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The Importance of Mentorship to Entrepreneurs  

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we joined our friends at Futurpreneur to discuss the importance of mentorship for entrepreneurs and to honour and celebrate our volunteer mentors who help make the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem stronger and brighter. As someone who has been a mentor and advisor to countless startups, Keith Ippel, CEO and Cofounder

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5 Articles On Why You Should Care About Impact Investing

Here at Spring, we spend countless hours browsing and reading our favourite blogs and staying up to date on the latest entrepreneurship trends. If you’re looking to discover new think pieces or add to your weekend reading list, here are five articles curated by Sana Kapadia, Impact and Funding Program Manager at Spring Startup School,

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Sunthetic: Changing the World One Solar Panel at a Time

As part of our ongoing series to profile and showcase our impact-driven #SpringAlumni, we went international to feature Belgium-based, Sunthetic, the thinnest solar-powered case charger for the iPhone. Sunthetic strives to combine sustainable energy principles with technological innovation and situate them into day-to-day practices of people and their devices. Cofounded in 2015 by CEO, Gerardo

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THRIVE: Overcoming Challenges & Building A Sustainable Business

Back in November 2016, we first met Jamie Smith, Owner of THRIVE, a female artist community which empowers women to create an art practice and business they love and fits the lifestyle they want. At the time, Jamie was getting ready to take her business to the next level with the Grow program at Spring. Today,

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Common Bottlenecks for Growing Startups & How to Get Unstuck

There’s no such thing as the perfect startup. At some point in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll reach a point where you’re hitting a wall, an idea isn’t sticking with your audience or revenue isn’t increasing no matter how hard you try. With over 300 entrepreneurs who have come through Spring Startup School’s programs and workshops,

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5 Tips On Getting Funding When Starting A New Business

When starting a business, one of the first questions that come into the mind of an entrepreneur is “how will I pay to launch my business?” There are a dizzying array of choices and limitations to funding a new business, or startup as the term was coined in the technology sector. While it may feel

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Top Advice In Legal, Accounting & Banking When Starting A Business

As our dear friend and rapper, Pitbull would say, “Ask for money and get advice. Ask for advice, get money twice.” That’s exactly we did during our latest Alumni Exclusive event on the Top Misconceptions, Mistakes, and Must-do’s in Legal, Accounting, and Banking with our partners from Royal Bank of Canada, Fasken Martineau, and Smythe CPA. Their advice was

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Meet The Spring Team: Maxine Bulloch

We are thrilled to finally officially introduce Maxine Bulloch who joins our small and mighty team as Operations Coordinator! Maxine has been essential in streamlining processes, both internally and externally, while working on Spring’s global expansion through City Partners in 30+ locations around the world. She’s a photography enthusiast, organization superstar, and future backup dancer for

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Olive the Senses: Infusing Values with Impact

Meet Emily Lycopolus, CEO of Olive the Sense, a family-owned and operated business based in Victoria, BC that specializes in fresh extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Emily is one of our latest #SpringAlumni graduates of the Grow program and we’re thrilled to share her experience of growing a values-based business as well as the

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Looking Forward: What To Expect From Spring In 2017

Good things come in three’s. In January, we’re celebrating our third anniversary, over 300 alumni entrepreneurs, and over 30 campuses around the world. As a team, we’re incredibly proud of these milestones and can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us next.

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