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The Rise of Robotics & Automation in the Supply Chain

One of the biggest challenges facing the logistics industry today is labor availability. It’s not easy for companies around the world to find enough high-quality employees to move goods from suppliers to customers. Two competing factors are making this especially difficult: The first is an increasing need for more logistics workers and this is being driven by the e-commerce revolution and its need for more parcel shipments; the second is a decline in the size of the available workforce. Up until now, robotics technology has not made a large impact in the world of logistics. Join us on January 19th at 8:00 am and learn about how this is changing Read the full article…


Venture 40+: Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Are you, too old to hire…too young to retire, unemployed, under employed or exploring what to do in your next chapter?  Come out and join us for a free seminar Thursday evening titled, Venture 40+: Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Mike Kennedy, positive aging coach and Huffington Post blogger, will be discussing why he believes that entrepreneurial start-ups are the best option for most who find themselves in these circumstances.   There is no ageism when you are the boss Take back control of your life and career Turn the table on an underfunded retirement   Please register in advance as seating is limited.


Why employees stay

Silicon Halton recently held one of their regular monthly meetups at Milton Education Village Education Centre. The evening’s theme was What Large Tech Companies Look For In Candidates Today – Panel Q&A. Ahead of this meetup, Silicon Halton published a 5-question survey. One question was: Select the top two reasons why you remain with your current employer The primary reason employees remain with their current employer is due to the type of work they do. We surveyed 50 people (approx.) and asked them to select the top two reasons why they remain with their current employer. We learned that they find significant personal value in the type of work they Read the full article…


Don’t Knock Yourself Out Over a Business Plan

As entrepreneurs, you are constantly expected to write business plans. However, there are many successful entrepreneurs who never got around to writing one. Why? Because they were too busy actually building and running the business, or saw it as a hurdle more than something that could strengthen the company, or they were able to engage their banks or investors in other ways.  Starting a company requires action.  “The business plan simply does not provide a realistic picture of whether the proposed business will be successful.” There is an alternative approach. For every heading in a conventional business plan, it is possible to take action instead that will take the business Read the full article…


Don’t Beg – Take Control Of The Relationship With Your Bank

Let’s start with the perspective that the bank needs you as much as you need the bank. “Banks live by lending money and they are constantly in competition with other banks to win new customers.” A good place to start with respect to establishing a solid and long-lasting relationship is to understand how your bank manager thinks, feels and acts.  See the Full Article  The chart below shows examples of the questions a banker asks themselves regarding potential customers i.e. you the entrepreneur. These include such questions as: Does this investment make sense? How much capital do they really need? Can we trust the entrepreneur? Appreciating the needs or your Read the full article…


Not All Customers Are Created Equal – Build a Valuable Customer Portfolio

Having reached the point where you have regular customers is great, however it can also be risky. Being in a position where the customers have chosen us, rather than the other way around, may create a situation where we have the “wrong” customers. Wrong in the sense that they are not as attractive and profitable as other potential customers. So how do we find out who are the right customers for our particular business? Series of Articles published by GrowthWheel with the goal of providing inspiration and ideas that start-up and growth companies can use. The MEV Innovation Centre uses GrowthWheel as a visual tool to help companies develop, design Read the full article…


Stand Out from the Competition – Dive into the Blue Ocean

As an entrepreneur it is easy to find yourself immersed in a “red ocean” full of sharks – competitors and cutthroat competition. This can mean spending a lot of time on sales without getting the orders, or having your prices squeezed. How can we make ourselves stand out from our competitors?  See the Full Article “There is an alternative to constantly trying to be better and cheaper than the competitors: Being Different.” Often you went into business because you wanted to do something that was not done in quite the same way before. Perhaps you hoped to develop a product or a service that has not been seen before, or that Read the full article…


Telemedicine and Digital Health Monitoring Is Ready to Address the Global Health Challenge

At the MEV Innovation Centre’s April 1st Lunch and Learn seminar, Dr. Shariq Khoja of Tech4Life Enterprises provided some insights on the health challenges faced by developing counties and how telemedicine and digital monitoring is being used to address a number of services gaps. View Tech4Life’s full presentation. Dr. Khoja is Tech4Life Enterprises founder and CEO. Beginning with an overview of the huge gaps in the availability of trained health providers in less developed countries and the consequences of not treating preventable health problems, he then focused on opportunities for deploying telemedicine. The presentation noted that: • Mobile technology chances the face of access to health information • 75% of Read the full article…


Social Media Trends You Need to Know

At the MEV Innovation Centre’s March 4th Lunch and Learn seminar, Michelle Kostya of Hootsuite provided some insights on a number of the key social media trends that will affect how companies do business in 2016 and beyond.  Michelle is Hootsuite’s Global Director, Enterprise Training and Strategy. Beginning with an overview of the current social media landscape and a profile of the demographics of who is using what, she then focused on five trends. Social media is the “new front door” companies are using to reach customers where they are The convergence of features/apps across a number of channels The use of social media for workplace communications in here now Read the full article…


Highlights from Our Lunch & Learn with ROXUL

The MEV Innovation Centre was fortunate to have Andreas Kinnberg, Technical Innovation Manager, come and talk about ROXUL’s Approach to Innovation at the November Lunch & Learn Session. On-going innovation is a strategic advantage for ROXUL and of such importance that they created a specific function within the organization to coordinate and guide their efforts. Andreas is fresh from ROXUL’s Denmark headquarters to apply their approach across North America. The presentation focused on how their coordinated approach toward innovation is used to bring better internal processes together with product improvements to adapt to a constantly changing market place; and as Andreas put it, “To make more money”. View ROXUL’s full Read the full article…