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Firms recognized on two lists

Three Canadian companies -- Azzimov Corp., PageFreezer Software Inc. and Wajam-- made it onto the Red Herring Top 100 Americas list of most promising private technology ventures.The list celebrates the startups' innovations and technologies recognized by an editorial team at Red Herring, a media company focused on technology innovation.

Candidates were judged on a range of critiera, from financial performance to technology innovation to their level of disruption in their industries.

Montreal-based Azzimov is involved in the social networking/media sector, offering what it calls a semantic product-centric search platform. Wajam, also based in Montreal, offers a social search engine. Vancouver-based PageFreezer describes itself as an SaaS provider of website and social media archiving to allow the capturing and storing of online content in original format to help with regulatory compliance and legal protection.

At the same time, AlwaysOn's second annual OnMobile 100 list, identifying the top 100 private technology companies that are "disrupting the establishment and creating viable business models for the mobile marketplace," along with 20 to watch, included two Canuck firms. AlwaysOn is another media player focused on digital media, on-demand computing and greentech industries.

Waterloo, Ont.-based Kik Interactive, whose Kik Messenger mobile app allows users to swap instant real-time messages, made it to the Top 100. Admeris Payment Systems of Toronto, which provides credit, debit and other card payment-processing solutions, was on the list to watch.

Is India the place to be for female entrepreneurs?

Nearly three-quarters -- 71 per cent -- of female entrepreneurs in India say their business is very successful, and 80 per cent are hiring, according to some of the preliminary findings from a new Women's Global Entrepreneurship Study commissioned by Dell, which suggests that India could well be a good place to start a business if you are a woman.

The full results of the study will be released when the company hosts its Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network event in New Delhi between June 17 and June 19. For details, click here.

Students gain small business-focused internships

Eight students from across Canada have been selected for internships in public policy and entrepreneurship sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

The four-month placements for the eight interns from Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto will see them gain hands-on experience at regional CFIB offices, working on projects to lobby on behalf of small businesses. The eight, selected from 560 applicants, have done undergraduate or graduate work in a variety of disciplines.

“This program gives us the opportunity to educate the next generation of decision makers on the importance of the small business sector within our economy," said CFIB president and CEO Catherine Swift in a release.


Remarkable Entrepreneur SuperConference

Business author, motivational speaker and leadership coach Robin Sharma will host his second Remarkable Entrepreneur SuperConference in Toronto this weekend, on June 2 and June 3. It aims to help entrepreneurs and small business owners boost their business growth while "creating the personal lives of their dreams." For details, click here.

Lean Startup Machine

A workshop called Lean Startup Machine Toronto will take place, from June 8 to June 10. It's geared to startups who want to learn lean startup methodologies. For more information, click here.

Technology Impact Awards

The Technology Impact Awards, an annual event to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia's tech industry, takes place June 14 in Vancouver. For more information, click here.


How to start a business on the cheap

Young people and curious seasoned types with fresh, open minds have a solid foundation on which to build a business, writes Doug Steiner, with advice on how to start a business by marketing what you know.


The other half: Married to an entrepreneur

What’s it like to be an entrepreneurial spouse? In an October, 2011, story, some ‘silent partners’ weighed in on a role that brings its own challenges.

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