Startups to Watch 2011

Startups to Watch 2011

OBJ's crop of startups to watch for 2011. Congratulations to this year's group of hot, young Ottawa companies!

Amika Mobile CEO Sue Abu-Hakima. (photo by Mark Holleron)

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Amika Mobile

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 29

Sue Abu-Hakima said she was saddened to see that message didn’t reach students until two hours had passed. With 32 people killed in the shootings, Ms. Abu-Hakima said she felt a faster response could...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Amika Mobile

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Atreus Pharma

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 32

“We’ve made a deliberate attempt to make it a very virtual company – the plan has always been to contract out when we can, and not build a bricks-and-mortar office,” he said, adding that the...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Atreus Pharma

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Chide.it

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 36

And it’s for that very reason that their first product, FluidSurveys, has done so well. Mr. Mirzaee explained the functionality afforded by Chide.it’s technology is typically found in enterprise...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Chide.it

STARTUPS TO WATCH: FaveQuest

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 40

After all, the firm launched its first major product – a “Viewtube” application that includes modules clients can drop into a website, Facebook applications and a social iPhone app – to the...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: FaveQuest

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Magor Communications

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 42

“It’s very difficult to be successful in that way,” acknowledged Ken Davison, Magor’s vice-president of marketing.

“But we looked to the market and we found it was potentially a growth...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Magor Communications

STARTUPS TO WATCH: PatientWay

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 45

In fact, the head of PatientWay says the health care software supplier benefits from selling into a maturing market that increasingly sees the value in upgrading outdated patient information systems...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: PatientWay

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Pretzil

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 47

“There is a large amount of content in the app stores and app worlds, so much so that it has become difficult to find the content,” says Mr. Criswick.

“Another social-networking layer...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Pretzil

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Select Start Studios

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 49

Secondly, and perhaps most important, is that they each loved to develop mobile applications – in particular, for tablet devices such as the iPad.

But one thing they most definitely didn’t...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Select Start Studios

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Valydate

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 54

Traditionally, a company’s top hardware engineers each spent half a day reviewing the design, before meeting and collectively going through it line by line.

“It’s very cumbersome and has...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Valydate

STARTUPS TO WATCH: Zeebu Mobile

January 24, 2011 - 14 h 59

Partnering with the CHEO Foundation, a non-profit branch of the hospital, Zeebu Mobile’s Anthony Rizk and Dan Gagliardi began offering hospital clients the Super BabyGo! alphabet-teaching phone app...

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STARTUPS TO WATCH: Zeebu Mobile