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01 Oct International Markets – Growth

We are now thinking about expanding the growth of our clients to international markets.  We have tested a “joint venture model” in China and the model seems to work well.  The joint venture model aligns the financial interests of a local VC with the Canadian start-up which assigns market rights for the technology into the international market / geography where the VC is.  The Canadian start-up has some ownership of the new internal company, as...

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15 Aug Growth and the Start-up Visa Program

This month MTA is beginning our Start Up Visa program with the aim of bringing world class talent to Manitoba and opening the possibility for accelerating our efforts to make Winnipeg the Start-Up capital of Canada.  What serves us well in determining if this extension of our activities is within scope is the two key mandates MTA now has: 1) Grow more $100M companies in Manitoba, and 2) Make Winnipeg the Start-Up Capital of Canada. ...

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03 Jul Working with Unexpected Surprises

June brought a surprise with an unexpected and immediate reduction in funding from government supporters.  The realization is that incubators, like companies, should be cautious about relying on one or two customers.  Incubators should consider pursuing core funding in exchange for growing jobs and taxes for a regional economy.  For example, the companies MTA helped start from the idea stage accounted for over $50M in salaries and consultant costs last year, jobs which did not...

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05 Jun A Broader Focus

MTA is now considering broadening our focus.  After 5 years of focusing specifically on building companies we are now branching into the Start-Up Visa Program and facilitating market expansion of early technology into China.  Worth noting is that these new program streams are incremental to the foundation of our success in building companies.  This follows a pattern of behaviour articulated by Geoffrey Moore through his books Inside the Tornado and Crossing the Chasm.   Specifically, MTA’s...

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01 Mar Baby Steps

Following the crawl, walk, run approach has been good for us in building a solid foundation of performance and outcomes to build on.  Now that we have established our program it is affording us the opportunity to look outwards more than we have in the past.  Currently we are looking to find other high performing organizations to collaborate with in an effort to build international market channels and attract foreign direct investment....

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