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Jeremy Laurin
25 Jun, 2014

Does anyone remember this day?  When it happened for you?  Did you even bother to attend? 

For me, I remember my robe and I remember most importantly how proud my Mom and Dad were of me for reaching this achievement, it mattered.

This past Monday June 9th I was given the distinct honour of being asked to deliver the Convocation address to the graduating class of Centennial College.  This time the robe was themed in the Centennial green and I was their guest.  As I looked out over a packed house of students, parents, invited guests, faculty and staff, again I was reminded of the importance this achievement represents and how necessary it was going to be for me to not screw up!!

ventureLAB
09 May, 2014

Ever wondered where businesses turn to when they want their business to get acquired? Or how about when another company is ready to acquire technology to fuel growth?

For companies developing hot solutions, likely the suitors approach them. But for everyone else I’d imagine it can be difficult attracting suitors when one’s personal network just isn’t cutting it.

Today Toronto’s BizON officially launched, a startup marketplace that connects general business people looking to buy or sell a business. BizON doesn’t focus explicitly on Internet startups, but rather any type of business. Nevertheless, it can be a handy tool for a startup looking to sell.

ventureLAB
08 May, 2014

Cindy Gordon has been a banker, consultant, venture capitalist, and a national technology guru. Now she’s an entrepreneur running her own digital startup. What opportunity lured her onto the front lines?  She says SalesChoice, which offers an easy-to-use sales-management alternative to market leader Salesforce, will leverage advanced math and predictive analysis to change the way companies sell. Her team’s ultimate goal: to win a Nobel Prize.

ventureLAB
08 May, 2014

Ottawa-based PatientWay was founded in March 2010. Early on it became a client of York Region’s ventureLAB to access healthcare mentoring and funding expertise and proximity to large GTA medtech markets. Supplying healthcare self-registration kiosks, the company is led by entrepreneur, veteran software developer CEO Jay Lawrence and COO Andrew Bailes, a Queen’s MBA.

ventureLAB
07 May, 2014

Small businesses are scrambling to make sure they’re compliant with new anti-spam legislation taking effect on July 1 that will impact how they drum up future sales.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is a tough new law meant to crack down on unwanted e-mail and texts, and it will apply to companies and organizations worldwide. Businesses selling or promoting products or services will need to prove they have consent to reach out to new, existing and potential customers using electronic messages, a list that includes tweets.

ventureLAB
07 May, 2014

It may happen in careful, tiptoeing steps, but a local equity crowdfunding platform is maturing.

On Wednesday, New York-based Return on Change revealed that a cleantech startup, Geostellar, used its website to close a $1 million round. It is the first company using Return on Change to break seven figures in one campaign, giving some credence, Return on Change CEO and founder Sang Lee says, to equity crowdfunding as a way for sophisticated startups and investors to do deals.

ventureLAB
01 May, 2014

The Town of Richmond Hill, ventureLAB, and the Regional Municipality of York are excited to bring you the fourth annual MedEdge Summit on June 19, 2014.

MedEdge is a catalyst for advancing life science ideas, connections and innovation into commercial success in York Region and the GTA’s life sciences sector.

ventureLAB
30 Apr, 2014

CommunityBUILD is an ongoing collaborative between United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB. Aimed at strengthening social enterprise, this project addresses two important issues in York Region: food insecurity and youth unemployment. Partnerships such as communityBUILD help United Way York Region find long-term solutions to address the most pressing issues in our region. By partnering with social entrepreneurs, United Way creates opportunities for a better life for everyone in our region.

08 Apr, 2014

CEO Mike McDerment, right, and community manager Jamaal Montasser are the cofounders of FreshBooks, the online invoicing and record-keeping management software.

ventureLAB™ has been a huge supporter of HandyMetrics from the very beginning. They have provided us with guidance critical to the growth of our company: helping us refine our value proposition, define and manage target clients, map purchasing processes, develop pricing strategies, and scaling our sales. They have also kept us abreast of events and opportunities relevant to our company’s development and ultimately, to our success.

Eve Moore, Director of Operations - HandyMetrics Corporation

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