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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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Deep learning: Changing the playing field of artificial intelligence

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, a CIFAR fellow and assistant professor of Computer Science and Statistics at the 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 … Continued

#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 … Continued

#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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … 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.

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