Chart and maximize board performance

A board’s collective contribution is second only to executive leadership in steering the company in the direction of success. It’s a partnership.

What’s the right board size and structure?

Effective board governance is a necessary element in building shareholder value.

How do you appropriately compensate board members?

When speaking with early- and growth-stage founders and CEOs, questions commonly arise around how to appropriately compensate board members.

Building your board? Don’t build in mistakes

Frequently startups make common mistakes that prove detrimental to the effectiveness of their board.

Recruit and build a board that might fire you!

Board governance is as a necessary element of building shareholder value.

Caring about your employer brand will save you money

Employer branding is all about positioning yourself against your competitors for talent.

What are weak signals of change?

Knowing how to recognize weak signals of change—indications that changes may be taking place in milieus (e.g., social, political) that surround your business—will help your startup.

How to scan for weak signals of change

Scanning for weak signals of change is a technique for sensing events and trends that may evolve to have a significant impact on a business.

Scaling your business—with Marc Castel from Fiix

When scaling your business, you need to consider a wide variety of factors, including talent, capital, and product-market fit. Marc Castel, CEO and Co-Founder of Fiix, tells us how he scaled his company and who helped him along the way.

Understanding the Ontario Health Technology Market with William Charnetski

William Charnetski, the Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario, explains below the state of the health technology market in Ontario and how OCHIS is working to build and support the health innovation ecosystem in the province.

Growth Marketing Strategy with Fab Dolan from Google

It’s time you started thinking like a growth marketer, but do you know how? Fab Dolan, Head of Marketing with Google Canada, breaks down what a growth marketer does and how the world of marketing has changed.

Improving Your Employer Branding with Daneal Charney

Employer branding is positioning yourself against your competitors for talent, right? It’s answering the question, why should I work for you? Why should I join your organization? Because best talent has choices! So why are they going choose you?

How do I conduct a patent search?

Intellectual property filings are useful in determining whether your invention is “novel” (truly new) and whether you have the freedom to commercialize your invention without infringing on other claims that are already under patent protection. You can search for patent applications and granted patents through the government and intergovernmental agencies listed below. Canadian Intellectual Property … Read More

Foresight in five steps for SMEs and startups

Ideally, foresight is practiced on a continuous basis and becomes an input to your strategic planning process.

Strategic foresight for SMEs and startups

What is strategic foresight? It’s a set of techniques for dealing with uncertainty and capitalizing on change. Foresight is a discipline for understanding how issues unfolding today could affect your business tomorrow.

Masters of Growth: Getting sales right with Peter Kalen

Creating a business plan and developing your product is just the beginning. Now you need to sell it. Do you have a sales strategy?

Human Centred Design and User Research—with Ariel Sim

​Ariel Sim, Human Centred Designer and Futurist with Doblin Deloitte, shares insights on conducting user research in human centered design (HCD).

The Process Behind UX Design with Darrin Henein

Understanding the basics of user experience design (UX) is one thing, but actually applying it to the development of your product and/or service is another. Darrin Henein, Senior UX Lead at Shopify, guides you through the UX process and how to test and validate ideas generated from user research.

UX Design and Your Startup with Darrin Henein

User experience design (UX) is a framework for thinking about the design and development of a product and/or service that maps to real people’s needs.

Human Centred Design with Ariel Sim

Before you start designing your product and/or service, you need to think about the user. Human centred design (HCD) is the concept of leading with the user, and ultimately building a product that provides a solution tailor-made to that user’s problem.

Going Global Series – China

This series explores China’s market opportunities in biotechnology and cleantech for Ontario startups.

How Pay-for-Performance Can Improve Employment Outcomes for Syrian Refugees

Canada is now home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. To integrate into Canadian life and to earn a living, many of those Syrian refugees want and need work. Yet most, at least in their first year, do not find work. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funds organizations across the country that deliver … Read More

Going Global Series – Market Information Report: Colombia

The Going Global report series provides a 360-degree view of the energy system in international priority markets for export-ready Canadian energy companies.

Barriers to Putting Community Bonds into RRSP Accounts

Barriers to Putting Community Bonds into RRSP Accounts: why financial institutions rarely process community bonds into RRSP accounts

A Health Outcomes Fund for Canada

A Health Outcomes Fund for Canada: How paying for outcomes could improve health and deliver better value for money

Startup library: Digital health and innovation overview 2017

Healthcare IT is the application of digital information technologies in a healthcare setting, whether for use by consumers (patients), healthcare system administrators or healthcare practitioners (e.g., doctors, nurses). Technologies in this market are broad―examples include smartphone apps on wellness or disease management, electronic medical records, and payroll and scheduling software. For additional information related to … Read More

Mobile advertising

Mobile advertising includes Short Message Service (SMS) or Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messaging, ads embedded in games or apps, and mobile webpage videos and banners. The resources listed here provide market research information to entrepreneurs who are in the mobile advertising space.

How do I find talent?

One of the most important steps for startups is to develop a great team: one that rounds out your skill set, shares your enthusiasm and is driven by rewards beyond a regular paycheque. The following resources guide startups through the process of finding, hiring, and retaining talent as the company develops.

Renewable energy generation

Renewable energy generation is referring to technologies designed to harvest the unlimited energy resource of the sun, from which wind, bioenergy and hydropower derive. The resources on this page will help entrepreneurs with renewable energy generation technologies understand their market.

Research and development (R&D) in Ontario overview

The Ontario government maintains an impressive research and development (R&D) infrastructure, including: collaborative networks that bring together public- and private-sector research; and publicly funded research organizations, university labs and prototyping facilities. This page focuses on R&D resources available to Ontario entrepreneurs.

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