First of all, we are very excited to announce the launch of our incubation program. This is something we have been working on for a couple of years now, and with all of the pieces in place, Program Launch will be in October 2012. We have an upcoming information session on September 26 that you can sign up for. Expect more news on this real soon.
Students and Startups is back baby and better than ever. We will be working in partnership with Ottawa Young Entrepreneurs to provide even more value. We plan on having three events this fall and have a shiny new website you can check out to sign up for our mailing list and get more information. The premise of Students and Startups is that students want meaningful and relevant employment, and start-ups are looking for energetic and enthusiastic employees. This event is unique in that it targets very early stage startups looking to hire early employees. This provides students with an opportunity to have a real impact on the business. To date we have had 13 events and 28 successful hires, and our latest events are averaging 4 hires each. Expect a few more video testimonials in the coming weeks. More news on this real soon, or you can check out our website www.studentsandstartups.com and our YouTube Channel for testimonials.
Start-ups to Watch 2012 Blog Post will be coming in the next week or two. This is our annual pick of very early stage startups to watch in Ottawa. This is the 9th edition of Start-ups to Watch and we do track the performance of our previous picks. Yes, we have been doing this for a long time and not just because it is currently “hip”, but because start-ups are our passion. Notable picks from previous years are: 2007 Shopify (at the time 4 employees), 2008 Exocortex, 2009 Blindside Networks, 2010 Select Start Studios (acquired). Interesting aside: both Exocortex and Blindside Networks are senior startup tenants at TheCodeFactory. “Startups to Watch 2012”
Upcoming Blog Post Series Coming to “the road less travelled” blog post in September or October. Check back tomorrow for a post on our upcoming blog posts series: “What I did on my summer holidays” and “My love / hate relationship with Ottawa”.
WE have BIG plans! TheCodeFactory was an early instigator and of the Ottawa web and mobile ecosystem in downtown Ottawa. The downtown web and mobile ecosystem is now very strong and we are starting to think about what is next … our job here has been a success. We love our role as a catalyst and see more opportunities in Ottawa and elsewhere to build more “communities of interest”. TheCodeFactory is in the early stages of planning a second facility and starting to build a new community of interest. We are happy to chat with anyone in Ottawa or elsewhere interested in having TheCodeFactory-2 in their neighbourhood.
- Ian Graham