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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

#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

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.

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.

Negotiations – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Ted Maduri and Andrew Lord, Partners at Davis LLP, offer the foundation to principled negotiation strategy, from understanding the motivations of each stakeholder to defending against tough tactics and using tools to create advantages. Ultimately, to achieve the best possible … Continued

Sales (B2B) – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Mark Elliott, Co-Founder of Venture Accelerator Partners, shares a range of sales tactics and techniques on business-to-business (B2B) sales. At its core, B2B sales is about connecting to organizations who need what you offer at the right time, and building … Continued

Networking for entrepreneurs – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Andrew Yoshioka, President of Sanbonki Inc., shares the benefits of networking for entrepreneurs. Learn techniques to build your network and the most effective ways to meet people, tell stories that make a lasting impact, and build meaningful business and social … Continued

Marketing Communications/B2C Sales – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Mark Evans, Principal at ME Consulting, shares advice on how to shape your startup marketing plan using storytelling as the key element. Stories that evolve as your business grows and engage your customers in a meaningful way.

Lived It Lecture with Bruce Croxon – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

In this talk, Bruce Croxon, Managing Partner of Round 13 Capital, shares how he got started as a tech entrepreneur – and finds a link among successful startups: they are built through vision and core values. Bruce asks new founders … Continued

Business plan and other communication tools – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, emphasizes the importance of writing communication documents for your startup including the business plan. Learn why business plans are a useful process for planning and analysis, as well as for approaching … Continued

Obtaining consent for computer program installations under Canada’s anti-Spam legislation: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Speaker: J. Andrew Sprague, Associate, Information Technology Miller Thomson LLP Description: Under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (referred to in this video as CASL), startups must obtain the applicable consent to install any program on a user’s computer system. J. Andrew Sprague … Continued

Meet the Entrepreneurs: Information and Communication Technology – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

With all of the momentum in the startup ecosystem around financial technology, this panel of entrepreneurs discusses the many challenges they are experiencing and the highly rewarding opportunity in the emerging space in areas ranging from peer-to-peer payments and digital … Continued

Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change – MaRS Global Leadership

Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, talks about current innovations in philanthropy and how social innovation is creating extraordinary opportunities to reshape how we approach complex challenges in Canada. Stephen also references the initiatives the … Continued

Walter Isaacson on urban innovation

Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute and author of The Innovators, talks about urban innovation and the clustering of creative and technology communities in modern cities. He references MaRS as an example of an ecosystem that supports the collaboration … Continued

The Innovators with Walter Isaascon – MaRS Global Leadership

Watch the full length presentation from, and interview of Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute, and acclaimed biographer of his latest book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution.” Hear his perspectives … Continued

Part IV: Audience led Q&A and closing remarks – The Innovators with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators answers a range of questions, from women in technology, to advanced in development in robotics, and the value of a liberal arts education. Part 4 of 4.