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Another Reminder to Comply with CASL: The CRTC Imposes $15,000 Penalty for Non-Compliance Apr 20, 2017 Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) creates a comprehensive regime designed to prohibit, among other things, unsolicited or misleading commercial electronic messages (including emails). As previously reported on The Spotlight, on July 1, 2017, CASL will introduce a new ...

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Voting Trusts: Think Ahead Mar 02, 2017 In the early stages of a startup, founders often issue equity to friends, family members and other investors to acquire initial working capital and to engage key employees at a low-cost basis.When issuing equity in the early stages of a startup, it is important for founders to consider issues tha...

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So Many Options: An Overview of Equity Compensation and Incentives Feb 10, 2017 This article examines common forms of equity compensation, specifically option plans, restricted share unit ("RSU") plans and deferred share unit ("DSU") plans. These plans use a company's equity to compensate and incentivize employees. Each type of plan involves the issuance of new shares or the...

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What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Silicon Valley North? Nov 24, 2016 By Rebecca Kacaba, Mathew Goldstein, and Timothy JonesWhen Donald Trump was announced as President-elect, some founders and funders of major Silicon Valley startups reacted with "heartbreak and horror," with one well-known Valley executive making headlines by promising to "fund a legitimate campa...

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Featured Interview - Andrew Arruda, CEO and Co-Founder of ROSS Intelligence Inc. Nov 23, 2016 StartupSource's Liam Tracey-Raymont recently spoke with Andrew Arruda, CEO and co-founder of ROSS Intelligence Inc. ("ROSS"), to discuss ROSS's growth and to shed some light on the developmental timeline and hurdles associated with launching a tech startup. ROSS, initially developed in Canada and...

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Alberta's New Exemptions for Startup Businesses Oct 05, 2016 By Rebecca Kacaba and Timothy Jones*In a welcome development for Alberta-based startups and small businesses, the Alberta Securities Commission (the "ASC") has adopted a new rule - Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (ASC Rule 45-517, adopted July 19, 2016). The rule is designed to strea...

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Great Valuation Resources for Startups and Investors Aug 09, 2016 Private companies are not required to share financial information. Semil Shah, an investor with Haystack Fund, highlights that nearly everything about the private markets is opaque, including what information is shared between companies and their potential venture investors, and even between the ...

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Cloaking Threat Risk Assessments Under Legal Privilege Jul 12, 2016 Threat risk assessments against technology-based systems and surrounding environments are increasingly mandated by customers and regulators. Threat risk assessments (TRAs) are typically done either pre-breach event as internal due diligence, or responsive to an event to determine the origins of t...

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Music Industry Rocks the Copyright Boat Jul 08, 2016 The music industry is gearing up for a battle with YouTube over licensing as the big three music labels, Universal, Sony and Warner, prepare to renegotiate their contracts with the video-sharing website. New economic realities have caused the music lobby in the United States to seek to revamp the...

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Is Machine Intelligence the Wave of the Future? Jul 05, 2016 As highlighted in our post 2016 Forecasts, and 2015 Reviews, for Canada's Startups, over the course of the year a noticeable number of venture capitalists have turned their attention towards artificial intelligence technology. One form of artificial intelligence that is catching the eye (and wall...

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Canadian Budget 2016 Mar 23, 2016 On March 22, 2016 the Minister of Finance released the federal budget ("Budget 2016"). Below is a summary of the important tax changes contained in Budget 2016. For a more comprehensive discussion of Budget 2016, please click here.Corporate Tax MeasuresExtension to "Back-to-Back" Rules:The back-t...

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PODCAST: What You Need to Know About Equity Crowdfunding Feb 04, 2016 Equity crowdfunding is generating buzz across Canada as recent regulatory changes to five provinces (Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) now allow companies to raise capital from Canadian and foreign non-accredited investors.Aird and Berlis LLP's Rebecca Kacaba and Graham To...

