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

Published on: February 11th, 2013 Francis Moran

Startup Canada falls short of $100,000 fundraising goal

The entrepreneurial movement that traveled coast-to-coast hosting town halls and building a network of 300 partners has fallen short of its fundraising goal on Indiegogo.Startup Canada saw its campaign on the crowdfunding Web

Published on: February 1st, 2013 Brian Jackson

ventureLAB’s BUILD ‘bootcamp’ free, but not a free pass

ventureLAB's entrepreneurial education program might be free of charge and it won't turn anyone away, but CEO Jeremy Laurin wants to make it clear that it's no cake walk. ventureLAB is one of

Published on: January 10th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Entrepreneurship 101 calling business founders back to class

Many students are heading back to class after the winter break today, and Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District for those with entrepreneurial ambitions to do the same.It’s opened up registration for its Entrepreneurship 101

Published on: January 7th, 2013 Brian Jackson

SR&ED and the law of unintended consequences

By Francis Moran  Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit program is undoubtedly one of the most popular industrial incentive schemes around. Shortened to SR&ED and usually referred to as “Shred,” the program provides

Published on: December 7th, 2012 Francis Moran

Strong startup community ‘gives before it gets’

We asked Nathan Monk, to provide a guest post about MaRS Lean Startup Day hosted earlier this week. Nathan is a go-to-market mentor with MaRS' Information Technology, Communications and Entertainment (ICE) practice. What

Published on: December 6th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Startup TO – Interview with AngelHack Toronto Organizer JJ Beh

  AngelHack, the hottest buzz in travelling hackathons/incubators, just wrapped up its latest event this past week in Toronto on December 1-2.   With 11 city stops in total, AngelHack’s last destination was Sunny Los

Published on: December 6th, 2012 Ashley Huffman

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

Published on: December 4th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Crowdcube’s clever equity-based crowdfunding model

A lot of people might get bright ideas while they’re watching television, but it took U.K.-based entrepreneur Darren Westlake to actually take action on one and as a result launch the world’s first

Published on: December 3rd, 2012 Brian Jackson

A clarion call to make Canada an entrepreneurial economy

By Francis Moran  Startup Canada, the grassroots organisation that spent six months consulting entrepreneurs and their support ecosystem about what was needed to foster a stronger entrepreneurial culture in this country, Tuesday issued

Published on: November 30th, 2012 Francis Moran

The quest to quantify a startup’s likelihood to succeed

The odds of a tech startup surviving aren't just bad. They're terrible. About 75 per cent of all startups backed by venture capitalists fail toeven return investors' capital, according to research out of

Published on: November 30th, 2012 Christine Wong

Inside look at how being an ‘extreme startup’ impacts family life

Yesterday the second Extreme Startup's cohort launched at a demo day event in Toronto.While the audience learned about the products and business models of the five tech startups, they didn't learn that much

Published on: November 29th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Frank & Oak, Jibestream chosen as Canada’s ‘most innovative’ companies

Online clothing retailer Frank & Oak and wayfinding software firm Jibestream were dubbed Canada's most innovative companies by an audience of more than 500 investors, entrepreneurs, and business analysts in Toronto yesterday. The

Published on: November 28th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Startup Canada unveils its action plan

Startup Canada followed up its whirlwind tour across Canada on Tuesday by unveiling a three-part plan to build a more supportive, cohesive infrastructure to help the country's entrepreneurs. And it's a plan that

Published on: November 27th, 2012 Christine Wong