[IN]tensive Day 05 • [IN]take 01
Gerard Buckley’s (Jaguar Capital) his weekly session brought us, Pros and Cons of Accessing VC too Early.
Yahoo News: Toronto Incubator INcubes Embraces Tech Mavericks
Local start up incubator looks to turn Canadian tech pioneers into international sensations.
(PRWEB) January 13, 2012
INcubes offers a customized and condensed curriculum for start ups, with the goal on enriching each entrepreneur with the integral survival and growth skills necessary to take their business through funding to market.
“Unlike many other incubators, our program isn’t solely focused on acceleration. Instead, it’s about providing each start up with exactly what they need for success. As a privately run organization, we don’t have to conform to any ‘mold’ required by institutionalized or academic incubators.” said A. Traviss Corry, Director of Business Development at INcubes.
The team has already received pitches from businesses across Canada. After screening the initial submissions, they managed to narrow it down to forty finalists, including an open platform for cities, governments and NGOs, and a means to revolutionize digital receipts.
“The core concept of our business is to embrace the tech maverick. They have ideas that aren’t simple or easy, but foster change and opportunity for people all around the world. As the test market capital of North America, there’s no better city than Toronto to grow these thought-leaders and innovations,” said Ben Zlotnick, founder of INcubes.
INcubes is currently accepting applications for Startup INtake 02 Spring 2012. For details, visithttp://incubes.ca/for_startups.
INcubes is a Toronto based incubator that sources emerging entrepreneurs and talented start up teams, and graduates qualified businesses with innovative products and ideas towards their first round of capital. INcubes connects with the most forward-thinking and grass-roots Canadian talent with the goals of transforming their new and disruptive technologies into international sensations. For more information, visit http://incubes.ca.
Is Canada’s Startup Landscape That Robust?
Jan 13, 2012, written Mark Evan’s Tech Startups
At a conference earlier this week put on by the Ontario Media Development Corp., I kicked off panel I was moderating by boldly declaring the Canadian startup landscape is as exciting and healthy as it has ever been during the 15 years I’ve spent as a reporter, entrepreneur and startup consultant.
But before I could ask a question, one of the panelists, Real Ventures’ J.S. Cournoyer, stepped into the fray by suggesting the landscape wasn’t as bullish as my description. His key point, which is totally on the mark, is there still isn’t enough capital to properly support and nurture startups. Instead, there are small pockets of activity that are celebrated but are relatively modest in the scheme of things.
It got me thinking about whether my enthusiasm is well-intentioned but a bit misplaced. As I thought it through, it struck me there are three parts to Canada’s startup ecosystem.
On one hand, there are investors, who are slowly but surely becoming more active. Players such as Real Ventures, Extreme Ventures, iNovia, Mantella Ventures, Golden Ventures and OMERS are making some interesting investments. Nevertheless, it’s a relative drop in the bucket to what’s needed for the Canadian startup ecosystem to really thrive.
We’ve also got a growing number of incubators and accelerators – players such as Founder Fuel, Extreme Labs, GrowLab, Next36, MaRS Commons and Incubes. Even so, it’s a modest amount.
Then, there are the entrepreneurs themselves, who the most exciting and active part of the ecosystem. With the barriers to entry to lower than ever and entrepreneurialism becoming hip, startups and here, there and everywhere. In fact, I’m starting to think it’s too frothy given some of the startups I’ve seen recently.
When you look at the three “buckets”, there are different stages and healthiness. So to make a sweeping statement about the startup landscape without breaking things out is a mistake.
It is difficult to tell how startup scene will evolve over the next couple of years. Maybe we’ll see more capital for the startups seeking seed and growth capital. Maybe accelerators and incubators will, in fact, create high-quality opportunities and businesses. And maybe we’ll continue to see a robust entrepreneur landscape, as well as a healthy amount of roadkill given not everyone can be successful.
If I’m guilty of anything, it’s being a glass half-full person. While things aren’t perfect, I do see lots of reasons for encouragement.
What do you think? Are we guilty of being too bullish?
Original Article: Is Canada’s Startup Landscape That Robust? | Mark Evans Tech
[IN]tensive Day 03 - INtake 01
This week’s INtensive Day at [IN]cubes was successful at shifting the Startup’s focus from Biz Dev Planning and Qualifying to the beginning of the Product Dev portion of the INcubes 3 month curriculum. INcubes Mentors were [IN]office for group seminars and one on one INtensive Mentoring sessions with the founders from each of our 6 Startups.
We were pleased to have Gerard Buckley [IN] for his second Mentor Seminar. After leading Elevator pitch Practice, he gave a valuable talk on, Forming an Advisory Board. His sessions are always very informative and give our Startups much to think about in the future. @GerardBuckley
Gerard Buckley speaks to our startups about selecting the right advisory board.
INcubes had a drop[IN] from Councillor James Pasternak, Toronto, Ward 10 / York Centre in North York. He graciously gave his time to hear our Startups pitches, and discuss How The City of Toronto Supports Startup Culture, as well, a fascinating back and forth about Canada’s economic position in global technology markets and how Toronto City can encourage what’s happening here. We are honoured to learn that [IN]cubes is fast becoming a recognized hub in this vital effort to foster for Canadian Entreprenialship and our culture of INnovation. Thank you to Councillor James Pasternak for your offers of ongoing support. @JamesPasternak
Garin Kilpatrick of Empower Inc., presents his elevator pitch to Councillor James Pasternak and INcubes Business Development Mentor, A. Traviss Corry.
Councillor James Pasternak listens to Vincent Panepinto of Spently deliver his elevator pitch.
Adam Sadowski, an experienced and established Startup founder, was our secondMentor of the day. His talk, How To Avoid Classic Startup Mistakes, gave real life insight into issues that can and most likely will arise for INcubes Startup Founders. @AdamSadowski
Adam Sadowski shares his business experience and mistakes, and gives some great tips to the INcubes Startups.
INcubes Mentor, Juan Gonzalez brought his passion for global culture and his INcredible knowledge of technical architecture to an inspiring talk on INtersecting Technology + Culture. Juan followed the talk with a Q&A and then One-On-One Mentor Meetings with each of our Startup Founders. @GlobalCulture
Juan Ganzalez, providing our startups with some valuable lessons.
Thank you to all of our Mentors for another great INtensive Day!
[In]cubes [IN]tensive Day 01, INtake 01
On Thursday, December 15, [IN]cubes hosted its first [IN]tensive Day to provide guidance and mentorship connections for the Startups in our program. We hosted two great Mentors [IN] our space, as well as a camera crew. INcubes INtensive Days are part of the INcubes curriculum preparing startups for their first round of seed capital.
In the AM, Zev Zlotnick from Gardner Roberts LPP (picture above) gave the talk Your Startup’s Legal Setup.
In the afternoon we had Ian Crosby, CEO and co-founder of 10sheet (picture above), a Toronto based Startup, who talked about startup accounting matters and, Everything You Don’t Want To Do For Your Startups.