We believe that in order to improve ourselves, it is necessary to travel and know different realities from those with which we deal every day. We arrived in Toronto, an exciting and expanding city and we had the chance to visit several co-working spaces.
The DMZ is the leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. It helps startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For them, this means creating an environment where starters can focus on scaling their business. The DMZ startups operate in an environment that cultivates success. From access to investors, target customers, industry-leading experts and community events, the startups have what they need to scale and succeed as global companies.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. They transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. They believe that CEOs can help each other, offices can use the comforts of home.
WeWork offers companies of all sizes the opportunity to reimagine employees’ days through refreshing design, engaging community, and benefits for all.
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with more than 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.
As home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization. With campuses and education centres on four continents, and academic partnerships spanning the globe, Waterloo is shaping the future of the planet.
Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.
In the heart of Waterloo Region’s tech sector in downtown Kitchener, there is the Google’s biggest R&D office in Canada. Google software engineers, product managers, user experience researchers, and designers collaborate to build systems used by hundreds of millions around the globe. They’ve made major contributions to familiar products like Gmail, Inbox, Chrome, and Ads. Their unique facility (once a rubber factory) is so spiffy that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself attended their Grand Opening! At Google, they’re always innovating: whether it’s scaling a system at unheard of qps, brainstorming under the cyborg moose head in their library, building creative projects during innovation week, or experimenting in the Maker’s Lab.
NACO 2018 Summit
We then flew to Victoria BC where we attended the NACO 2018 Summit, we met companies like us, investors and business angels. The 3rd annual Western Regional Angel Summit attracted over 150 registrants, 10 industry partners, and attendees from all across Canada. It was a unique opportunity to connect and build collaboration in the early-stage capital ecosystem in the Western Provinces.
This Summit brings together more than 100 of the region's leading investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and other ecosystem supporters to network, share best practices and build lasting partnerships that will support the growth and professionalization of the Angel investing community in the Western Provinces. That’s what this Summit is about – exploring the issues that will drive success and failure in the region and getting ahead of the emerging trends that are shaping the future of innovation and investment in the West.
This year’s program provided insights into the best practices for investment through a mixture of NACO Academy workshops, thematic presentations and panel discussions involving some of the leading voices in our community. We learned about trends in Blockchain, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, the future of Canadian entrepreneurship, and success stories from Western Canadian Angels and entrepreneurs.
On a final note...
In conclusion, there is a lot to learn about Canada and plenty of information to explore. Canada embraces approximately 250,000 fresh immigrants a year. It is easy to find jobs there and Canada has an immigrant program. It provides the immigrants with the facility to become citizen of Canada which is unlike most countries. The lifestyle of Canada is very affordable and particularly for the people from the developing countries Canada can be believed to be Heaven. With augmented opportunities for employment and individual growth, it is a nation for those looking for a better quality of life and work.