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Data for 2016

We forge links between the disciplines of science and business to spark a meaningful discussion around how innovation actually happens, and how it is studied and measured. The more we understand what works on the ground, the more effective we can be in the implementation of programs centered on science and technology.

The Class of 2008

Our objective for this report was to analyze the ten-year trajectory of tech companies launched in 2008 in select jurisdictions around the world. We looked in detail at 983 companies created in 2008 in Canada, the US, France, Germany, and the UK.

The analysis shows some progress we are making and points out some areas of concern. The average funding received by Canadian companies in the last ten years ($15.5M) is in second place behind the US ($25.2M). Canada is strongest in funding technology companies including software, hardware and mobile, but is lagging the US in the number of health tech companies created and our average funding per company is weak.

The venture capital perspective on growth

by Charles Plant Read the first post in this series on how the growth rates of Shopify and Real Matters have impacted their valuations. Venture capitalists invest in many companies, knowing that some will fail, some will be also-rans or sell in merger...

Why growth is important to software companies

by Charles Plant Why Growth? Let’s look at two Canadian companies that were founded in 2004 and went public in the last couple of years. The first is Shopify, an e-commerce company, and the second is Real Matters, which provides services for the...