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Purpose

Why We're Here

Canada has one of the most successful business ecosystems in the world. From Victoria to Halifax, the Canadian technology field has produced hundreds of first-class startups, but few have become global enterprises.

We want to do something about this.

The initial challenge for most start-ups is identifying and building a product offering that solves a significant problem and can be monetized. But landing on the perfect product and finding a place within the market is never the endgame.

The next challenge for most start-ups is one of scale and this phase of development is no less challenging than the first.

Constraints to Scaling

Our team conducted in-depth interviews in 2016, asking entrepreneurs and tech influencers across North America about the biggest constraints to scaling.

The results?

  1. Shortage of executives with scaling experience (53%), especially in the key areas of:
    • Sales, marketing (68%)
    • Organization design and execution (30%)
    • Product management (17%)
    • Internationalization (17%)
    • Operation finance (10%)
  2. Ecosystem dynamics (20%)
  3. Insufficient access to capital (16%)

With the results of this study, we were able to see how the Lazaridis Institute could make a positive impact on the Canadian technology landscape by developing new experts and leaders in this field.

Did you know?

68% of tech leaders in North America say they need greater access to executives with scaling experience in sales and marketing.

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