Category Archives: ventureLAB

On Difficult Conversations

One of the top reasons for for disatisfaction in the ranks of an organization, no matter the size or stage, is the tendency for management to avoid conflict and not to confront performance issues with  individual staff.  That dissatisfaction can … Continue reading

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The Chimera of Impact Investing

Much has been written about the growing size and influence of impact investing for social enterprises.  I don’t disagree with the data or the pundits but is there too much marketing hype?  Will the good news ultimately blind the social finance movement … Continue reading

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Business Model Trumps Product

I’ve just finished two days of mentoring eight ventures, most social-mission driven, as part of my work as a facilitator for the LaunchYU Accelerator at York University.  communityBUILD, the social enterprise initiative of ventureLAB and its three partners, has five social … Continue reading

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The Power of Community

Your isolation as an entrepreneur is a danger to your mental health and to the success of your venture.  This is especially so if you’re a lone entrepreneur without a team around you.  I’ve been there.  You stand, staring out into … Continue reading

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Recipe for Impact

  At ventureLAB we are meeting increasing numbers of social ventures that are focused on issues related to food.  In fact, we seem to be creating a cluster, a community. These entrepreneurs are creating new business models that have the potential … Continue reading

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