About a month ago, I attended the National Angel Capital Organization World Investment Summit. For three days, more than 500 investors and community members met in Montreal to discuss innovation in the Canadian investment ecosystem.
Growth companies often go through multiple rounds of financing. These range from raising growth capital, to expanding into new markets, or sometimes funding a pivot..
We’ve been through all the ups and downs and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t, and about what makes a great Venture Capital investment. Curious by nature, we constantly experimented, taking on many forms over the years.
Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of the alt-right in Europe have been at the top of our entrepreneurs’ and investors’ minds this past year. With shifting political realities worldwide, many entrepreneurs are evaluating how these changes may affect their business strategies.
It’s no secret that an increasing number of individuals are looking to invest in startups. The rise of crowdfunding platforms, syndicates and hybrid investment models in Canada is a good indication that the startup investing scene is alive and well.
Still, many individual investors are passing on early-stage companies as an asset class. Often, their hesitation stems from a couple of things...
Hundreds of investors and leaders in the Canadian technology industry came together at the Brightspark Investor Summit. Despite the rain, the energy in the MaRS auditorium remained undampened!
What is an accredited investor in Canada? We often get this question and it's time to demystify the rules regarding investing in startups and venture capital.
What's new with Brightspark this March? Well, quite a bit! Some of this month's highlights include portfolio company mentions on BNN, Bloomberg and Inc. as well as a new addition to our growing team.
In our last edition of Inside the Mind, we spoke to Mark about how pivoting stood the test of time to become one of the most important principles in startup businesses. As we journeyed through WinFax’s story, we discovered just how impactful a successful pivot can be. Today, we want to look a bit more into the practical side of pivoting and how market disruptions occur.
Pivot is a word that tends to be thrown around. You might have heard it in an infamous Friends episode, in basketball and, more recently, in the startup world... I sat down with Mark to get his understanding of the “startup pivot” and it brought us on a trip into the late 80s when WinFax - Delrina’s pet product - was only a concept in the making.
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