Opportunities Guide 2015: Big ideas to turbocharge any business

Smart strategies and hot trends to help you make more money this year

 

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Founders and CEOs on the big business opportunities of 2015

We asked some of Canada’s most innovative entrepreneurs what they’re keeping their eye on this year. Here’s what they said

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Help banks think more like Apple

Financial institutions face new threats from digital players. They’re starting to fight back


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Harness “deep learning” artificial intelligence to spot patterns

Artificial intelligence still sounds like science fiction, but one branch of it has made progress that will change how we do business


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The appification of agriculture

As the Canadian Wheat Board winds down, farmers are finding new ways to reach buyers. That has online grain-trading market FarmLead growing like a weed

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Can consumers be convinced to eat insects?

Dozens of companies hope nutritional and ecological benefits can overcome diners’ squeamishness


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LED lighting is finally hitting its tipping point

Semiconductor-based light sources will comprise 60% of the market by 2020 and Canadian companies are well-poised to compete on a global scale

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Retrofit dumb appliances into smart ones

Someday, we’ll all live in smart homes. Until then, we’ll need to retrofit our old ones


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Make big money from smaller markets

The founders of health-care firm Nurse Next Door used to turn up their noses at tiny markets. Now they seek them out

Urban Barns’ vertical lettuce-farming facility in Montreal

Montreal’s Urban Barns pioneers a green new take on the factory farm

Long posited as an environmentally- and cost-friendly concept, Urban Barns is turning “vertical farming” into reality

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