Tips for Startups – Understanding the Stages of Equity Financing

Digital Article by Michael Reid McMillan LLP Co-authored by Brandon Deans (Temporary Articled Student) In the earliest stages of a new venture, founders will often seek to bootstrap (i.e., self-finance) operations in order to build value through their own sweat equity. Once bootstrapping is no longer enough to sustain their pre-revenue startup, or the need

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A spark in the business community

Article Posted on July 27, 2016 in Oshawa Express Malcolm MacTaggart, a business professor at UOIT, is the executive director of the Spark Angels Network, which invests in small businesses just getting their start. MacTaggart calls the investments “leap of faith money.” By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express When you get that bright idea and want

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Spark Angel Network welcomes Northumberland entrepreneurs

Article published in Northumberland Today written by Cecilia Nasmith. 25 Jul 2016 If you’re a fan of the CBC show Dragons’ Den, it may interest you to know that what Malcolm MacTaggart terms a non-fiction version of that show exists in the greater Durham Region. MacTaggart founded the Spark Angel Network three years ago in

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Angel investments on the rise in Canada

Article published in the The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) written by Sean Silcoff. 13 Jul 2016 Canadian startups are benefiting from a buoyant market for early-stage investors, but those that get bigger and more successful encounter a serious shortage when seeking larger growth capital venture investments, according to two reports from Canadian early-stage financing

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The Smartest Startups Invest in their Sales Team Early and Often

Article from by Murad Hemmadi  Published June 20, 2016 In the early days, many high-tech startups are focused on the product more than on selling it. Here’s why they should rethink that balance. Vidyard’s office in Kitchener, Ontario. (Anthony Reinhard/Vidyard/Communitech) When Michael Litt’s company was first starting out, he spent a lot of time on

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