Small firms dominate Silicon Valley North

Small businesses dominate Toronto’s information and communications technology (ICT) cluster, often referred to as Silicon Valley North, according to a new report.Only less than half of one per cent of the 11,500 ICT

Published on: November 30th, 2010 Brian Jackson

10 things to know when taking your tech firm global

For many local technology companies explosive growth means daring to leave the comforts of home, according to serial entrepreneurs and investors supporting an initiative to help Canadian businesses expand to international markets.“Don't get

Published on: November 17th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

How to raise $10M with just 5 slides

Getting funding is always a top challenge for many tech start-ups. Business advisors I interview never fail to point out that majority of IT entrepreneurs may be geniuses when it comes to technology

Published on: November 5th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Four security start-ups, four paths to success

What sort of business might an entrepreneur launch in a post-recession economy where funding is scarce, company purse strings tight, and competition abounds?If a room full of IT security professionals at Toronto's Sector

Published on: November 4th, 2010 Brian Jackson

‘Fire in the eyes’ and a disruptive idea — your ticket to VC funding

Juniper Networks Inc. this year created a venture capital fund to encourage development on its Junos platform, which provides a common language across the networking company's routing, switching and security devices. Other companies

Published on: June 16th, 2010 Patrick Thibodeau

How to get Google to give you great gobs of cash

Google is looking to invest in key industries. If you want some of that action, it doesn't hurt to have a pal inside the Googleplex. Google's venture capital arm is a year old,

Published on: May 6th, 2010 Mitch Wagner

Budget a big letdown for small Canadian firms

"Paltry" funds earmarked for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the 2010 federal budget, have come in for heavy criticism by tech industry observers. "There's really nothing much for SMBs -- nothing has

Published on: March 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Tax credits, funding available to Ontario digital content developers

Digital content developers, who've survived the economic turmoil of past 18 months, may sense the storm is calming, and a ray of sunlight peeking through the clouds.And maybe even a rainbow leading to

Published on: March 2nd, 2010 Brian Jackson

Lack of Marketing Savvy: Is It Restricting Growth Among Canadian Startups?

Canada has an abundance of innovative ideas, exemplary technical talent, and infrastructure to support its technology initiatives. So why is Canada not positioned as a country that is synonymous with innovation and commercialization?

Published on: January 8th, 2010 Krista Napier

How to raise funds for your business — advice from $35 million man

It seems the story that dominated finance over 2009 was the lack of opportunities for start-up companies. As the banking system reeled from the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, venture capital

Published on: December 28th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Scoop lets field workers collaborate using Blackberrys and iPhones

Rick Bongers has people calling him with new and complex problems every day.But the project manager at Breslau, Ont.-based T3 Integrated Solutions Inc. is no customer support staff worker. He's an engineer working

Published on: December 15th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Electrifying success – Smart lighting saves Rogers Centre $300,000 a year

Use of a smart lighting control system is enabling the Rogers Centre in Toronto save more than $300,000 a year on energy costs.The sprawling Rogers Centre (formerly called Skydome) spans around 12.7 acres.The

Published on: June 29th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Rabbits, robots and remote surgery – small Canadian firms offer tech that transforms healthcare

Great ideas, wonderful products, but little money to bring them to market ... it's an age-old problem and currently one that confronts many small Canadian tech vendors with innovative offerings targeting the healthcare

Published on: May 13th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Tech start-ups get funding boost from Ontario gov’t

Getting over that last hurdle between product development and market launch can be a make-or-break journey for start-ups. And a timely infusion of cash can make this road a little less arduous. Despite

Published on: January 13th, 2009 Nestor Arellano