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George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator - Supporting start-ups to succeed The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator is a unique initiative with the College’s School of Design. Our aim is to nurture and assist recent graduates and digital start-ups from both the College and the community to apply their ideas to real world businesses, services and innovation.  Each year, they produce Digifest and the IT’S A START Pitch Competition for emerging digital start-ups.

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http://www.gaminginc.ca – Please visit their website to learn more.

MaRS Discovery District - Supporting innovative companies as they grow. MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future. Our vision is bold; our mission is more important than ever before. Early-stage capital can be critical to your venture’s success. MaRS offers a range of products and services to help you find the funding you need to grow your business.

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MaRs Library – The MaRS Library contains articles, templates, reports, workbooks, reference guides and videos covering a wide of topics.

Entrepreneurship 101 – Entrepreneurship 101 is a five-week, online course that offers a mix of materials for every style of learning, weekly mentorship from expert practitioners, and the tools you need to create your startup all in one place.

MaRs workshops – The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are a collection of experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by our veteran entrepreneurs. startGBC students get 50% off ticket prices.

How To Brand Your Company To Investors – Article

City of Toronto Enterprise Toronto - supporting business growth Enterprise Toronto works with the City of Toronto to provide business planning assistance, sales and marketing support, and links to financing and other small business support programs.

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Summer Company Program – This program provides students the opportunity to start their own business. Students from the ages of 15 to 29 will receive hands-on training from successful business people, financial support with awards up to $3,000, and the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Starter Company Plus – The Starter Company Plus program provides an opportunity for eligible participants to get training, advice and mentoring to help them build a business.

Seminars – Enterprise Toronto and its partners offer year-round learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners, from regularly scheduled seminars to large networking events.

Startup Here Toronto the dedicated resource to support business growth within the City of Toronto StartUp HERE Toronto celebrates Toronto’s innovation community by sharing local success with the world.

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StartUp Cafe – The StartUp HERE Toronto Café is focused on helping to easily build relationships between entrepreneurs and drive Toronto’s startup community.  It is a place to connect with peers, funders and investors, subject matter experts and just generally great people who have an interest in growing Toronto’s startup community.

Discover Local Events

Discovery Local Training Sessions

Futurpreneur Canada - Loans for start-ups and businesses in growth mode Futurpreneur Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our economy one entrepreneur at a time. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

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Futurpreneur Library 

Entrepreneurship Pathway content – From developing your idea through to launching your business, you’ll find resources for every step in your journey – organized into four key stages in a start-up’s life-cycle.

 BDC - Supporting companies with loans at competitive rates BDC helps create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financingadvisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Marketing plan template – From establishing a strong brand to understanding your ideal customer and creating a compelling buying experience, this marketing plan template will give your company the best chance of success in today’s competitive marketplace.

Onboarding template – Follow this comprehensive checklist to quickly get your new employee up to speed and ready to make their best contribution.

 Certified Professional Accountants of Canada. Supporting businesses to have better financial literacy Chartered Professionals Accountants Canada is the national organization established to support unification of the Canadian accounting profession under the Chartered Professional Accountant Canada.

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Business and Accounting aid –  CPA’s extensive resources cover everything from sustainability and corporate reporting to standards and audit issues. Find updates, guides, case studies, toolkits and more.

ACCESS Community Capital Fund  

ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a Canadian Registered Charity formed in 1999 to help individuals facing barriers to traditional financing from banks obtain microloans to improve their income through sustainable self employment and employment.

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Loans for business – ACCESS Community Capital Fund helps people facing financial barriers get low-interest loans up to $5,000 for business.

Cash Flow template – A simple Excel template to help you present your forecasted cash inflows and outflows. Be sure to clearly list your assumptions as notes or in a separate document.

Loan Calculator – Use this loan calculator to estimate what your monthly loan payments may be with an ACCESS loan. Payments begin one month following the disbursement of your loan.

 

Rise Asset Development, with the support of the Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), provides microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addictions.

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Small Business Lending – The Rise Individual Lending Program provides access to low interest business loans to launch or grow your small business.

Youth Small Business Program – The Youth Small Business Program is designed for individuals aged 16 to 29 who self identify as having experienced a mental health or addiction challenge (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress, anorexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, addiction, or similar challenges).

