Canada Startups

Sowing The Seeds Of Startups

Liisa Atva | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Liisa Atva

For businesses in the idea stage seed capital is typically provided by the founders themselves and "love money" from family and friends. There are also a number of public and private organizations willing to step in and make relatively small investments to help grow businesses to a stage where bigger dollar players, such as venture capitalists, take an interest.

Pre-Seed Funding And Canada's Startup Ecosystem

Marcus Daniels | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Business
Marcus Daniels

Pre-seed, a relatively new stage in the funding process, is becoming more recognized in the Canadian startup ecosystem and in other startup hubs around the world. The trend is growing for a number of reasons, and Canada would benefit from more capital dedicated to pre-seed from truly value-added investors.

High Taxes Have Created Brain Drain in France

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This problem is also a Canadian concern. A May 2015 survey of high-impact Canadian firms revealed that "finding employees to expand and scale their business ranks as one of the top challenges identified by entrepreneurs." Lower and less progressive taxation would help attract and retain highly specialized labour.

How to Beat the Odds and Succeed as a Start-Up

Geoff Whitlock | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Geoff Whitlock

The statistics are alarming. Nine out of 10 start-ups die at five years. I know the challenges personally because I'm on my eighth start-up now. From selling one of my successful ventures to Arlene Dickinson of the Dragon's Den, to some not so fruitful ventures, I have had my share of wins and losses.

I Found a Booming Tech Industry Hidden in Victoria

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere it's no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world's favourite destinations. As I was soon to learn, that energy is here in the technology business, too. It has been hidden away a little, obscured by its modesty, and I do actually think that there is something really special worth shouting about over here.

6 Tips to Help You Source Start-Up Financing

Pat McNamara | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Business
Pat McNamara

If you are one of those start-ups be prepared for a rigorous process. If you are competing for funding from an angel investor group or in a business competition you are going to have to go through a lot of hoops. Don't despair, this will actually help you prepare for running the business itself.

Why Now Is the Time to Start a Tech Company In Canada

Razor Suleman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Razor Suleman

Over the past two days, Canadian entrepreneurs and American venture capitalists met at Venture North, a conference that aims to introduce U.S. VCs to Canada's tech ecosystem. Mayor John Tory started off Wednesday's proceedings by stating that Toronto is a startup-friendly city, and its tech leadership is "simply a story we haven't told yet."

Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With each startup event that happens throughout the year, we are standing a little taller as a community, being a little more innovative and getting back to the business of hard work. That's the defining factor: When things don't come easy, we work harder. For me, that's the startup culture in Vancouver.

Why Start-Ups Are Like Parenting

Ryan Spong | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

For those of us who have founded companies, startups are like your first-born -- exciting, terrifying and usually there are only three of you! There is only one goal: survive. It's crisis management everyday and the strategy is "let's find something that works today."

Canada Shouldn't Count on Accidents to Build Successful Start-Ups

Paul Barter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

It's clear that as a society we need innovative new firms to step in and help solve our climate, health and social problems, while at the same time creating a profit for investors and jobs for all of us. The important question is: how can we assure that this happens?

You Can't Rush Success In the Race to the Top

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

We create career expectations, relationship goals and five-year plans, all pressuring us to succeed within constrained periods of time. While I do believe that planning and having attainable goals is good practice, I feel our understanding and assessment of our personal success shouldn't be linked.

How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of Tomorrow

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora of U.S.-based companies: Uber, Airbnb, Palantir, Snapchat, Dropbox and others.

Vancouver's Startup Viability Is OK, But The Rest Of The World Is Better

Matt Toner | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Matt Toner

It isn't that we all started to collectively do things wrong, it's that the rest of the world is getting a LOT better at this sort of thing. We need to catch up.

Meet the Millennial Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Abdullah Snobar is the executive director of Ryerson University's DMZ business incubator, ranked first in Canada and fifth in the world. That puts Snobar in charge of the downtown Toronto home to over 400 entrepreneurs and 50 employees.

Think Outside the Cubicle With Coworking

Nick Cowling | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

In the constantly evolving and socially driven society we live in today, the very definition of a workplace has changed. Coworking has become a global movement where work is done outside the confines of a traditional workspace and is instead in a shared working environment either in an office or other public space.

15 Signs You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

Kelly Lovell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

True success of an entrepreneur comes not from their ideas, but from their inner mindset and character traits. It takes a certain type of leader to endure startup life and persevere past the hurdles that will inevitable lay ahead in their efforts to inspire disruption or bring a new innovation to life.

Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

David Dodge | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.

Vancouver Technology Companies Need to Create a Culture of Growth

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

My prediction is that, in the next two to three years, and with the right kinds of risk-taking and mentorship we can increase the culture of growth here in Vancouver. With investment in more Growth Hackers and Data Scientists in Vancouver and we will start to see more billion-dollar companies emerge.

Outsource These Five Key Business Functions to Cut Operating Costs

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Transferring day-to-day responsibilities for voice and data management to an outside vendor is an immense load off the staff of any growing company. It means not having to worry about hardware and software issues, as well as ongoing technical support, remote monitoring, troubleshooting, repairs and ongoing upgrades.

Do Startups Still Need Traditional Corporations?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The Uber / Lyft / Sidecar battle seems to be an increasingly prevalent theme where startups are focused more on fighting each other than responding to countermoves from traditional players. With statistics showing that the San Francisco taxi industry is steadily collapsing, it is no wonder that Uber is more focused on retaining market share against other startup competitors.

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.

Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

When I started my new job with, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique. The startup community is very creative and keen plus they are very adept at getting the government to pay attention.

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

How Yelp Turned a Bumpy Decade Into a Strong Future

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

For the first time since Yelp became a publicly traded company, it reported a profit (Q2 of 2014). Today, its valuation sits around $5 billion, and boasts a monthly average of 138 million unique visitors. And while Yelp faces competition from some pretty heavy hitters -- Google, for one -- the future of the company looks promising.

Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Ever felt like an army of one in your business? I get it. It is both tremendously powerful food for my ego and poisonous for my mental health. Today I share three ways to combat LES (lonesome entrepreneur syndrome) and win the battle of entrepreneurial solitary confinement.