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August 2018

YEDI Incubator Now Accepting Applications

August 30

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) is a charitable organization (no. 81209 5735 RR0001) whose mission is to provide top-tier business education and mentorship to innovative entrepreneurs from any sector or industry in order to build and accelerate successful businesses and efficient not-for-profit organizations. YEDI is committed to ensuring that ideas with high impact are not lost due to lack of knowledge during the start-up process. YEDI guides innovators to refine their ideas and create tested proof of concepts that are…

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Women Founders Fund

August 31

INVESTING IN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS Although women in Canada now represent 47 percent of Canadian business owners and contribute $148 billion in economic activity, they continuously face barriers to accessing capital to start and scale their businesses. This gap is particularly exposed when looking at female entrepreneurs in STEM fields. Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for economic growth in many countries. Equally as important is the critical role that women play in the growth of an economy. Startup Canada has partnered with Evolocity Financial…

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September 2018

The Canadian Export Challenge

September 5

This Fall, Startup Canada, in partnership with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are showcasing and supporting the global ambitions of 2,500 borderless businesses across Canada. Apply now to join the 2018 Global Entrepreneurs Cohort and get: Exposure to and support from Canada’s export, trade and growth ecosystem; Free access to a 1-Day Global Accelerator in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, or Vancouver; Secured entry into the Canadian Export Challenge to pitch to win $10,000 in cash and $100,000 in support to scale; Entry to win an expense-paid trip to Ottawa to pitch in…

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Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Now Accepting Applications

September 7

Announced in Budget 2018, the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy will help women to grow their businesses with access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. As part of this strategy, the Government of Canada will invest in the creation of a Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will serve as a one-stop source of knowledge, data and best practices for women entrepreneurs. The Government of Canada will provide either one eligible organization or a consortium of eligible organizations up to $8.62 million over…

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Market Feasibility Boot Camp

September 12

LEARN MORE HERE The 8th cohort of Market Feasibility companies will start in September 2018. If you are interested in the program, feel free to apply today, and we will keep the approved applications on file. YOUR TWELVE WEEKS OF DISCOVERY WILL INCLUDE:  + Market Feasibility Part 1 & 2 & 3 Focused on assessing the feasibility of your food business, these two half-day sessions will help you understand: Will it sell? Assess the features, benefits and experience of your product What…

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Using Technology to Improve Productivity Boot Camp

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In today’s digital era, the pace of business is faster than ever before. There’s more partners to meet, more competitors to beat, more customers to attract, and more ways to reach them… but no more hours in the day. This is where technology comes in handy. Upgraded technology has become a leading driver for digital business growth. Along with enabling your sales and marketing tactics, technology can be used to increase efficiency. In fact, 80% of small businesses in Canada…

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DEFINEYouth Presents DEFINE! 2018: It Starts With YOUth

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 7, 2018 APPLY HERE Add some social innovation to your year with our application-only annual conference, define! 2018. This year’s theme is “It Starts With YOUth. DEFINEYouth is inviting local youth changemakers such as Riya Kanchamari (founder, SmartCane) and Lyn Chen (co-founder, Candy Cutlery), and more! They will also have on-site professionals to mentor your teams as you design a tech solution for their Innovate: Tech Design Challenge! Discover the journeys of youth entrepreneurs through a fireside chat,…

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Ignite Capital Competition

September 17

  APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2018 LEARN MORE HERE   Ignite Capital is a Toronto-based not-for-profit that gives aspiring Ontario entrepreneurs, who have limited access to capital, the opportunity to compete for funding and business support. Ignite Capital is an annual competition that invites emerging Ontario entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital, to compete for up to $15,000 in funding (combination of grant/loan) plus in-kind donations.  Those that meet the criteria are invited to submit a business plan and…

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CanHack 2018, Powered by RBC

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the DMZ Sandbox to celebrate the launch of the 2018 CanHack Program – Powered by RBC In an age of nonstop security breaches and hacks, understanding digital security matters more now than ever before. Recent high-profile attacks have highlighted how important it is for Canadian startups, the government and everyday citizens to strengthen their cybersecurity knowledge. To encourage greater interest in cybersecurity literacy and computing skills among Canadian youth, Ryerson University is launching CanHack2018, an online free cybersecurity competition. With…

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Developing A Global Mindset Workshop

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Are you interested in learning more about exporting? Canada-Ontario Export Forum and the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator want to help you get ready to export. In this presentation, you will receive an overview of the key export support resources and partners that can help you get ready to go global. This workshop will be presented by the Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF), a partnership of federal, provincial, municipal and non-profit organizations all dedicated to helping Ontario companies export. Please see attachment…

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