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Baby Gourmet Plus Product Line Wins The Canadian Retail Grocery Council’s Annual Grand Prix Award For Most Innovative Product, 2014

June 3, 2015

Baby Gourmet, Canada’s leading organic baby food company, announced today that Baby Gourmet Plus, an organic baby food line containing super fruits, vegetables, Greek yogurt and whole grains in every pouch, is the recipient of Canadian Retail Grocery Council’s 2014 Annual Grand Prix Award for innovation in baby care. Now in its 22nd year, the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards™ is an annual program that celebrates new products in food, non-food and private-label categories. This awards program provides a unique opportunity for entrants to showcase their new products to a jury of industry experts and to be recognized by their peers…

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Granify Raises $9 Million from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures to Help Online Retailers Automatically Convert More Visitors into Customers

May 26, 2015

Granify, the leading automatic e-commerce revenue optimization platform, announced today that Valar Ventures, the global venture fund backed by Peter Thiel, has led a $9 million CAD Series A investment in the company.

Granify has developed revolutionary technology that automatically converts more online shoppers by predicting, in real time, which shoppers aren’t going to purchase and providing contextual stimuli to help overcome the objection before the shopper leaves the website. The platform leverages the intelligence Granify has accumulated by analyzing over two trillion behavioral data points each month…

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Technology can help kids stay connected to grandparents

About once a week, Shoshanna Berger reads bedtime stories to her five-year-old grandson, even though he’s in Toronto and she spends the winter in Palm Springs, Calif.

“We have an activity we can do together to keep in touch,” Shoshanna says. “We keep the connection going, which is amazing.”

They use Kindoma Storytime, an app that allows them to video chat while reading a story from a library of 250 books. As they read, the app synchronizes page turning. When one person points to something on the page, the other person sees a duplicate hand shadow on their page…

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New partnership agreement will see pioneering copper technology mBond enhance broadband speeds for businesses in Ireland

May 18, 2015

Genesis Technical Systems Signs Partnership Agreement to supply mBond® to premises across Ireland

Genesis Technical Systems has today announced that it has secured a partnership agreement with Butler Group to supply its revolutionary copper bonding solution mBond® in Ireland. The companies will work together to bring high speed broadband to businesses across the Republic of Ireland without the installation costs associated with fibre or microwave deployments.

mBond is a unique bonding solution that provides unmatched value for fixed and mobile networks by enabling clients and partners like Butler Group to increase their copper bandwidth by up to a factor of ten. The technology is an extremely cost-effective alternative to fibre and microwave, enabling telecommunications operators to realise a far quicker and improved return on their investment…

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SAM powers social media search and curation

March 21, 2015

SAM powers social media search and curation for journalists and newsrooms. When news breaks, SAM enables journalists to pinpoint content, gather, verify and package it into a cohesive story. Whether it’s politicians on social networks or a plane crash, SAM is behind the scenes pulling in the relevant content.

With a customer list that includes The Associated Press, Reuters, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, SAM is well on its way to being an important tool for media companies…

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Waggers Launches Convenient Alternative to Raw Food Diets for Dog – Waggers TenderMoist Dog Food

February 25, 2015

Waggers, Inc. is proud to introduce Waggers TenderMoist Dog Food – its new starch-free, soft and moist dog food, developed for small breed dogs. This follows on the heels of their successful launch of TenderMoist cat food in 2014 – now available at pet specialty stores across North America. Waggers TenderMoist cat and dog foods are unlike anything else on the market, combining the benefits of wet or raw diets with the convenience of dry kibble.

Free of both starches and grains, this all-natural, premium dog food contains over 90 percent animal protein ingredients, less than twelve percent carbohydrates, and up to 30 percent moisture (three times that of dry kibble). It is the first starch-free, high meat, low-carb, semi-moist dog food available in the world today…


Calgary students invent GPS golf watch ‘TLink’

February 24, 2015

Young entrepreneurs Derek Rucki and Stefan Radeta met in class at Mount Royal University. Twenty-one-year-old Rucki was a golfer, and 22-year-old Radeta has a passion for technology. Fast-forward 18 months later, the pair is now making big strokes in the golf business.

“It’s taken a lot of hustle and you know, selling more of who we are as people and what myself and Stefan are able to do as entrepreneurs,” Rucki said…

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