Tech savvy Canadian athletes prepare for the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games

When we think of elite athletes, the first image that comes to mind isn’t usually technology. Typically, the blood, sweat and tears we associate with athletic pursuits take over beforehand. This visual is

Published on: June 26th, 2015 Jackie Atkins

Frontfundr platforms launches, benefits from new investing regulations

A crowd of B.C.’s venture and finance communities gathered yesterday at The Profile in Vancouver to network and herald the launch of Frontfundr, Canada’s newest crowdfunding platform. Their timing appears impeccable with the

Published on: May 28th, 2015 Bret Conkin

FundThrough platform brings crowd lending model to Canada

Canadian businesses now have an alternative option to accessing a line of credit other than a bank: pulling out their smartphone and tapping a button to access money as they need it. That's

Published on: February 25th, 2015 Brian Jackson

A fearless look ahead at crowdfunding in Canada for 2015

Crowdfunding hit the mainstream in Canada in 2014 with a record campaign for wireless speaker The Core by Mass Fidelity raising $1.3 million to lead the way. This raise was 60 per cent

Published on: January 6th, 2015 Bret Conkin

Marketing lessons we learned from 2014’s most successful Kickstarter projects

What do Neil Young, Levar Burton, and a 3D printer have in common? No, they're not all from the future, but nice try. If you guessed that they were all part of a

Published on: January 5th, 2015 Brian Jackson

Blogger predictions for 2015: crowdfunding, retail, and work

We put the call for predictions in the coming year out to our Community Bloggers here at ITBusiness.ca. They didn't disappoint. Predictions aren't easy for writers to produce. When it comes to tech,

Published on: December 19th, 2014 Brian Jackson

How well I predicted crowdfunding in Canada for 2014

Twelve months have passed  since my predictions in ITBusiness.ca on how the 2014 Canadian crowdfunding sector would unfold.  So here’s a look back and scorecard using a one to five scale (with five

Published on: December 17th, 2014 Bret Conkin

The ‘Cicret’ is out – this futuristic bracelet doesn’t exist

The latest viral video sensation sweeping social media depicts an incredible piece of wearable technology that you can use while biking, riding transit, or even in the bath. The Cicret bracelet is "like

Published on: December 9th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Pinć, a $99 virtual reality headset, could be your newest office gadget

There’s a new virtual reality device coming out – but it’s not for gaming. This is the new Pinć virtual reality headset. It’s the passion project of Cordon Media, a Toronto-based digital agency

Published on: November 25th, 2014 Candice So

How to pitch media on covering your startup

The fact is that marketing your business investment opportunity or campaign will help you attract investors. One of the best ways to create “eyeballs” on your borrowing (or crowdfunding) and business is to

Published on: November 10th, 2014 Bret Conkin

In conversation with a start-up: Jay Kapadia from Kiddology

Over the past number of years, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of startups. Some have become clients. I've also become a fan of a number of them. However,

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Karim Kanji

4 reasons ‘crowdlending’ will be bigger than crowdfunding

What if I told you that debt crowdfunding, also known as debt crowdlending, will grow to be bigger than any of the other models? Let's take the market pulse... The Coolest Cooler campaign

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin

CrowdfundSuite to help businesses navigate pools of alternative funding

You may have only crowdfunded your first burrito this year, but Bret Conkin’s interest in crowdfunding stretches back to before Kickstarter ever allowed you to fund a potato salad. In 2008, Conkin founded

Published on: August 12th, 2014 Candice So

What Batman can teach you about enterprise CSR

In this follow-up to my last post 4 Ways your Brand's Social Responsibility is falling short, I introduce a new frame for brands on how to get a much bigger bang for their CSR

Published on: June 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin