|LIFEbike: A winner’s perspective
Last week marked the seventh year of the Up-Start! Competition, an annual business-pitch competition where attendees of the Entrepreneurship 101 lecture series are invited to present their business cases for a chance to win a $10,000 prize. We asked this year’s winner, Henry Chong, the CEO of Revelo Bikes Inc., to share his entrepreneurial journey with us.
|Calling all future leaders! Apply now for our entrepreneurship boot camp
A new entrepreneurship incubator has popped up in San Francisco to pump even more startups into the crowded ecosystem of Silicon Valley. BizWiz teaches customer development, financing basics, project management and marketing. The attendees aren’t Stanford University grads, though—they’re eight-year-old children.
|MaRS, creating opportunities for clusters to thrive
Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School, recently addressed a full house of primarily business leaders at the Toronto Board of Trade’s 2012 Toronto Region Economic Summit. In his presentation, “Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Clusters,” Porter argued that clusters are critical enablers of competitiveness.
|Two MaRS clients chosen to attend Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator in California
Toronto, May 2, 2012 – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has chosen MaRS clients Heliotrope and KEEN 5X to take part in its Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator from May 6-8 in San Francisco. Heliotrope’s group learning game, Prelude, was chosen as one of the 10 “most innovative education technology products and [...]
|Do you have what VCs are looking for?
What do VCs want? “Big Money,” advises Shirley Speakman, Director of Investments at the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), at Entrepreneurship 101 last week. During her lecture on ‘Terms of Investments’, Shirley helps our audience understand what motivates investors to take a risk on a startup, from a VCs point of view.
|Governor General soaks up the latest in education innovation at Spongelab
On a tour of Toronto this week, Canada’s Governor General David Johnston took the time to play some video games. And I must say, he was pretty good!
|Governor General of Canada to visit MaRS client Spongelab Interactive on Toronto tour devoted to education and innovation
Toronto, March 14, 2012 – The Governor General of Canada today will be paying an official visit to the Toronto office of MaRS client Spongelab Interactive, an online interactive science education company. During a Toronto tour highlighting innovation and education through the arts, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston will meet Spongelab’s creators and [...]
|Investors want strong teams – get your HR right
“Finding people has never been easier; finding talent has never been harder.” Margo Crawford, Business Sherpa Startups across the province are finding it increasingly difficult to find and keep talent. And in the eyes of investors, a strong team can be equally as important as the idea itself.
|Mark your calendars: Events this month for startups and small businesses
Our team at Venture Accelerator Partners believes the following list of events to be the most useful for startups and small businesses this month. As always, there are many great events for startups happening at MaRS. For details, see the MaRS Events calendar. In the list below, I’ve supplemented the MaRS calendar with events occurring [...]
|Sword or shield – Which will you use to protect your fortress?
Intellectual property is a fortress for protecting your assets; you can guard these assets by attacking (sword) and defending against (shield) your competitors. At last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 lecture, Arshia Tabrizi, Founding and Managing Partner of Tabrizi Law Office PC, introduced the basics of identifying and managing intellectual property. Different types of IP exist for [...]