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Marketing and sales a crucial element for Canadian tech startup success

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The University of Toronto’s Impact Centre released the results of new research which is shining a light into the success of Canadian startups. According to the new research, many Canadian technology companies wait until their products are launched before spending funds on crucial functions such as marketing and sales. This practice is delaying growth and

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6 Habits for Entrepreneurs in 2017

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If you were anywhere near social media at the end of last year, you probably read the constant stream of hate for 2016. Some publications even so boldly proclaimed that 2016 was the worst year ever. However, 2016 was a remarkable year for venture capital. According to preliminary 2016 year-in-year data, we saw record highs

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Why the Bit Stew Sale is Great News for Canada’s VC Ecosystem

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Yesterday, Burnaby-based startup Bit Stew Systems Inc., a leader in the development of software and analytics for the Industrial Internet of Things, announced that GE Digital (GED) is acquiring the company for $207-million (as reported by the Vancouver Sun)—one of the biggest exits of a VC-backed company in Vancouver’s tech scene in years. This acquisition represents a

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Planting the Seeds: Quebec Sows a Fertile PE Investment Landscape

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By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association It’s a strategy that’s worked well for Quebec’s culture sector. For many years, the province has been a major booster of its homegrown arts and entertainment scene. It poured significant resources into building its talent, broadcaster and distribution bases. And given the international and local accolades,

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Top Three for VC: ICT, Life Sciences and Agribusiness Sectors Lead Canadian Growth

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By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association In the first half of 2016, the Canadian VC landscape continued to grow, propelled by investment in three sectors: ICT, life sciences and agribusiness. According to our exclusive H1 2016 data, ICT led the way with $995M invested in H1 (65 per cent of the total

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We the North: Homegrown tech is on the rise — and offers lucrative VC opportunities

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By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association *Revised on August 3, 2016 Canada is beginning to prove itself as a competitive powerhouse market for tech talent and innovation. And the proof is in the numbers. Based on data extracted from CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent Report—which used various metrics including population trends and

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The IPO Drought: What does it mean for private investors?

By Carolyn Goard, Senior Communications Manager, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association There’s no doubt the private capital industry has witnessed a decrease in initial public offering (IPO) activity in Canada over the last few years. Pinpointing solid companies to acquire (that will ultimately lead to a listing on a stock exchange) is like

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Shopify: 365 days after the IPO

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Article originally published in May edition of Private Capital Magazine The year since the e-commerce star’s IPO has hardly been a cakewalk. In fact, says Chief Financial Officer Russ Jones, it’s just the beginning of the company’s grander plans. By Carolyn Goard Senior Communications Manager, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association If you ask

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BDC unveils new brand to better attract entrepreneurs

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The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has unveiled a new brand identity aimed at making its role and product offering better known to a greater number of entrepreneurs across Canada. The modernized brand image will be supported by a multi-faceted advertising campaign which will appear across Canada. The campaign began earlier this week. BDC