Happy new year, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Welcome to 2022, a year with an all-too familiar start. It is extremely frustrating to be here again, with offices, schools, and restaurants closed or empty. Remember what got you through last January and bring it back, whether that was regular walks outside, checkins with friends, family, or coworkers, or listening to your favourite song every morning. Be sure to take care of yourself and those around you.
If you’re looking to get to know some fresh talented startups, Tuesday is your day. That’s when Techstars Toronto’s latest cohort will demo their products. It’s their most international cohort yet, with twelve startups from Canada, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, India, Ghana, Vietnam, Rwanda, and Ukraine. Don’t miss this opportunity
to see these companies before they soar to new heights!
Have a great week, and stay well!
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 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. This six-month program for early-stage companies offers participants a mentor network, with exclusive access to wildly successful founders, executives and subject matter experts, as well as one-on-one coaching from our hand-selected Industry Advisory Council. You’ll also get a funding advantage with a big network of fundraising pros and Capital in Residence, as well as high visibility with Elevate’s Platform which puts hot startups in front of big audiences.
The York Entrepreneurship Development Institute’s incubator program offers a free, intensive 16-week program, including formal academic lectures by Schulich Executive Education Centre instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. At the end of the incubator, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed business plan, an executive summary, and a proper business model that is ready to pitch and potentially bring to the market. Program graduates are also eligible for seed funding.
The Founder Institute is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. We help you get to traction and funding with a support network of startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $1 billion. The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas. Apply before December 12 for special early-bird pricing!
BHive is an initiative powered by the City of Brampton with a goal to empower the next generation of innovators, accelerate their journey, and create a positive impact for the entrepreneur, economy, and community as a whole. The program has been strategically designed to ensure startups have everything they need to scale and grow. Successful applicants will have access to an unrivaled ecosystem and expertise to support exceptional founders in building successful companies. Our integrated approach involves thoughtfully designed programs, one-to-one mentorships, and access to our entire portfolio of service.
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.
ATS Labs is a Canadian first — a unique 3-month program tailored to startups serving people with disabilities. Ever been told your product is not scalable, or won’t have a large enough market? So have we. We understand the unique problems you face, so we created sessions specifically tailored for accessibility startups, such as inclusive design, inclusive marketing, co-creation, and more. Starting in August, you’ll learn directly from founders of later-stage accessibility startups, world-renowned inclusive design practitioners, experienced accessibility innovators, healthtech specialists, and successful investors. We’re bringing together founders of accessibility startups from all over the world.