As the owners of an Alberta based company it was great to know that TEC Edmonton existed. My husband Brent and I started Happy Nappy Diaper Service 7 years ago with ZERO customers and a big DREAM. We have managed to share our passion with well over 2000 direct families, however found ourselves ‘stuck” between staying stagnate or growing. When we called Hugh at TEC Edmonton we were very happy with the quick response and the quality of the advisory panel. We learned that we were not valuing our business as we should and that some areas of our business needed some fine tuning. The panel addressed our shortcomings and was able to back these with great sound business advice, which we followed and within 2 weeks are moving forward with 2 more franchisee’s in Saskatchewan. We would highly recommend TEC Edmonton to any new business or existing business that also might be stuck.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to brainstorm with everyone. I got a tremendous amount out of it and I am feeling much more focused on what I need to do next and how I can actually make this idea come to fruition. I am certain as the days unfold I will come up with more questions and will ask for your input along the way. This is an amazing service you are offering and I know I will put it to good use.
Johanna McIntosh, APR
An overdue note of thanks for the time and feedback you and the TEC Edmonton team were able to provide regarding our software product Lineguard Pipeline Leak Detection. We were very pleased with the discussion and the observations made by all during our meeting.
Business Development Manager
LINEGUARD Pipeline Leak Detection
WorleyParsons Canada Technologies
Again, we would like to thank you for the meeting today. It was definitely time well spent and we received a great value out of it.
TEC Source is a very powerful idea and we are very happy to participate. It works and it works very well.
CEO of Kiribatu Inc.
Thank you for organizing our meeting. It was very helpful. Also please pass along my appreciation to the Panel for their attendance and input. This will get me off in the right direction.
A belated note to thank you for the time you were willing to spend with me as part of the TEC Source advisory board. I must admit, that prior to deciding to avail myself of Hugh’s offer, I really debated whether the time and expense to fly from Victoria to Edmonton then back to Calgary would be warranted. I am very glad I made that decision. There were definitely a few key messages that I took away from that meeting. One, that continued to reverbrate was the importance of “focus”. I do believe that you and TEC Source have truly impacted our pathway forward and changed my priorities with respect to some of our corporate activities.
TEC Edmonton has been a constant source of support, direction and motivation for CAN Telematics. The depth and quality of the TEC Source Advisory Panel makes them a critical component of our future success. Any company that is starting out will look back at the point where TEC Edmonton got involved as the upward turning point of their success.
CEO and President of CAN Telematics Inc.
The TEC Source Advisory Panel matches the right experts to meet technopreneurs needs. In 2008, the Panel met with 16 early-stage tech companies.
TEC Source is an invaluable planning and brainstorming venue for entrepreneurs to sit down with professional advisors and get practical about how they should attack their business model and expedite their path to commercialization. TEC Source is a win/win not only for entrepreneurs, but also the investment community which will ultimately benefit from enhanced quality deal flow.
Manager Corporate Finance & Valuations, Deloitte LLP.
Too often we find that Technopreneurs have failed to take the necessary steps in starting their businesses and protecting their intellectual property at the outset. The TEC Source Advisory Panel is an invaluable tool in bringing together professional resources to work with Technopreneurs to identify potential pitfalls and provide an easier path to success.
Craig T. McDougall
Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.