Our mission is simple – to make your business better.
Stiletto is a different kind of consulting firm. We are a consortium of consultants from across Canada that specialize in driving results, managing change, and taking on meaningful projects that can help drive economic development locally, regionally and nationally.
We use evidence-based research to identify new markets, validate concepts and fine tune value propositions. Specializing in knowledge industries, commercialization, technology transfer and innovation, we bring a team of professionals to the table as problem solvers to help you dig deeper into complex issues and industries. We’ll help you focus your business, position your offering and bring clarity to your message in order to captivate investors, clients and partners.
Sharp and on point, we chose the name stiletto because it can mean both a dagger and a shoe – there are two sides to every equation and we want to help you look at both sides. Are you ready?
At Stiletto, we speak the intricate language of science and technology on the national and international stage. Whether you are an industry association, an economic development group, a small-to-medium size company or a university, our network and expertise in domestic and international markets will support the growth of new and existing business enterprises, new sector clusters and strategic economic initiatives.
Each of our four suites of services include research, analysis, strategy, representation and execution support so that you have access to all of the tools and resources needed to take your project over the finish line.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill
Are you validating a concept but do not know where to begin? Is your business focused in the right areas and the right markets? We can help.
You have a limited amount of time, money and human resources . If you use those resources on a specific area of focus, you will make more of an impact than if you apply them to many different areas. We build strategies that will help to focus your efforts and position you to get results. We’ll hone in on the right opportunities, messaging, and tactical solutions so you can maximize your outcomes.
Having a good strategy allows you to say no – even to the good ideas – ideas that may lead you away from your overall goal.
We’ll help you focus and develop strategies in the following areas:
This suite of services is designed for start-up ventures, SMEs, industry associations, community organizations, and academia.
Does your community have unique sector strengths and capabilities that have the potential for national and international leadership? We can help.
Sector strengths and capabilities have the potential for the creation of focused clusters that can drive economic prosperity. Clusters are groups of interconnected businesses and institutions in close proximity that benefit from their mutual connections. Clusters stimulate innovation and new business formation in a key industry sector.
Stiletto supports the growth of clusters and niche sectors because we understand the impact their success has on the national economy.
This suite of services is designed for regional and national industry associations, and all levels of government.
We support cluster growth through:
Are you ready to enter a new market, but do not know where to begin? We can help.
Exporting is a key driver of Canada’s economic growth and provides companies with a strategic way to expand their markets beyond the borders of Canada’s relatively small domestic market. While Canadian companies struggle to grow in our tepid domestic economy, the weak Canadian dollar is giving the advantage to export-oriented firms. According to HSBC, just 10% of Canadian companies are selling abroad and a mere 550 companies account for 70% of Canadian goods exports.
An export plan is an extension of your business plan. It allows you to evaluate the potential benefits and risks for your company and details the approach to achieve your international sales objectives. Capturing this information in a logical plan can provide you with credibility when dealing with lenders.
We have worked extensively in international markets, particularly the United States, Europe, Brazil and China and we have considerable experience with domestic federal and provincial programs for both investment and trade opportunities. We’ll support your enterprise through one or a combination of the following services:
This suite of services is designed to help SMEs companies get to market or expand their domestic and international presence. It is also designed for economic development organizations, provincial governments and industry associations to mobilize foreign direct investment strategies.
Are you wasting hours writing proposals that are not resulting in sales? Are you unsure how to navigate government programs? We can help.
Proposal and grant writing is time consuming and requires specialized expertise. Experience in writing grant applications and proposals has been proven to increase the odds of success.
Stiletto will help you clarify your message and find the right projects and programs to pursue. We’ll show you how to maximize your output and minimize your investments of time and money.
This service is designed for industry associations, startup ventures, and SMEs.
We’ll support you through:
We will tailor our team of professionals to your specific needs and project demands. Our associates are experts in their field, from seasoned consultants to up and coming talent. We have a passion for our work – and we deliver.
We have worked with over 60 companies and closed more than $150 million in grants, new revenue and deals over the past five years.
Here are some examples of the great organizations we have had the pleasure of working with.