Can You Be Canada’s Next Top Startup?

January 28, 2016

FUND Can You Be Canada’s Next Top Startup? It’s official: Canada’s start-up market is among the world’s hottest. The Wall Street Journal featured Toronto’s Hubba as one of North America’s leading new tech companies over numerous US-based competitors. Led by Ben Zifkin, who was named by Canadian Business magazine as “the next best thing” in 2016, Hubba will raise about $45 million in funding to expand beyond North America. The e-commerce business has already signed up more than 10,000 businesses as paying customers, including retail giants like WalMart. And Hubba is just the start. Have you heard of Shopify? The Ottawa-based e-commerce business has raised over $100 million, topping The Globe and Mail’s list of Canadian tech start-ups. Read More

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5 Tips to Create a Business Plan for Longevity & Get Funding Too!

October 15, 2015

5 Tips to Create a Business Plan for Longevity & Get Funding Too! According to a 2015 Bloomberg¬ Business survey, as many as 8 out of 10 new businesses fail after their first year. You want to be one of the 20% that succeed – so where does a business plan come in? Ali Sammour, founder of ICE Technologies, whose intuitive mobile shopping wallet KIKR is in beta testing, says “We had a strong pitch deck and great products. Our business plan helped us define our value proposition and we can use it as a flexible tool going forward for many different purposes.” Read More

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4 Signs Your Business is Teetering on Growth

July 15, 2014

Having foresight instead of being caught off guard will keep you on track for business growth. How do you know when you are teetering on the brink of business growth?  You have successfully launched the business and have been operating full steam ahead for a few years now.  You have spent the past few years mastering the art of networking, establishing a good presence in the marketplace for your products and/or services, and have created a pretty decent customer base. Here are four clear signs that help you identify that your business is in need of a growth strategy. Read More

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