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31st August 2011

Shaw Media Remembers 9 11 with Exclusive Lineup of Commemorative Programming

Shaw CableAs the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th 2001 draws closer, Shaw Media will present a comprehensive overview of the tragedies and triumphs of 9/11 and the on-going war on terrorism, in a robust lineup of programming dedicated to commemorating the day that changed the world.

During the week leading up to the anniversary, Global National will be airing several timely features focused on the people and places most affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Stories will air nightly at 5:30pm ET/PT (6:30pm AT) on Global National, and will all lead into Global News’ in-depth coverage special: 9/11: 10 Years Later live from New York City. Airing commercial free from 8:30-10am ET, Global News’ expert team of correspondents will cover all angles and bring viewers an up-close look at remembrance ceremonies as they occur. 9/11: 10 Years Later will be spearheaded by Global National Anchor and Executive Editor Dawna Friesen alongside Washington Bureau Chief Eric Sorensen from Global News’ coverage centre in New York. Ottawa Bureau Chief Jacques Bourbeau will capture the Canadian perspective from New York during the ceremony, while Washington Correspondent Paul Johnson will capture the events occurring outside the Pentagon. Global National Atlantic Correspondent Ross Lord will also be on hand to report on ceremonies taking place in Gander, Newfoundland. Live streaming coverage will also be carried online at GlobalNews.ca.

On Sunday, September 11 (8pm-10pm ET/PT), Global Television will break from regular programming to mark the 10th anniversary with 9/11: 10 Years Later. Two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro returns as host of this unprecedented and exclusive insider’s account of the World Trade Center attack. 9/11: 10 Years Later contains the only known footage of the first plane striking the World Trade Center, the only footage from inside Ground Zero during the attacks, footage from events marking the 10th anniversary, and new interviews with many of the firefighters who were featured in the original program. Viewers will also hear from New York City officials as they discuss some of the health issues that have plagued first responders who worked at Ground Zero.

“Global News is committed to providing Canadians with the most comprehensive coverage possible of the 9/11 10th anniversary ceremonies,” said Troy Reeb, Vice President, News for Shaw Media. “The live, in-depth coverage being provided by our expert news team is wide-reaching and will provide an introspective look at how Canadians from across the country were affected by the events of that fateful day.”

Leading up to, and on the anniversary, Shaw Media’s Factual Channels will take an unflinching and emotional look at 9/11 – why it happened, how it has transformed the world, and the heroic successes and short-comings of the war on terror. On Sunday, September 11, History Television will participate in a worldwide initiative across all of A+E Networks’ History brands, by airing the world premiere of 9/11: 10 Years On (8:30am-8:46am ET) and 102 Minutes That Changed America (8:46am-10:30am ET), uncut, commercial free and in time with the tragic events of September 11, 2001. National Geographic Channel will also pay tribute with a week-long lineup of series and programs, including a brand-new, exclusive interview with former president George W. Bush, premiering Thursday, September 8 at 10pm ET.

“Through our extensive programming lineup across multiple channels, Shaw Media will provide viewers with an unparalleled breadth of content that is dedicated to honouring the lives lost, and details the incomparable stories of survival and tragedy that resulted from September 11, 2001,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content for Shaw Media.

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

Global News
In addition to Global News’ day-of coverage, Global National will also carry several poignant and introspective features leading up to the September 11 anniversary. Beginning Monday, September 5, the newscast will air stories compiled by Dawna Friesen, Eric Sorensen and Jacques Bourbeau on a range of different topics all related to the 9/11 tragedy. These include an interview compiled by Dawna Friesen with William Rodriguez, one of the last people to escape the World Trade Center, and a piece on Garnet “Ace” Bailey, the Canadian former NHL player and Los Angeles Kings scout, who was aboard one of the hijacked planes. Global National’s feature pieces will air nightly at 5:30pm ET/PT (6:30pm AT) in the week leading up to the 9/11 ceremonies.

