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The Anatomy of a Financing

Where a personal introduction is not possible, the investor’s preferred method of being contacted should be determined.  In addition, attending local industry events where investors will be present (such as venture capital fairs) is a good way to introduce the business to potential investors o... read more.

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

While most people involved in the technology industry have some knowledge of intellectual property rights, the extent of this knowledge varies widely.  Some will have heard of patents, copyrights and trade-marks, but have difficulty articulating the differences between them. Others may have a be... read more.


There is no legal requirement for shareholders to enter into a shareholder agreement, and it is possible for a corporation to be governed only by the applicable corporation statute, together with its articles of incorporation and by-laws. However, most shareholders find that this “default” scenar... read more.

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Financial Tools for Startups Brought to You by the CRA

by Alexandra Frederick

The Canadian Government partnered with Startup Canada to hold Startup Canada Day on the Hill on November 26, 2014. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. highlighted the strategies that the CRA has implemented to assist Startups across the country. Startups have bright, innovative founder teams, but many lack the financial expertise, time, and money required to maintain adequate financial records that may seem insignificant in the short-term but that become important when attracting investors and in dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)....



New Capital Raising Platform - TSX Private Markets To Help Private Companies Raise Money

by Andrea Johnson

In efforts to facilitate access to capital for emerging companies, the TMX Group has now launched TSX Private Markets, a new business designed to support efficient capital raising and secondary trading within Canada's exempt market. This new service is designed provide (1) enhanced access to capital for private and public issuers, and (2) exempt market liquidity for approved dealers and their accredited investors....



The Dangers of Unpaid Employment in a Start-Up Company

by Catherine Coulter

Unpaid internships were discussed in an April 8th posting in this blog and it is clear that most Ontario interns have to be paid. But what about employees in start-up companies? Can employers provide them with stock options, shareholdings or the promise of future payment in lieu of current payment of wages?...

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