Author: Trish Crompton

One year stronger: Sentinel Alert gets boost from Deloitte collaboration

What a difference a year can make. It was this time last year that Sarah Murphy, CEO of Sentinel Alert, anxiously anticipated acceptance into the Fierce Founders program, which was then known as the Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp. Murphy, who founded the company that uses sensor-based software to keep industrial sites safe, went on to take home first place at the October pitch competition, and raised a seed investment round just a few months later in January. As applications were being assessed for this year’s program, Murphy and her team, which has grown from four to seven, spent the week at...

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Communitech Rev launches fourth cohort with five startups

Communitech Rev welcomed its fourth cohort of startups this week. Rev focuses on accelerating the sales and marketing processes for companies, and graduates include Bridgit and PiinPoint. The five newest Rev companies have already graduated from programs such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars Mobility, Ryerson DMZ, the Accelerator Centre program and the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program. Taking up residence on the second floor of the Communitech Hub, the companies are: Alert Labs Alert Labs is an IoT (Internet of Things) hardware/software solution that protects customers’ properties by gathering and analyzing real-time data. Chalk.com Chalk.com is a full suite...

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Sentinel Alert closes seed round

Sentinel Alert, a Newfoundland-based software company that won Communitech’s Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp pitch competition last October, has closed a seed financing round of $525,000. Participating in the investment are Pelorus Venture Capital, which manages of Venture Newfoundland and Labrador; equity investment firm Killick Capital; and a private angel investor. Sentinel Alert, based in St. John’s, uses sensor-based software to keep industrial sites safe for workers, by creating a connected team. “[We’re] able to grow our team and bring in the talent we need to keep building the platform faster, as well as reach out to new markets,” said Sarah...

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Myo music app wins Waterloo Hacks

Every great idea starts somewhere. Over the weekend, Communitech ran its first hackathon, Waterloo Hacks, out of Velocity Start, a new 6,000-square-foot space on the University of Waterloo Campus. More than 570 students from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University applied, with the top 165 selected to participate in the 48-hour hackathon, with a goose called Charlie as a mascot. On Friday night, students piled into buses and headed to the Communitech Hub in downtown Kitchener for opening ceremonies. Opening the night was the Teds Talk, which featured local entrepreneurs Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Interactive, and...

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Students shine in Code to Win competition

Photo (from left):  Wuyue Xu,Western;  Siwei Zhao, University of Waterloo; and Andrei Purcarus, McGill University. Two words can make any student groan: “group work.” Communitech’s Code to Win, which brought 50 students from seven post-secondary schools to the Hub over the weekend, removed the group aspect often associated with tech challenges. “We wanted to take a step back and look at individual challenges as opposed to group challenges, because at the end of the day, the individual is the person being hired,” said Andrea Gilbrook, Talent Program Manager at Communitech. More than 250 students sat Code to Win’s entrance exam...

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