Tech Startups

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.

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.

Party Leaders Have No Vision For Future, Canadian Tech Startups Say

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Business

Entrepreneurs are calling on the parties to clarify their plans to foster innovation, education and coding literacy.

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."

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?

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.

Women Are Dreaming Bigger and Speaking Louder

Doina Oncel | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Doina Oncel

Across the Fortune 500 companies and throughout cities worldwide, women appear to hold the short end of the stick. Women are considerably underrepresented as CEOs, officers, and directors in the corporate world. Since women occupy nearly half the total work force in the United States, what is the reasoning behind these inexplicable labour statistics?

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.

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.

Why Work at a Tech Startup? Luring Vancouver's Tech Talent to the real Opportunities.

Tanis Jorge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tanis Jorge

Startups often have to deal with one or all of three big issues: lack of capital, brand recognition and product penetration. While these are real threats and pose the biggest risk to success, startups often have advantages that cannot be found in large, established companies. Educating talent on these benefits helps them make an informed decision between the bright lights of the behemoth and the siren's call of the startup. So, what exactly are these benefits?

SXSW V2V: In Las Vegas and All About Start-Ups

Karen Geier | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

Every spring, Austin, Texas busts at the seams with an influx of the weird and wonderful, congregating to learn more about film interactive, music, and comedy. Demand for conference content specifically with regards to start-ups began to outstrip the supply. Enter South by Southwest V2V. A conference outside of Austin (in Las Vegas) specifically for the start-up community.

The Canadian Program Giving Creative Startups a Boost

Andrea Carson Barker | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Business
Andrea Carson Barker

Last week, the Canadian Film Centre's CFC Media Lab launched a fantastic new program called ideaBOOST, designed to assist artists and companies exploring the frontier in digital entertainment. IdeaBOOST brings industry into the equation, and I think that's what makes it such an impressive concept. Here are several that sounded particularly exciting.