ChangeLog is a summary of the latest news from the Ottawa startup community.
Flyta CEO Farhad Khan
'Social shipping' startup looks to disrupt international delivery
Flyta, a new Ottawa app company, promises to lower the cost of international shipping by connecting users with spare cargo space. The company counts DHL, TNT Express and Allegro Freight among its partners. The bootstrapped courier company placed third atStartup Weekend Ottawa in 2014 and was named a top-five startup byFounderFuel at theInternational Startup Festival in Montreal in 2015. Flyta will be competing against major couriers such as Canada Post, the United States Postal Service and Shyp, but CEO Farhad Khan says that based on market traction, it’s expecting revenues of $500,000 this year and $1.5 million in 2017.
Firm looks to be LinkedIn for 'blue-collar' workers
Ottawa business owner Josh Molot believes LinkedIn makes a lot of sense for business professional types but doesn’t necessarily meet the needs of “blue-collar” workers like himself. The owner of Garden Heroes Landscape Design and Construction for 12 years, Mr. Molot has taken on a new venture,BlueCaller.com. It combines a social network with a marketplace and recruitment centre similar to LinkedIn but with a heavier emphasis on video and images to better illustrate a tradesperson’s resumé. The site will be free to join, but will take an 8.55 per cent commission on work contracts secured through its marketplace. The site plans to launch in early 2016, with iOS and Android apps to come.
Startup Canada partners with HUB Ottawa for co-working space
Startup Canada has partnered with eight Ontario co-working spaces, among themHUB Ottawa, as part of itsStartup Space Fund created to better connect local and travelling entrepreneurs with places to work. Partner spaces in Ontario will be made available to those who join theStartup Canada Membership program, set to launch this year.
Startup Garage deadline approaches
Entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29, University of Ottawa graduates from the past two years or any current students at Ottawa’s four post-secondary schools may submit their companies for inclusion in the 2016 Startup Garage program no later than Feb. 4. The program provides up to $20,000 in funding, along with workspace, mentorship and training to member companies in its three-month summer program. Go tostartupgarage.ca to apply.
You.i makes major deal with European firm
Ottawa-based user interface software companyYou.i TV announced this month a landmark deal withValtech, one of the world’s leading digital technology marketing firms. Under the agreement, the Paris-based company will develop multi-screen video apps with You.i technology to be integrated into Valtech’sReady4Air platform. You.i’s CEO Jason Flick says he expects the firm to have about a dozen similar partnerships in place by the end of 2016.