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Introducing Our Newest Partnership with Family Owned & Operated, Karl Jung Financial Services Ltd.

Welcome, Karl Jung Financial Services Ltd. to our thriving community, we’re excited to have them on board! They are a family owned and operated financial services provider run by a father and son team, Karl and Adam Jung. As independent brokers, they help families and small businesses find the most appropriate life and disability insurance solutions, along with group benefits packages and pension fund management.

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Jonathan Natavio, CEO & Founder of Porter, Wins The Built In Kamloops Contest

After receiving over 40 applications from 8 different countries, we are excited to announce Porter as the winner of the Built in Kamloops Contest! CEO and Founder of Porter, Jonathan Natavio is also one of our Spring Alumni who graduated from our Inspire and Launch program and is currently in our software focused Founders Mastermind.

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Show Me The Money: How To Close The Best Round Of Equity Capital For Your Business

Over the last several years I’ve had the pleasure of supporting a number of outstanding entrepreneurs who have raised equity capital for their business. Taking a moment to reflect, I found the following seven characteristics were present with each one as they raised full rounds with fewer, more strategic investors, at higher than average valuations. Want to know their secrets? Read on!

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Hives for Humanity: Teaching Community and Impact as a Social Enterprise

For our latest #SpringAlumni blog series, we join Sarah Common, Chief Community Officer and Executive Director of Hives for Humanity, to chat about how her social enterprise connects people with nature and teaches the people of the Downtown Eastside community how to raise bees, produce honey and seek their own form of healing. Take the

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How To Use Storytelling to Nail Your Pitch & Win the Audience

We know through companies and people from Apple to Gandhi, it is the “Why” that inspires people, teams, customers, and partners to collaborate with you to change the world. We broke down the key elements of an engaging story. Including an example step-by-step storytelling formula to help nail your next pitch.

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Debt Financing for Startups: A Primer

The problem is familiar to anyone who has ever started and run a company for a few years: all of the development and sales efforts have paid off, and you’ve landed the biggest purchase order of your company’s young life. This order will let you be cash flow positive for the first time following two years of investment. The problem is that you’ll need money to satisfy the order, either for more development of your service offering, or ordering inventory before a payment has been received.

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Funding Report: Key Findings From Startups Who Have Raised Capital with Spring

Raising capital for one’s business is an exhilarating, exhausting, and important phase in every entrepreneur’s journey. Spring is excited to have been a partner in this financial quest for a number of entrepreneurs which is why we’re excited to share some of the highlights and trends of funding rounds completed by our Spring alumni in 2016.

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Spring in Q1 2017: Highlighting The Top 10 Moments

Over the past three months, a LOT has happened at Spring. Like many startups, time moves fast. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, which is why we recognize it’s important to hit pause, reflect, and humbly celebrate the wins, big or small, both at Spring and within our impact-driven community of alumni

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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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