Welcome back to BetaKit – a site dedicated to Canadian Startups!

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It takes courage and determination to start your own business. Being a startup is a tough choice, it can sometimes be very isolated and most certainly lacks immediate recognition and success. However, if you have determination there’s a sense of accomplishment as your idea starts to take shape and becomes fully realized.

When Sarah Prevette and Erin Bury launched BetaKit back in February of 2012 they aimed to give readers an alternative choice in the market. The site, at the time, was widely successful and regarded as an informative publication for startup and emerging technology news. Unfortunately, a year into its life, parent-company PostMedia decided to shut down the site and integrate it into the FP. This left the startup community stunned and frustrated, I can definitely be counted as one of those in disbelief.   Months later, I pursued the idea of re-launching BetaKit with a streamlined focus. Welcome back to BetaKit! One could call this version 2.0 and our focus is about Canada.

BetaKit will highlight Canadian startup news and emerging technology. As an owner of a small startup, I’m inspired by the incubation of ideas and the people who bring them to life.  There are so many Canadians building remarkable products and services, such as Whirlscape, Dandy, Instaradio, FreshBooks, Vouchr, or the many inside the stellar accelerator programs across our country: Communitech in Waterloo, Toronto with MaRS and Xtreme Startups, Montreal’s FounderFuel, Vancouver’s GrowLab, and New Brunswick-based Launch36.

The story of how Canadians are building the next great tech or service needs to be told and we’re here to play a small role in amplifying this message.  We don’t take this lightly and recognize that this is a big project so please consider the current iteration of the site in beta – the next version will go live in early 2014. We’ve assembled some talented writers and need more to join us. We’ll be publishing news on a daily basis, giving tips and tools that startups can use to achieve success, plus we will have a community for you to ask and answer questions. We want to hear from you if you think you’re working on something spectacular.

Drop us a note on our contact page and connect with us!

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy

Been quietly creating and building things for years. Completely addicted to Tim Hortons and Maple Syrup.

  • erinbury

    Huge congrats to you and the team Ian – the site looks amazing, and I’m so happy to see BetaKit live on. Excited to contribute, and can’t wait to see the site grow.

  • Mia

    Congrats!

  • Tara Robertson

    Great news! Congrats guys!

  • jpuopolo

    Welcome back!

  • Nosha7

    As much it is great that Betakit is coming back, very disappointed that Betakit abruptly stopped “broadcasting” news and there never was any concern to notify its readers/followers to what was happening! I find it highly disrespectful!
    And given the impression that the readers are simply numbers!

    Betakit distinguished itself from every other technews such as the already very known ones. Now your core business is Canadian Startups? … Ok!

  • Matt Lummus

    Woo hoo!

    Great to see the site back.

  • kennynorton

    Very exciting! Welcome back!

  • Ken Seto

    Congrats guys! Glad to have you back!

  • Ali

    I was really excited that you guys finally managed to get unchained from the nasty corporate idiots who shut down one of the best startups tech blogs in recent times. But sadly not having a global focus will once again shoot you guys into obscurity.

  • Matt O’Leary

    Amazing news! Congrats guys! Love Betakit!