13 Oct, 2014

In 2012 the Startup Genome released The Startup Ecosystem Report 2012; a comprehensive study focused on investigating startup ecosystems worldwide.

Provided to ventureLAB by Maryna Bakuntseva, Director at ResearchQuest Inc. and the Competitive and Market Intelligence Analyst at ventureLAB. Maryna has over 10 years of experience in conducting competitive and market intelligence research and analysis for SMEs.

Jonathon Shore
09 Oct, 2014

Bernard Moon, SparkLabs Global Ventures, writing in from his recent experiences both as a serial entrepreneur and as an investor at a seed-stage fund,[typically a sub-$100 million fund] tells entrepreneurs and his portfolio companies not to overthink valuation... that you should be an informed decision maker and have some basic information to make the best choices for yourself and your company.

Rachel Azagury
03 Sep, 2014

California has Silicon Valley. Ontario now has the Digital Corridor.

Silicon Valley is known for innovation and entrepreneurship, mostly focused on the technology sector.  It is a triangle nestling in the Southern portion of San Francisco.

Here in Ontario there exists one of the most concentrated centres of technology leadership and growth in the world, and it has not received its due – until now.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 helped Switch find the best financing options to help us to continue to grow. We worked together to get approved for a loan from BDC that helped us expand and set a solid foundation moving forward.

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