Category Archives: Incubator Series

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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Watch Governments Hatch More Incubators

Among the brutal but unspoken truths learned since the collapse of 2008 are these: First, economic development is no longer a secondary function of government, suitable for rewarding faithful constituencies and burnishing political legacies. Second, economic development is becoming synonymous with business development. Set aside your political prejudices for a moment and consider what this…
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Incubation in the DMZ

I’m often wrong but rarely pleased about it. It happened again last week when I went to Ryerson University’s DMZ (Digital Media Zone, 'the Zone') for their 2nd birthday/expansion celebration. I’ve been a skeptic because DMZ seemed to be more interested in creating a learning environment than in launching businesses. I left reminded that these aren’t…
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