This Week in Canadian Startups

startups, entrepreneurs, canadaAnother busy week on the startup front. Below, you’ll find a collection of Canadian startups news, as well as blog posts and articles that caught my attention. If you have any suggestions or feedback, leave a comment.

- instigator blog had a good post on the importance of startups getting their house to prepare for fund-raising. This includes making sure their accounting is organized, employee and partner agreement exist, and there are minute books.

- On VentureBeat, Jeff Richards, a partner with GGV Capital, offers eight tips for entrepreneurs.

- 500px unveils some new, cool features, as well as a marketplace (via TechCrunch)

- On my Globe & Mail “Start” column, I took a look at Vestiigo, an online job board focused on meeting the needs of emerging companies.

- Dharmesh Shah put together a tongue-in-cheek list of 16 things a startup entrepreneur should never say to their VCs.

- To validate your startup idea, Paras Chopra said there are three questions you need to ask.

- The Canadian government is sending six startups to General Assembly in New York for three months. is one of them; the other five remain a mystery. (Source: BetaBeat)

- On Mark Evans Tech, I took at look at how startups can give themselves a better chance of hiring well,

- I also wrote a post on the importance of target audiences, and how startups need to understand who they’re to sell to.

- The family of John Evans donated $10-million to MaRS to create MaRS Solutions Lab, which will be designed to help tackle a range of problems – from the commercialization of medical discoveries to global health issues.

- Speaking of MaRS, I did a presentation about startup marketing. It was well received, including my offer to extend Pinterest invites to anyone who wanted one.

- Business Insider has a post in which serial entrepreneur David Feinleib provides 13 reasons why a startup will fail.

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  • NIF

    North Innovation Fund ( is an interesting source of alternative funding, offering non-dilutive bridge financing based on anticipated SR&ED credits.