Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program
JANUARY 25, 2013
I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. By doing so, they are saying to the world “welcome immigrant entrepreneurs – please come start your business in Canada.” While Canada is plowing forward making it easy for immigrant entrepreneurs to move to Canada and start companies, the US efforts are now entirely focused on “comprehensive immigration reform.” Canada is showing real leadership.
Exits in Canada: September 2016
OCTOBER 3, 2016
The companies were across Canada: 5 from Vancouver (and Victoria), 3 from Toronto. The post Exits in Canada: September 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada ExitingAfter a slow Summer, Canadian IT exits picked up last month with 10 deals closed.
Exits in Canada: February 2016
MARCH 2, 2016
February was another month filled with mainly modest software exits in Canada. The post Exits in Canada: February 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada Exiting exit strategies exits M & A
Exits in Canada: January 2016
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
January was a pretty quiet month for software exits in Canada. The post Exits in Canada: January 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada Exiting
Exits in Canada: July 2016
AUGUST 2, 2016
I expected a Summer slow down, but July was pretty darn underwhelming with just 3 software acquisitions in Canada. I will be doing a separate post on the IT exits so far this year in Canada. The post Exits in Canada: July 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada ExitingHighlights: 3 deals announced (8 last month). 1 of the deals had a disclosed value ($ 4.1M). The companies were in Burlington, Montreal and Quebec City.
Exits in Canada: August 2016
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
As expected given the time of year, August was a slow month for IT exits in Canada with 5 deals closed (3 last month). The companies were across Canada: Halifax, Saint Lazare, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The post Exits in Canada: August 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada Exiting exits M & AHowever, an additional 5 deals were announced in the month (but not closed yet) including BCE’s purchase of Q9 Networks for $ 491M USD.
Favor Launches Internationally with Service in Canada
AUGUST 25, 2015
Favor, an app-based delivery service, is going international with its first delivery service set to launch in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. And the Austin-based startup will rename itself Favour in Canada to adapt to the local culture and customs. in most of the Toronto metro […] The post Favor Launches Internationally with Service in Canada appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Canada Favor Favour International
Canada Housing Is On Fire (Still)
MARCH 14, 2017
2017 Economics Canada Canada Housing Canada Housing march 2017Composite 11 Victoria: 3.2% Vancouver: 19.5% Calgary: 8.3% Edmonton: 5.2% Winnipeg: 2.2% Hamilton: 3.7% Toronto: 34.6% Ottawa-Gatineau: 5.7% Montréal: 14% Québec: 2.1% Halifax: 1.5% Composite 6 Vancouver: 23.3% Calgary: 9.9% Toronto: 41.4% Ottawa-Gatineau: 6.8% Montréal: 16.8% Halifax: 1.8% [link].
Sam Mizrahi: Builder Behind Canada’s Next Skyscraper
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
NOVEMBER 24, 2016
Nestled in what is referred to as Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region, Canada’s largest and most populous city, Toronto, has worked hard to overcome its dated moniker of The Big Smoke.
Birchbox Cuts 15 Percent of Staff, Suspends Operations in Canada
JANUARY 29, 2016
The subscription beauty service has decided to lay off some of its employees, citing a difficult funding environment and steep shipping prices to Canada
CEO Invite to Sixth U.S./Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity
AUGUST 17, 2014
Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity at her offices in Denver on 9/26. Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I recently talked to Larissa Herda, the CEO of TW Telecom (in the process of being acquired by Level 3).
The role of Canada’s Startup Accelerators
MAY 14, 2013
The National Post published two articles ( here and here ) this week questioning the role / impact of Canada’s startup accelerator programs. In the first article The Post asks “Is Canada’s Accelerator Model Broken?” In smaller markets like Canada’s, we are sorely lacking in proven, been there, got the t-shirt talent. What we are lacking here in Canada is density. Let’s not pass judgment on Canada’s accelerators yet.
Exits in Canada: March 2016
MARCH 31, 2016
March was the biggest month for software exits in Canada so far this year, with two significant deals announced. The post Exits in Canada: March 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod.
