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Ottawa and Gatineau Join Forces to Attract Global Cyber Firms, Investment and Talent to Canada’s Capital Region
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Ottawa and Gatineau Join Forces to Attract Global Cyber Firms, Investment and Talent to Canada’s Capital Region

Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, Ville de Gatineau, ID Gatineau and IN-SEC-M, the national non-profit industry cyber organization, today announced the official launch of a joint marketing strategy that aims to attract new cyber firms, investment, talent and opportunity to Canada’s Capital Region.
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USMCA and IP – How the New Trade Agreement Will Impact Canadian Intellectual Property Owners
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USMCA and IP – How the New Trade Agreement Will Impact Canadian Intellectual Property Owners

Minutes before the September 30, 2018, midnight deadline, Canada reached a new free-trade agreement with Mexico and the United States. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into effect over 24 years ago. The USMCA covers a wide range of topics, including intellectual property (IP) law. While Canada is already compliant with many of the requirements set out for the treatment of IP, there are some notable changes that Canadian businesses should be aware of.
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Invest Ottawa and the Waterloo Accelerator Centre Put Two Decades of Collective Scale-up Success to Work in New Accelerator Program in Canada’s Capital
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Invest Ottawa and the Waterloo Accelerator Centre Put Two Decades of Collective Scale-up Success to Work in New Accelerator Program in Canada’s Capital

Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, together with the Waterloo Accelerator Centre (Waterloo AC), strategic partner and award-winning accelerator founded by His Excellency The Right David Johnston in 2006, today announced the official launch of The IO Accelerator, a new Invest Ottawa Accelerator program that leverages best practices from both organizations to rapidly accelerate the development, scaleup and commercial success of high-growth technology firms.
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 3]
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 3]

Invest Ottawa sees thousands of entrepreneurs every year, all with an endless amount of ideas. But not all ideas are made equal,...
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The 3 Most Common Types of Business Entities in Ontario
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The 3 Most Common Types of Business Entities in Ontario

This blog is provided by Invest Ottawa’s proud sponsor, Nelligan O'Brien Payne, as part of our Expert Series. View the...
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 2]
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 2]

Invest Ottawa advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get projects off the ground for decades; helping turn innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the do’s and don’ts of product development and chats with an Invest Ottawa supported company which were able to avoid many missteps.
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 1]
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Three Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: A Case Study [Part 1]

Invest Ottawa advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get projects off the ground for decades; helping turn innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the do’s and don’ts of product development and chats with an Invest Ottawa supported company which were able to avoid many missteps.
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Invest Ottawa Announces First Cohort in New Accelerator
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Invest Ottawa Announces First Cohort in New Accelerator

The new Invest Ottawa business acceleration program officially launched yesterday. Forty dynamic technology startups spent the day at Bayview Yards,...
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AccelerateOTT: The Business Case for Investing in Women
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AccelerateOTT: The Business Case for Investing in Women

It’s a fact: we know that diverse companies breed better products, better service and more resilient businesses. And still, barriers to entry remain, and inequality persists, preserving cultures that perpetuate inequity in the workplace. This reality is particularly true in STEM sectors… Advancements have been made, but it’s time to expedite our progress. The question is, how do we challenge the status quo? How do we kick our companies into high-gear? How do we guarantee greater success in the future? And, where do we begin? AccelerateOTT started with our speakers, a panel and a discussion on women in the startup world…
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How Are You Going to Attract and Retain Top Talent?
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How Are You Going to Attract and Retain Top Talent?

