Archive for 'Innovation'

eBook for Technology Entrepreneurs

Recently a group of talented individuals in Ottawa launched an ebook on Technology Entrepreneurship. It’s relevant to any technology startup that wants to be successful in their domain. It covers various topics of interest from Business Models, minimal viable products to managing employees and more.


The editors are none other that Dr. Tony Bailetti (Technology Innovation Management, Carleton University) and Brian Hurley (President and CEO, Purple Forge Corp), with a forward by Denzil Doyle (Chairman, Doyletech Corporation.

It’s available on Amazon, check it out you won’t be disappointed.



By Natasha D'Souza

Lead To Win sessions starting Oct. 30th 2012

Are you (or someone you know) serious about establishing and growing a business?  Do you think you have the next killer idea/product/service but don’t know how to go about starting a successful, growth-oriented business?  Do you already have a business, but your growth has stagnated, and you need to figure out how to reinvigorate it?  If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the Lead To Win (LTW) Bootcamp is for you.


The LTW Bootcamp will provide company founders with:

  • The knowledge necessary to establish and grow a successful business;
  • The confidence, encouragement and motivation to succeed;
  • The foundation to sell to first customers, raise funds and attract talent;
  • Access to a large and diverse business network;

All tech founders are welcome, as well as founders starting businesses in any sector.

The next session of Lead To Win is scheduled for October 29-30-31 and  November 27-28-29, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The 6 days of training are free, but you must apply!




By Natasha D'Souza A Great Resource for Entrepreneurs


As a startup entrepreneur, you have to be really good at lots of things to build a world class business – creating a business plan, raising money, IP protection, viral marketing, getting customers, etc….  I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and none of them are experts in all these areas, but they need to execute like an expert to grow their business.

So what do you do?  Well, if you’re well funded, you can hire experts with these skills.  Otherwise, you have to read a lot of blogs and books, seek out experienced mentors or advisors, and ask a lot of questions until you are an expert.  Which takes a lot of time – something no entrepreneur has enough of.

Which is why we launched  The service incorporates concepts, advice, and recommendations from experienced entrepreneurs and packages them into executable, step by step actions that you need to take to nail a part of your business.  Each activity is called a “Play” – “How to pitch a VC Play”, “How to get on TechCrunch Play” – which when combined adds to your “Startup Playbook” of activities that you can execute.  Each Play has three sections:

  1. Brainstorming
    Full of content, videos, presentations that explain the concept and provide a place for you and your team to brainstorm ideas about the Play
  2. Tasks
    A checklist of all the specific activities you need to execute with detailed instructions on how to complete them – which can be assigned to team members with a due date
  3. Files / Templates
    Excel, powerpoint, and document templates that you and your team can collaborate on.

For example, say you wanted help Incorporating your business.  In that play there is brainstorming sections with information on choosing a name, selecting a location (federal or provincial, Canada or US), and deciding on structure (LLP, INC).  There are tasks for each of the brainstorming activities as well as filling out documents (which are in the files section), doing a name search, registering the company, and a bunch more very specific things that you can check off as you complete “the Play”.

Each Play tells you how long it should take to run, how many people you should need, and level of experience needed to execute.  The cost for a play is between free and $99.

What’s cool about it is that it can save entrepreneurs days or weeks of trying to figure this stuff out on their own, when so many other entrepreneurs have already done it.

The sites currently in closed beta.  Check it out at


By Scott Annan

Lead To Win for Women launches

Lead To Win is a popular boot camp for entrepreneurs starting or growing a business. They are now launching Lead To Win for Women in order to help more women entrepreneurs to succeed.


If you are a women with an idea and are serious about launching a profitable growth-oriented business in Canada’s Capital Region, or you have already founded a business and are trying to develop strategies for growth, then Lead To Win for Women (LTW) is for you.

What is Lead To Win for Women?