GlobalNews.ca
As part of Global News’ extensive coverage of the 9/11 anniversary, GlobalNews.ca will carry live, commercial-free coverage of the remembrance ceremony. Additionally, online reporter Rebecca Lindell will be in New York to provide up-to-the-minute reports and exclusive photo content live via the Global News Twitter handle: @globaltvnews. GlobalNews.ca will also carry several revealing online-exclusive pieces, including an infographic examining how the world has changed since 9/11.

History Television
9/11: 10 Years On (Broadcast Premiere)
Sunday September 11 from 8:30am-8:46am ET (Uncut and Commercial Free)
This film tells the story of the rebuilding of Ground Zero, through the lens of five heroic people personally connected to and completely changed by the events of 9/11. Broadcast in time to the events of September 11, 2001.

102 Minutes That Changed America (Network Premiere)
Sunday September 11 from 8:46am-10:30am ET (Uncut and Commercial Free)
A minute-by-minute first-person video and audio account of the events of September 11, 2001 featuring original footage from more than 100 individual sources meticulously woven together in chronological order. Broadcast in time to the events of September 11, 2001.

9/11: The Days After (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday September 11 at 10:30 ET/PT
9/11: The Days After builds upon the format established by 102 Minutes That Changed America to examine the legacy of 9/11 — constructing an evocative, engaging and immersive narrative using exclusively archival audiovisual material assembled without contextualizing narration or interviews.

The Last Hour of Flight 11 (Encore Presentation)
Sunday September 11 at 12:30 ET/PT
The Last Hour of Flight 11 chronicles the story and dramatically recounts the final sixty minutes of American Airlines Flight 11 – an hour, and a flight, that changes the world forever. Using a real-time split-screen format, the viewer experiences these 60 critical minutes as they happen to the key participants.

National Geographic Channel
Inside 9/11: The War Continues (Canadian Premiere)
Wednesday, September 7 at 10pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 2pm and 9pm ET)
Inside 9/11: The War Continues follows the evolution of al-Qaeda in the last ten years, as well as the emergence of key players from other terrorists groups, the numerous terror plots thwarted by officials and the deadly terror attacks that have occurred around the globe since 9/11. Featuring raw footage and exclusive interviews with top-ranking officials, this program connects the dots in an intricate web of government surveillance, military might, espionage, terrorist vengeance and ruthless attacks on civilians in a relentless war.

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview (Canadian Premiere)
Thursday, September 8 at 10pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 3pm and 10pm ET)
This documentary reveals exclusive, first-person insight into the man at the epicenter of U.S government’s decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil.  Taped over the course of a two-day interview, President George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks. George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library ** Footage available upon request.

Liquid Bomb Plot (Canadian Premiere)
Friday, September 9 at 9pm-11pm ET (Encore presentation Sunday, September 11 at 4pm ET)
In August of 2006, a London-based al-Qaeda cell plotted to launch a terrorist attack that would have been nearly as deadly as 9/11.The plot involved disguising liquid explosives as soft drinks and smuggling them on board seven planes – two of which were destined for Canada – and detonating them simultaneously over the Atlantic. Liquid Bomb Plot reveals the tensions and triumphs of MI5, the CIA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Pakistani officials and other counter-intelligence special operatives.

9/11 and The American Dream (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 10am-12pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 7pm and 11pm ET)
Through candid, heart-breaking stories of 9/11 survivors and family members from all over the world who lost loved ones that day, 9/11 and The American Dream reveals that, despite the magnitude of this tragedy, belief in the American dream still persists.

Witness DC 9/11 (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 12pm-1pm ET
Witness DC 9/11 reconstructs the attack on the nation’s capital moment by moment entirely through home video; fire, rescue and police footage, news coverage, and city cameras that all captured a raw view of the devastating aftermath, and documented the chaotic evacuation of congressional leaders and other officials from the Capitol and White House.

CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 1pm-2pm ET
Next to bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist associated with 9/11 was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM.  He managed to elude the CIA for a decade, and even on the run, he carried out attacks on U.S. and Western interests in Bali, Yemen and Africa.  Follow the dramatic story of the CIA’s quest to find and capture this once-shadowy figure, piecing together fragments of intelligence from around the world.

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31st August 2011

MLearnPad Android Tablet Gets US FCC Approval

amarocks groupMississauga company AMArocks has announced that their Ultimate Go-Anywhere Anytime Classroom Tablet, the MLearnPad– 8″Android 2.2 Tablet has received official US FCC Approval. The tablet’s compact design encompasses a vibrant 8” color LCD touch screen, with a 4GB of internal storage, and up to 32GB of expandable storage via micro SD, a powerful Freescale ARM Cortex – A8 processor, and 512 MB of RAM.

MLearnPad comes with Android 2.2, which means it has support for Adobe Flash Player, giving the course participants unbridled access to the learning content. The multi-tasking MLearnPad also comes with eReader, e-mail, Skype, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, Office Suite, 3D games support, Built-in Monophonic Recording and many more. mlearnpad Tablet

The introduction of the MLearnPad which was integrated and tested with more than 300 Business Skills and Enterprise Soft Skills courses represents a hugely innovative step forward in the evolution of the online training industry. MLearnPad is available now through business education partners at a discounted price with a single course enrollment or free when course participants enroll for Certificate courses.

It has quite literally made it possible to take an entire curriculum, classroom, support staff, library and access it anywhere, anytime, in a totally user friendly format that is no bigger than an ordinary text book, and is available absolutely free of charge when course participant enroll for Professional or Pro-Diploma certificate course or at discounted price when they buy a single course(s).

In today’s fast paced environment, much of business learner’s time is lost sitting on commuter trains and buses, waiting in line, sitting in waiting rooms and “killing” time between meetings and in coffee shops. The MLearnPad makes it possible for business learners to invest all this down time in their future. In fact, anywhere business learners have access to WIFI can now be their own office, private classroom, library or study hall.

MLearnPad will keep business learners connected and engaged whether they are at home, at office, in flight, or at the neighborhood coffee shop. Surf the web, download apps, check email, stream videos and music, or share online status with friends and family anywhere there’s an available Wi-Fi connection.

Imagine being able to participate in LIVEeCLASS while riding the train to the office, review lessons while waiting at doctor’s office, write an assignment in the coffee shop, between meetings access webinar tutorials, while enjoying lunch at the food court review essays with course facilitator. If business learners have access to WIFI, they literally have access to an entire world of training opportunities and support services through this revolutionary tool.

 

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30th August 2011

IGLOO Positioned in the Magic Quadrant in Leading Analyst Reports

igloo communitiesIGLOO Software announced today that the company has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche quadrant of the Social Software in the Workplace and Externally Facing Social Software reports. IGLOO was one of 22 and 18 vendors respectively to appear in the reports.

The Gartner reports help to advise business executives and IT leaders who are seeking information and direction on investments in social technologies. The Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace consists of products that support internal information sharing, project coordination and collaboration. The Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software consists of products that support external teaming and networking where most participants reside outside the organization.

“We consider our positioning in the Magic Quadrant confirmation of our strategy to focus exclusively on a 100% cloud solution to enable modern business collaboration,” said Dan Latendre, CEO of IGLOO Software. “This unique approach provides a highly flexible and agile solution that can only be achieved with a pure SaaS (Software as a Service) model.”

You can download a complimentary copy of the Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, courtesy of IGLOO – registration required.

Author credits:

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace by Nikos Drakos et al., August 25, 2011.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software by Jeffrey Mann, et al., August 25, 2011.

