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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Advantage: Toronto

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Last week, Techstars Toronto showcased its current
Issue #16  •  September 7  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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! Last week, Techstars Toronto showcased its current cohort of ten startups at its annual Demo Day. As we learned in last week’s newsletter, three of those companies started in Nigeria, Poland, and Turkey. This past Friday, Crunchbase profiled those three startups in an article centred around the challenges companies outside North America face when attempting to attract attention from American investors. This is an advantage for Canadian cities like Toronto, where startups from emerging markets can establish a North American presence and attract investment dollars. Sunil Sharma, Techstars Toronto managing director, explains:
“For example with Quidax, U.S. investors can see the financial markets in Africa, but it may be challenging for them to directly invest,” Sharma said. “But, here is one company in Canada operating under our laws that they could invest in and get exposure to emerging markets. It’s a message more investors can see in the global context.”
Congratulations to everyone from Techstars Toronto’s current cohort who made Demo Day possible, and thank you for choosing Toronto!
If you’re a founder in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space, read on for a new opportunity from gBETA Toronto.
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.
GBETA IIoT is a free, seven-week accelerator program for early-stage companies with local roots. If your startup is in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space, you could receive coaching, mentorship, access to a network of investors, and over $1M in deals and perks. During the program, companies meet with the gBETA team twice a week for an hour each to refine their business model, meet mentors, strategize their growth, gain customer traction, and pitch investors. Each program is capped at five teams — apply now!
Damage Labs is a game studio pre-accelerator for historically marginalized and underrepresented founders. Too few studios are led by queer and gender-marginalized people — which means power, capital, and content continues to be controlled by people within a narrow band of identities and experiences. Real, long-term financial sustainability is totally out of reach for most marginalized creators. At Damage Labs, you’ll explore ethical labour frameworks, alternative financing, and structures that centre marginalized creators.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦
Newcomer to Toronto? Think you might have that entrepreneurial drive? Thinking of starting a business, or have already launched one? Then this course is for you. It’s a training program, helping women become successful bosses of thriving businesses. Nadine Spencer, president of the marketing agency BrandEq, and president of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), will be offering inside tips, tactics and strategies for female success.

Digital Main Street recently launched the DMS Lab initiative as part of its Future Proof Program. DMS Lab offers funding to launch pilot projects offering solutions to main street challenges. Partnering tech companies and community leaders, the DMS Lab aims to create an environment where main street businesses can overcome challenges and thrive in the future, though innovative, scalable solutions.

The Workshop Series is a series of four workshops focused on giving early stage founders the opportunity to learn the ropes on how to validate their business idea and launch it successfully. In this session on start-up culture, you’ll gain a better understanding of the mindset of an entrepreneur, from understanding founder culture to defining your personal success criteria as a founder

Don’t you wish you could hear exactly what investors were thinking? Well now you can! In partnership with Silicon Valley Bank, we’re gathering a lineup of top-tier VCs from across the globe to spill their secrets on what they think is necessary for a successful Series A fundraising. Five JLABS companies will present for a chance to be awarded best pitch! Afterwards, a panel of VCs will share insights on what makes them want to continue discussions, what a successful fundraising strategy might look like, pitch tips, major mistakes entrepreneurs make and more.

Demo Day is the culmination of UofT’s Hatchery NEST, a four-month process which pairs student teams with experienced mentors — including executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs etc. — to develop their businesses. Sixteen startup teams will compete for cash prizes totalling $42,500. Pitches will be pre-recorded and available for viewing starting on September 9th. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 18th.   •   Share

Come out to connect with other entrepreneurs and promote your business! You’ll have 30-60 seconds to give us your elevator pitch. You’re welcome to do a screen share if you would like to show us your website, as long as it’s no longer than 30 seconds. If you sell products, please keep them on hand so you can show us. Visuals speaker louder than words.

While we navigate through these uncertain times and practice social distancing for the time being we have decided to connect our community of entrepreneurs through our #TECONF Conference Virtual Series. This is a live virtual conference with networking, sessions, and round tables with topics relevant to entrepreneurs.

Lighthouse Labs is pleased to invite you to our latest employer exclusive Web Development Bootcamp Demo Day! Each group of alumni will showcase their final project in a science fair style and speak to the technical skills they’ve acquired over the past 12 weeks.

Ensuring the security of your business has never been more important. When building a business, keep in mind potential threats that can originate from online sources, social and economic disasters from events like COVID-19, as well as protection against financial threats. Join this #StartupChats for discussions and to share strategies on the best ways to protect your businesses.
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