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
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.
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!