Blog | June 2011

Do you want to start a start-up?

June 15, 2011

The tech start up market is hot, so for many university grads the increasing preferred route to the job market is to start a company. Start-up Weekend in Toronto, June 3-5 attracted 200 tech'ies. They formed into 17 teams with the mission of taking a concept and building it into the embryo of a company in 54 hours. Last week, "48 Hours in the Valley" hosted 20 Canadian start-ups in Silicon Valley where they pitched their stuff to Valley VC's. Incubators like Ryerson University's DMZ are hosting two floors of entrepreneurs living the start-up dream. The Ministry of Research and Innovation through the Ontario Network of Excellence is supporting 14 Regional Innovation Centres, that are building innovation communities and mentoring hundreds of start-ups every week. Included in this network is the innovationFACTORY where I am an Executive-in-Residence.

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June 4, 2011

I am frequently asked about my career, often by recent grads that are looking for career advice. I enjoy these discussions, because they provide a great sense of gratification that I am hopefully able to help someone else achieve their goals.

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