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30th August 2011

Cows vs Aliens Now On Android

xmg studioAndroid smartphone owners are finally able to play the addictive “Cows vs. Aliens” game by XMG Studio, now available for a limited time as a free download on the Google Android Market. The aim of “Cows vs. Aliens” is to save herds of cows from invading aliens by pushing the cows safely into the barn and keeping the aliens out. It sounds simple but when waves of nasty aliens are descending on your innocent cows you will need all eleven fingers on the screen.cows vs aliens

Launched for iOS in February 2011, “Cows vs. Aliens” has enjoyed huge success on the Apple App Store, with many players instantly falling for this easy to pick up but hard to put down game. “Cows vs. Aliens” introduces a new way of interacting with your game, using a pushing gesture to move the cows and aliens around the screen. Unlike other games, which rely on line drawing or touch and drag gestures, the pushing mechanic is a much more organic and lifelike interaction.

Like it’s iOS counterpart, “Cows vs. Aliens” for Android appeals to both to casual and serious gamers by keeping the mechanism simple and intuitive, but making it more and more challenging, when moving up the levels. The Android version also allows you to compete with other players and unlock special achievements and awards using OpenFeint’s leaderboard and achievements.

“This game launch includes another significant development for XMG,” says Ray Sharma, founder and CEO of XMG Studio Inc. “We are responding to popular request for our hit games to be available on Android. We have modified our Kanban Agile game development process to be able to more efficiently address this important community. Its important for the tens of millions of XMG users to know this is just the beginning of our Android efforts. To that end we wish Android touch screen users all the best and we hope you enjoy our free game promotion as our way of getting things started!”

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30th August 2011

Register Now For Merging Media Pitch 360 Dev Award

merging media conferenceMerging Media Productions and the Canadian Media Production Association – British Columbia have announced that British Columbia Film, will once again sponsor the Merging Media Pitch 360 Development Award of $10,000. This prize will be awarded to the winner of the best cross-media project presented at the Merging Media Conference and Masterclass 2011 on October 27th and 28th. Funding for British Columbia Film is provided by the Province of British Columbia.

Developers and producers based in British Columbia who are working on cross-media or transmedia projects which include TV, film or web series elements, are encouraged to apply for the Masterclass and Pitch 360 program. Just eight companies will be selected to attend “Pitching the Multi-Platform Project” – Merging Media 2011’s exclusive Masterclass conducted by Starlight Runner Entertainment’s Caitlin Burns, followed by pitch training sessions.

These sessions will comprise one-on-one mentoring and pitch coaching by industry specialists from New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, to help participants fine tune their presentations. The final pitches will be presented on the main conference stage on October 28th before an international jury of potential co-producers, broadcasters, collaborators, investors and distributors. Deadline for submissions is September 30th and space is limited, register soon to avoid disappointment.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

  • Project must be owned by the company or individual pitching;
  • Company or individual must be British Columbia resident or BC incorporated;
  • Project must have at least one conventional media element (eg. TV, film, webseries) and at least one more interactive element (eg. mobile, game, interactive site etc.);
  • Pitch will be seven minutes, followed by a ten minute Q & Aperiod;
  • Projects need not have a funding trigger (eg. CMF, broadcaster, distributor, etc.);
  • In addition to fictional story narratives, factual/documentaries, reality projects, lifestyle and arts/entertainment projects are also accepted;
  • A development agreement will be signed and the $10,000 award MUST go towards the development of the project.

Selection Criteria:

Eight “Pitch 360” participants will be selected based on:

  1. Innovation and creative potential
  2. Marketability and concept viability
  3. Cross media integration
  4. USA/international market appeal

Pitch 360 Jury

  1. Curt Marvis, President of Digital Media, Lionsgate Studios
  2. Brian Seth Hurst, Opportunity Management Company, LA
  3. Chris Harris, Shaw Media, Toronto
  4. Mark Bishop, marblemedia, Toronto
  5. Greg Schenz, Endgame Entertainment, LA
  6. Seth Shapiro, New Amsterdam Media, LA

The registration fee is $50 per person (paid upon acceptance only). Each team is permitted to register up to three people for the Masterclass only. Teams will be informed by mid October if they have been selected.

