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April Wrap-Up: The tide is starting to turn

Posted by Waterloo EDC on May 4, 2020

If March was a scramble to react to an unprecedented crisis, then April was when we started to take the fight to COVID-19.

This month saw the largest peacetime mobilization of industrial capacity in Canada’s history, including a few huge pivots that make Waterloo a focal point in the manufacture of medical supplies. We also saw governments – federal and provincial – launch unprecedented...

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Topics: technology, manufacturing, talent, business, R&D

Waterloo Region doing its BEST to fight economic hit from COVID-19

Posted by Waterloo EDC on April 23, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 is disrupting businesses and communities around the world.

To combat this disruption, leaders from Waterloo Region have joined forces to form the Business and Economic Support Team of Waterloo Region, also known as BESTWR. This team, which includes representatives from local Chambers of Commerce, Communitech, Business Improvement Areas (BIA), Tourism and top officials from...

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Topics: technology, talent, business, Q&A

Day-by-day breakdown: InkSmith’s ultimate COVID-19 pivot

Posted by Waterloo EDC on April 7, 2020

Necessity is the mother of invention.

We’ve heard that term a lot in the last few weeks as companies around the world shift their focus from standard product lines to something – anything – that will help during the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s hard to find a more dramatic example of this sort of pivot than InkSmith.

A little over two weeks ago, they were an edtech company working with teachers around...

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Topics: technology, manufacturing, talent, business

Bonfire helps procurement pros combat crisis

Posted by Waterloo EDC on April 2, 2020

Bonfire really is the Waterloo Region story all wrapped up in one company.

The company’s founders studied at two of our post-secondary institutions, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. They had a brilliant idea aimed squarely at solving a big-picture problem. They went to Silicon Valley for Y Combinator, but came home back for the talent, ecosystem and culture.

What makes...

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Topics: technology, talent, business, Q&A

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