How to Become an Award-Winning Startup Without Funding in 10 Simple Steps

When you’re starting a new business, the first thing everyone tells you is that you’ll need a lot of money. This is not necessarily true.

Personally, yes - unless you want to live on ramen, you’ll need at least a year of savings. If you have a family and a mortgage, then prepare for considerable stress as you bootstrap your way to success. But for your business, money is not as important as most people say.

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Room for Optimism in Assessing the Future of Venture Capital in Canada

With venture capital funding reaching record levels in 2014 and the dawn of an entrepreneurial renaissance, Canada’s robust technology industry appears to be as strong as ever. 

However, despite this growth, average deal sizes in Canada have remained relatively small.  Canada’s average round size of $4 million in the first quarter of this year ranked last among the world’s top ten nations by number of venture capital financing deals.

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GreenSoil Launches Building Innovation Fund with $25 Million

GreenSoil Investments has announced the launch of its third fund, the GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund (GBIF), with an initial close of US $25 million.

Led by a team of real estate investors and owners, experienced investment professionals, and green building experts, GBIF will invest in companies that generate returns for real estate owners, operators, and developers through innovation, smart resource utilization, and efficiency improvements.

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Raising Venture Capital for Your Startup? What You Need to Know

When your startup is looking to raise venture capital, it’s important that you find the right partner.

At last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 session, Michelle McBane, an investment director with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (MaRS IAF), discussed what venture capitalists are looking for when making an investment and why you shouldn’t necessarily jump for the first offer.

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Big Data Journalism: Not as New as You'd Expect

We live in a unique time in history where it seems everything is driven by big data. If you’re on social media, watching streaming videos, or simply shopping online, your actions are generating data, and that’s affecting how companies interact with you.

Cities are becoming smarter as they connect traffic lights, street signs, and even buildings to the internet to measure traffic patterns. It’s a whole world with data everywhere, seemingly infiltrating every industry and profession, even those that might not seem like a good fit with big data.

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