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Commercializing research in Scotland

By Maurice Smith

It has been nearly 20 years since Scottish Enterprise, then a fairly new economic agency, launched an inquiry into Scotland’s comparatively low business birth rate.

In 1993 the talk was all about improving access to finance, encouraging university spin-outs and challenging a culture that was seen to be risk averse and over dependent on jobs from big employers, public and private.

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November roundup: What does it take to bring technology to market?

By Alexandra Reid

This month saw a lot of action in the Canadian startup scene and we covered much of it here on our blog. Most notably, Startup Canada launched its much anticipated Startup Blueprints, an ambitious web platform that summarizes what the organisation heard this past summer, and sets out what needs to be done to turn those ideas and reflections into concrete action.

But that shouldn’t eclipse the wonderful work of Maple Leaf Angels and CanWit, two organisations that have fostered a partnership to create new investment opportunities for women-led startups in Canada. The National Angel Capital Organization also held its annual conference in Halifax, where important debates took place about the value of crowdfunding and how investment in this country could be improved.

Of course, those stories don’t even scratch the surface of our coverage this month. In case you missed any, here’s a handy roundup of our posts, ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers.

November 19: Lessons for entrepreneurs who wish to globalize their startups upon inception: Part 2 by Tony Bailetti

November 28: If Jack and Jill had worked together to engineer a well water system … by Leo Valiquette

November 20: Celebrating 25 years of community support by Alexandra Reid

November 29: A clarion call to make Canada an entrepreneurial economy by Francis Moran

November 6: CMI-MarketingProfs report reveals B2B content marketing confusion by Alexandra Reid

November 12: The CMO is dead by Dominique Turpin

November 27: Product management: Give the user the best possible mobile experience by Peter Hanschke

November 13: Hey, kid, I hear you want to be an entrepreneur by Leo Valiquette

November 26: Supporting investment in women-led startups by Alexandra Reid

November 7: Give capitalists the ball, let them run by Leo Valiquette

November 14: Lessons for entrepreneurs who wish to globalize their startups upon inception by Tony Bailetti

November 5: The neuroscience behind elections by Bob Bailly

November 8: Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes inspires hometown crowd: Video by Fiona Campbell

November 14: The subsistence diet of government — and some VC — funding by Francis Moran

November 21: Walking the digital tightrope: The perils of co-branded employees by Megan Totka

November 22:  Startup Canada to call for urgent action to support Canadian entrepreneurs by Francis Moran

November 1: Even angels are going enterprise by Francis Moran

November 16: How to create brighter lives with content marketing by Alexandra Reid

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A clarion call to make Canada an entrepreneurial economy

By Francis Moran

Startup Canada, the grassroots organisation that spent six months consulting entrepreneurs and their support ecosystem about what was needed to foster a stronger entrepreneurial culture in this country, Tuesday issued a sharp clarion call to make Canada one of the top five entrepreneurial economies in the world.

In a series of six news conferences across Canada, including a national version that I MC’d here in Ottawa, Startup Canada released its Startup Blueprints, an ambitious web platform that summarizes what the organisation heard this past summer, and sets out what needs to be done to put those ideas and reflections into concrete action.

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Putting Ottawa’s puzzle together

By Leo Valiquette

In early May, I blogged about the need for everyone in the National Capital Region involved with getting technology to market to check their baggage at the door and work together for the common good.

It was a post sparked by my recent discussions with various entrepreneurs and other economic stakeholders at a time when the newly minted Invest Ottawa was getting its house in order and engaging in a long-overdue dialogue with the business community.

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So here’s the bad news…

By Danny Sullivan

Over on TechCrunch yesterday, Michael Arrington hit back at those who have condemned his site and others for their policy of reporting on tech companies that are failing in the downturn.

Arrington states: “Reporting on layoffs or a dead company isn’t tabloid journalism. We do not take pleasure in seeing companies fail. But it’s inevitable that most will. And not only is it news, but readers have a right to know about it.”

And, while no self-respecting PR person wishes to see the details of their company’s demise being covered in the news, I have to support Arrington’s position on this.

Every day, I awake to the early business news on BBC radio and, for the past couple of months, every story has been filled with doom and gloom: companies and banks going to wall, layoffs, falling house prices, and so on. And yet I don’t expect the Beeb to ignore the facts of the downturn and to focus only on positive stories, so why should we expect anything different from a blog like TechCrunch?

As consumers of news, we expect the media (and bloggers) to bring us the important facts about the world we live in, and it just so happens that the business world is going through some major turmoil right now. No one likes the current situation, but facing up to reality is the only way companies will come through this successfully. News covers both the good and the bad, and we should not condemn the media for reporting on the uglier facts, just because we don’t feel like hearing them.

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  • Francis Moran : Glad you liked the piece, Paul. I don't think you've ever been a client, so you are not directly referenced in any of my examples. But these shortcomings are common afflictions among marketing companies, so the shoe probably fits. :) As for your question about the Ottawa tech community being more marketing savvy? Yes, I believe it is.

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