Ruffolo Sees Startup Group In Months

John Ruffolo is leading an active drive to start an association for growth-stage startups in Canada and expects the body will be up and running in a few months.

After floating the idea online recently, the CEO of OMERS Ventures has identified a core of about 12 companies committed to funding and organizing such an association. He hopes to attract about eight more backers to launch the group

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An Irish View of St. John’s Startups

When you work around startups, you sometimes get the chance to go to an event in a far-flung city. So when Roger Power of Startup Newfoundland and Labrador invited me to be a pitch mentor at a Startup Weekend in St. John’s in June, I decided that it would be hard to stop me and that I’d take a few weeks to check the place out.

St. John’s is the eastern-most point of North America. In fact,

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CollegeMix Gains its First 500 Users

CollegeMix has gained 500 users for its app to connect students after launching on Sept. 6 during the University of New Brunswick’s orientation week.

Fredericton-based CollegeMix aims to act as a virtual bulletin board for university and college campuses. There are five categories for students to post and peruse on the mobile app: events, overheard, ask, meet up and photos. The app gives

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Selectbidder Lands First US Client

Moncton automotive technology company Selectbidder last week secured its first customer in the United States, Space Coast Auto Auction of Melbourne, Fla., after recently launching its new platform.

The company said getting its latest auction partner is validation for its new business model.

Selectbidder is a web and mobile app that helps accelerate and simplify the process of auctioning off

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Flixel Raises $2.2M; Extreme Leads

Toronto-based Flixel Photos Inc., whose software allows content creators to easily produce cinemagraphs, has closed a $2.2 million seed round led by Extreme Venture Partners.

Cinemagraphs are still photos that include an element of video – a portion of the picture that moves -- so the viewer’s eye is drawn to the moving part of the photograph. Flixel’s apps include a patent-pending feature

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