Brice Scheschuk: Investing in People

As a champion of Canadian technology and an active venture investor, Brice Scheschuk looks for three key traits in any startup: Talent, Team, and Culture. Only when he’s sure a company has what it takes to succeed does he shift focus to the organization’s product and its path to commercialization. Without the right people, he says, […]

For Amar Varma, the Relationship is Job One

On March 27th, Amar Varma, Co-founder & COO of Autonomic, was Guest of Honour at the Espresso’s Founders’ Dinner. Our community enjoyed hearing about his view on long-term relationships in business. Here’s what you should know about our successful honouree. Amar Varma has done it all. In a career spanning two decades he’s been a […]

Espresso Capital Recognized as Canada’s Most Active Venture Debt Firm in 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (March 23, 2018)  — Espresso Capital is pleased to announce that it has been named the most active Canadian venture debt firm for 2017 by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA). With 84 loan advances totalling $51 million during the year, Espresso grew its portfolio 110% year-over-year. According to […]

Female Entrepreneurs Optimistic At #StartUpWomen IWD 2018 Event

Last Thursday, women and men throughout the business community pressed for progress and advocated for equality as part of International Women’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, Startup Canada hosted #StartupWomen, an event full of great discussions and inspiring talks with some of Canada’s noteworthy female entrepreneurs and executives. During the event, Startup Canada CEO Victoria […]

Osama Arafat: The View From 30,000 Feet

On Feb. 28, Osama Arafat, former CEO of Q9 Networks, was Guest of Honour at Espresso’s Founders’ Dinner. Our community enjoyed hearing about his pioneering adventures in the Internet space. Here’s what you should know about our unique, and very successful, honouree. After his incredible success building and selling data-security company Q9 Networks, Toronto entrepreneur […]

L-Spark “Support For Your StartUp” Event Stars Financial Tools For Savvy Founders

With $16.4M in funding across 35 startups in the last three years, The L-Spark Accelerator is no stranger to helping Canadian founders find success. Among the team’s many trade secrets is its advocacy for the growth assistance programs offered by the Government of Canada and its partner NGOs. To help raise awareness of these programs, […]

Founder Stories: Pressly – It’s a Marathon, not a sprint.

Our Director of Marketing, Katie Paterson, sat down with Jeff Brenner, Co-Founder and CEO of Pressly to discuss his journey as a founder and CEO, and what starting a company in Canada is like. KP: How did Pressly come about? JB: I founded Pressly with Peter Koteka. He and I met in university, and actually […]

Founder Stories: Homestars – The Founder Journey

Our Director of Marketing, Katie Paterson, sat down with Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars, to see what motivated her to leave a career in large corporations and start her own company. KP: What inspired you to start Homestars? NP: I was on maternity leave and was doing renovations on our 50-year old house. […]

Study Finds Gender Disparity in Canadian Tech

A recent study examined the current position of women in Canadian tech and innovation, aiming to draw attention to the disparity between men and women in the industry. Research has found companies who have women represented on executive teams perform better. Despite this, only 13 percent of tech companies’ executive teams comprise of women. “Where’s […]

GET READY FOR SAAS NORTH 2017: YOUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE

GET READY FOR SAAS NORTH 2017: YOUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE If you’re in SaaS, you’ll want to be in Ottawa November 29-30 for SAAS NORTH. Now in its second year,  the event — featuring 70 speakers and 400 companies — is an epic undertaking to connect and scale up the Canadian SaaS ecosystem. “SaaS is playing […]