Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 5:00AM EDT
Building Toronto’s next great food district won’t happen over night, but a handful of eager restaurateurs hope that by summer’s end Market Street is as synonymous with the city’s foodie culture as The Distillery District or King West.
The heritage buildings that occupy the street to the west of Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market have sat dormant for a number of years, plagued by construction and revitalization projects, but as the dust settles a new generation of first-time restaurant owners are hoping to bring a new identity to the narrow brick paved street.More »
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 8:41AM EST
Life is about to get a little easier for entrepreneurs working at Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University and OneEleven in Toronto, as well as Waterloo’s Communitech, as the incubators announce a partnership that will provide cohorts access to all three facilities.
With bustling startup communities just a couple of hours across Ontario’s highway 401, the new partnership hopes to make the journey a little more productive for busy entrepreneurs, while inspiring further collaboration between the two cities.More »
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 9:53AM EST
With Target announcing its departure from Canada, small businesses will be feeling a variety of effects, both positive and negative, in the immediate and long term.
While the exit of the American retail chain does leave a void that can be readily filled by local small businesses, some Canadian entrepreneurs have come to rely on Target to act as a flagship attraction for malls and other shopping spaces, while others depended on Target to stock their products.More »
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 3:16PM EST
While the snow is falling in many parts of the country and holiday decorations have sprung up on street corners, stores and workplaces, the Canadian startup community isn’t exemplifying any of that home-stretch sluggishness many enjoy right before the holiday season. In the small business world every day counts, which is why there are no shortage of announcements and events this mid-December week:More »
Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014 4:42PM EST
Some of Canada’s most promising startups in the energy, health care, education and smart-city sectors faced off Wednesday night as part of an international competition hosted by Washington-based incubator and investment fund 1776, in partnership with Toronto-based accelerator INcubes.
The Challenge Cup will visit a total of 16 startup hubs around the world, searching for leaders in their fields and bringing one qualifier in each category from each city to Washington for a final competition in May.More »
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 5:00AM EDT
Small business has been the backbone of the Canadian economy for generations, and although starting a small business may come easy for some, for many it is an endeavour that requires patience, focus, and trust in others almost as much as trust in self.
This last point is part of the impetus behind the province of Ontario's new Youth Jobs Strategy and focus on young entrepreneurs: Starter Company. Ontario residents ages 18 to 29 may have a great business idea, but many don't know who can help make that idea a reality. In short, they require trust in others (e.g. government services) to get that first business going.More »
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014 5:00AM EDT
Pivotal, a cloud-based software firm, on Thursday announced the opening of its new office in Toronto, focused on advancing the latest agile development practices, mobile application development, and enterprise innovation.
Over the next 10 years, the California-based firm will invest $300-million in its Canadian operations as part of a strategic plan to bring the best of application development to global enterprises and startups. A year ago, Pivotal joined the community of technology startups in Toronto when it acquired Xtreme Labs, the leading provider of mobile strategy and product development. Pivotal is backed by industry heavyweights Vmware and EMC, and Xtreme Labs was its first acquisition.More »
Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014 12:00AM EDT
Toronto startup Bionym has closed a $14-million (U.S.) funding round led by a number of high-profile investors, including Relay Ventures, Export Development Canada (EDC) and MasterCard.
Bionym has developed a wearable product called the Nymi band, which authenticates a user’s identity by heartbeat, or unique ECG. It can be used with applications that require passwords, PINs and keycards. The company has logged more than 10,000 pre-orders with a release scheduled for the fall.More »
Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 9:00AM EDT
The Ottawa-based retail commerce platform, which hit the $1-billion valuation mark in Dec. 2013, has teamed up with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs to help new and emerging stores launch and grow their businesses.More »
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 12:38PM EDT
Two of Canada’s top business accelerator programs announced a merger at the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning, introducing what they call the country’s first pan-Canadian startup platform.
Vancouver-based GrowLab and Toronto’s Extreme Startups will unite to provide established entrepreneurs and investors from across the country with a new startup ecosystem called HIGHLINE.More »
Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 12:01PM EDT
This series looks at technologies that will be game-changers for small business, particularly firms whose staffs are highly mobile and where travel is part of the game.
When Catherine Vetere strolls to the headquarters of her movie production company, 4D Pictures, it’s a distance of about three metres.More »
Monday, Jul. 07, 2014 3:39PM EDT
The Walt Disney Company announced the 11 startups that will participate in its new 15-week accelerator program.
Based in the greater Los Angeles area, Disney Accelerator – powered by TechStars – gives early stage companies exclusive access to top-level execs, $20,000 in funding upon acceptance (and access to an additional $100,000 convertible debt note) and exclusive access to resources across the company. Conversely, the program gives Disney access to up-and-coming talent.More »
Friday, Jun. 13, 2014 12:40PM EDT
The Google machine can be a wonderful thing. More on that in a moment.
At the 2014 Startup Canada Awards in Toronto on Thursday night, the Lifetime Achievement Award was granted to Gerry Pond, a pillar of the entrepreneurial community on the East Coast. During his acceptance speech, 70-year-old Pond said he hoped next year’s ceremony would include a winner in a “seniorpreneur” category.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014 9:00AM EDT
Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, today announced the company has raised $46-million in Series C funding. The round was led by OMERS Ventures with participation from August Capital, Raine Ventures, and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, Canada’s new venture fund.
Wattpad’s existing investors, which include Union Square Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and Boris Wertz of Version One Venture, also participated in the round.More »
Friday, Apr. 04, 2014 4:25PM EDT
Pop-ups are so ubiquitous that calling them a trend suggests they might drift away. They won’t.
Until now, I’ve always felt that once you’ve been to one pop-up, you’ve been to them all, in terms of the shopping experience. Shopify’s recent foray into the pop-up world proved me wrong. Here are five reasons why, which other entrepreneurs might want to take to heart:More »
Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014 10:51AM EDT
New group of seed investors 'having a blast'
Successful business people in Canada are often criticized for not giving back to the entrepreneurial community, and a new U.S.-based venture fund might provide some north-of-the-border inspiration.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 12:40PM EST
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Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 1:08PM EST
A passage to India
It’s not hard to find entrepreneurs or experts who stress the need for Canadian companies to sell their wares abroad. It’s another to get the bulk of small businesses to actually do it.More »
Monday, Feb. 03, 2014 9:38AM EST
The Next Founders offers an executive education
The Next 36, Canada’s program for young entrepreneurs, is seeking 20 high potential founders of promising tech ventures, to join the first cohort of The Next Founders. The Next Founders is an executive education program, designed for innovators, that involves an extraordinary community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, professors and investors.More »
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 9:16AM EST
Tech talent shines in Waterloo
Companies in the University of Waterloo’s Velocity startup program have raised more than $100-million in funding in the five years since the incubator launched.More »
Sean Stanleigh is the product manager of Report on Small Business. His goal is to make ROSB the primary destination for readers in search of information and compelling stories about Canada's small-business community, which continues to grow in size and influence. Mr. Stanleigh has an extensive background in journalism, including a number of senior editing positions at The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.