PumpUp co-founders Garrett Gottlieb (left) and Phil Jacobson (Photo courtesy of Phil Jacobson)
PumpUp has landed $2.4 million in seed financing to help the popular fitness app scale to meet demand from its ever-growing online community.
The company, which is a Communitech HYPERDRIVE and University of Waterloo Velocity graduate, announced today that General Catalyst Partners in Silicon Valley is the lead investor of the round.
“The $2.4 million really gives us the resources we need to expand our team, so that we can advance our product and scale our user acquisition, and really bring our company to the next major stage,” Phil Jacobson, co-founder and President of PumpUp, told Communitech.
Aside from propelling the company forward, Jacobson looks at the round as a strategic move that...
Brett Madill and Chris Recalis, co-founders of video-stiching social app - Clipter. (Communitech photo: Trish Crompton)
It’s the middle of winter, and with the wind-chill factor approaching -35 C, you’ve decided to escape on a Caribbean cruise.
That’s 10 days away with three of your friends, seven days on a floating hotel, docking at five island ports of call, three inland excursions, eight on-ship photo ops and six separate cameras to capture it all.
Turning all those moments into an album that does justice to everyone’s experience is a huge task with photos, let alone video. But what if you could stitch everyone's clips together to make a seamless memento that all can enjoy?
Grade school friends Brett Madill and Chris Recalis decided to create an app to do just that - called ...
So you’re a startup founder at an event crawling with potential investors, when suddenly, an old acquaintance corners you to discuss his latest project.
As he drones on, you look past him and, to your horror, see one of your top prospects heading for the exit.
“I think I’ve actually missed someone who was walking out the door because I got caught talking to someone about something, and it was just really hard to get out of it,” says Ivan Lukianchuk, who thinks he’s hit upon an effective – not to mention hilarious – solution.
Billed as “an eject button for bad situations,” Lukianchuk has developed This Is Your Out – TIYO, for short – a Bluetooth-enabled key fob that you can press to make a call to your mobile phone.
PumpUp co-founder Phil Jacobson won the $25,000 grand prize at the Ultimate Tech Prize Pitch Competition on June 19. (Photo: Matt Davidson)
By Samantha Clark
A crowd gathered at BMW Grand River in Kitchener on June 19 to cheer on their favourite companies as they competed in the first Ultimate Tech Prize Pitch Competition.
Chalk, Plum, PumpUp, Structur3d Printing and Videostream competed for a total of $28,000. Teams pitched for five minutes followed by a five-minute question-and-answer period with a panel of judges, including Aterica Health Inc. President and CEO Alex Leyn, and Deloitte’s Jamie Barron and Alexis Hui.
Three out of the five companies took home prizes, and all three are Communitech HYPERDRIVE startups, PumpUp, an app that promotes “the world’s most inspiring community...
This three-minute time-lapse video by Darin White covers 1.75 hours of activity in Structur3D Printing’s booth at Maker Faire Bay Area. The maker movement’s flagship event attracted 130,000 people May 17-18.
By Darin White
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Charles Mire at the Structur3D Printing booth at Maker Faire Bay Area (Photo: Darin White)
“How is it going?” I asked Structur3D Printing’s co-founder Andrew Finkle, after pushing through a massive crowd in the Start Up Pavilion at Maker Faire Bay Area a week ago. “Intense” was his answer as he busily tended the Discov3ry extruder’s paste-printing designs, made from everything from...
Catherine Dahl, CEO of Vancouver-based Beanworks (HYPERDRIVE photo: Anthony Reinhart)
By Anthony Reinhart
One of the best things about an accelerator is watching the steady stream of new companies coming in – but it’s just as gratifying when an alumni company reports back after moving on from the official program.
Catherine Dahl, CEO of Vancouver-based Beanworks (HYPERDRIVE Cohort 2), stopped by for a visit this week, so we jumped at the chance to catch up.
We were thrilled to hear that Beanworks’ cloud-based accounting automation technology continues to gain traction and investor attention.
On April 30, the company won an April 30 pitch contest in Vancouver, hosted by San Francisco-based Blumberg Capital, which led to an invitation to pitch to the entire Blumberg team in California...
Andrew Finkle and Charles Mire of Structur3D Printing are packing for a field trip to the Mecca of making.
These two 3D printing entrepreneurs, part of HYPERDRIVE’s Cohort 4, are heading out to San Mateo, Calif. next week for Maker Faire Bay Area. This annual event draws 120,000 visitors in the course of a weekend, and, Mire hopes, will also draw attention to his company’s 3D printer extruder that is set for an imminent crowdfunding pitch to launch production.
A typical 3D printer draws in and melts a rigid noodle of plastic to form the output. Mire and Finkle have designed and built a mechanism that allows printing of various pastes, including silicone, wood filler, and even cake icing. It is analogous to making shapes by squeezing toothpaste from...
By Anthony Reinhart is Communitech’s Director of Editorial Strategy and senior staff writer. View from the ‘Loo is a weekly look at the issues, people and events that shape Waterloo Region’s technology sector.
If you’ve spent any length of time around the Communitech Hub over the past few years, you might recognize the guys in the two photos above.
On the left is Ivan Lukianchuk, best known as founder of Will Pwn 4 Food, a gaming-for-money platform and Cohort 1 alum from our HYPERDRIVE accelerator program. A die-hard metal fan, he stands out for his exclusively black attire.
On the right is Matt Gardner, who co-founded Groupnotes, a Cohort 2 HYPERDRIVE company that enabled friends to share digital sticky...