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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Valley
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CEO Mike McDerment, right, and community manager Jamaal Montasser are the cofounders of FreshBooks, the online invoicing and record-keeping management software.
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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.”