Canada announces new startup visa program to attract entrepreneurs starting on April 1
The Next Web
JANUARY 24, 2013
As part of a series of transformational changes to Canada’s immigration system, the Start-Up Visa Program aims to link international entrepreneurs with private sector organizations in Canada that have experience working with startups to provide essential resources.
Mission accomplished: Startup Visa Canada is here
Version One Ventures
JANUARY 24, 2013
oi and Cristian Strat, founders of Summify (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two years ago , Danny Robinson, Maura Rodgers and myself started to lobby for a Startup Visa Canada that would make it easier for foreign (tech) entrepreneurs to start their company in Canada. Mircea Pa?oi
Why Waterloo, Ontario Is the Silicon Valley of Canada
NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, Waterloo has the second-highest density of startups in the world. Here's a look at how this tiny hub is becoming a scene for entrepreneurs
What You Need to Know About Moving Your Business to Canada
MARCH 7, 2016
With favorable tax incentives and a "Startup Visa" program, Canada has much to offer U.S. entrepreneurs
Target Surrenders in Canada
JANUARY 16, 2015
After a weak holiday season, the retailer has decided to end its attempt to expand north
Canada looks to create new visa for startups, hopes to clear backlog by 2014
The Next Web
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Canada plans to create a new class of visa for immigrant entrepreneurs, specifically with the goal of attracting those in the technology sector to come to the country and start new companies. Canada then loses that talent to other countries. Canada Entrepreneur News
Canada's Hottest Startup Is Backed by Amazon and Intel
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Thalmic Labs is the company behind the Myo armband, a futuristic wearable challenging the way you control your gadgets
Kickstarter Comes to Canada
AUGUST 6, 2013
If you''ve been eagerly awaiting the official start day for Kickstarter in Canada, the long wait is up. Here''s what you need to know: There won''t be a separate "Kickstarter Canada"--Canadian projects will be listed along with all others.
Kevin O'Leary on Why Canada's Top Office Needs an Entrepreneur
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
The Shark Tank star, who recently entered the race to lead Canada's Conservative Party, explains why he's running--and how President Trump is doing so far
Canada: The Next Start-up Frontier?
APRIL 3, 2013
With its new Startup Visa program, Canada's hoping to lure foreign entrepreneurs. Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration, and multiculturalism, says he has the United States Congress to thank for Canada’s new start-up visa program.
Exits in Canada: April 2016
MAY 2, 2016
After a strong March, April was a pretty tepid month for software exits in Canada. The post Exits in Canada: April 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada Exiting Canadian exits M & AHighlights: 11 deals announced (15 last month). 2 deals had a disclosed value, the largest of those being $ 14M. 3 of the companies were in Toronto, 2 in Ottawa, the rest were distributed.
It's Not Just United Airlines. Air Canada Just Bumped a 10-Year-Old
APRIL 18, 2017
Airlines seem to have no heart when it comes to kicking people off planes. Secrets of the Inspired Traveler
Austin-based SiteCondor Sold to gShift of Canada
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
They recently sold SiteCondor, website auditing tools for digital agencies and content marketers, to gShift Labs, based in Toronto, Canada. The terms of the deal were not […] The post Austin-based SiteCondor Sold to gShift of Canada appeared first on SiliconHills. Judd Lyon and Sebastian Brocher accomplished what a lot of entrepreneurs strike out to do in Austin. They bootstrapped their startup and sold it for a handsome profit.
Clawbacks Coming to Canada?
Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.
MAY 23, 2012
It will be interesting to see whether the use of "clawback" provisions - arrangements under which an employee forfeits previously awarded compensation - will become more common in Canada
Will 'Shark Tank' Investor Kevin O'Leary Rule Canada?
