Defying Investment Odds and VC Bias for Underestimated Female Founders

The problem: For women entrepreneurs, the #1 structural barrier is attracting investment. If you’ve been paying attention, the recent $350Million investment to Adam Neumann, a white male founder, well networked in the VC community, and former founder of failed IPO, WeWork, sent ripples across a startup community that has long been accustomed to disproportionate investment… Continue reading Defying Investment Odds and VC Bias for Underestimated Female Founders

Founders: Fail Fast and Pivot

We are all familiar with the phrase “Fail Fast”.  The “fail fast” philosophy values extensive testing and incremental development to determine whether the idea has value.  The important goal of the philosophy is to cut losses when testing reveals something is not working and quickly try something else known as pivoting.  The goal is not… Continue reading Founders: Fail Fast and Pivot

Silicon Valley Bank – The Fallout and the Silver Lining

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) flooded our attention this past week. The Twitter Run on the 18th largest bank in the US was followed by a weekend frenzy for regulators announcing they were willing to backstop all deposits over and above the initial FDIC threshold of $250K. To underscore the importance of this… Continue reading Silicon Valley Bank – The Fallout and the Silver Lining

Every Startup – At Every Stage – Needs a Marketing Strategy

We see it time and again. One of the last things companies invest in when they’re starting their company is marketing. The developer is hired before the marketer. The product is designed without consideration of who it’s for. The product is tweaked without talking to a customer. Marketing strategy takes a back seat to product… Continue reading Every Startup – At Every Stage – Needs a Marketing Strategy

Making Financial Modeling More Accessible for Start-Ups

For many start-ups developing a financial model is a daunting task.  Why are they necessary? How do I build one? What should it include? Geoff Simonett, Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and formerly one of the founders of GreenSky Capital, and currently the President of Pinelands Capital, joins us to tackle this challenging topic for many startups:… Continue reading Making Financial Modeling More Accessible for Start-Ups

Uncovering the Equity Crowdfunding Opportunities

In 2022, the state of global venture capital funding reached $74.5 B in Q3 of 2022, minus 34% quarter over quarter loss and the largest quarterly percentage drop in a decade according to CB Insights. This marked a 9.5% quarterly drop and 7 quarter low – with just under 8000 deals being done in Q3 2022. For… Continue reading Uncovering the Equity Crowdfunding Opportunities

A Down Economy Means Tightening Belts and Being Strategic About How Resources are Allocated

Many startup founders have asked us, as investors and accelerators, the path to weathering this economic downturn. We curated a list of US and Canadian seasoned investors to convey their perspectives on the state of the market and what this means for valuations, resource allocation and raising money during this precarious period. By Taylor McAuliffe and Hessie… Continue reading A Down Economy Means Tightening Belts and Being Strategic About How Resources are Allocated

Protecting Your Startup During an Economic Slowdown: Leading US & Canadian Investors Share How to Navigate Changing Valuations

Many startup founders have asked us, as investors and accelerators, the path to weathering this economic downturn. We curated a list of US and Canadian seasoned investors to convey their perspectives on the state of the market and what this means for valuations, resource allocation and raising money during this precarious period.   By Taylor McAuliffe and… Continue reading Protecting Your Startup During an Economic Slowdown: Leading US & Canadian Investors Share How to Navigate Changing Valuations

Altitude Accelerator: Collision 2022 Highlights

Despite economic headwinds and investment unease in the global tech community, Collision 2022 was a whirlwind of inspiration, big client wins, and reconnection. By Angela Bourne, Altitude Accelerator Entrepreneur-in-Residence When I first heard the news (during a virtual team meeting, of course!) that Altitude Accelerator would be attending Collision in-person with our Brampton Innovation District… Continue reading Altitude Accelerator: Collision 2022 Highlights

Creating a promising future for Canadian investors

For Andrew Kirkland and Richard Burton-Williams, President and Vice President of Justwealth Financial Inc, it was never about the money. In fact, the entire team behind Justwealth Financial has a strong knowledge of the finance industry, and with that they realized a detrimental common denominator: the current financial methods in the industry were not the… Continue reading Creating a promising future for Canadian investors