Canada Startups

Should Individual Corporate Incubators Give Way To Industry Incubators?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

With startups and innovation the hot trends in the corporate world at the moment, it is no wonder that numerous corporations are opening incubators to...

Small Business Owners, Make Tax Season Work for You

Jeff Cates | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

The following is a list of the critical first steps SMBs should take to prepare and get through tax season.

Part-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Be Empowered

Jeff Cates | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

A new Intuit survey found that 53 per cent of new businesses in Canada -- those in operation less than three years -- are run by part-time entrepreneurs. If you are one of these part-time start-ups, you're living your entrepreneurial dream on the side.

5 Reasons to Close The Door on Private Offices

Neil Martin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Martin

Coworking spaces are emerging as the new work environment of choice. Today, shared spaces around the world are bringing increased levels of happiness, productivity and collaboration to their members, and at a price far more affordable than the alternative. So here they are, five reasons to close the door on private offices.

Why Waterloo Must Embrace Light Rail Transit To Survive

Pat Lynch | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

In an election year, anything goes: While Waterloo Region council convenes on March 4 to vote on a $550-million contract for the work and materials for the project (which has technically already started), the first candidate to file his nomination papers for October's Waterloo mayoral contest has decided to run on an anti-LRT platform... and he's finding supporters.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

Startup Franchise Brands: Inadequate Disclosure and Irrational Decisions

Ben Hanuka | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Ben Hanuka

All Canadians have a stake in reducing franchisees' drastic losses in startup brands. Franchising is an integral part of Canada's economy, particularly the retail sector. Canadian franchisee investors and consumers are drawn to franchise brands based on their potential to offer proven business systems, consistency and recognized goodwill.

Why 'Dragons' Den' is Killing Business

Darrell Kopke | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Much as I like the intertwining of inspiring stories, witty repartee, and gong show ideas -- I don't watch 'Dragons' Den' or its American equivalent 'Shark Tank.' These shows, in my opinion, are misleading a generation of entrepreneurs into believing that the end game is a financing, not a business.

Toronto vs. K-W: Why Should Techies Have to Choose?

Pat Lynch | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Pat Lynch

For most of us, the idea of a two-hour commute, twice daily, is nuts. But both Rodgers and Samuell have their reasons for taking on that heroic morning haul: They love where they work and they love where they play.

It's All About Sales, People!

Elan Divon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Business
Elan Divon

You, me, all of us -- we're constantly selling. But here's the kicker and where my seeming naiveté may receive some vindication. Beyond selling products, services, and ideas, you and I are really selling one thing and one thing only: ourselves.

10 Things a Startup Founder Should Never Do

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Today's economy offers the dreamer many opportunities but without following through, no dream can be turned into reality. Entrepreneurs must be consistent and focused in their actions and their resolve no matter what the cost.

The Strangest Tech Acquisitions of 2013

Jeff Quipp | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

There are many acquisitions that have raised eyebrows or resulted in a general state of confusion among observers, both within and outside of the tech industry. Sometimes, acquisitions are made that don't seem to make any sense, at least not on the surface. Below are three such acquisitions made by tech companies this year and some educated speculation as to why they might have occurred.

Be a Changemaker Not a Rockstar

Ilan Saks | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Ilan Saks

Not enough young people believe they can change the world on a global scale. The problem is a mindset problem, and one I believe is more dire than some might think. Too many young entrepreneurs think they're rock stars by launching another social network, or naming themselves the CEO of the world's 498th messaging app. Honestly, they're probably wasting their time.

How to Think Like an 'Innovator'

Chris Eben | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Chris Eben

Within our team we spend a lot of time talking about the concept of the 'willing innovator'. At a time where practically every industry needs software, it helps us think about the people we want to partner with -- those who align with our culture and view of the world. To us, this isn't necessarily about having been innovative in the past.

How To Avoid Losing Major Dollars On Your Next Event

Hana Abaza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

In 2013 the Canada Cup lost $20,000. Major financial hits aren't limited to large events and festivals. Even the little guys take on an unreasonable amount of risk when organizing an event. High promotional and ticketing fees, and lump sum deposits for venues make it nearly impossible to try a new idea without taking on a huge financial risk.

Authentic Leadership is Not Concerned with Status

Tera Kristen | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tera Kristen

I sought to find my inner force through Institute B's second Changemakers workshop on "Authentic Leadership". Institute B is a Vancouver-based startup accelerator that provides guidance, funding and education to local entrepreneurs and their nascent companies. Institute B focuses on helping socially-conscious companies and people whom do not sacrifice making the world better for profit.

Changemakers Build A Better Business

Tera Kristen | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tera Kristen

Answering "how is the world left better because of me" guides people from abstract goals and mindsets to deciding what behaviours are necessary every day. Focusing on the emotional response to these questions is the foundation for a business's culture and brand. In just two hours with Institute B, I learn more about myself, personally and professionally, than I do in most of the business workshops I attended this year combined. Now that's good for business.

Startup Weekend: No Talk, All Action

Chris Eben | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Business
Chris Eben

I got involved with Startup Weekend four years ago because I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the most powerful way to build a strong, sustainable, innovation­-based economy. Having seen Startup Weekend grow and flourish in Toronto over the last four years, I have no doubt that we will see a game changing education project come out of this local entrepreneurial community.

How We Acquired 6 Companies in 1 Year

Anatoliy Melnichuk | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Business
Anatoliy Melnichuk

Today, our company - Buytopia.ca - Is one of the largest Canadian competitors in the daily deal space. But when we started two years ago, we only had $45,000 of start-up capital. So how did we pull it off? Over the past year, we've bought six smaller daily deal companies These are seven steps we took to make it happen.

The Man Making Online Discussion Boards Cool Again

Karen Geier | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

In our social media-enabled, always-on world, we think we can solve most problems with our networks, but there are still millions of users across the globe actively using one of the oldest forms of online conversation: Message Boards. Andrew Sider, founder of Bunch recently chatted with me why he (and several investors) think that cutting edge message boards are a hot new opportunity for online communities.

Canadian Innovation: We Can't Play it Safe Any Longer

Saeed Selvam | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

In Canada, we like to play it safe and for the most part, it's paid off. Tight regulations and the centralization of banking powers helped us weather the economic storm of 2008. But we're a different Canada now. Canada's potential is remarkable, we need to believe in that potential and invest in its development before looking elsewhere for inspiration. It's all right here.

The Case For Failing In Your Twenties

Lottie Ntim | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Business
Lottie Ntim

While a recent New York Times article scrapes the surface of young people who have succeeded at launching exemplary businesses and careers, it also brings up a glaring point: Many more fail. All of the Red Bull-guzzling, YOLO-chanting enthusiasm in the world cannot change that fact.

The Next Big Thing in Funding Innovation

Steven Uster | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

While it took a few years after the financial crisis for financial services start-ups to get their business models refined to the point where they can come to market they are here now, and these alternative financial services technology companies are becoming viable and increasingly common sources of financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Canadian Program Launches Hot New Creative Startups

Andrea Carson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Andrea Carson

A hugely innovative project of the CFC's MediaLab, ideaBOOST is billed as "a business and creative development lab" designed to help small companies navigate the entertainment and technology startup market by mentoring them with industry leaders across North America.

Play4Perks Means Earning Rewards While Playing Games On Your Phone

John F. Gray | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Three former game studio executives with 40+ years of experience could easily be basking in the console glory days of the past. Instead of opting for white sandy beaches and umbrella drinks, these former EA (Electronic Arts) colleagues have co-founded a company that adds rewards to mobile games as you play.