Neck ties not allowed, sandals optional

By Leo Valiquette  Victoria Lennox and the team at Startup Canada were back in Ottawa recently and my brief showing at one of the events left me with plenty of food for thought. (more…)

Published on: October 2nd, 2012 Francis Moran

30 considerations for getting tech to market: Part II

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Last week, we began a three-part recap of our Commercialization Ecosystem series with insights and practical advice on securing investment capital and finding champions to help get your

Published on: October 18th, 2011 Francis Moran

30 considerations for getting tech to market: Part I

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Six months ago we launched this “12-part” series to put forth ideas, yield practical insights and provoke thoughtful discussion about what it takes to get technology to

Published on: October 6th, 2011 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

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

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

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

Published on: July 14th, 2011 Francis Moran

Hug an entrepreneur

By Andrew Penny A lot has been said about creating an Innovative Culture. Research labs, government departments and agencies are all trying to figure out just how to make us innovate. The thought

Published on: April 19th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Are you standing between your tech start-up and success?

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette “Nothing disheartens me more than meeting an entrepreneur in B.C. who says his ambition is to one day conquer the Ontario market,” Anthony Lee, general partner at Altos Ventures

Published on: March 31st, 2011 Francis Moran

Incubation: Whose job is it, anyway?

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette “Government doesn’t start companies,” Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, told us a little while back. “Individuals do.” Nonetheless, government does have an important role to play in the value

Published on: March 21st, 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

Published on: March 9th, 2011 Francis Moran