Stories From Innisfil

Are there enough women working in tech? Canada’s workplace is changing. And it’s changing rapidly. The last 12 months have illustrated that point vividly. Almost overnight most of us went from office workers to remote workers. And the kinds of jobs we’re doing are changing too. Technology is already a huge part of the economy and it continues to grow. Nearly two million Canadians work in the tech economy. And that is growing by around 4% every year. But men are still hugely overrepresented in those jobs. And that’s something our guest this week is trying to change. Sara Bentham is the Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College. The Centre is a cornerstone of the local start-up community. And is a key collaborator with the Innisfil DMZ. So, Sara is doubling down on efforts to empower local entrepreneurs with projects like the Xccelerate and XccelerateHER Conferences. Prpojects intended to increase the number of local women working in the tech economy.

Successful tech business ideas for women

Are there enough women working in tech? Canada’s workplace is changing. And it’s changing rapidly. The last 12 months have illustrated that point vividly. Almost overnight most of us went from office workers to remote workers. And the kinds of jobs we’re doing are changing too. Technology is already a huge part of the economy…

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Are there enough women working in tech? Canada’s workplace is changing. And it’s changing rapidly. The last 12 months have illustrated that point vividly. Almost overnight most of us went from office workers to remote workers. And the kinds of jobs we’re doing are changing too. Technology is already a huge part of the economy and it continues to grow. Nearly two million Canadians work in the tech economy. And that is growing by around 4% every year. But men are still hugely overrepresented in those jobs. And that’s something our guest this week is trying to change. Sara Bentham is the Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College. The Centre is a cornerstone of the local start-up community. And is a key collaborator with the Innisfil DMZ. So, Sara is doubling down on efforts to empower local entrepreneurs with projects like the Xccelerate and XccelerateHER Conferences. Prpojects intended to increase the number of local women working in the tech economy.

A different kind of smart city

Who gets to build the city of the future? Are such enormous projects only going to be possible for autocratic governments or freewheeling billionaires? Those questions are ones that Noah Redler wrestles with on a daily basis. The founder of the Smart City Experience, Noah works with Municipalities, community organizations and businesses to envision a different…

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The story of how a car salesman became a tech CEO

Very few great entrepreneurs went to business school. Almost none, in fact. Recently, Elon Musk pointed out that MBA’s tend to learn the wrong things. “They could be good at say PowerPoint presentations or something like that, and they can present well, but they don’t actually know how things work. They parachute in instead of…

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An Amazon alternative for local food delivery

Is it possible to build a local Amazon alternative? When the COVID crisis paralyzed global markets in early 2020, farmers found themselves with few options. Business from restaurants and caterers came to a sudden halt. Suddenly, the people working in the industry needed better access to local customers. Like each participant in last April’s DMZ…

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The Right Startup Location is Vital

A year ago, most anyone in tech would have said that startups needed to be located in a hub like Toronto, if they wanted to succeed. The foundations for a successful launch included support, accelerators, mentors, investors, employees and even customers. Those could all only be found in large centres and cities. Fast forward to…

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Accelerating Out of The Curve

“Taking a bright idea and turning it into a thriving, sustainable company is tough. An entrepreneur might reap what they sow, but they first need fertile ground.” ~ Takara Small   Creating a viable startup is about a lot more than planting a seed, watering it and waiting. There is a lot of support, nurturing…

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Operation Innovation: Uber and The Orbit

For any small town that is growing, there are two issues that need to be addressed at the outset, to make sure that they don’t become bigger problems down the road: public transportation and urban sprawl.   Look at most any growing community in Ontario and you’ll see sprawl: bedroom communities and suburbs popping up…

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