Video rewind: Think team and traction to attract investors

Funding is a top challenge for technology businesses. In the lead up to Technicity 2011, ITBusiness.ca has been featuring a series of start-up themed articles and content such as our State of the

Published on: November 15th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Under-30 entrepreneurs fail to woo investors with startup pitches

It’s a nightmare for most of us: a big white screen, a PowerPoint presentation, and nowhere to hide. But that age-old format recently gave some of Canada’s most ambitious young entrepreneurs an opportunity

Published on: August 30th, 2011 Christine Wong

‘Good deeds’ social network shutting down Aug. 15

Akoha Inc., the social networking firm that asked “What if playing a game could make the world a better place?” is shutting its doors on Aug. 15 as a result of not being

Published on: August 4th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Why elevator pitches don’t work with investors

What’s the problem with elevator pitches?For one thing, investors don’t care much about them, according to Dan Mothersill, a Toronto-based serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has advised and funded numerous tech start-ups.“The

Published on: March 22nd, 2011 Nestor Arellano

StockTwits founder wants you to learn from his mistakes

Social media investor Howard Lindzon took a pass on putting money in Zynga (of Mafia Wars and Farmville fame), said no to investing on microblogging hit Twitter, and missed the angle once more

Published on: November 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Think team and traction not tech when seeking angel investors

When it comes to courting investors, start up owners are better off highlighting their management team and proving their product will sell rather than convincing potential investors they have a one-of-a-kind technology in

Published on: October 22nd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Do you have a kick-ass story to tell about your solution?

If your answer is no, you have a problem…or at the very least, you will probably have difficulty getting people's attention.  Case in point: "Dragons Den" style events seem to be all the

Published on: April 8th, 2010 Krista Napier

Ontario tech startups badly need financing info

They badly need money but they don't know who, when or how to approach the people who have it.This, in a nutshell, is the major challenge of early stage companies in Ontario seeking

Published on: January 11th, 2008 Nestor Arellano