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 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 […]

Espresso Named Most Active Investor in H1 2017 by CVCA

The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. “OUR VIEW OF SUCCESS ISN’T HOW MANY HOME RUNS WE BACK, IT’S HOW MUCH WEALTH WE HELP TO CREATE” When Espresso Capital Ltd. opened its doors in 2009, on the heels of the global financial crisis, its main business […]

Espresso Capital Joins Elevate Toronto Tech Festival

Espresso Capital Joins Elevate Toronto Tech Festival Earlier this week, Elevate Toronto announced their plan to host a 3-day tech festival which will showcase the Toronto tech community and focus on three values: Diversity is our Strength, Disrupt Together, It’s Our Time. In front of a crowd of over 250 people at the Horizons Restaurant atop the […]

Founder Stories: GROUPBY – Mastering your own destiny

Our Director of Marketing, Katie Paterson, sat down with Roland Gossage, Founder and CEO of Groupby, to learn more about his startup journey and what being people-first means when building a great company. KP: What inspired you to start Groupby? RG: Two main elements. One, I like to solve really difficult problems, and obviously, search and relevance was […]