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30th August 2011

Social Intranet Software Engages Healthcare Workers on the Go

intranet connectionsVancouver social intranet software provider Intranet Connections has been selected by Ontario based healthcare organization York Central Hospital to provide its intranet services to their 2,500 users, providing an effective and accessible communications tool for healthcare workers on the go.

York Central Hospital was looking for intranet software to better organize their internal communications for healthcare professionals that access the intranet from computers across the four wing hospital throughout the day. The main objective of the intranet was to provide a central location for employees to access important company information. They use their intranet to announce their CEO’s message, hospital highlights, healthcare news, media coverage and press releases. Human Resources consolidated their important documents and policies onto the site and are promoting employees to apply for internal jobs within the Job Center application. A Google search widget allows employees to find content on the internet from the intranet home page.

Nelson Cardoso, Corporate Webmaster for York Central Hospital, says, “I appreciate the ability to create sub-sites that enable various departments and areas like fire and emergency and energy awareness to manage their own content. The service and response time needed to be efficient, and we found that in Intranet Connections.”

To prepare for the launch of Intranet Connections, York Central Hospital offered learning sessions, sent weekly engagement emails and advertised the new intranet with promotional posters and articles in the hospital newsletter. York Central Hospital uses Intranet Connections stats software to monitor visits to the site, whose visits have increased substantially in less than three weeks. The ease of using Intranet Connections software has made adding content simple. York Central Hospital allows users to manage their own content in the Physician Resource Center and Medical Affairs area of the intranet.

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30th August 2011

N-able Technologies Achieves VMware Ready Status

n-able technologiesN-able Technologies® announced yesterday that N-central has achieved VMware Ready™ status. This designation indicates that N-able Technologies’ N-central has passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Partner Product Catalogue. Passing the extensive VMware-specified testing helps ensure that N-central makes the best use of VMware technology and is ready for deployment in customer environments.

“We are pleased that N-able’s N-central qualifies for the VMware Ready™ logo, signifying to customers that it has passed specific VMware testing and interoperability criteria and is ready to run in production environments,” said Sheryl Sage, Director, Alliance Programs, VMware.n-able n-central

“Demand for virtualized infrastructure among small and midsize businesses (SMBs) is rising, which means the need among our channel partners for greater remote manageability and insight into the health of these virtualized machines is also climbing,” says Robert Grapes, Director of Product Marketing and Management, N-able Technologies. “The VMware Ready™ designation is an important achievement for N-able — one that is critical to our partners’ ongoing success with SMBs, as well as with other customers relying upon virtualization to take their IT environments to the next level.”

The VMware Ready program is a VMware co-branding program for qualified partner products and is a benefit of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. With more than 2,000 members worldwide, the VMware TAP program works with best-of-breed technology partners to provide them a comprehensive set of VMware technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

N-able Technologies’ N-central can be found within the online VMware Partner Product Catalogue and hardware products can be found within the online VMware Hardware Compatibility List.

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30th August 2011

Shaftesbury Appoints Industry Veteran Jay Switzer to Board of Directors

shaftesbury films incShaftesbury has announced the appointment of Jay Switzer, former President and CEO of Canadian broadcaster CHUM Limited, to the production company’s board of directors, effective Jay Switzerimmediately.

“Jay has been one of the Canadian broadcast industry’s most successful leaders for the past 25 years, and has been integral to the creation of some of this country’s most dynamic programming and media brands,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury. “His wealth of experience will be invaluable to Shaftesbury as we continue to expand and diversify our business and develop additional opportunities for growth.”

“It is a true privilege to join the board of a company I have admired for more than 20 years,” said Switzer. “Christina and her team are the best in the business and I look forward to working with the board to help Shaftesbury develop and grow into the future.”

