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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.

Canadian Tech Companies Get an ‘A’ for Effort in Social Media

In this study, we sought to examine sales and marketing activities of Canadian tech firms by looking at social media practices relative to companies in other regions around the world. Our sample population consisted of 113 randomly selected internet software businesses in five jurisdictions: Canada, California, New York, Massachusetts, and the United Kingdom.

In order to gauge Canada’s efforts and success in social media, we ranked Canadian tech companies relative to other regions using activities on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and blogging. Overall, we rank first in effort (as gauged by activity) but unfortunately, only fourth in results, or ability to generate engagement with followers and other observers.

Measuring Canada’s Scaleup Potential

There seems to be a shift away from focusing on startups to focus on those companies in Canada that are scaling. This appears to have been predicated on the premise that Canada has become good at starting companies but is challenged at scaling them to world-class size.
This Impact Brief has been designed to develop a framework to measure Canada’s startup and scaleup rate in the technology sector.

What we found is that we still lag many of the US states including Pennsylvania, Illinois and Georgia and particularly Massachusetts, New York, and California at both starting and scaling companies. We hold our own however when compared to Europe.

Cross country startup internships inspire students

Nestled in the centre of British Columbia, Prince George is a natural paradise. While entrepreneurship is growing in the city, it is dominated by resource companies and service industries. But Mark Hartley and Emily Norum, students at the University of...