Latest Success Stories

Three local entrepreneurs win BOOST funding

Congratulations to GymNext, Kiwi Social and One More Story Games for winning $5000 from ventureLAB’s BOOST program. A total of 21 applications were received, of which 8 winners were selected based as having significant market potential. Our local business community is proud that 3 of the 8 winners were from the Barrie and Simcoe County region. ventureLAB partnered with BDO Canada, an international…

Turning Customer Profiles into Content Strategies

Kauffman Founders School Before you even begin to think about marketing to your customers, you have to understand what they care about and what information will be interesting to them. Trying any tactics before this is irresponsible for your company.Once you have an idea of your customer’s daily routine, you need to understand what they would find helpful or valuable.…

Service is Survival

Download the whitepaper and learn how online subscription models get ahead and the benefits of Customer Service. Imagine you own a thriving online subscription business. Your customers place orders on the website, but they have questions about their subscription, problems with their order, billing issues, etc. Your team regularly answers email support tickets, but response times begin to lengthen as…

Working a Room: How to Sell, Not Tell

Kauffman Founders School It can be difficult to network effectively, here are some tips on how to work a room in your favor. These days, meetups and networking events pop up on every street corner in every city. This is great for entrepreneurs who are encouraged to get out there, meet people and find new customers and fans. But how…

How to Conquer your Fear of Cold Calling

Kauffman Founders School When just starting a business, the only person you have to sell your idea, product or service is you. No one else is going to push your business forward for you. This means you’ll have to initiate the first conversations with customers, industry experts and beyond. Cold-calling or cold-asking people for things can be intimidating sometimes. For…

From Student to Start Up

From Student to Start Up: 9 Tips to Make the Transition Successfully Michele Clarkson is no stranger to being the master of her own destiny. After studying Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art, she freelanced both as a professional artist and a graphic designer for many years and, as one of the early adopters of the Internet, she…

The Toughest Questions Investors Ask

Kauffman Founders School It can be tough to prepare for a meeting with investors, here are some HARD questions investors may ask. “Why should I or anyone else care?” This type of question from investors that can freeze a presentation in its tracks. There’s no avoiding it. These things will happen whether you like it or not, but what you can…

Amazing Value of Successful Networking

Successful networking is a very important part of building your brand and can also propel your business. We’re often told that we must “get out there and network”. But it’s hard! Why bother?  Well, here are five awesome reasons why we should bother and the amazing value that successful networking brings us. To be successful we just need to follow…