Startup culture – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Shawn Mandel, VP of TELUS Digital, shares many lessons learned by combining the right mindsets, methods and thinking to create a culture of resilience and excellence at your startup.

#LegalLean at MaRS: Jason Moyse – The mashup of echo chambers in the legal services industry

Jason sets the tone for the day by discussing the mashup of echo chambers that results in new delivery approaches for the legal services industry through greater innovation. In his words, law is business and there is an $800 Billion opportunity which can be served by many suppliers beyond the traditional law firms including alternative providers who merge people, technology and process techniques like Lean Six Sigma and Lean Startup.

Entrepreneurial leadership: Building and managing a team – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

It takes a great team to build a successful company. In this talk, Keri Damen, Program Director at the U of T School of Continuing Studies, shares strategies and tips to hire and manage a smart team, create a culture … Continued

#LegalLean at MaRS: Joshua Lenon – Unlocking Value in the Traditional Legal Industry

Unlocking Value in the Traditional Legal Industry In this wide ranging and compelling talk, Joshua discusses the dawn of agile methodology for legal, including how Clio develops its products. Joshua also highlights many innovative examples from SmallLaw to BigLaw where … Continued

Implementing and evaluating sales compensation plans

Once your startup has completed the design phase of your sales compensation plan, it is time to focus on the employees who participate in the plan.

Employee networks: A powerful recruitment tool

The most powerful recruitment tool a business has is the combined network of its employees.

Employee benefits and benefits packages: What Ontario employers should know

Benefits are a key part of an employee’s compensation package. Some types of benefits are legislated, while others are offered to be competitive.

#LegalLean at MaRS: Dera Nevin – Law is a data field

Law is a data field In this talk, Dera discusses how she “moves a lot of cheese” and highlights the storytelling aspects of law utilizing technology to address both acute and chronic problems. In her words, the internet is the first significant … Continued

#LegalLean at MaRS: Ken Grady – The Seyfarth Lean Journey

The Seyfarth Lean Journey In this talk, Ken highlights the amazing transformation and evolution of the Seyfarth Lean program: a value-driven client service model, which combines the core principles of Lean Six Sigma with process improvement, project management and tailored technology solutions. For … Continued

Recruiting and building a founding team – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Finding and recruiting talent are core skills for startup founders. In this talk, Margo Crawford from the Business Sherpa Group, shares practical ways to use job boards and social networks in your recruitment process to attract active and passive candidates. … Continued

Virtual teams: Benefits and disadvantages

For startups, using virtual teams can be a way to provide top products and services while remaining responsive to customers and flexible.

Coaching strategies and mentoring programs

Coaching is a short-term task-based process. Mentoring involves longer-term relationships. Use these programs to develop an able and motivated workforce.

Retaining top talent: Employee retention strategies for startups

Retaining top talent is a challenge for any company. It is especially key for tech startups, where innovation, consistency and longevity are crucial to stay ahead of the competition.

The Pay Equity Act: Pay equity legislation and Ontario startups

Pay equity legislation in Ontario applies to organizations of all sizes. Ontario startups need to be aware of and comply with the regulations.

Financial Planning/Budgeting – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Andrew Graham, Co-Founder and CEO of Borrowell, outlined the most important financial planning tools and skills startup owners need to manage key components of their business – including cash flow, forecasting, financial statements and more.

Going Global and Entering New Markets: Five Hot Tips for Startups

Marie Chevrier (Founder, Sampler) and Jake Hirsch-Allen (Partner, Functional Imperative and Lighthouse Labs) underline key strategies to help startups succeed as they enter new international markets.

Rewarding your critical resources: A compensation strategy for startups

Given the competitive business world, many companies have realized that recognizing and compensating their most critical employees is paramount to their success.

Offering employees equity in your startup: Stock options and plans

Why offer employees equity in your startup? Allocating equity to your employees in the form of or stock option plans, generates two key benefits: It encourages your team to form a serious relationship with your startup It creates a monetary … Continued

Profit-sharing plans for startups: Bonus or deferred plans

Profit-sharing plans can be a useful incentive tool to help employees focus their efforts on the long-term success of your startup.

Employee stock options: A compensation strategy for your startup

Stock options plans are common to executive compensation packages, but they can be offered to other employees as well.

Selecting your first board of advisors – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Tony Redpath, Senior Fellow and Cleantech Advisor at MaRS, shares how to structure your board of directors and advisory board for your startup and why it’s such a critical piece for building a successful organization. Find out the difference between … Continued

Meet the Entrepreneurs: Cleantech – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Meet three emerging entrepreneurs who are making big waves in cleantech. Ahmed Badruddin from WatrHub, Michael Helander from OTI Lumionics and Will Rogers from Galt Green Energy with MaRS advisor David Bowden as the panel moderator.

Raising Money Through Equity Crowdfunding: Five Hot Tips for Startups

Carlos Pinto Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer at the SVX, spotlights five key strategies for startups to run a successful equity crowdfunding campaign.

Contract Manufacturing – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

This diverse panel examines difficult strategic and tactical questions for outsourcing to contract manufactures. From estimating the time to market to selecting the right supply chain and facility partners – thinking ahead and finding the right manufacturing model for your … Continued

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