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Aspiring Entrepreneurs Attending Trent & Fleming Invited to Submit Innovative Business Ideas to Pitch It! - 2019-10-01
FastStart’s fifth annual ‘Pitch It!’ competition has launched.
Pitch It! culminates on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the VentureNorth Building in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition before a panel of industry judges. Participating students can win a grand prize of $350, or runner-up prize of $150, meet other like-minded entrepreneurs, and receive help to bring their innovative idea to market.
Applications close on Friday, October 11 at 11:59 p.m.
The final Pitch It! competition on October 22 is open to the public.
Local Game Developer Canuck Play’s “Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019” Launches on PS4 & Xbox One - 2019-09-27
Peterborough-based video game development startup Canuck Play has officially released its third title that celebrates Canadian football on September 27 on PS4 and Xbox One, called Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019. The company is made up of only three core team members, with President David Winter being the only backend developer in the company.
“The response for Maximum Football 2018 was phenomenal, and this title brings even more elements of Canadian Football to life, including having Doug Flutie as a character in the game,” says Winter. “Many players have expressed their enthusiasm to try it out and our team has been very excited for this moment to come.”
This is another important step for the Peterborough company as both Xbox One and PS4 have significant market shares in North America, with PS4 holding a 57 per cent market share and Xbox One at 27 per cent in January 2019. This title marks the third certification on Xbox One and second on PS4 for Canuck Play’s games.
The officially launched Maximum Football 2019 features multiple game options between Canadian, College, and US Pro football. Gamers will also have the ability to play full seasons, hone skills in practice mode, customize team and players, full post-play replay with free camera control, multiple player body styles and game weather that impacts game play.
As a client of the Innovation Cluster, President David A. Winter has worked in its downtown incubator to make Canuck Play a reality, officially launching their first game installment Canadian Football 2017, followed by Maximum Football 2018.
Previous to Canuck Play, Winter has had over 20 years of experience, designing, producing and publishing video games.
Throughout the past year, Canuck Play has grown a sizeable fan-base, with over 30 thousand followers reaching outside of Canada worldwide throughout Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Since its first title launch in 2017, their sales have reached 12 countries.
“It is an incredible milestone for Canuck Play to have achieved their third certification for Xbox One and second for Playstation 4 with the release of Maximum Football 2019,” says John Gillis, President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster. “David has worked tirelessly to bring this third installment to life, that has disrupted the sports genre of the gaming industry.”
Like the two titles the company have released before, Winter says he will continue to add updates to the game as needed.
“We have always wanted our players to have a voice in what they’d like to experience in the games we create,” says Winter. “We are proud that this game has brought the most detail yet when it comes to characterization.”
Official partners for the title include Doug Flutie, Phenom Elite, Wilson Sports, Xenith, Mokom Gloves, The Spring League, Phil Steele’s College Football and Canadafootballchat.com.
The public can purchase Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019 directly from the Xbox One and PS4 platforms.
Innovation Cluster Signs MOU With Peterborough Utilities Group to Expand Peterborough’s Water Market - 2019-09-03
Pat Devlin, Vice President of Peterborough Utilities Group Services Corporation (PUG) and John Gillis, President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas, are pleased to announce that they have signed an MOU to work together in a partnership to help bring in new technologies and startups for the water/wastewater market in the Peterborough community.
With this partnership, PUG and the Innovation Cluster will bring together a vast network of private industries, municipalities and startups in the water/wastewater market in Ontario.
“Through this partnership, we are looking forward to attracting more startups into the Peterborough community,” says Gillis. “Peterborough is becoming more recognized for its available cleantech resources, such as research laboratories and mentors that new companies search for.”
The Innovation Cluster has a strong focus on supporting startups in the clean technology sector, recently launching its H2O makerspace that provides resources for water and wastewater-focused companies. The organization was also highlighted in the 2018 Water Canada Magazine feature that named Peterborough as the best place in Ontario and the second best place in Canada to launch a water technology startup.
“Peterborough Utilities is dedicated to providing the Peterborough area with safe and reliable water and wastewater services, and we are excited to be partnering with the Innovation Cluster to further our support to the water market,” says Devlin.
- Aspiring Entrepreneurs Attending Trent & Fleming Invited to Submit Innovative Business Ideas to Pitch It!
- Local Game Developer Canuck Play’s “Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019” Launches on PS4 & Xbox One
- Innovation Cluster Signs MOU With Peterborough Utilities Group to Expand Peterborough’s Water Market
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