Toronto’s Kira Talent, MEC, Shifthub

Adapting doesn’t necessarily mean creating anything new. Oftentimes it’s simply finding a more creative, cost-effective way of providing a product or service, says Mitchell.

As universities and businesses turn towards online applications, Toronto-based tech start-up Kira Talent has devised a way to combine cloud storage and a laptop’s built in camera to create a new recruitment service.

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Kira Talent Gains Wealth of Knowledge with Addition of Four Notable Experts to Advisory Board

on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 16:44

*Published on Techvibes on April 8, 2013

Kira Talent Gains Wealth of Knowledge with Addition of Four Notable Experts to Advisory Board

Toronto's Kira Talent has added four important names to its advisory board.

The Canadian startup, which boasts an award-winning video interviewing platform, hopes the addition of these "industry-leading professionals" will help fuel the company's "aggressive global expansion plans."

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N36 Alum Stephen Lake featured as Bloomberg's latest "Innovator"

on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 16:34

*Published by Bloomberg (Business Week) on April 4, 2013

Innovator: Stephen Lake's Muscle-Reading Remote Control

Over microbrews last April at a pub near Ontario’s University of Waterloo, engineering student Stephen Lake, 23, and two friends discussed using wearable devices to improve motion-sensitive computer interfaces. Nintendo’s wireless Wii remote offers ways to play using hand gestures, but like similar gadgets requires stationary sensors and loses accuracy beyond a certain range.

Can creativity be taught? B-schools join the debate - featuring Ajay Agrawal, N36 Academic Director

on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 17:15

*Published in the Globe & Mail on March 13, 2013

Can creativity be taught? B-schools join the debate
by Diane Peters

Not every student who shows up for an undergraduate business degree or an MBA wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. But a whole lot of them do.

That’s why business schools are increasingly offering courses and programs that teach innovation – both in an entrepreneurial context and as an approach to business in general.

“It boils down to a nature-versus-nurture debate,” says Ajay Agrawal, the Peter Munk professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman

Thalmic makes TechCrunch's shortlist

on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 13:31

*Published by TechCrunch on March 26, 2013

TechCrunch’s Picks: The Top 7 Startups From Y Combinator’s W13 Demo Day

Y Combinator was tougher to get into than ever this season, and the quality showed on stage. Thirty-three startups presented on the record at the incubator’s Winter 2013 Demo Day today. Picking the most promising ones was no easy task. But after a team huddle and taking input from VCs and founders, TechCrunch has chosen seven startups that have the potential to disrupt big businesses and make the world a better place to live.

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Thalmic Labs, MYO, covered in The Globe

on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:41

*Published in The Globe and Mail on March 26, 2013

Gesture-control armband to ship this year, says Canadian startup
By Supantha Mukherjee & Krithika Krishnamurthy

Ever wanted to unleash your inner Jedi?

If Thalmic Labs makes good on its promise, Star Wars fans will soon be able to play video games with the sweep of a hand.

The Canadian startup venture says it has 22,000 pre-orders for its MYO device, an armband that reads muscle signals before amplifying and relaying them to gadgets using Bluetooth wireless technology. It plans to begin deliveries in the fourth quarter.

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Newest N36 venture Purchext featured in Halifax-based Chronicle

on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 14:55

*published in the Chronicle Herald on March 18, 2013

Teamwork puts trio into the running
by Remo Zaccagna

Dal student app developers overcome obstacles for group bid to get seed capital, mentoring

Along with Cam McDonald and Zach Levy, fellow commerce students at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, the trio formed a tight bond as they worked together over the last several months to get accepted into The Next 36, a prestigious program run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

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