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Build your research park, innovation district, & cluster
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We're Stiletto
Drive economic & workforce development
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Measure your social & economic impacts
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Develop & deliver new programs
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Make a point. Have an impact.

Stiletto is a market research and strategic planning firm that builds living strategies for real world impacts. Working at the intersection of industry, government, and academia, we help community organizations, post-secondary, research and technology parks, government agencies, and companies move from insight to action and outcomes.

With Stiletto, you get a strategic partner invested in your success. Our working relationships with our clients are close and collaborative, with regular communication and lots of interaction. We become an extension of your team during our engagement with you.

Helping a Thriving Research Park Re-Imagine its Future Developing an Integrated Economic Development Strategy Creating an Accelerator Program to Scale Businesses
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Our Process

We dig deep.

Successful strategies are built on rich understanding. We start with intensive research, collaborative exploration, and iterative stakeholder consultations to gather information that will fuel creativity and discovery. From there we devise customized and concise plans supported by compelling presentation materials to help you advance your initiative.

Who We
We engaged Stiletto to help us deepen the engagement between the university and the research park. The work exceeded our expectations. It reinvigorated the connections between the university leadership, the park staff and tenants, and people in the community. We’re able to make some very immediate changes to how we function as a park. Lesley RiggPresident and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University (Former Vice-President Research, Western University)
Because of Stiletto’s work, we now have a more refined foreign direct investment strategy with a sector focus. We certainly have more focus and more direct sight of the opportunities. Stiletto reduced our time-to-market by at least a year, which subsequently reduces our time to signing and winning a project related to this work. Larry ShawCEO | Ignite Fredericton Region
The conversations that Stiletto has been able to get us in Ottawa have been invaluable. Because of Stiletto, we are now part of the national conversation with policy makers and with government officials about what we want for support of the research park network. The federal government now reaches out to us looking for solutions. Carol StewartPast-President | Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada)
As a result of working with Stiletto, we got the five stakeholders we needed onboard and $250,000 for the strategic planning process, which includes funding from the stakeholders. Frankly, if it wasn’t for Stiletto, we wouldn’t have gotten there. If I was to rank how happy I am with Stiletto’s work on a scale from 1 to 10, it would be an 11. Derek BiermanFormer Vice President of Technology Services | Northeast Community College
I appreciated Stiletto’s flexibility. I found throughout that there was a willingness to work within our constraints. What I liked most was that Stiletto really took care of a lot of the planning and setting up meetings. We’ve seen sometimes with these types of things, it can take an awful lot of our staff time. I didn’t find that with Stiletto. Ellen HemmerlyPresident and Executive Director | bwtech@UMBC
Stiletto did an incredible job and exceeded my expectations. The final product was clear and decisive. It showed value, growth, opportunity, benefit and gave a clear direction with validation. visioning exercise that Stiletto led helped create the case for an even bigger play for this initiative, helping us move towards creating an $80-million facility and engage in multiple related projects – all valued together at a total of $300 million. Stiletto delivers a real fair value for investment. Andrew PetrouDirector, Strategic Initiatives & External Relations, Centennial College | Executive Director, Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research
We were searching for a team that could help us push our thinking in new and different directions. Stiletto helped us build a model that truly demonstrated the power of what we are building. As a result of this work, we now have a strong narrative that resonates with people, clearly demonstrating how we can spark significant catalytic change in transforming the region's economy and improving social determinants of health and quality of life. Andrew ArifuzzamanChief Administrative Officer | University of Toronto Scarborough
Stiletto delivered a really detailed business plan. It has really helped build a strong case of support for our meetings with donors to raise the essential funds to pursue the Institute. It was such a positive experience that we've actually brought Stiletto on to continue to support us as we embark into year one of the Institute. Sarah WagnerExecutive Director | New Brunswick Association for Community Living
We've previously engaged other companies to do economic impact studies, but what we got from Stiletto provides a much richer demonstration of the impact we're creating now from both an economic and social perspective, as well as a forward-looking roadmap for how we can expand that impact. It'll help our funders and partners really understand the full value of an investment in NBCC as we seek their support for a number of major strategic initiatives. Heather AllabyExecutive Director, Strategic and Integrated Engagement | New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
We needed someone to put together a strategic document that would help us implement our smart grid economic development strategy and engage our stakeholders. Everything turned out exceptionally well. We benefited from the level of expertise Stiletto brought to the table due to their experience in the clean tech/smart grid/energy sector. They helped to get this work done a lot quicker than if we would have done it internally. I feel we got good value for our investment. Steven MilburySenior Director, Priority Opportunities | Opportunities New Brunswick