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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Demo Day this Thursday

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! This Thursday is a big day for the Techstars Toront
Issue #15  •  August 31  •  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! This Thursday is a big day for the Techstars Toronto accelerator. It’s Techstars’ annual Demo Day, where ten rising startups in this year’s cohort pitch their work — and you get a front-row seat!
Not only is this the first virtual Demo Day for Techstars Toronto, it’s the most diverse class of founders to date. Founders from Turkey will showcase Artboard Studio, where branding and marketing teams can design, animate, collaborate, and present their mockups online, complete with an extensive library of assets and templates. Quidax’s Nigerian founders will show how their app makes trading cryptocurrency for local currency safe and easy — no prior trading experience required. On the hardware front, founders from Poland will show off Car Scanner, which protects car services from unlawful customer claims using an autonomous robot capable of performing visual car inspections in as little as 120 seconds. Thanks to Canada’s approach to immigration, these startups could soon bring jobs and investment dollars to Toronto.
Techstars Toronto Demo Day isn’t just about the companies, it’s about you too. Stress during the pandemic has affected us all, startup founders in particular. There’ll be conversations on the impact of mindfulness and burnout, as well as the political and legal barriers founders must overcome. Lastly, retired road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong will talk about his path to becoming an investor.
As if news from one Toronto accelerator wasn’t enough, I’m pleased to include DMG’s new accelerator in our community opportunities. Focused on game developers from marginalized communities, Damage Labs’ Studio Startup program will accept applications in the last half of September. You’ll find more information in our community opportunities below.
Lastly, in solidarity with recent and ongoing violence against Black people, the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) is offering free passes to Black people in tech and business for its upcoming BFUTR summit. Join the largest virtual gathering of Black tech professionals for talks, a career fair, and networking.

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.
Calling all leaders and innovators! The York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2020 Incubator Program. Receive extensive education, ongoing mentorship and the chance to showcase your venture to industry representatives. YEDI’s Incubator Program is the perfect way to transform your venture from an idea to a reality.
Intuit Canada and Toronto’s Highline Beta have joined forces for the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator. They’re primarily looking for companies making an immediate impact on small businesses and consumers’ most pressing challenges post-COVID-19. Seed stage tech startups with a product in market are preferred, but businesses of all stages — including pre-seed and ideation — are welcome.
At the Founder Institute, you won’t “learn” how to build a business. Rather, you will build your business alongside top startup experts using a proven, structured process that has helped some of the world’s fastest growing companies raise over $950M in funding. Our 14-week, program includes a series of challenging growth sprints, in addition to Weekly Feedback Sessions where you will receive constant feedback on your progress from experienced Mentors and Investors.
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 ◦
The pandemic has forced innovators and entrepreneurs to redefine and adapt to a new norm. Learn how other entrepreneurs are meeting these challenges. Tune in to the COVID-19 Innovators Series, a collaboration between Innovation York, the City of Markham, and MSBC. This week, Marsha Druker, Founder of Fuckup Nights Toronto, talks about how to leverage digital spaces to form impact-driven communities. Why is failure such a challenging topic to talk about? How can people learn and move on from failure?

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.

TorontoStarts and Equivesto present “How Much Should I Raise For My Company?”. In this session we talk about what to consider when determining how much to raise for your startup. Why is too much harmful? What happens if I raise too little? Join us for this live and interactive session and bring your questions!

At a certain point, every entrepreneur faces a moment where they’re struggling to push through. Perhaps they’ve lost sight of their goals, or have simply burnt out. Learn how to keep your dream alive with this discussion from Startup Canada and Microsoft Canada.

Meet Techstars Toronto’s 2020 cohort in their first digital Demo Day. This year’s cohort is truly international, and showcases startups from the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and all across Canada. This Demo Day also includes a panel discussion between Lance Armstrong and Janet Bannister.

In collaboration with the City of Toronto and Cobalt Lawyers, DealPrep is proud to present our new “Ask the Expert: Legal Advice for Businesses” workshop! Come and learn key insights into employee stock option plans, retention schemes, non-cash conversion, and the rights of option holders through the use of innovative, online contract drafting and learning tools.

Growth and growing pains are a natural part of any well-functioning business. Join this #StartupChats and learn how to push your business by leveraging the best available growth tools.
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