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Whirlscape

Y Combinator-backed Whirlscape closes $500,000 seed funding round

Minuum keyboard creators accelerate wearable device input technology development TORONTO, Canada (February 6, 2014) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” have closed an investment seed round for just over $500,000 (USD). Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital, and a dozen other prominent angel investors have contributed to the round. Whirlscape’s plans for the capital involve innovating beyond its participation in Silicon Valley’s start-up accelerator Y Combinator. Whirlscape also aims to consolidate the success of its Minuum keyboard ... Read more

Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard profiled on The Discovery Channel

Whirlscape Inc.'s Minuum keyboard was featured on the January 27, 2014 episode of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet. Lucas Cochran, Daily Planet's technology correspondent, covered the technology that's perfect for small devices and big fingers, noting that Minuum's creators are successfully combating the small amount of space available on wearable technology, like smart watches. Check out the video here. The profile, in Cochran's Digit@l segment, begins at the 1:10 mark. (more…) Read more

UTEST Featured in BetaKit’s The Accelerator Series

The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program was the focus of a recent online article in BetaKit, a Canadian innovation and technology resource. The article by Joseph Czikk, BetaKit's managing editor, is part of a series on Canada's most promising start-up accelerators and the people who  make them successful. Czikk highlights UTEST "as one of the most value-packed programs in the entire country" and credits the calibre of applicants and ideas to the program's requirement to have at least one co-founder ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum demo on a Smart Watch

Whirlscape continues to build momentum for the Minuum keyboard. On January 21, the UTEST grad launched a demo of their keyboard on a Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. The remarkably accurate keyboard that encourages sloppy typing for smartphones and wearable technology uses a disambiguation algorithm to make sense of any letter combination, so it's been proven perfect for big fingers. Xavier Snelgrove, Minuum's co-founder and CTO, wrote a detailed explanation on the creation of the keyboard in Input, a blog by Minuum's creators. From language ... Read more

Financial Post lists Whirlscape as Canadian Start-Up to Watch

2014 set to be big year for the start-up and UTEST grad Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard leads the way in Matthew Braga's January 5 Financial Post article highlighting promising start-ups from across Canada. In 2013, Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard app debuted at number 2 on Google's Top New Paid Apps List after raising over $87,000 on an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. They've also been accepted into Y Combinator, a prestigious U.S. accelerator program. Here's an excerpt from the article: Minuum's potential goes far beyond improved touchscreen typing. The company's so-called "one-dimensional" keyboard ... Read more

MaRS Innovation’s 2013 Top 10 List

2013 was an exceptional year for MaRS Innovation. Here are the top 10 news stories from our commercialization portfolio. 1. MaRS Innovation secures a $15 million CECR funding extension In January, MaRS Innovation was one of four Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to be successfully extended by the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. This achievement reflects and recognizes the quality of the startups and licensable technologies within the MaRS Innovation portfolio, as well as the rigour of its business model and the achievements of its ... Read more

Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard debuts at #2 on Google’s Top New Paid Apps list

The Minuum keyboard, which made its public debut in the Google Play Store on August 21, 2013, has already reached #2 position in Google’s “Top New Paid Android Apps” list. The keyboard is the only non-game currently in that list’s top 10. In the “Top Paid in Android Apps” general category, Minuum is already #9. The keyboard, made by Whirlscape Inc., has a four-star rating among users. (more…) Read more

Portfolio Update: OtoSim on Healthy Sim blog; UTEST grads Whirlscape and Crowdmark launch betas

Here’s a snapshot of some MI start-up news that you may have missed over the last week: OtoSim Inc.'s medical training simulators, which teach otoscopy and otolargyngology skills in an interactive way, were featured on the Healthy Simulation blog. (Watch the interview with Louis Hui, OtoSim's director of business development, on Youtube or see the embedded clip below.) Crowdmark launched a private beta of their web-based grading application, which has a paper-to-cloud bridge and marking workflow that streamline document assessment on a massive ... Read more

Whirlscape’s team on Minuum, Indiegogo and crowdfunding a beta keyboard launch

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation’s marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI’s activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. On Monday, June 17, Whirlscape Inc. released the beta version of its hotly anticipated, tiny, one-dimensional digital keyboard, Minuum: “the little keyboard for big fingers.” If you follow tech gadget news, you’ve likely read about or even supported the company’s successful Indiegogo campaign, which raised more ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum keyboard beta to early users

10,000 Indiegogo supporters first to try one-dimensional, virtual mobile keyboard TORONTO, Canada (June 18, 2013) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” today released the Android beta to the nearly 10,000 supporters who funded the keyboard’s wildly successful Indiegogo campaign. The Minuum Project campaign raised over $87,000 (USD) through the crowdfunding platform between March and April 2013, well past its initial goal of $10,000. Whirlscape promised to release the hotly anticipated Minuum beta two months after the campaign, ... Read more
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