Stories From Innisfil

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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Innisfil: Tech Town

This is the story of a small town in Canada, taking a classic underdog journey to stand alongside the big tech hubs of the world. Drive anywhere beyond the GTA in Ontario and you’ll see a multitude of small towns. Some are so small that if you blink as you drive along ‘Main Street’,…

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Innisfil featured on a podcast for local government innovation!

Two members from Innisfil’s Economic Development team, Dan Taylor and Jelmer Stegink recently had a great interview on Govlaunch‘s new podcast series. Govlaunch is a “wiki” for local government innovation. It’s about how Innisfil is embracing change and innovation, and how local governments can shift their approach to problem solving. Check out the episode on…

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Wearing a Face Covering in All Indoor Public Spaces

As of July 13, 2020 you will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces (businesses, organizations and public transit systems) in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Get a downloadable and printable Mandatory Mask sign for your business here. The following FAQ is from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health…

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Meet Amy & Richard, Innisfil Entrepreneurs

The unique experiences of some of our entrepreneurs will inspire you! Working with your spouse is an interesting twist on the entrepreneurial journey. It’s not for everyone, but if it works, it’s a great way to blend life and work in an almost seamless effort. Working with a partner makes running a business—particularly a new…

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The Root Cause for Innovation Theater and How to Avoid It

In a recent post, I shared a reference implementation of an innovation funnel built on the Continuous Innovation Framework and cautioned that while funnels are powerful visualization tools, they have their limitations. The biggest limitation is sub-funnel optimization which, in this case, is one of the leading causes for Innovation Theater. The Problem With Funnels Real and meaningful funnels…

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Achieving Flow in a Lean Startup – By Ash Maurya

Eliminating waste is the fundamental principle of lean thinking. As defined by Womak/Jones in their book “Lean Thinking” (a must-read): Waste is any human activity which absorbs resources but creates no value. Of all resources, there is no resource more valuable than time. Time is more valuable than money. While money can fluctuate up or down, time…

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The BOOTSTART Manifesto – By Ash Maurya

There’s never been a better time to act on your “big idea”. And this manifesto will show you how. 1. Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere While we may look different and speak different languages, the world is flatter than it’s ever been. We are living through a global entrepreneurial renaissance that can be witnessed in the worldwide explosion of…

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