High quality employees, aka “top talent,” are the most sought-after commodity for tech companies today. In many global economies, including Canada, there is a shortage of skills and therefore talent is at a premium. This begs the question, how are you going to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent so your organization can reach its maximum potential? First off, we have some good news, Ottawa is a great city for tech companies. Here’s what you get with the capital advantage:
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AccelerateOTT: Founders, Startups and Communities
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AccelerateOTT: Founders, Startups and Communities

Chris Heivly is known as the “Startup Whisperer,” but it was his stage presence and inspiring message that made him so memorable at AccelerateOTT 2018: Scale or Fail. During his keynote speech, the audience was locked-into his every word.
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AccelerateOTT: Finding Your Marketing “Spicy Spot”
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AccelerateOTT: Finding Your Marketing “Spicy Spot”

Her presentations are more commonly described with the fire emoji 🔥 - and did she ever bring the heat! June 13, April Dunford took over the stage and won over the crowd with her high-value talk "Wind at Your Back: Making Your Marketing Category Work For You."
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AccelerateOTT: Inside the Mind of an Early-Stage Investor
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AccelerateOTT: Inside the Mind of an Early-Stage Investor

At AccelerateOTT, the Early-Stage Investor Panel was so popular, during the talk you could hear a pin drop! Attendees walked away armed with the knowledge of what to look for in an Angel or VC, how to pitch, when to seek investment, how to discern between a good and bad investor and more.
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AccelerateOTT: The Rise and Impact of the Maker Culture – Empowering the Next Entrepreneurial Generation
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AccelerateOTT: The Rise and Impact of the Maker Culture – Empowering the Next Entrepreneurial Generation

This blog is part of our AccelerateOTT: Scale or Fail Speaker Series. View the full series here.  Speakers: Ryan Hoover, Founder, Product...
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AccelerateOTT: Going for Growth – 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth But We Don’t Talk About
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AccelerateOTT: Going for Growth – 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth But We Don’t Talk About

Keynote speaker Saalim Chowdhury, Partner at 500 Startups, took to the stage at AccelerateOTT to deliver Going for Growth: 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth but We Don't Talk About. What he really shared were lessons he learnt the hard way. After Saalim slapped the Scale or Fail audience with the honesty stick, we selected five top takeaways from his talk. Here they are:  
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AccelerateOTT: Startups at the Speed of Unicorns – Tales of Serendipity and Success 
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AccelerateOTT: Startups at the Speed of Unicorns – Tales of Serendipity and Success 

Starting our program bright and early, Andrew and Franco woke up the crowd of 500+ with inspirational tales of serendipity and success. There was so much quality content it was a challenge to isolate our favourite top take aways, but we did it. Here's our top five from our first fireside chat, the spark that ignited AccelerateOTT 2018:
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Investor Day: Ottawa Startups Take Center Stage
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Investor Day: Ottawa Startups Take Center Stage

When you are a startup in full-blown raise mode, running the gauntlet of investor meetings can be overwhelming. It feels like an endless cycle of research, one-on-one's, demo days, elevator pitches, "tire-kicking" and more pitches. Founders understand this process is necessary, however it can be a very inefficient one; draining time and energy from entrepreneurs.
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Scale or Fail: Hunting Hundreds at AccelerateOTT on June 13 at Lansdowne Park
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Scale or Fail: Hunting Hundreds at AccelerateOTT on June 13 at Lansdowne Park

Only seven days left to purchase your ticket to Invest Ottawa’s flagship entrepreneurial conference: www.accelerateott.ca The venture development world is founded on risk and reward. As the President and CEO of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, I am inspired by the many entrepreneurs and founders who are charting their destiny and taking a courageous gamble on new products, markets and business models where the winner often takes all or nothing.  This is the quest of the $100 million company.
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Canada’s First Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology and Innovator Directory Announced
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Canada’s First Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology and Innovator Directory Announced

In celebration of National Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Day on May 31, 2018, the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) is pleased to announce the development and launch of Canada’s first Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Innovator Directory in collaboration with Invest Ottawa and the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). The first of its kind, this unique and valuable resource will provide a comprehensive overview of the growing number of contributors to the Canada’s AV ecosystem. This will include innovators, companies, post-secondary institutions, and other organizations with AV technologies, solutions, and knowhow. 
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Age Diversity: A powerful boost for NCR’s expanding economy
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Age Diversity: A powerful boost for NCR’s expanding economy

“Diversity and inclusion is a major area of emphasis for Invest Ottawa,” says Sonya Shorey, the firm’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Together with our community, we strive to help create an even stronger, more integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem with future-ready companies led by female and male founders with a rich mix of attributes, backgrounds and experiences.
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