CIX now accepting applications – Takes place March 3rd and 4th

picture-4The Canadian Innovation Exchange is taking place on March 3rd and 4th again this year in Toronto. The event appears to have been compressed mostly in to 1 day with some pre-event socials taking place on March 3rd.

This is a tough time for Canadian startups, we certainly heard that loud and clear during StartupEmpire, but it is also the chance to focus on our strengths and to take advantage of what makes Canada’s startups great.

Registration opens in January, but in the meantime, fill out the submission form and start working on your pitch.

Kontagent is a big winner – $250,000 from the fbFund

kontagentKontagent, who we wrote about back in July, is one of the winners of $250,000 from the fbFund.

The company is based in San Francisco and Toronto, which has seen co-founder Albert Lai doing a lot of traveling.

The problem of measuring and understanding behavior within social networks is still generally unsolved. There are no ready-to-go analytics packages as you would expect and the problem is only going to keep growing in coming years. I am placing long bets on Kontagent.

I can’t wait to see Kontagent grow in the next few years. Perhaps even Rick will pull up a lawn chair, open a beer, and watch the game.

Kontagent is the leading viral analytics platform for social network application developers. The Kontagent platform has been built from the ground up to provide deep social data visualization and analysis that delivers actionable insights delivered via a hosted, on-demand service.

The Kontagent platform works directly with the Facebook API, and will soon support OpenSocial and the MySpace platform. Kontagent was founded in 2007 by serial entrepreneurs Albert Lai/CEO (5th startup, most recently founder/CEO of BubbleShare) and Jeffrey Tseng/CTO (2nd startup, most recently founder of Aevena) . The company is headquartered in the SOMA district of San Francisco, California with a presence in downtown Toronto, Ontario.