Event Lending – Event Lending provides loans up to $2,500 to be used by an entrepreneur to pay vendor admissions, purchase inventory, and cover marketing costs in order to sell/showcase their product or service at an event.

   

Pro Bono Ontario develops and manages high quality programs that connect volunteer lawyers with Ontarians who can’t afford a lawyer.  Pro Bono Ontario also helps build communities by supporting start-ups, artists, social service organizations and social entrepreneurs with the legal issues that come with running a small business in Ontario.

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Free Legal Advice Hotline – No matter what kind of creator you are – business person, artist, social entrepreneur, you name it — there are many legal issues you’ll need to consider. Pro Bono Ontario operate a free advice service and legal clinic that may be able to help.

   

The Government of Canada provides access to services and information for Canadian citizens.

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Innovation Canada Resources Portal – Provides a wide range of resources for Canada’s entrepreneurs and innovators, such as funding, loans and capital investments, advice and expertise, and more!

Ownr company registration resource  

Ownr is the simplest, most convenient way to make your business official and build your brand. Within a few minutes you can register or incorporate your business and create a custom, AI generated logo. Ownr makes starting out easy, so you can focus on what you do best – your business.

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George Brown College and Ownr have partnered to offer an exclusive $50 off with promo code startGBC50. Use the code startGBC50 at checkout to redeem*.

Click here to get started: https://get.ownr.co/startgbc/

*$50 off any Ownr product (registration or incorporation) valid from February 8, 2019 to April 15, 2019. One promotion code per transaction, may be combined with other offers, but refund will not exceed total amount paid. Enter the codestartGBC50 at checkout on the Ownr payment page to receive promotional price. Ownr may cancel or modify this offer at any time. Offer may not be applied retroactively. Only available in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

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AWS – Amazon Web Services provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. With the AWS Activate program, startups get access to the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS – including credits, training, and support.

By joining the AWS Activate program through startGBC, you will be eligible for:

  • $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 1 year
  • 2 months of AWS Business Support.
  • 80 credits for self-paced labs

Email the  startGBC Team to activate your AWS program – startGBC@georgebrown.ca 

JACL Inc. Business App Developers - George Brown College Alumni Team  

JACL Inc. is an independent app development and consulting company founded in 2015. It’s dedicated team members have been working together on projects since 2013. JACL Inc. is the brainchild of three native Torontonians who are motivated to create unique worlds, visions, experiences, and the technologies to give them life.

JACL is focused on the creation of an exceptional user experience, and the support to ensure it can continue to function as long as you need it. Our services include:

  • App development
  • Integration of limited-time event peripherals
  • Web development
  • User Interface/user experience development
  • Full life cycle support
  • Multimedia Interactive Development
  • On-site technical support for your event
  • Client education consultations
  • Liasons with 3rd party software
  • User data tracking

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Visit their website at https://www.jaclinc.ca/ to learn more.

 

backlinkfy is a digital marketing agency providing marketing resources and software tools for startups and small businesses.

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200+ Awesome Free Tools For Entrepreneurs and Startups – This list contains more than 200+ software solutions to your problems and can help you accomplish the hardest tasks ahead for your business and personal life.

Digital Main Street - An Ontario resource to help support businesses develop and update a digital footprint.  

Digital Main Street connects main street businesses to the most innovative digital providers. Our team has selected trusted digital product and service providers for you to work with, who are offering the best deals exclusively when you sign-up.

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DMS Academy – Main street businesses can access free workshops and training on topics relevant to their learning needs.

DMS Lab – A virtual retail tech incubator that helps build partnerships between startups and BIAs to pilot new technologies with main street businesses.

DMS Squad – The DMS Squad helps businesses complete their assessments, review recommendations, and activate free and easy to use tools.

 

Rogers Communications Inc. is a Canadian communications and media company. It operates particularly in the field of wireless communications, cable television, telephone, and Internet connectivity with significant additional telecommunications and mass media assets.

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Rogers Small Business Promotions – Customers can enjoy great deals on select products and services.  Make your business more productive and save with special offers from Rogers and their partners.

 

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since their founding in 1998, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language, they now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages.

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Google products

 

The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB Canada) is the national voice and thought leader of the Canadian interactive marketing and advertising industry.

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IAB Canada’s Guide to AR/VR 2018 – A guide on how your business can quickly adapt to the future.

   

Small Business Solver.com makes business advice easier.

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Small Business Training

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