Two local interactive new media startups move in to nGen

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Two local interactive new media startups move in to nGen


Dec. 4, 2008

Niagara’s hub for interactive media project and business development – nGen – is pleased to announce that its first two tenants have moved in to their offices at One St. Paul St. in downtown St. Catharines. The two Niagara-based companies are FourGrounds Media, an interactive video production company and Furi Enterprises Inc., a technology-consulting firm.

As part of its mandate to cultivate synergies between local creative and enabler enterprises, arts and culture industries, and educational institutions, nGen provides office space and support services for startup interactive media companies in Niagara.

“We are excited to have FourGrounds and Furi on board with us and we look forward to helping them take their promising new media startups to the next level,” says Jeff Chesebrough, executive director, nGen.

Niagara’s Interactive Media Generator – nGen – is a collaboration between Brock University, Niagara College, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Interactive Ontario, Silicon Knights, Regional Municipality of Niagara, City of St. Catharines, Niagara Economic Development Agency and Niagara Enterprise Agency.

FourGrounds Media is a St. Catharines-based company created by three Brock students to provide expertise in web video production to Niagara and beyond. This new and innovative business strives to bridge the gap between corporate and artistic filmmaking.

Adrian Thiessen is currently completing his fourth year at Brock and will graduate this spring with a film degree. As a filmmaker, he has won several awards including Audience Choice and Best Comedy at the Niagara Indie Film Fest, and has had his work showcased in festivals around Ontario. He joined BrockTV.ca in 2005 as an editor and took over as executive producer for 2008-09.

Kristen Nater attained his Honours BA in Communications Policy at Brock and is currently finishing his MA in Popular Culture at the University. His thesis is focused on the study of virtual environments and theories of immersion. He has been working as a broadcast technician for the CBC in Toronto since 2004.

Michael Gillespie is completing his BA in Film Studies at Brock University. He has been involved with BrockTV.ca since 2006, has overseen programming responsibilities, and is an executive board member and executive director of the volunteer-driven organization.

“NGen has provided valuable assistance with accommodation and support services, and they have helped us connect with other industry and professional contacts in St. Catharines and surrounding areas,” says Thiessen. “With nGen’s help, interactive media organizations in Niagara will no doubt flourish and become viable companies in today’s rapidly expanding media and technology-related industries.”

Furi Enterprises Inc. is a technology consulting company created by Thomas Madej with proven expertise and leadership in web, Internet and mobile technologies. For the past six years, Furi has strived to match business needs with technology solutions using the latest technologies.

Furi is actively developing various technological advancements, including a web platform, a distributed social networking platform, advanced webcasting technologies, Internet infrastructure technologies, and interactive iPhone applications and games.

Prior to his studies at Brock, Madej established Furi Enterprises to help pay for his schooling. He began his studies at the University in 2004 in the Honours BSc Computer Science program. Ever since, Madej has been balancing his studies and his work to expand Furi Enterprises.

“Now that we have teamed up with nGen, we will be able to build a professional base for the operations of Furi Enterprises,” says Madej. “This will enable us to establish proper business processes and attract the best in the industry to help achieve some of our strategic goals.”