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Three Waterloo Region firms in $5-million startup contest in Buffalo

Three Waterloo Region firms are among the 110 semifinalists in a global startup competition that is offering prizes of up to $1 million to draw technology companies to Buffalo.

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The local semifinalists have technologies that screen job applicants, use nano-filters for dialysis and print soft materials using 3D printers.

Plum.io, founded by Caitlin MacGregor, Neil MacGregor and Christine Bird, provides employers with online pre-employment assessment and survey tools to measure how well job applicants fit a position. It also has a tool that helps hiring managers articulate the criteria for each position and match applicants to the results.

Qidni Labs, founded by University of Waterloo graduate Morteza Ahmadi, is developing nano-filters that the company hopes can be used in implants that could be an alternative to dialysis in removing toxins from the blood.

Structur3D Printing, founded by Andrew Finkle and Charles Mire, makes a device that can be attached to a home-based or small commercial 3D printer to allow people to do 3D printing with soft materials such as food paste, wood filler or clay.

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Video: No scraping necessary: Canadian startup aims to eliminate ice on car windows

A group of engineering students from Waterloo, Ontario are hoping to make scraping windshields a thing of the past. The group’s startup company Neverfrost has developed a transparent film to eliminate ice on car windows.

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Harnessing the power of nanotechnology to protect your windshields

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The intellijoint HIP is now available across Canada – Accelerator Centre

Intellijoint Surgical Inc., a privately held Canadian medical technology company committed to developing low-cost, miniaturized surgical smart tools, announced today the commercial launch of its flagship product, intellijoint HIP™, for use by orthopaedic surgeons across Canada

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The company has successfully conducted a limited launch of intellijoint HIP with 200+ live surgeries in the U.S. and Canada performed by select key opinion leading orthopedic surgeons. The commercial launch will commence in Ontario, and expand to the rest of the country.

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Safe Food Canada receives funding to advance its cause – Food In Canada

Safe Food Canada – The Learning Partnership has received almost $1 million to help the not-for-profit enhance food safety nationwide

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Safe Food Canada also works with its U.S. counterpart, the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI). Together, they forge a Canada-American collaboration to exchange best practices and frameworks that will harmoniously advance food protection and align with global standards.

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Why Waterloo’s reputation in Silicon Valley is growing – Communitech News

Tech leaders tell Communitech News why Waterloo’s reputation in Silicon Valley is growing as a startup ecosystem and talent hub.

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Most faculty use the same texts and cover similar material, he says, but Waterloo’s IP policy, which allows students and researchers to retain ownership of their discoveries, has created “a turbo effect.” When Royan is asked by other universities how they should reformulate their IP policies, he says, “Photocopy the Waterloo version. It’s not that hard.”

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BlackBerry Acquires AtHoc to Enable Secure Mass Communication and Collaboration

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A…

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AtHoc’s networked crisis communications platform alerts any device – including iOS, Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, and endpoints such as sirens, fire panels and speakers – helping organizations and people to connect and share information in times of crisis. The leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security, AtHoc also supports public and private enterprises across the world, including healthcare providers and industrial facilities.

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Canada Successfully Concludes Free Trade Negotiations with Ukraine and Israel

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and Ukraine have successfully concluded negotiations toward the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)

Yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper also announced the conclusion of negotiations on an expanded and modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA).”


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CUFTA is Canada’s newest free trade agreement, one that extends our free trade footprint in Eastern EuropeBilateral trade between Canada and Ukraine is modest at the moment

CIFTA, by contrast, is one of Canada’s oldest. Canada and Israel have had a free trade agreement in place for nearly 20 years. Since it came into force, our two-way merchandise trade has more than tripled, reaching $1.6 billion last year.


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