A respected veteran of the Canadian arts and media industry for more than two decades, Switzer served as President and CEO of CHUM Ltd. prior to its sale in 2007, and was instrumental in the development and launch of CHUM’s specialty channels dating back to MuchMusic in 1983/84. Switzer is co-founder and Chair of Hollywood Suite Inc., which recently announced the launch of a multiplatform four-channel HD specialty movie package in Canada, and also serves on the boards of Canadian media companies William F. White International Inc. (Comweb Group) and OUTtv, as well the Canadian Centre for Diversity. Switzer is a former Vice Chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and a former longtime Governor of the Banff Television Foundation.

Switzer holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), and has been recognized with numerous awards for his leadership in both broadcast industry and community initiatives.

Switzer joins current Shaftesbury board members Jennings; Scott Garvie, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Shaftesbury; Millard Roth, former CEO, The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association; Carey Diamond, President and CEO, Whitecastle Investments Ltd.; and Donald Ziraldo, co-founder of Inniskillin Wines Inc. and Chairman of Mobilotto Inc. and Ziraldo Icewine.

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29th August 2011

Beta Testing Opens For The Secret World

funcomFuncom has opened the official beta registration for ‘The Secret World’, the highly anticipated upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in our own, modern-day world, and currently in development at Funcom Montreal. Gamers can now register to be evaluated for participation in the upcoming phases of beta that will be running up to the launch of the game in April 2012. During the The Secret Worldnext months Funcom will be increasing the number of beta participants gradually.

The launch of the beta registration also signals the start of the first phase ‘The Secret War’, an interactive online experience that engages community members in the conflict between the Templars, the Illuminati, and the Dragon – the three factions in ‘The Secret World’ – even before the game is released.

“One of the most interesting features of ‘The Secret World’ is the three profoundly different secret societies that players can join,” says Funcom SVP of Sales & Marketing, Morten Larssen. “Since we first announced the game we have gradually revealed more details about them, and what we have seen is that thousands of gamers in our community have come to identify with them and form a loyal bond to other community members belonging to the same society. With ‘The Secret War’ experience we are excited about the prospect of allowing for even more community interaction and engagement.”

The first phase of the experience allows users to take a unique personality test to determine which secret society The Secret Worldthey belong to and then choose which society to join. After making the ultimate choice the user is automatically registered as a beta candidate for ‘The Secret World’ and will also be eligible to take part in the upcoming second phase of ‘The Secret War’ interactive online experience.

The second phase of the experience will allow users to expand the influence of their secret society through a social media connected, web-based game. Here users can recruit friends and deploy them as agents for their cause, scoring points for themselves and their secret society. Users can also share assets from and information about ‘The Secret World’ to score more points, allowing them to climb through the ranks of their secret society and unlock achievements, exclusive in-game equipment and weaponry, in-game titles, and even the coveted guaranteed beta access reward.

Through ‘The Secret War’ interactive online experience users will also take part in weekly sweepstakes where they can win a trip to the Funcom Montreal studio, signed collector’s editions of the game, and even the opportunity to have their name integrated into ‘The Secret World´ game.

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29th August 2011

BCIC New Ventures Announce Finalists

BCIC New VenturesThe BCIC-New Ventures judges have made it official and today announced the 10 Finalists for the the 2011 competition as well as the Top 5 for the Agritech competition. The BCIC-New Ventures Competition is open to any B.C. resident, team or business with an innovative technology product or service that has not yet secured significant financing from external investors.

Each of the competitors have paid $200.00 entry fees and participated in business-related seminars and events which began in April, along with 4 stringent elimination rounds began with pitching their idea, and then moved on to passing a feasibility test and developing a condensed business plan. The final round will take place on September 8th and 9th, when the award finalists will pitch to a live jury. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on September 22nd.

In alphabetical order by company name the Top 10 BCIC-New Ventures companies are:

Competitors entered in the Agritech stream will be evaluated by a separate panel of jury members and the Top 5 finalists of the stream will vie for 2 prizes: the $30,000 Shildroth First Prize for Innovation in Agritech Prize and the $20,000 Shildroth Second Prize for Innovation in Agritech .

In alphabetical order by company name the Top 5 Agritech companies for 2011 are:

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