Category Archives: Business Incubators

Meanwhile (leases), in Toronto

Almost everyone in Toronto recognizes the economic value of a strong, resident, creative industry work force.  And, almost anyone who thinks about it would agree that abundant and profitable commercial real estate is also critical to economic growth and prosperity. In fact, the former contributes to the latter.  As creative industries flourish, they add to…
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The failure of start-ups in Toronto: a bit of forensics

The City of Toronto, like many other municipalities, invests in incubators and small business development on one hand, but fails to give them much business through contract bidding on the other.  Their lengthy, time-consuming procurement process largely favours the 800lbs gorillas, leaving many new start-ups without the benefit of the biggest buyer in town's attention.

People wonder why some cities  lack the innovation and progressive ideas of the start-ups within them. We unearth the forensics behind it all!

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The Opportunity Presented by Sky-high Energy Costs

There are two things that are clear about high rises: One is that Toronto has a staggering number of these residential and commercial buildings and development shows no sign of stopping. The other, is that these buildings present unique energy management challenges and opportunities. Taken together, these towers are racking up sky-high costs in terms…
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Barging into Business

Elsewhere I’ve argued that incubators require access to below-market work space. In a tough real estate market, even municipalities have a hard time coughing up surplus space for this purpose. Who can afford to take something out of their portfolio for 3-5 years when some unforeseen need or opportunity might arise at any moment? I’m…
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