APRIL 8, 2016
This week, Inc. writers and editors discuss how Kevin O'Leary could be the Canadian Trump as he ponders running prime minister, debate whether startups should chase profit or sustainability, and talk about how drones are being used for good
Announcing Canada Learning Code: Supporting bottom-up innovation
Version One Ventures
OCTOBER 6, 2016
And, it’s in this spirit, that I am super proud to see Canada Learning Code go live. Canada Learning Code is a national initiative that works with all sectors to increase access to coding education, computational thinking, and other 21 st century skills across Canada. Launched by the team behind Ladies Learning Code , Canada Learning Code’s mission is to make sure that every Canadian has the opportunity to build technology, not just consume it.
Forget Canada: Here's Why You Should Consider Starting Up in London
MARCH 16, 2016
With a glut of engineering talent and as an access point for European markets, U.S. entrepreneurs are seeing more advantages in setting up shop across the pond, according to new research
Exits in Canada: June 2016
JULY 4, 2016
June was yet another ‘meh’ month for software acquisitions in Canada. I will be doing a separate post on the IT exits so far this year in Canada. The post Exits in Canada: June 2016 appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. Canada Exiting exits M & AHighlights: 8 deals announced (9 last month). 2 of the deals had a disclosed value (Largest was $ 32.5M). 3 of the companies were in Toronto, 2 in Montreal, the rest were distributed.
Freescale Buys Canada-based CogniVue
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Freescale announced its acquisition of Ottawa, Canada-based CogniVue Corp. Freescale, a microchip maker based in Austin, is a market leader in making sensor, microcontroller and microprocessor solutions for automotive radar and vision applications. […] The post Freescale Buys Canada-based CogniVue appeared first on SiliconHills. to boost its position in the autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
TechStars London approved for UK Entrepreneurs’ Visa
APRIL 24, 2013
In the mean time, Canada and the UK are being very forward looking about their immigration policy in the context of immigration. Startup Visa Canada immigration london TechStars Last week TechStars London was approved for the UK Entrepreneurs’ Visa. If you are accepted to TechStars London , you now automatically get the UK Entrepreneurs’ Visa. The approval will allow TechStars London teams from outside of the EU to work in the UK for up to three years.
Airbnb Makes a Luxury Purchase To Consolidate Trave
FEBRUARY 12, 2017
The home-sharing startup is buying Canada-based Luxury Retreats to capture more of the highly lucrative luxury rental market
Creative Destruction Lab West: Helping create the next generation of entrepreneurs
Version One Ventures
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
News Artificial intelligence Canada Innnovation Rotman School of Management University of British Columbia University of Toronto ScarboroughVery often, start-ups fail at the earliest stages. They might get the wrong advice at a critical point, or they can’t raise the first hundreds of thousands of dollars required to move from prototype to initial product.
Oh Canada! Olympic Hockey Gold is Ours and I Was There
MARCH 2, 2010
Many of you know this already, but I got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to the USA – Canada Gold Medal Hockey Game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. One of the funniest was outside Canada Hockey Place where cops (with guns) were playing street hockey with fans.
Venture Math 101
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Mark Evans chimed in to dispel the myth that there is not enough VC$ in Canada. Last year was a great year for exits in Canada: Radian 6: $ 326M. Canada Raising Capital Venture Capital General Partners GPs Limited Partners LPs Q1 labs Radian 6 Radian 6 exit VC VC fund returns
Why you need Canadian VCs
JULY 30, 2015
I was sharing the news yesterday about Canada’s newest VC fund, Vistara Capital Partners , when my friend Boris Mann asked this question. Building HQ in Canada : I can easily list a bunch of startups that have compromised on how/ where they built out their head office in order to appease their US investors. Canada Raising Capital Venture Capital VC
The Upside of Canada’s Startup Buying Binge
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Mark Evans posted recently about the downside of Canada’s recent startup buying binge. Year-to-date, we have had 22 exits in Canada. So when you think about what’s happening now, my hope is that we are setting the stage for long term success and the creation of some tech giants right here in Canada. We also need tech companies going public here in Canada, but that’s another topic for another time. Canada Exiting
Want to Be Extraordinarily Charming? Just Do These 7 Things, Eh?
MARCH 10, 2016
Canada's new prime minister is kind of a rock star. Here's why