The Week in Startups (Edition #4)

Welcome to weekly recap of news from the Canadian startup landscape, as well as interesting blog posts and articles that caught my attention. If you have suggestions, tips or feedback, let me know by leaving a comment.

- Montreal-based Frank & Oak, which wants to help 20-to-35-year-old men shop for clothes, got some good coverage in TechCrunch. F&O, launched by clothing company Modasuite, is part of the Real Ventures’ portfolio

- The University of Waterloo’s Velocity blog had an interesting post on how startups should pitch, featuring a mock conversation between a pitcher and a mentor.

- The Canadian Venture Capital Association unveiled its 2011 annual report. The good news is the amount of venture capital invested and the number of deals were both up last year. The bad news fund-raising edged up just 2% to $1-billion amid rising demand. (Source: Mark Evans Tech)

- Pressly plans to roll out a new DIY service that gives Websites the same swipe-and-read feel as iPad applications. The Toronto-based startup’s clients include the Toronto Star and The Economist Group. (Source: TechCrunch)

- Engagio raised a $$540,000 seed round from a group of investors that includes Fred Wilson (aka @avc), Real Ventures and Roh Canada. Engagio, created by William Mougayar, wants to create a universal inbox for all your social media and blog comment conversations. (Source: Mark Evans Tech)

- TribeHR’s Jesse Rodgers has a lengthy blog post on StartupNorth looking at how there are two types of incubators.

- Montreal-based Uniiverse, which aims to create an online marketplace for off-line activities, launched last week, and announced it had raised $750,000 from angel investors. (Source: Globe & Mail)

- Dave Carroll, which became a YouTube sensation after a United Airlines ground crew tossed around his guitar in Chicago, is part of a new startup called Gripevine that lets consumers gripe about bad service, while giving companies a platform to respond. (Source: Globe & Mail)

- Canadian Private Equity takes a look at four Canadian incubators: GrowLab, Extreme Startups, FounderFuel and Launch36.

- Fortune had a story on Ron Conway (aka Silicon Valley startup’s best friend)

- Jason Cohen (A Smart Bear) writes about whether startups should embrace or flee trends to establish a viable business.

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  • Michaela

    Really great collection of articles, so much startup insight! & thanks so much for featuring VeloCity!