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Lifecycle of a startup

Do you have an idea for a new product? In this talk, Jon Worren of MaRS Discovery District walks through the step-by-step process to build a startup. Entrepreneurship 101 2015/16

Being an entrepreneur: What it’s really like

Chris Draper, CEO and Founder of OStheory, captures what it’s really like to build an innovative company. Chris offers a unique perspective and expert tips on finding success by taking action and staying self-motivated. Entrepreneurship 101 2015/16

Doing Business With China: Five Hot Tips for Startups

Aron Solomon, Head, LegalX, MaRS Discovery District, and Chris Flood, Counsel, Blakes, share insights on how startups can recognize and make the most of market opportunities with China.

Storytelling: Four Hot Tips for Startups

Mark Evans, Principal, ME Consulting, highlights how well-crafted stories can spark emotions, build connections and trigger actions. Learn how you can use the art of storytelling to engage your customer.

Approaching an angel investor: Four Hot Tips for Startups

Are you seeking capital? Karen Grant, Executive Director and Founder, Angel One Investor Network, provides key advice for startups preparing to approach potential investors.

The Pitch – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Frank Erschen, Director of the Network of Angel Organizations, and Melissa Durrell, President of Durrell Communications, share the essentials of building and delivering an effective pitch to potential investors. Learn all the components of telling a compelling story to spark … Read More

360 panel on venture capital funding – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Find out how venture capital firms operate and the factors that influence investment decisions from three leading tech investors from the MaRS community. The conversation is led by our panel moderator Tim Jackson. Speakers: ​​Tim Jackson, EVP Corporate and Community … Read More

Using 3D Printing in Manufacturing: Four Hot Tips for Startups

John Brown and Dubi Finklshtein of Javelin Technologies provide key advice for startups using 3D printing (or, additive manufacturing) in building prototypes as well as later in the production process.

Raising money from venture capitalists – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Michelle McBane, Investment Director with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (MaRS IAF), shares how a venture capital (VC) fund operates, assesses and structures a deal, and talks about the VC-entrepreneur relationship.

Meet the Entrepreneurs: Health – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

The winners of the 2014 MaRS HealthKick pitch competition share advice on how to tell your venture story effectively, leverage experience from pitching, and best use the rewards from a competition. Learn more about MaRS HealthKick. Panel: Jeff Ruby, Founder … Read More

Deep learning: Changing the playing field of artificial intelligence

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, CIFAR Fellow and Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Statistics, University of Toronto, talks about how deep learning is changing the field of artificial intelligence and revolutionizing our online experience, with applications including speech and image recognition. About the … Read More

#LegalLean at MaRS: Mitch Kowalski – The great legal reformation

The successful law firm of 2025 will emerge from the choices made by law firm leaders today.

Lived It Lecture with Carol Leaman – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Axonify president and CEO, Carol Leaman discusses how to build a profitable company that moves in the right direction with the market and shares important personal lessons learned from her journey as an entrepreneur.

Harnessing the power of self-interest for collective impact — MaRS Global Leadership

What role does self-interest play in our quest for solutions to complex social challenges? The word “self-interest” is virtually taboo in the social change community. However, understanding self-interest, as well as what motivates us as people and what leads others … Read More

#LegalLean at MaRS: Ronan Levy – Risky business: Why learning to love risk will make you a better lawyer, guaranteed.

Ronan is unlike any lawyer you’ve met before. Described as “too creative to be a lawyer” and “the most entrepreneurial lawyer you’ll ever meet”, Ronan takes a radically different perspective on law and the practice of it. Ronan is a founder of … Read More

Alternative sources of funding – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

In this talk, Jon Worren, Senior Director and Entrepreneur in Residence at MaRS, shares tips on how to build a successful company without outside investors. Learn how to use bootstrapping methods to manage minimal resources for maximum growth and take … Read More

Demystifying SR&ED: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Terry Lavineway, Director of Business Incentives, Welch LLP, highlights some of the ins and outs for entrepreneurs to know when applying for tax credits under the Canadian Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED).

Navigating common accounting challenges: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Bryan Haralovich, Partner, Welch LLP, highlights how to best manage certain accounting challenges that entrepreneurs commonly face. Learn more about your possible US tax consequences, mitigating foreign currency fluctuations and meeting your payroll responsibilities.

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 … Read More

#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 … Read More

#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 … Read More

#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 … Read More