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What does it mean to pivot – and do it successfully?

Lesson Plans   |   May 17, 2021

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This article is a case study on how a company pivoted to survive the pandemic. There is further useful material in an associated article entitled It was kind of a blessing: Five independent businesses on... read more

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What does the term ‘logistics’ cover?

Lesson Plans   |   May 12, 2021

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This article is a case study in how the pandemic has accelerated a business model that was just beginning to take shape.... read more

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It was kind of a blessing: Five independent businesses on what they learned from adopting e-commerce during the pandemic

In the News   |   May 7, 2021

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More than a year into the pandemic, COVID-19 has forced many independent businesses online for the first time to try to make up for dropping in-person revenue. And though the road to get there has been rocky,... read more

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Flytographer’s domestic business soars with international travel grounded

In the News   |   April 23, 2021

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In March, Nicole Smith did something she hadn’t done in just more than a year: make a profit. Her Victoria-based company Flytographer had been devastated by the pandemic. The platform connects tourists abroad with local... read more

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What attracts investors to a new venture?

Lesson Plans   |   April 20, 2021

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This article discusses the rapid growth of telemedicine and the interest of investors in funding this kind of business.... read more

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Tech companies want workers, but it’s getting tougher to find them

In the News   |   April 19, 2021

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Technology companies in Canada are running into an age-old frustration as they vie for talent in a highly competitive hiring landscape: It’s tough to find qualified workers. With the wider labour market still in recovery... read more

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Why female-led start-ups need backers

Lesson Plans   |   April 12, 2021

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This article discusses why female entrepreneurs just starting out need investors to back them.... read more

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Toronto startup Second Closet shifts its strategy amid pandemic surge in e-commerce

In the News   |   March 30, 2021

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Toronto storage-and-logistics startup Second Closet is pausing its consumer self-storage services to focus on providing warehousing, delivery and supply-chain services to retailers selling products directly to consumers, as the pandemic accelerates retail’s shift to e-commerce.... read more

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‘It’s been a sprint’: A new wave of business creation is taking hold

In the News   |   March 30, 2021

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Canada is seeing a wave of new businesses take flight as entrepreneurs look past the pandemic or take advantage of new consumer trends, a sign that confidence is returning to an economy that was badly... read more

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Maple set to join rush of Canadian telemedicine and tech IPOs: sources

In the News   |   March 24, 2021

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Loblaw Cos. Ltd.-backed telemedicine provider Maple Corp. is gearing up to join other Canadian virtual health care startups on the public markets. Maple, co-founded in 2015 by CEO Brett Belchetz, a former emergency-room doctor, has... read more

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How to commercialize a brainwave

Lesson Plans   |   March 15, 2021

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This article explores the commercialization of scientific discoveries.... read more

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In a business relationship, who should pay whom?

Lesson Plans   |   March 10, 2021

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This article examines both sides of the argument — should Facebook and Google pay news organizations for content or should the news organizations pay Facebook and Google for bringing them subscribers and advertisers?... read more

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Female Shopify executives launch angel investing group, Backbone Angels

In the News   |   March 9, 2021

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A group of female leaders from Shopify Inc. has launched an investor collective called Backbone Angels to back early-stage female and non-binary founders, with a focus on Black, Indigenous and women-of-colour-led companies. Shopify, which became Canada’s... read more

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Pay for news? If anything, the news business should be paying Facebook and Google

In the News   |   February 26, 2021

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You own a restaurant. Should taxi drivers have to pay you a fee for every passenger they drop off at your door? You are an actor looking for work. Should your agent have to pay... read more

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Out of the lab, into the marketplace: How one of Canada’s most celebrated scientists, Molly Shoichet, is bringing her key discovery to market

In the News   |   February 22, 2021

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One of Canada’s most celebrated scientists, Molly Shoichet, is stepping up plans to take a key discovery out of her lab and into the marketplace. On Monday, AmacaThera Inc., the third startup spun out of... read more

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