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Bonfire helps procurement pros combat crisis

Posted by Waterloo EDC on April 2, 2020

Bonfire really is the Waterloo Region story all wrapped up in one company.

The company’s founders studied at two of our post-secondary institutions, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. They had a brilliant idea aimed squarely at solving a big-picture problem. They went to Silicon Valley for Y Combinator, but came home back for the talent, ecosystem and culture.

What makes...

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Topics: technology, Q&A, ecosystem

Building a tech cluster alongside Canada’s top technology university

Posted by Waterloo EDC on February 13, 2020

This is the first part of a two-part series on the David Johnston Research + Technology Park. Click here to read part two

Waterloo is known for its deep-rooted culture of collaboration between technology entrepreneurs, community builders and researchers.

In many ways the David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T Park) at the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) is an embodiment of that...

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Topics: technology, Q&A, R&D, university of waterloo

Q&A: How Deep Trekker turned a summertime hobby into a global business

Posted by Waterloo EDC on July 11, 2019

Waterloo has more than 150 years of history in the manufacturing industry, and today the community is home to 1950+ manufacturing companies with 50+ developing technologies in robotics, hardware, aerospace and industry 4.0.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Deep Trekker founder Sam Macdonald’s dive into underwater robotics brought that proverb to life: she wanted to explore shipwrecks...

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Topics: manufacturing, Q&A, robotics & automation

Q&A: Why Vidyard keeps its roots in Waterloo while expanding globally

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 18, 2019

Vidyard, creator of an innovative online video platform for business, is one of Waterloo’s most exciting scale-ups. It was one of Deloitte’s 2018 Fast 50 and Technology Fast 500 Fastest Growing Companies, and when the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto studied which Canadian businesses had the best chance of becoming a “unicorn,” Vidyard made that list too.

Founded in 2010 as a video...

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Topics: technology, Q&A, expansion stories

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