Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada

Impact investing in Canada is on the rise, but it will require leadership from governments, foundations, pension funds, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations (NPOs) and others to reach its full potential. This report advances priority recommendations for governments—the federal government in particular—to enable and catalyze impact investment in Canada.

Identifying the right recruiting strategies for your startup

If you decide to recruit externally, it’s prudent to know where to place your job posting to attract the best applicants.

When do I need to hire an employee and who should my first hire be?

It’s hard for startups to know when to make the first hire. Creating a roadmap can help you pinpoint when and where additional expertise is needed.

What are the top online job boards to use for recruiting candidates?

When recruiting, using online job boards can be one of the most cost-effective ways to attract the best candidates.

Recruitment strategies: Using networks to find talent and job candidates

Leveraging your professional network can be an efficient and cost-effective way to source qualified job candidates and compete for key resources.

Hiring headhunters or recruitment agencies: What to know

Recruiting agencies can provide a valuable service. They source job candidates on your behalf, leveraging their expertise to find you strong pool of candidates.

Using online job boards as recruitment tools

Job boards can be effective recruitment tools. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Understanding my management style for recruiting and building teams

As a leader, you need to identify your management style so you can recruit others who will work well in the environment you create.

Recruiting for sales: Your first hire in a tech startup

Learn how to put together a sales force plan that will sustain your startup over the longer term.

Print advertising in recruitment

While print advertising is no longer considered a stand-alone tool to source candidates, some situations remain where print advertising may be effective.

Job description template: A sample for startups

Startups can use this sample template as a framework for writing a job description.

Sample job description for an administrative assistant

Startups can use this sample job description as an example to follow when creating a job description

How to write a standout job posting

A job posting is an advertisement meant to attract job applicants. It is not the job description.

Keeping and protecting employee records: The Ontario Employment Standards Act

The Ontario Employment Standards Act requires companies to securely store certain employee information. Learn more about what you need to know.

Defining, building and maintaining a corporate culture

Corporate culture is the foundation on which an organization is built.

Recruiting for your startup: Corporate culture, vision statement and core values

Articulating a vision statement and a set of core values helps define your corporate culture and how your startup wants to do business.

Co-operative corporation social ventures

A co-op is a special purpose organization owned by members that use its services. Understand the pros and cons of this legal structure before you commit to a co-operative corporation.

Guerrilla marketing for your startup – MaRS Best Practices

Saul Colt, Head of Magic at Kinetic Café, shows through a series of marketing examples how word-of-mouth momentum and taking risks can be created and harnessed by startups to build powerful yet cost-effective experiences for their customers.

Marketing on a Shoestring: Four Hot Tips for Startups

Saul Colt, Head of Magic, Kinetic Café, highlights tactics for startups to stand out from the crowd and compete against players with larger budgets and more resources.

Going Global Series – China

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Digital Transition: Canadian Media Experiments in 2014, Part 2

In Part 1 of our exploratory series on the Canadian media industry, Digital Transition: Canadian Media Experiments in 2014, we discussed different experiments media organizations are conducting in Canada to adapt to the ever-evolving digital world. To find new business … Continued

Family by Family: Australian social innovation in action – MaRS Global Leadership

In Australia, millions of people suffer everyday from hardships including family breakdown, child abuse, disease and social inequality. Dana Shen, director of The Australian Centre of Social Innovation’s Family by Family social lab, discusses how her organization helps Australian families, … Continued

Doing Business in Silicon Valley: Five Hot Tips for Startups

Heading to Silicon Valley? Aron Solomon, Senior Advisor, Education Technology, MaRS Discovery District, highlights what startups should know before they get there.

Connected World Market Insights Series

The Connected World is a future made possible with data, and is essentially the Internet of Things. The fusion of information and communications technologies (ICT) with energy networks and health systems is taking hold, bringing new functionality, efficiency and productivity … Continued