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30 Nov Congratulations Callia

Innovate Manitoba hosted Pitch Day this week.   One MTA client participated: Callia Flowers (calliaflowers.com) The winner of the event? Callia Flowers (http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/top-pitches-awarded-for-making-life-easier-in-digital-age-403096806.html)   Conclusions: MTA continues to work with the most compelling technology companies that are creating jobs and wealth for our region.  That’s why we have doubled our KPIs of jobs growth, revenue growth and capital investment each year for the past three years.  That’s why reporters like those from the Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press...

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29 Oct Especially in Winnipeg

It takes a long time to build capacity to move companies from idea to revenue and growth.  There’s lots of bumps in the road and many stakeholders need to be part of the process to build something of substance.  But what we are now experiencing at MTA shows the benefits of sticking with the plan, building a solid base, and remaining focused on KPIs.  It is hard to do, but it can be done.  Even...

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25 Aug Harvesting Crops

Our biggest challenge in Manitoba is the lack of technology start ups which have made the founders and early investors wealthy, and proved that a company of scale can be built in Winnipeg.  Our focus in the next 4 months is to change this and show quantitatively that it can be done here.  We have had great potential brewing for the last 24 months but now it is time to harvest the crops and reap...

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29 Jul Visit from Counsel Shen

MTA is now reaping the benefits of a network which took years to establish.  This month, Counsel Shen from China’s embassy visited MTA seeking to build innovation collaborations with Manitoba and China.  Outcomes such as these are the result of relationships formed and fostered over several years.  While BAI’s are often focussed on hitting their short term milestones and deliverables, a good practice is to allocate some time and attention to activities which take longer...

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30 Jun “Crawl, Walk, Run”

As MTA heads into summer, we do so reflecting on 5 years of hard work.  While now recognized as one of Canada’s leading BIAs this path has not been easy and historically we have always been 4 months away from closure.  However, thanks to our BOD, the amazing crop of clients and successes we are now experiencing the incubator is becoming more of a stable organization as we follow our “crawl, walk, run” philosophy....

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22 May Experts Helping Founders

Recently we have been communicating the MTA model to more external audiences.  Not the “commercialization pathway” but instead the role of experts to help the founders.  The concept of putting people into their highest and best use and ensuring a team is in place to help drive the company forward.  As we communicate this message I have been reminded that this is a powerful tool that BAIs can provide to help clients move forward....

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30 Apr Momentum

This month we experienced some great client progress, including a client almost doubling their targets from a Kickstarter campaign, and another client beta testing a new business process for online customer acquisition with a ratio of $1 spending equalling $800 of new revenue in a scalable model.  The cover page for the Globe and Mail’s report on business featured MTA’s high growth clients and spoke about the rise of Winnipeg’s economy wherein MTA was a...

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24 Mar Gains

MTA gains great clarity with the focus that comes from stating clear metrics. At the end of the government fiscal year we compare ourselves against the targets we set. Having the ability to know “the finish line” is useful in determining the activities and supports we provide through to our clients....

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26 Feb The Leap to 5 Alpha Users

This month I was in China looking to find alpha users for a new technology. We had pre-clinical results, a good business model and compelling value propositions. However the one thing which was most powerful was a network. China is relationship based. Having a Big Brother Alliance with a respected individual who shared access to his network enable us to be successful. We now have 5 solid alphas, including two of China’s top hospitals. The...

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29 Jan Laser Focus

Incubators and accelerators are now springing up over Canada. One thesis is organizations are slapping that label on in an effort to attract public funding. If there is a message here it is the obvious one. Build an organization that adds value to start up companies. Never loose your laser focus on helping start ups. Deliver on that promise and financial support for your organization will be ensured....

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