Author: thecodefactory

SNS Now Has Its Own Website!

We are excited to announce that Students and Startups (SNS) is expanding and now has its very own website, which we are officially unveiling today! With plans for SNS16 to be bigger and better than ever, we needed to make SNS’ web presence bigger and better too. Now participants from both the past and the future can check out photos from previous editions and video testimonials from a few of our 29 successful hires. We’re also adding videos from our new series “SNS: Where are they now?”, which premiered last fall with Tri Ho of Koneka. The site also has its very own blog, so...

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The Four Myths of Business Innovation: Part 4, Myth #3

There is little doubt Canada is capable of research excellence and that our top 10 universities are well regarded internationally. However, this post will bring into question the broad assertion of “Paradox Lost” and propose that the Canadian public sector shares some of the responsibility for our poor innovation performance. Canada spent $11,400,000,000 on Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) or a total of 0.7% of our overall GDP. This data is available from a vast number of publications, including CD Howe’s “From Curiousity to Wealth Creation”, and HERD spending is often used as our key success metric. Granted,...

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Incubatorfest

Algonquin College will be hosting Ottawa’s first ever Incubatorfest Wednesday, January 29 beginning at 4pm. You can sign up to attend here. The event will feature TheCodeFactory, Hub Ottawa, Exploriem, Algonquin ARI, Startup Garage and 1 other incubator from Ottawa. The incubators will “come together to pitch head-to-head for students to engage with them”. We have a few exciting announcements to make that you won’t want to miss out on, so we hope we’ll see you there! Tickets are free, and you can register for yours here. The event begins at 4pm and runs through until 5:30pm, with a networking...

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The Four Myths of Business Innovation: Part 3, Myth #2

Jim Collins undoubtedly said it best when he discussed the entrepreneurial mindset needing to be pervasive throughout all hierarchal levels of a corporation (or by extension a not-for-profit (NFP) organization). If the mid-level managers in an organization are simply cogs in the machine and lack any autonomy whatsoever innovation comes to a grinding halt. This is a problem that can be faced by the private, public or NFP sectors; so why then is so much emphasis placed on incorporation status and not the cultural tendencies of the organization? Perhaps this is due to the misconception that profit is inherently...

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Students and Startups 16 ANnounced

That’s right; we’re very excited to announce SNS16 will be taking place in Spring 2014! SNS16 will be our most ambitious undertaking thus far. For the first time we will be searching for a larger venue as we’re aiming to have hundreds of students on hand. Of course with a goal to have that many students on hand we’re also going to be looking for quite a few startups as well! So if you’re a student, involved with a startup or know anyone who is feel free to get in touch with us via the “Contact Us” page. As...

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The Four Myths of Business Innovation: Part 2, Myth #1

There is a popular misconception that VC funded high-growth startups create the most net new jobs. I have done some research in this area and while VC funding is an important part of the startup ecosystem, it only represents a very small portion of the net new jobs created. New self-funded bootstrapped companies create the most net new jobs. I use two concepts to illustrate this point: “the startup hockey analogy” and “funding math”. The Startup Hockey Analogy is based on the premise that the relative skill level of new business founders is similar to the skill distribution of...

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“Not Your Typical Education Site: The Overhaul of uOttawa.ca”

When: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Time: 5:30pm Where: TheCodeFactory Price: $10 “WebFuel is inviting all professionals involved or interested in Digital Strategy, Online Marketing, or Search in the Ottawa and Gatineau area to learn more about the process of website redesign. Presenter: Nichole McGill Director, Web Communications at University of Ottawa Topic: Not Your Typical Education Site: The Overhaul of uOttawa.ca (click to register) Come meet Nichole and learn more about the process of website redesign. Presentation: The new uOttawa.ca website went live in November of 2013 to the musical tweets and likes of students and for those who are passionate about creating a user-design experience. Not only was a new Drupal Web content...

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The Four Myths of Business Innovation in Canada – Part 1 of 6

AKA – Tales from the paper dragon … myth or reality? Part 1 – Introduction Industry Canada recently published on their website a consultation paper (Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation) requesting feedback on Canada’s Science and Technology Policy. The findings in the consultation paper are largely based on an expert report called “Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada’s Research Strength and Innovation Weakness” written by the Council of Canadian Academies.  I have some significant difference of opinion with the report that we will delve into as we explore the four myths of business innovation in Canada. Here...

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