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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - A different kind of launch for a Toronto startup

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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto

Locally curated talks, workshops, and other events for those interested in creating a startup, growing one, or who want to connect with startups in the Greater Toronto Area.

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! A Toronto startup became the largest satellite operator in Canada last week. Kepler Communications launched two new satellites — assembled in Toronto — bringing its constellation to a total of fifteen. Kepler Communications was founded in 2015 by four graduate students from the University of Toronto. Nice work everyone!
Google will soon launch the second cohort of its Canadian accelerator, and last week announced the 12 startups which will be taking part. More than half of the participating companies hail from the Toronto area. Congratulations to you all!
  • AccessNow, a social startup which crowdsources physical accessibility ratings for locations around the world.
  • Homewise, providing personalized mortgage options and savings.
  • Knockri, a behavioural skills assessment that improves diversity without impacting work performance or hiring efficiency.
  • Neurescence, providing optical imaging of individual brain cell activity in realtime.
  • Orbiseed, driving efficiency, improving decision-making, and reducing risk with architecture, engineering, construction, and owner operator (AECOO) workflows.
  • Phelix AI, an AI-powered virtual assistant for automating healthcare workflows.
  • Together, software to help HR professionals at enterprises launch, manage and measure mentoring programs at scale for their employees.
If you’re between 18 and 24 years old, living in Toronto Community Housing, and looking for some help with your startup idea, there’s a new opportunity in our listings which might interest you. Be.Build.Brand. is a ten-week program for those with ideas in the pre-incubation stage. Previous participants include Wishplay, which establishes VR programs in hospitals, hospices, and long term care facilities; My Awesome Party, an app for planning special occasions; and FeastHero, an app for online cooking classes. Applications close April 12. Look below for more information.
Futurpreneur and RBC last week announced a funding collaboration to support young Black entrepreneurs across Canada, in partnership with BDC. The program will be delivered nationally, providing mentorship, resources, and more inclusive loan financing as well as specialized programming and networking opportunities. Applications are open now. I could not find an application deadline, so I’ve included the program below without one and will update as necessary.
Community Opportunities
Here are some upcoming deadlines for applying to accelerators, grants and funding, or other competitions. Don’t miss out! If you know of others, please submit any application deadlines and I’ll post them if they’re relevant.
Today’s investors care about more than profitability; they care about social innovation. That’s why we offer a highly specialized six-month program that grows ecommerce startups into high-potential titans – but we don’t stop there. We teach you to consider social impact at every step, so your business is profitable and meaningful. Why should you have to choose? Participants get exclusive access to mentor network of successful founders, executives and subject matter experts, one-on-one coaching, fundraising professionals, and the reach of our Elevate platform. Be part of a program where boosting female founders and members of underrepresented groups is top of mind.
The events of this past year have created incredible challenges for all entrepreneurs, with studies showing that women in particular have been hardest hit by the global pandemic. This year, it’s more important than ever to elevate the women entrepreneurs and founders in our communities who continue to invest it all, demonstrating remarkable resilience and innovation in the face of all obstacles. It’s time to recognize their work in front of a national audience, and a nomination is the first step. If you know a Canadian founder that deserves some recognition, nominate her.
Apr 12 - Be.Build.Brand.
Be.Build.Brand. (B3) is a ten-week entrepreneurship program for Toronto Community Housing tenants between the ages of 18 and 29. The program supports entrepreneurial ideas in the pre-incubation stage and helps participants to turn their ideas into viable business plans. The program offers exposure to relevant entrepreneurship content, industry guest speakers, and capacity-building opportunities. Participants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win seed funds for their business venture. You could come away with funding of up to $2,500 through, an opportunity to receive free branding and marketing from a professional agency, access to website development and a digital marketing consultation, an actionable business plan through lean business model canvas, and networking opportunities with industry mentors, guest speakers and Be.Build.Brand alumni.
This program, delivered by Futurpreneur, will provide young, Black entrepreneurs age 18-39 across Canada with a comprehensive offering of $5,000–$60,000 in startup loan financing, as well as up to two years of mentorship, opportunities to engage with a national network of Black entrepreneurs, leaders and community organizations at a range of entrepreneurship events, and a variety of relevant tools and resources. Participants who are keen to scale their businesses even further will also be eligible for up to $40,000 in follow-on financing funded by RBC, based on the first two years of successful business performance.
Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦

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