School’s in for summer: AcceleratorU opens doors with ‘innovation challenge’

For kids, having to attend summer school is a sentence worse than prison. But for entrepreneurs looking for help getting their business launched, taking some courses at the brand new AcceleratorU might seem

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Extreme Startups wraps third cohort demo day, announces new managing director

Toronto-based startup accelerator Extreme Startups launched its latest cohort of five startups yesterday at a demo day event in Toronto, following its latest 12-week program of business mentorship, investment, and product refinement. Extreme

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 13th, 2013 Brian Jackson

The trouble with mentors is…

By Francis Moran Last week I had a call with a CEO who has twice been a client. Along with a technical founder, he's been working on a new startup for about a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 11th, 2013 Francis Moran

Clarity raises $1.6 million, launches new feature

Moncton, N.B.-based Clarity announced its raised $1.6 million in funding today and also launching a new feature on its “dial-a-mentor” service.Founder and CEO Dan Martell began the phone-based, advice-giving service in beta mode

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 4th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Hey, kid, I hear you want to be an entrepreneur

By Leo Valiquette  “This is the most manic depressive way you could possibly live life. You’re never having a good day. You’re either having the best day ever, or you are thinking you

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 16th, 2012 Francis Moran

Fall deadlines loom for Canadian tech startups

It’s a busy Fall season for tech startups, with lots of options available out there to grow your business and gain resources – but with opportunity, comes deadlines. Here’s a few startup programs

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 9th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Clarity’s dial-a-mentor service completes 10,000 calls

The “dial a dealmaker” service launched by a native of Moncton, N.B. has completed 10,000 phone calls since opening its lines at the beginning of the year, the firm announced today.Clarity, which splits

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 7th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Wanted: Partners willing to take a leap of faith

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In our last post, we spoke to Katie and Luke Hrycak, the sibling founders of CommentAir, about their challenges as technology entrepreneurs who do not have a background

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 24th, 2012 Francis Moran

Accelerated: Springboard takes a ‘people centric’ approach

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette We recently conclude our two-part discussion with Jon Bradford, the man behind The Difference Engine and Springboard, two U.K.-based startup accelerators that took their inspiration from TechStarsand Y Combinator in the U.S. The Difference

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 17th, 2011 Francis Moran

Accelerated: The U.K.’s Springboard gets on and does stuff

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Throughout this series, we have often referenced tech startup accelerators and the important role they play in the commercialization ecosystem, as well as where government support fits into the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 11th, 2011 Francis Moran

Accelerated: TechStars harnesses the power of mentorship

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Throughout this series, we have often referenced startup accelerators and the important role they play in the commercialization ecosystem, as well as where government support fits into the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 25th, 2011 Francis Moran

Accelerated: Waterloo’s culture of collaboration

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Throughout this series, we have often referenced startup accelerators and the important role they play in the commercialization ecosystem, as well as where government support fits into the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 14th, 2011 Francis Moran

Immigrants behind Silicon Valley’s tech supremacy

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In his book, The Way Ahead: Meeting Canada's Productivity Challenge, Tom Brzustowski, RBC professor for the commercialization of innovation at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, talks about

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 9th, 2011 Francis Moran

Ties that bind – Six CIO strategies for smart relationship building

When my editor called to ask why my column was late, I said, "Column? What column?" With limited time to produce a draft, I rushed to my CIO network in search of help.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 10th, 2009 Martha Heller