Start-ups

Events & Seminars


  • April 28, 2017
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

Last year, the Winnipeg Construction Association had so many questions on drug and alcohol testing during our labour law and the construction industry session, they have decided to put together a full session on this topic. There will be a review of important court decisions as well as practical suggestions on how to deal with this difficult (and increasingly common) issue in the workplace.


  • May 5, 2017 - May 8, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TDS is pleased to be a sponsor of Innovate Manitoba. Launchpad Bootcamp, in Winnipeg May 5-8, 2017 is for serious entrepreneurs, offering 3.5 intense days of boot camps presented by experienced national and international angel investor and entrepreneurs.

Start-ups Overview

 

TDS’ Start-ups and Emerging Companies Group understands entrepreneurship. From our Quick Guide to Business Start-ups, or our Guide to Financial Assistance Programs, for sources of non-dilutive funding, to our relationships with angel and venture capital investors, our lawyers are passionate about start-ups and emerging companies and have the knowledge and networks to back it up. Our Start-ups and Emerging Companies Group can assist entrepreneurs with all of the legal services they require on their path to success, including company formation, capital structure and founders’ agreements, start-up documents (including NDAs, stock vesting, stock option and shareholder agreements), intellectual property and technology-related legal needs, governance agreements, capital formation (including angel, venture and private equity investments), relationships and agreements with strategics, and acquisitions and exits. TDS is a member of Innovate Manitoba Inc. and supports Innovate Manitoba’s programs, including the VentureChallenge early-stage venture competition, the LaunchPad entrepreneur boot camps, and PitchDay. TDS also is the exclusive law firm sponsor of the technology incubator, North Forge Technology Exchange. Once our emerging company client’s businesses have fully matured, we look forward to seeing them at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), as TDS is a service provider sponsor of EO.

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  • TDS is pleased to be a sponsor of Innovate Manitoba. Lift'Off kicks off with the Venture’Challenge startup pitch competition – Manitoba’s premier capital challenge event.

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  • Federal and provincial governments have been very supportive of business development over the years. They have designed numerous programs to meet the immediate and emerging needs of new and expanding businesses. All of the information found in this Guide can be obtained from government websites. There is just so much information on the websites that it sometimes is difficult for businesses to identify easily which programs or supports might best suit their needs.

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