Entrepreneurs must celebrate failure

Toronto the good does a bad job of encouraging risk-taking entrepreneurs, especially when they stumble.That was just one of the main conclusions to come out of Technicity, a diverse one-day summit that brought

Published on: November 23rd, 2011 Christine Wong

Toronto’s recipe for ICT success: management, talent, money

More competent managers, a larger IT talent pool, more start-up funding, and greater collaboration are needed to boost Toronto's tech posture, according to speakers and attendees of Technicity 2011.These were the critical issues

Published on: November 23rd, 2011 Nestor Arellano

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

Strong social networks secret to startup funding, study finds

It really is all about who you know, at least if you're an Ontariostartup looking for money.A preliminary study on the role of contact networks in the success ofOntario startups has found that

Published on: November 9th, 2011 Christine Wong

No one right path to commercialization, experts say

Toronto biotech startup ArcticDx has spent eight years working on technology to measure an individual's risk of developing colorectal carcinoma, but still hasn't commercialized it. Meanwhile, by taking a slightly different approach, the

Published on: November 9th, 2011 Grant Buckler

IT investment not priority for Canadian small business

Technology investments are at the bottom of the list of priorities for Canadian small businesses, according to a survey recently released by Sage Software Inc.The survey commissioned by the accounting and management software

Published on: September 30th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Video Rewind: The three Ts of finding an angel investor

Are you looking for an angel investor to fund your tech start-up or small business?Rob Kotourbash of Maple Leaf Angel Investors Group says that investors typically focus of three Ts when deciding to

Published on: September 13th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

IBM pledges $1 billion financing for SMBs

IBM has pledged US$1 billion in financing to help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) procure certain IBM systems and services, the company announced Thursday."SMBs face difficulties in access to financing. They may not

Published on: September 9th, 2011 Joab Jackson

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

Green tech sector siphons VC money away from IT startups

Canada's venture capitalists are going green, but putting less green - as in cash - into IT startups at the same time. Second quarterVC investment in Canadian IT startups totalled $136 million, down

Published on: August 17th, 2011 Christine Wong

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

Will flow-through shares program help finance tech firms?

By Denzil Doyle During the past three or four decades, Canadian policy makers at both the federal and provincial levels have tried just about every trick in the book to finance technology companies,

Published on: March 12th, 2011 Francis Moran

Top 12 lies angels tell

By Frank Peters Angel investors are among the leading sources of funding for many technology firms. Knowing how these investors think and evaluate a possible investment is therefore vital for any tech start

Published on: March 10th, 2011 Francis Moran

Go global or go home, investors advise mobile tech firms

“First we take Toronto then we take the world” just doesn't cut it anymore as a business strategy for startup mobile device companies, according to one of the heads of a leading Canadian

Published on: February 21st, 2011 Nestor Arellano