  • LTW is a 6 day program spread across 2 sessions
  • Each day runs from 8:00am – 4:30am
  • The program takes place at 3500 Carling Ave. (the former Nortel campus located at Moodie Drive and Carling Ave.)
  • All co-founders can attend all sessions (regardless of whether they are men or women)
  • Founders for all sectors are eligible (not just tech founders)
  • You will learn everything you need to evaluate your idea, improve it, and bring it to the market, or grow your opportunity
  • You will have access to mentors, experts, and other founders who will help you develop your opportunity

The next LTW sessions are scheduled for Oct 25-27 and Nov 22-24

Applications are now being accepted so if you or if you know any women entrepreneurs encourage them to apply.

By Natasha D'Souza

Travelpod creates another hit with TripWow


Local startup (well, former startup before tripadvisor acquired them) TravelPod founder Luc Levesque has launched another awesome travel app called TripWow – and its pretty awesome!

Tripwow makes video publishing ridiculously easy by taking images and captions from facebook, your computer, Picasa, Flickr or (of course) your Travelpod blog and publishes them in high-quality videos with captions, flags, music, and more.

Luc has demonstrated a knack for seeing the “next big thing” on the web (Travelpod, Traveler IQ) and I think his focus on personal viral videos is no different.  Congrats to Luc and the whole Travelpod team on creating an awesome app!

Check out the quality of the video below and then visit TripWow to create your own.

This travel slideshow of Luc Levesque’s trip to 7 cities including New York City, Sao Paulo and Ottawa was created by TravelPod the Web’s First Travel Blog on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7:58pm UTC. Luc traveled 18,979 kilometers (11,793 miles) on this trip.
By Scott Annan

Entrepreneurs: Canada’s Innovation Engine!

I keep reading about Canada’s lousy ability to innovate.

We consistently rank very low (13 out of 17 of OECD countries) in our “capacity to innovate” in this country, and some of our leaders (John Manley) have claimed that it may just not be in our DNA to innovate.

I say that’s bullshit and that the “indicators” may be just plain wrong.

Startups and entrepreneurs across Canada are developing innovative products and services and are leading the innovation movement in Canada.  We have to stop looking for another RIM or Nortel as a beacon for innovation in our country, and start celebrating the thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs who are working to change the world in our country.

Keep innovating startups – what you’re doing matters and your success (however you define it) is the true measure of innovation in this country!

By Scott Annan

Ignite Ottawa Tomorrow Night!

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The first Ignite Ottawa is tomorrow night! Doors are at 6 pm at the Velvet Room in the Market.

The lineup of speakers and topics looks awesome…

Adele McAlear – Death and Digital Legacy
Jairus Pryor – How I Stole $15M from the Canadian Mint
Ian Graham – Coworking
Sue Murphy – Online Community
David Akin – Media and Technology


Kris Joseph – Shakespeare and Oral Culture
Scott Annan – You Inc.: We’re all freelancers now
Nick Charney – Public Service Renewal in 5 Minutes
Al Connors – Improv and Everyday Life

It looks like there aren’t any tickets left…if you have tickets but can’t make it, let the event organizers know so that they can make them available for others.

The official hashtag for the event is #igniteott (tagged tweets will appear on the screen live at the event).

It’s gonna be great!

By Scott Lake

Claude Haw at Mayor’s Breakfast

chaw01Michael Curran of the Ottawa Business Journal sent a reminder that Claude Haw, President and CEO of OCRI, will speak at the Mayor’s Breakfast on November 27th to unveil his vision for OCRI.

If you don’t know Claude, check-out this event…he’s a really nice guy doing great things at OCRI.

By Scott Lake

Carleton Poster of Tech Companies

Screen shot 2009-11-09 at 1.00.57 PMIn early 2010, Carleton University is looking to publish an updated poster featuring ‘innovation-based companies’ founded or co-founded by Carleton alumni and faculty. ‘Innovation-based companies’ are defined as “companies founded to either develop new technology that forms the basis of new applications, services or products or, conversely, develop new applications, services or products using existing technology”.

Luc Lalande, Director of the Innovation Transfer Office at Carleton, is looking for help identifying these companies. If you have information on some of them, please contribute to the list or contact Luc via Twitter or e-mail (luc_lalande [at]

By Scott Lake

Shannon Harvey Rocks!!!

Social media maven Shannon Harvey wrote the following song to promote Ramius‘ new app sixent.  Its awesome…

By Scott Lake