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Share what you have, say Startup Weekend winners

Three newly minted online Ottawa-based businesses have emerged victorious from a weekend-long event where 50 entrepreneurs with software, design and business backgrounds raced to create new web-based services.

At the sold-out Startup Weekend Ottawa event last Friday, attendees pitched 31 ideas to the group and the top 10 became new businesses teams would work on for the rest of the weekend, said the event’s organizer Cheryl Draper.

Only three walked away with the top prizes Sunday night, with first place going to the site, a new online community that helps users share their belongings with people nearby.

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Why aren’t there more women in tech start-ups?

At an industry conference held last month in Las Vegas, Alyssa Richard stood out so much she felt as though she was “walking around with flashing yellow lights” stuck to her head.

Ms. Richard, the Toronto-based founder of mortgage comparison website, wasn’t doing anything in particular to attract attention at LeadsCon, a networking conference for online lead generation companies. She was simply being herself: a woman who runs a successful, 18-month-old technology company.

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Mobile Monday highlights local app entrepreneurs

Ottawa’s mobile community gathered to showcase local innovation this week at Mobile Monday, a monthly initiative hosted by serial entrepreneur Rob Woodbridge.

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Young Entrepreneur How-To’s

Dave Hale was 18 when he started his first business. Today he’s recognized as one of Canada’s top twenty young entrepreneurs.

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An exuberant entrepreneur

From her perch overlooking Bank Street, skin care-founder-turned-event-space-owner Jodi Fedor takes a rare breather from the frenetic run-up to Christmas. She nibbles a dark chocolate almond, peers out the window and smiles beatifically.

Since launching her latest venture on Nov. 1 — a hip new event venue called @The Space — the already high-octane 35-year-old has been doing double time judggling endless new bookings, evolving her marketing, dreaming up grand schemes and generally ensuring that whatever else goes on, this endeavour, like everything else she’s turned her hand to, will have her full attention.

As it turns out, @The Space ( which Fedor opened to fill Ottawa’s need for smaller venues for intimate soirees, board meetings, receptions and workshops, is the perfect setting for both big ideas and chilling out. The two-floor venue is art gallery-sleek, but warm and beautifully fluid in its design. Odd little knick-knacks from Fedor’s peripatetic life growing up on a 62-foot schooner and a 900-acre farm in the Okanagan Valley can be found upstairs in the third-floor boardroom “Annex,” while flashes of colour from area artists abound, along with candles and essential oils.

It is, in short, a pretty good representation of Fedor herself who, since launching her international natural skin care line Exuberance Beauty at 32, has evolved from a dynamic young woman on a mission to see her vision realized into a powerhouse of ideas and networking.

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Small is beautiful in Ottawa’s tech sector

Thank you to the Citizen for the recent three-part series on the city’s prospects as an ongoing magnet for knowledge-based industries. Now I’d like to take the opportunity to engage Ottawa’s business community and Citizen readers on where we have to focus our efforts.

A hint: It’s not on a game-changing boost in government programs or procurement policies. Our game changes with a laserlike focus on Ottawa’s entrepreneurs, their startups, and our ability to rapidly accelerate the success of those young companies.

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Easy targets: top firms now in play. Why Ottawa is losing control of its high-tech destiny

You could feel his frustration building. In a quiet corner of his company’s cafeteria last week, Zarlink Semiconductor chairman Adam Chowaniec was reflecting on the extraordinary developments of the previous few days.

The British-trained entrepreneur and engineer, who began his career here at Bell Northern Research in 1976, had just finished presiding over Zarlink’s annual shareholders meeting. What should have been a straightforward presentation of the company’s long-heralded turnaround, had instead been overshadowed by a hostile takeover proposal by a little-known California firm, Microsemi.

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Ottawa entrepreneur creates Todofeed, a new way to share small ideas with friends

24-year-old Maliko Vincent is the creator of Todofeed, a startup that offers a new way to share small ideas with friends.

The Ottawa University computer science grad is a self-described web technology enthusiast who dabbled in projects throughout his education.

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Ottawa firm’s technology to guide future space station resupply missions

A small Ottawa-based firm will continue to provide technology that plays a key role in restocking the International Space Station (ISS) after signing a contract with a private spacecraft maker that will be ferrying supplies to the orbital outpost starting next year.

Ottawa-based Neptec Design Group will provide its TriDAR rendezvous and docking sensors to Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Space Science Corp.’s Cygnus spacecraft, the firm revealed July 21. The deal comes after Neptec’s sensor, which acts an auto-pilot for spacecraft when they need to meet up with and dock to another vessel, completed its third successful test on NASA’s final space shuttle mission, STS-135, aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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Making a business of biryani

Instead of picking up a typical high school student summer job like her friends, Naushin Jaffer, 16, decided to be her own boss and started an Indian food catering company.

“I think it’s better because I’m learning first hand,” said Jaffer, who has never had a part-time job before. “And it gives me insight (about) how businesses are run and how to actually work for myself and with people.”

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