Prepared for Andrew P. | Delivered May 8, 2020
Cost of a SaaS Startup: Canada
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To determine the average cost for starting up a SaaS tech company in Canada in its first year by category of business sector (such as marketing, accounting, R&D, legal) in order to make informed decisions.
Overview: SaaS in Canada
Majority of the startups in Canada are
. Statistics show that
funding has been on the rise. Several companies are now able to raise more capital and make deals.
are the next stage after funding is raised. In comparison to the US, the exits in Canada seem to be on the lower end. Although
is less familiar, there is a notable increase over the past couple of years.
in SaaS include Enterprise Software, Analytics, FinTech, and AI/Machine Learning, and MarTech.
When developing a SaaS, one needs to consider several factors before diving into the
software development phase
. One would assume that the software is the main element of a SaaS. The most important element of any startup is people.
total starting cost
can be difficult as there are vary aspects to consider, including the cost of all the different factors. The concept of
can be alluring, which may result in a quick build that fails as fast.
Building a SaaS is building a business, which incurs cost. These cost factors include:
: Depending on the size of the team, the startup will require a phone number.
the website/app: It is important that the company/app are securely hosted, with technicians available to maintain and secure the business/SaaS.
: This runs the daily tasks of the business.
: A startup will require insurance for employees, facilities, and the business at large.
: The startup needs to pay their employees.
Summary of our Early Findings
Our initial one-hour research was able to provide insights into the general cost of SaaS startups. We were unable to provide specific numbers within the time allocated. Also, this information may not be publicly available, as it may defer based on industry and the purpose of the specific SaaS.
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