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Lion’s Lair Winner IRIS R&D Group Joins the TechPlace LaunchPad Program

IRIS R&D Group is the latest company to join the TechPlace LaunchPad Program. Founded in 2018, IRIS R&D Group is an Artificial Intelligence company that provides cities with the technology to solve transportation, mobility, public safety, and infrastructure challenges. In September 2019, IRIS R&D Group won the grand prize, $35,000 cash, at the Lion's Lair Pitch competition in Hamilton. This well-known competition spans three months and gives ten companies the opportunity to pitch their business case to a panel of top business experts. Read more here.
Photo left: IRIS R&D with fellow Lion's Lair contestants. Photo right: Mark Steffler, Manager, Innovation and Partnerships, Burlington Economic Development/TechPlace; Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director, Burlington Economic Development; Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward; Kevin Xia, Full Stack Developer, IRIS R&D; and Mohammed Patla, Full Stack Developer, IRIS R&D .

myBrokerBee Officially Moves into TechPlace 

TechPlace welcomes financial technology company myBrokerBee to the LaunchPad program. Founded in 2017, myBrokerBee is a Peer-to-Peer software marketplace that allows mortgage brokers to easily find the best private lender for their clients/borrowers.The myBrokerBee team have been endorsed users at TechPlace for over a year, regularly accessing the hot desks and meeting rooms; a LaunchPad office is a natural progression for their company as they gear for growth. 
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TechPlace Welcomes Spero Careers Canada 

TechPlace is excited to welcome Spero Careers Canada to the LaunchPad Program. Founded in Burlington by Elizabeth Plouffe, Spero Careers Canada’s mission is to remove barriers to employment and skill building by connecting youth and adults on the autism spectrum to NANAWorks. NANAWorks will help to eliminate the current barriers for employment success and reduce the current unemployment rate within the autism community. Moving into TechPlace will provide them with space to validate their training programs and tools through hosting workshops and beta-testing events.
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Whirled Wins Haltech Hi5 Pitch Competition

On November 26th, Burlington Economic Development and TechPlace sponsored the Haltech Hi5 Pitch Competition where five tech companies pitched their businesses to a panel of judges. One of the five participants is TechPlace LaunchPad company Kidictive whose focus is to bring back “old school” play, using technology to help kids put down their devices and get “addicted” to the real world around them. TechPlace Endorsed User, Zentap  was another participating company. They are creating an easy way to instantly connect with wellness providers. After the pitches of all five companies, Whirled was announced as the winner and recipient of the grand prize of $5,000. Orpheus Medica was announced as the Peoples Choice award. It was a great evening for the participants and guests who had a chance to watch the pitches, as well as network and interact with regional companies gearing for growth. 
Photo left to right: Shann McGrail, Executive Director, Haltech;  Mark Steffler, Manager, Innovation and Partnerships, Burlington Economic Development/TechPlace; Scott Barkley, CEO and Founder, Whirled Notes; Charlie Macchia, CTO, Whirled Notes. 

Fastest Growing Kids Coding Company in North America Now Open in Burlington

The fastest growing kids coding franchise in North America is now open in Burlington. On November 9th, Code Ninjas officially opened their doors to the Burlington community. Code Ninjas teaches children computer coding and problem-solving skills while building fun video games. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun which keeps kids coming back while also providing the results that parents are looking for as their children gain coding and problem-solving skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future. To find out more about the Burlington Code Ninjas location, click here. 

Kinjunxion Hosts Fundraiser for Certified Listeners Program

TechPlace LaunchPad graduate Kinjunxion is holding a fundraiser for their Certified Listeners program. Feeling down and need to connect to someone? Certified Listeners are here to listen, support, and guide you in the right direction. This program provides a private, personal and confidential chat, where people can connect to a professional who can provide them with support. Last month, the program helped over 6,500 people in distress who needed personal support. Through this fundraiser, they hope to reach 10,000 more. Donate here.

New Resources and Tools for Local Manufacturers and Businesses

Have you had a chance to look at the McMaster University Research Equipment and Resource Database? This is a great place for local manufacturers, as well as other businesses, to explore the tools and resources available for use through McMaster University. Explore the database here.
BDO Canada draws on resources and deep experience to help clients navigate their most pressing challenges – and seize their most promising opportunities. They offer services in assurance and accounting, tax, advisory, and outsourcing. We are thrilled to have them as a TechPlace sponsor and support innovative start-ups and scale-ups. Find out more about BDO Canada here. 
Mohawk College Enterprise invites you to attend the Emotional Intelligence training course on December 12th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This one day course utilizes brain-based research to explore emotional intelligence and its implications. Participants will evaluate their current emotions and feelings, and their impact on their personal and professional lives. Find out more here.
Staying Agile in an Age of IoT Devices

December 10th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Innovation Factory, Hamilton

About: Featuring speaker Colin Gagich, this talk will cover how connected devices can: help with real time data analysis, improve resource and raw material management, avoid costly operational disruptions, and upgrade and improve existing hardware through retrofitting.
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Business Before 9 - Quality Hotel Burlington

December 17th, 7:45 am - 9:00 am
950 Walkers Line, Burlington

About: Come out to network with various businesses in Burlington! Non-members can also attend.
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About TechPlace 

TechPlace is a one stop destination for new and growing technology companies. With the support of partners from across the public and private sectors, it is dedicated to connecting, developing, and advancing entrepreneurs at all stages. This means providing access to space, programming, mentorship, networking and resources that are fundamental to growing a business in today’s technology-driven marketplace.  ​

Led by Burlington Economic Development, TechPlace exists to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.

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