Blog: Natural Language Processing

This blog post was written by Howie Chan, Business Analyst at TechAlliance. With Google’s recent acquisition of social media startup Wavii, an online tool that used natural language processing to source content for users, it’s clear that competing on data aggregation is not enough for today’s startups. Apps like Treato and the well-known Siri, are…

Local London firm creates one-of-a-kind pool pump controller

A local London firm has created a swimming pool pump controller designed to save the average consumer 75% to 90% on their energy bill. The Blue Wave, created by Londoner Jim Ische, is the world’s only 220Vac single-phase motor controller capable of operating all induction motors. The invention, already making waves in the industry, won…

Ontario Government Boosting Support for Entrepreneurs

Ontario is making it easier for people to start and grow successful businesses by streamlining and improving its business support services. The new Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs  is a one-stop shop for anyone involved in planning, launching or building a company — whether it’s a main street retailer, a high-tech start-up, or a growing manufacturer.…

EyeLook Media settles in to new offices

It’s always good practise to keep one’s finger on the pulse of society, and in many ways the majestic beat of the heart of London, Ont., can truly be felt in one place more than any other – in the city’s core. With that in mind, EyeLook Media Inc., the London ON based digital signage…

Virtual reality tool looks to improve rehab care for Parkinson’s patients

A team of researchers and physicians out of the Movement Disorder Centre at Lawson Health Research has developed a virtual reality tool they hope will enhance rehab care for patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. The tool enhances current rehabilitative care by providing patients with safe and realistic virtual environments to practice daily physical…

Blog: Look for the TechAlliance team at this year’s Canada 3.0

This blog post was written by Suzanne Morrison, Communications Coordinator at TechAlliance. The Canadian Digital Media Network’s Canada 3.0 conference begins on Tuesday, May 14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Canada 3.0 is Canada’s only national digital media conference focused on the commercialization of innovation. The two-day conference will include a lineup of keynote…

Applications now open for startup accelerator programs

Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of startups to the JOLT and Hyperdrive accelerator programs. JOLT JOLT, a four month accelerator program located at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, works exclusively with startups in the IT, communications and entertainment (ICE) industries. The program aims to build high-growth web and mobile companies…

Ontario’s budget aims to support innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tabled a budget Thursday that includes measures to support innovation and entrepreneurship, address youth unemployment and support small businesses. If passed, the $127.6-billion plan would dedicate $295-million over two years to help young people find jobs. The Youth Jobs Strategy will help up to 30,000 youth across the province to start…

Blog: “Venture Capital Firms profit from investing in women-led businesses” – Analyzing the headline

This blog post was written by Deniz Temelli, Business Analyst at TechAlliance. A recent study published by the US Small Business Administration, an organization which lobbies for small businesses, suggests that Venture Capital (VC) Firms that invest in more women-led businesses have better financial returns than those that don’t. The study examined all US-based VC…

Big Blue Bubble acquires The Ant Firm

Big Blue Bubble is proud to announce today the acquisition of The Ant Firm, London, Ontario, Canada.  The Ant Firm, winners of the 2011 Venture London Business Competition, is Ontario’s leading independent Quality Assurance services facility for the videogame and interactive entertainment industries.  The acquisition solidifies Big Blue Bubble’s commitment to maximizing their freemium titles’ retention,…