Massive Particle attends Unite Conference

Massive Particle attends Unite Conference

Kyle McCall Blog

Last week NORCAT resident Massive Particle Studios had the chance to attend and participate in the annual Unite developers’ conference in Vancouver.  The event brought together developers, publishers and enthusiasts from not only North America, but from across the globe. The goal of the event is to help individuals learn about the latest trends in software development, new techniques and, …

Assembling the right team

Start-up Founders – Make sure you put the right team together!

Hailey Short Blog

“No business is so good that the wrong people can’t mess it up. And no business is so bad that the right people can’t fix it…” – Fred Wilson, USV. As success proves to be the overarching goal in any business strategy, there are a number of key factors leading towards it. The key to any successful business starts with …

Manning Innovation Awards

Manning Innovation Awards

Hailey Short Blog

Do you or your company possess an innovative concept that has been fully developed and exists in the market? Or do you know someone who has a new innovative concept, process or procedure and would like to share with a committee of Canadian wide business men and women, as well as scientists? By means of a nomination from two or …

John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures

How, Why and When to Raise Venture Capital

Hailey Short Blog

John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS VenturesOn Wednesday, June 5th, OMERS Ventures CEO John Ruffolo delivered an exhilarating presentation at the NORCAT Centre sharing his insights on the state of innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada, our opportunities for the future, and providing guidance to our entrepreneurial community to help them understand the pros and cons of venture capital. Staying true to …

TEDx Shift

TEDx is coming to Town!

Kyle McCall Blog

Many know the website, TED.com, a site which contains many interesting ideas that are definitely worth spreading (if you haven’t checked it out I really suggest you do!), but few know about TEDx events, and fewer still know that one will soon be taking place here in Sudbury. TEDx events are smaller, more intimate, and have a definite local flavour …

5 Acronyms Every Entrepreneur Should Know

5 Acronyms Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Kyle McCall Blog

Navigating the world of business is difficult.  For an aspiring entrepreneur, who may not have any business experience, it can be made even more challenging by the language and jargon used at meetings, tradeshows, and other such events.  Nothing is worse than not knowing what people are talking about, especially if you’re trying to make a great first impression, or …

Making the Sale to a Potential Corporate Client

Making the Sale to a Potential Corporate Client

Kyle McCall Blog

It’s no secret that for a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) landing a corporate client can be akin to hiking up a mountain. It’s hard work! It can be made harder still if you’re not prepared. Getting a meeting with a company is the first big step, but for that advice I’ll direct you to NORCAT’s last Hot Topics …

Working in Confined Spaces

Working in Confined Spaces

Kim Duquette Blog

Every year workers are killed in confined space accidents. Many of these fatalities are caused by toxic atmospheres or oxygen deficiency, and often, those attempting to rescue fallen co-workers succumb to the hazards as well. Whether insufficiently trained or prepared for the situation or simply unaware of the hazard, the results can be devastatingly fatal. Take for example the death …

Student Business Plan Competition

What’s the Value of a Student Business Plan Competition?

Kyle McCall Blog

Many academic and research institutions around the world offer some sort of annual business plan competition.  Sometimes they are specific to a department, other times they engage faculty and students, and other times they engage the entire student-body.  So, why a business plan competition? What’s the value and desired outcome of these competitions?  Well, there are a number of reasons. …