Taking Your Business to the Cloud – May 6th
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Topics: Financing Options for Your Business; WordPress – the Perfect Website Solution for Small Businesses; Building a Small Business Benefit Plan; Self-employment and Entrepreneurship for the Boomer Generation; Legal Issues in Small Business, etc.
Learn the tools and resources you will need to forge ahead in your business. Admission is FREE but registration is required at www.toronto.ca/enterprisetoronto or telephone at (416) 395-7416.
On July 10-11, 2013, the International Conference on Innovation was held in Waterloo, ON.
One of the conference organizers was CERBA – Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association. The main topic of the conference was creation and growth of small and medium innovation businesses with international focus at large science hubs. The purpose of the conference was to promote innovation among youth and to stimulate productive collaboration among scientific&educational institutions and industrial enterprises, development of professional collaboration and international cooperation, and creation of an open environment for cooperation, education and knowledge exchange.
The first day of the conference included three sessions:
1: Commercialization of Innovations Projects in the Global Market: Challenges and Perspectives
2: The Economics of Leadership and Innovation
3: Innovation Journey: Path to success.
The fourth session (on the next day) was on academia and industry collaboration.
The speakers were renowned educators, scientists, CEOs, heads of research centers, government representatives, embassy officials etc. Some of the keynote speakers were: George Wright, Director, Global Industrial Partnerships, Office of Research, University of Waterloo; Peter Molnar, Advisor, International Research Collaborations, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Employment, Ministry of Research and Innovation; Emil Strumban, Director, Multinational Startups, International Centre for Innovative Technology Transfer; Alina Pekarsky, President, Sci-Tech Ventures Associates; Senior Account Executive, Russia & CIS Programs, Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University; Irina Muhina, Managing Director, Manulife Asset Management Centre; Cedric Jeannot, CEO, I Think Security, and many others.
Here is what Peter Braid, MP, Kitchener-Waterloo said during his welcome remarks: “Waterloo Region is well-known as a centre of technology and innovation. Our first-rate universities and research institutions attract bright young minds that are generating new and exciting discoveries that will change the world. At the same time, our supportive ecosystem helps to channel this creativity towards economic opportunities that will ensure a prosperous future”.
The audience wanted to learn more about the Canadian Foreign Investments regulations and how Canada provides incentives to the foreign investors from different industries. The panelists explained that Canada has a decentralized approach between Federal and Provincial Government having differing strategies when it comes to attracting foreign investments and the related regulations. Moreover, they noted that the government at various levels provides tailor made incentive packages to each individual FDI project. The Canadian government is focused on creating an innovative commercially-dynamic and entrepreneurial-friendly business climate which will attract more FDIs. The country doesn’t offer specialized incentives to foreign investors, however they have a strategy to stimulate investments in innovative industries.
The advice that the speakers gave to the entrepreneurs is to never go alone, instead they should seek technological soulmates. Stay persistent; don’t expect too much help from the government. On the other side, students should be encouraged to implement their ideas and find professors who will continuously support and motivate them. And, most importantly, students were advised to create a great network of professionals around themselves in order to realize their goals more efficiently.
After the end of the conference, the attendees were taken for a tour in the Communitech hub, an innovation hub where industry leaders, startups, and students come together.
They were told a success story of Bufferbox, an innovative and successful startup based in the Hub.
BufferBox Inc. is a Canadian startup company from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada co-founded by Jay Shah, Aditya Bali, and Mike McCauley. It is a service offering users a temporary parcel pickup station for packages ordered online. After conducting a pilot trial at the University of Waterloo, the service began spreading to various locations in the Greater Toronto Area. A deal was announced in early November 2012 to install kiosks at GO Transit stations.
In 2012 BufferBox had been acquired by Google for more than $25 million. The acquisition is seen as a step to compete with Amazon’s Locker service.
|A demonstration of virtual reality environment (created by a company member of the Hub) for the conference attendees.|
With a view to boosting the investment pipeline and accelerating innovative, sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is launching a new initiative—impact 8—to fast-track social ventures to a greater stage of investment readiness, help them attract financing and scale their impact.
The impact 8 venture bootcamp targets high-impact entrepreneurs with blended value propositions: social enterprises, social purpose businesses and co-operatives with the potential to turn investment into positive social or environmental impact and financial returns
Impact 8 provides:
The eight-week program is intensive yet flexible, consisting of two days of on-site workshops bi-weekly, select guests speaker and networking events, online programming and one-to-one meetings with mentors and expert advisors.
Just realised it’s been over 6 months since the last time I posted here.
Nothing special happened in the meantime, except that my elder son has been accepted to a master program in Carnegie Mellon and I am taking him there in early August. I am very happy and proud.
Yesterday I’ve been to Camaraderie [re]Launch Party. Camaraderie is a coworking space that used to be in the east part of the Toronto downtown. Now they have moved to a nice place on Roncesvalles, just a few minutes’ walk from Dundas West subway station. Here’s their website: http://camaraderie.ca. They have a nice collection of books on business on premises (together with a coffee-maker and other things vital for business), and, since I am moving into a smaller apartment, I decided to donate my collection of business books to them. However my hoarding instinct cannot tolerate me parting with the books, so maybe I should give each of them one final reading and review them here. Stay with me for updates on great books such as The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt.
Talked to Ian G. today at Joey de Villa‘s birthday (Joey, thanks again for the great party!). Ian recommended this book titled Get Clients Now!
It’s a 28-days actionable marketing program for professionals, consultants and coaches. So Ian and I decided to have something like a contest – each of us will follow the book and blog about it, and, of course we will exchange our impressions and basically help each other stay on the bandwagon. I have just ordered the book from the Toronto public library. I write here about it as an additional motivation. Shame on me if I don’t do the entire program! In this case, any of you may say that I don’t really fulfill my promises!
P.S. Ian G. recommended this excellent one hour podcast (targeted at Rails consultants but broadly applicable) talking about Get Clients Now! and some other good books about consulting business development.
Maker to Making a Living is a workshop series designed to guide crafts-people through the process of under-standing, designing and building their individual businesses. CraftSmarts are the Ontario Crafts Council’s year-round series of professional development workshops. The program focuses on fostering the skills required to be successful as a small business owner, as an exhibitor, and overall, as a maker that needs to ‘make it’ in the greater cultural community.
Led by maker and award winning business leader Jacqueline Sava, attendees will be guided through an eight-part series of lectures, exercises and activities focused on the development of their own craft-based business practices.
For OCTOBER 2012 dates, please visit: http://www.craft.on.ca/Programs/CraftSmarts#making