Tag Archives: Business Incubators

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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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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