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Equity Crowdfunding is Arriving in Ontario! Nov 13, 2015 By Rebecca Kacaba and Graham TopaIt has been almost a year since the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC") published a request for comment on an equity crowdfunding prospectus exemption (the "Crowdfunding Exemption"). This was the result of an OSC Staff Consultation paper released at the end ...

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Featured Interview - Jen Lee Koss, Co-Founder of BRIKA Nov 12, 2015 By Rebecca Kacaba and Ian McLeod*We interviewed Jen Lee Koss, co-founder of BRIKA, to learn how building a brand leads to success. BRIKA is a unique online shopping destination that offers a curated selection of pieces that are destined to become heirlooms, and that celebrates the makers behind t...

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TOP SIX SOURCES OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING / GRANTS FOR STARTUPS IN ONTARIO Oct 22, 2015 By Rebecca Kacaba and Liam Tracey-Raymont*Government grants and other sources of 'free' money are some of the best kept secrets in our startup ecosystem. But they shouldn't be secrets at all! Here are our top six funding programs designed to help founders get off the ground:Number 6: Strategic Co...

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Crafting a Suitable IP strategy -Tips from the Pros! Sep 21, 2015 Not so long ago, a startup often needed a million dollars or more in seed capital to get itself off the ground and on the path to world domination. Today, however, we often see startups that have seed capital of a hundred thousand dollars or less, and who still have a real chance of succeeding. T...

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Choosing Between Federal or Provincial Incorporation Sep 17, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Andreea Andrei*An early decision that many founders have to make is whether to incorporate their startup federally or provincially. A federal corporation is governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "CBCA"), while an Ontario corporation is subject to the Ontario B...

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Featured Interview - Andrew Graham, CEO & Co-Founder of Borrowell - Part 2 Sep 09, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Andreea Andrei*In Part I of this conversation with Andrew Graham, CEO and Co-Founder of Borrowell, we discussed the vision, early challenges and trajectory of an early-stage financial technology company. In Part II, Andrew shares some specific tips for getting your startup of...

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Featured Interview - Andrew Graham, CEO & Co-Founder of Borrowell - Part 1 Sep 02, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Andreea Andrei*We sat down with the CEO of Borrowell, Andrew Graham, to discuss the Canadian FinTech landscape and building a FinTech company. Borrowell is emerging from a cluster of financial technology startups to revolutionize financial services in Canada. Their seamless o...

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Featured Interview - Tim Wootton, CEO & Founder of Rover Parking Aug 08, 2015 By Rebecca Kacaba and Amy Marcen-Gaudaur*We sat down with Tim Wootton, founder of Rover Parking, to talk about what it takes to launch a successful startup in Toronto. Rover Parking is an innovative new app that brings peer-to-peer to the parking industry. Read Tim's thoughts on mitigating the de...

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Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation - Have You Complied? Jun 26, 2015 Effective January 15, 2015, if your business installs software or computer programs on another person's computer system, you must now be in compliance with CASL's requirements relating to the installation of computer programs. Like CASL's CEM provisions, the computer programming provisions are ex...

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Photo-Sharing App for Health-Care Professionals Goes Global Apr 09, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Daniel EverallWe interviewed Gregory Levey, co-founder of Toronto-based Figure 1 Inc., a great startup that has developed a photosharing application for health-care professionals.We're here with Gregory Levey, co-founder of Toronto-based Figure 1 Inc., a great startup that ha...

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SR&ED - Tax Incentives for Startups Mar 11, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Graham Topa*The Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program, also known as "SR&ED" (pronounced "shred"), is a federal tax incentive program for businesses carrying out eligible research and development activities. SR&ED can play an essential role in a sta...
Startup Incubators and Accelerators Mar 09, 2015 By Mat Goldstein and Daniel EverallToronto is home to a burgeoning startup scene, supported by many incubators and accelerators. As the scene is constantly changing and growing, we thought it would be useful to provide a snapshot of many incubators and accelerators found in and around Toronto.
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