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  • How Hockeystick Is Using Data To Transform The Canadian Startup Scene

    Successful startups solve problems. When Raymond Luk launched his company Hockeystick in early 2015, it was to solve a problem he knew intimately — the challenges involved in reporting and accessing accurate financial data in the Canadian startup space. “I’ve raised and run a fund. I’ve also been an entrepreneur for 20 years, raising money,…

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    5 ways accelerator leaders can drive more meaningful startup mentorship

    For founders, having a good mentor can be the difference between success and failure. And yet mentorship is one of the most challenging things to get right about any accelerator program. Building a lousy mentorship program is worse than building no program at all. Our founding partner Marcus Daniels has a thing or two to…

  • Vancouver Horizon on a Sunny Day

    4 innovation lessons from Vancouver’s most forward-thinking enterprises

    Last month, our COO, Lauren Robinson moderated a panel on Startup Innovation and Corporate New Ventures with Eric Hopkins, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Ventures Officer at BCAA, Justin MacCarthy, Director of New Ventures at lululemon athletica, and Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Innovation at the Vancouver Entrepreneurs’ Forum.…

  • 5 ways your corporate innovation team can benefit from a startup accelerator

    Take the time to truly understand your goals for running an accelerator, so you can build a program that will to help you reach them. Launching new ventures that win shouldn’t be rocket science. (Unless, you know, it is.) But many corporate accelerators and venturing initiatives don’t yield the desired results. Why? We’ve set out…

  • Before Growing, Know Who Is “In Your Boat”

    A conversation with Foodee’s Ryan Spong Many startups grow by first dominating a small niche and then expanding. Foodee’s story began this way – but their expansion is anything but mass-market focused. Instead, Foodee has expanded by focusing further on non-chain restaurants large enough to handle catering orders, but small enough to remain local, sustainably-run,…

  • Looking to work with top startups? Ask: what do you have to offer?

    Create an unfair advantage, so that you and the startups you work with can win together. Launching new ventures that win shouldn’t be rocket science. (Unless, you know, it is.) But many corporate accelerators and venturing initiatives don’t yield the desired results. Why? We’ve set out to find out. By diving deep into different accelerator…

  • If you want great ventures, stop asking for business plans.

    The process companies use for approving new projects or initiatives is tested & true – right? Create a business plan outlining the 5-year forecast for income, profits, and cash flow, and run that up the flagpole for approval. Business plans are detailed, and thorough – and in the innovation world, they’re almost always wrong. Founders –…

  • To succeed, companies need to focus on both purpose and profit

    A conversation with Picatic’s Jayesh Parmar Sometimes, innovation means jumping into new markets. Other times, it means doubling down on something you initially thought was just a feature. Regardless, successful innovation requires an intense focus on customer needs, which is exactly what Jayesh Parmar and the Picatic team did. Picatic grew from humble beginnings as…

  • Five years of code, mentorship, and education: a conversation with Jeremy Shaki of Lighthouse Labs

    We caught up with Jeremy Shaki (Co-Founder and Chief Talking Officer of Lighthouse Labs) and Marcus Daniels (Co-Founder and CEO of HIGHLINE vc and Founding Partner of Highline BETA), to learn more about what happened after four friends quit their jobs, packed their bags, and moved to Vancouver to start a bootcamp. “Put it in…

  • Do More, Faster, Without Investing a Fortune

    You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “You can get it fast, good or cheap. Pick two.” This is known as the Project Management Triangle, Triple Constraint or Iron Triangle. I’ve experienced this dilemma before, but usually it comes into play with more mature businesses, products and projects. In the startup or new ventures world, is it possible to…