Lazaridis Institute launches 15-city tour to help Canadian startups scale


It’s a commonplace chorus in Canada’s tech trade that we excel at generating startups, however falter at scaling them. The Lazaridis Institute desires to lend a hand firms alternate that narrative.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based institute, a part of the Lazaridis College of Industry and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier College, introduced Tuesday it will be traveling 15 towns throughout Canada this summer season with a view to give startups around the nation a possibility to sign up for its annual Lazaridis Scale-Up Program.

“Tech leaders, policy-makers, and media all level to the truth that scale-u.s.account for not up to 5 according to cent of Canadian firms and but create greater than 50 according to cent of all new jobs,” the group mentioned in a Would possibly 22 press release. “The Lazaridis Institute funding within the tech sector is an funding in Canada’s long term.”

Now in its 3rd yr, the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program connects the founders of 10 promising Canadian tech firms with world mavens, serving to them support their industry fashions, develop their networks, and search further investment. In keeping with the Institute, all 10 of the primary cohort’s firms reported larger revenues, and 90 according to cent introduced a brand new services or products, larger exports, and secured exterior financing.

The 15-city excursion, a primary for the category of 2018, will happen between June five and 27, and span from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C. (You’ll learn in regards to the magnificence of 2016, which came about to be founded solely in japanese Canada, here, and the category of 2017 here.)

In every metropolis, the Institute will host a presentation via Chris Yeh, a common spouse with Silicon Valley-based Wasabi Ventures Global, in regards to the Stanford College-supported “Blitzscaling” option to scaling. In keeping with the Institute’s unlock, the excursion may also come with discussions referring to “industry fashions that enhance lightning-fast expansion, shifts in technique wanted at every degree of scale, and the control demanding situations that rise up as a tech corporate grows,” and Hockeystick, the open database of Canadian startups and traders partly funded via the Institute.

“The loose platform will lend a hand resource-strapped startups and scale-u.s.achieve world profile, and extra successfully get right of entry to enhance methods and investment alternatives,” the discharge says. “The platform may also make it more uncomplicated for accelerators to spot startups that meet their program parameters, and can supply provincial and federal governments with the considered necessary affect metrics.”

In keeping with Lazaridis Institute managing director Kim Morouney, the excursion represents “a possibility to hook up with tech ecosystems around the country.”

“We need to proportion our analysis, invite firms to benefit from this new information platform, and find out how we will all paintings in combination to scale Canada’s tech firms,” Morouney mentioned within the unlock. “Our objective is to discover the sources and foster the ability tech firms wish to develop—and to stick right here in Canada.”

Packages for the Institute’s 3rd annual Scale-Up Program open on Would possibly 22 and shut July 27.

The excursion, in the meantime, will talk over with the next towns at the following dates:

  • Halifax: Tuesday June five
  • St. John’s: Wednesday June 6
  • Moncton: Thursday June 7
  • Winnipeg: Monday June 11
  • Saskatoon: Tuesday June 12
  • Calgary: Wednesday June 13
  • Edmonton: Thursday June 14
  • Ottawa: Monday June 18
  • Waterloo: Tuesday June 19
  • Toronto: Wednesday June 20
  • Victoria: Tuesday June 26
  • Vancouver: Wednesday June 27
  • Montreal: Wednesday July four
  • Quebec Town: Thursday July five
  • Charlottetown: TBD

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