The information technology, communications and entertainment (ICE) industries are rapidly changing and constantly evolving. In response, the MaRS ICE practice is also constantly iterating and growing to fulfill the needs of the startups we support.
Mentorship and advisory services are at the heart of our operations, but startups tackling the sea of opportunity in the online, mobile and deep technology space need much more than mentorship to succeed. Here are some of the newest initiatives we’ve launched to support our clients.
The MaRS Commons: Great co-working space and mentorship
The MaRS Commons is a 5,500-square-foot open concept workspace that provides select MaRS ICE clients with a place to work after they’ve outgrown Starbucks, but aren’t quite ready to lease an office space of their own. It’s also a convenient central drop-in space that entrepreneurs who are growing their business across the world can use when they’re back in town.
While it offers many amenities, the MaRS Commons is best known as a great networking hub, enabling entrepreneurs to interface with others in the startup community and with the MaRS advisors. Learn more here.
JOLT: A Global Accelerator Network–affiliated accelerator
One of the key obstacles startups face during their life cycle is acquiring the funds and education to go from beta to business. The JOLT accelerator program allows us to fill this gap in the market for online and mobile startups. For more information, check out the JOLT website.
Clusters: Who we’re working with
The ICE industries span the gamut of technology companies, and though we aim to help all ventures in this sector, we’re seeing a lot of activity in some areas in particular:
And here are some of the most prominent emerging technology trends:
We are also seeing a few distinct clusters emerging as hot spots in the ICE sector:
For more information on what’s going on in these clusters, check out the corresponding thought leadership pieces above.
Our full roster of advisors has grown to include over 60 ICE experts, each with a solid general business background as well as complimentary industry and deep functional expertise (e.g., go-to-market, HR, financial, fund raising, and so on). To learn more about our advisors, please visit the MaRS Commons website. We’re always building our team to better serve our clients, so check back often to learn more about who you could be seeing next.