This Week in Canadian Startups

canada startupsHere’s the latest edition of “This Week in Canadian Startups”. It will appear on Sundays for people who don’t want to subscribe to the newsletter. For people who don’t mind another addition to their inbox, you can sign up here.

The State of Canadian VC
After years of scuffling, it looks like better times could be ahead for Canadian VCs. Real Ventures’ Mark MacLeod says it’s time for VCs to up their games, build their brands and expand their networks to stay competitive.

At mesh last week, a group of startup entrepreneurs offered up some great advice. Techvibes’ Andrea Wahbe captured the highlights.
Are incubators really necessary? Thursday Bramsuggests they’re a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have, and that many startups can go it alone.
Canadian VCs should be willing to “pull the trigger on deals within days, not months” if they want to become world-class players, StartupNorth’s Jevon MacDonald contends. We’re with ya, Jevon!
Boast Capital has partnered with the Plug and Play Tech Center to provide Canadian startups with three-months in Silicon Valley, as well as $25,000.



While there’s growing optimism about the Canadian startup landscape, I’m afraid to say we’re not sexy…yet.
Yona Shtern, CEO with Montreal-based Beyond the Rack, the fastest-growing e-tailer in 2011, had some advice for entrepreneursat Accelerate MTL.
Thinking about joining an early-stage startup? Here are nine questions you need to ask before climbing on the bandwagon.

Pinerly is a new service to better leverage Pinterest. It was surprising to learn it’s a Toronto-based startup heading into the Plug and Play Tech accelerator in San Francisco. Another one that got away?

FounderFuel is looking for its next cohort of startups. If you’re a team willing to hang out in Montreal for three months, here’s where to apply.
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