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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Help Black youth become big tech

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! In last week's newsletter, I linked to a commentary
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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto
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! In last week’s newsletter, I linked to a commentary by MaRS CEO Yung Wu where he notes that the States’ rejection of foreign talent is a huge mistake. A few days later, Duolingo’s co-founder Luis von Ahn threatened to move jobs from Pittsburgh to Toronto over immigration policies. You can read Von Ahn’s tweet below.
Revisiting another commentary, you may recall I linked to an interview with John Rice, where he outlines how to invest in your talent pipeline to recruit racialised people. Black representation in tech is in the single digits, with many companies showing slow growth despite years of pledges and commitments.
If big tech won’t seek out Black hires, then we help those Black hires become big tech. Toronto’s Roots Community Services is holding a youth entrepreneurship mentoring program called Black Leaders of Tomorrow. They currently have youth registered and interested in creating applications and gaming, but do not have any mentors to match. If you’re a Black founder or manager and want to help out, please apply now.
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.
As a national video series, Startup & Slay Digital aims to raise the profile and visibility of women business owners of colour or racialized women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous women, those who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, or those who come from an immigrant or refugee background. This year’s program is online. Startup & Slay is now taking applications for 2020. Selected 2020 honourees will share their stories through virtual meetups and engage with an even larger audience.
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. 

Have a great week, and stay well!
Luis von Ahn
I'm proud that @duolingo, the most valuable startup in PA, is seen as an inspiration for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, if the US policies against (extremely qualified) immigration continue, we'll be forced to move jobs (and inspiration) to Toronto @SenToomey @SenBobCasey @billpeduto
At TechTO Together, you will hear inspirational stories and learn practical tips from tech innovators who dreamed, struggled, and persevered. Our interactive format brings you into the conversations, building a tech community where we can all win, together.

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities with scaling innovation in a quickly changing world. With normal practices out the window, companies are focusing their attention on survivability and liquidity. And yet, difficult times always present new openings for clear-thinking entrepreneurs. Each week, we’ll discuss how you can take advantage. 

Are you thinking of expanding your business abroad? How can you better prepare for international expansion? Join #LatAmChats and ask our co-founders about the challenges they face, tips and information on the differences in doing business in a new market.

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Join us for a presentation that covers the legal considerations of starting a new business. This session is intended for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs and founders.

Entrepreneurship Connections helps newcomers* who plan to start a business in Canada. If you have owned or operated a business outside Canada, or would like to launch one here, this innovative and informative program will assist you with setting up a successful small business in the Canadian market. Join us to learn more about the program!   •   Share

An introduction and overview of operations at startups, starting from how various startup strategies need to inform metrics and therefore what is measured, reported, and done tactically. Philip Gales will introduce the concept of analyzing a startup as a “production line”, how we can break it down into blocks, analyze each block, and de-bottleneck/optimize processes.

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Presented by the Canada Revenue Agency this free, 2-hour presentation will provide an overview of these benefits, eligibility, and will include a question and answer period.

We are 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.

We‘re hosting a seminar focused on funding startups and entrepreneurs with insights from financial experts and Institutions. This is an informal event where we share step by step processes of preparing your startup for funding. Then, where are startups getting funding from now? We will share insights about funding platforms that you can access for funding.

The Toronto business landscape for entrepreneurs: Are there opportunities out there in these post-pandemic times? A discussion about this important topic with Miryam Lazarte from Latam Startups in Toronto. What are the next steps for business right now? Is it time to invest in your business? This and much mor

Discover the untold stories about successful fundraising rounds, with firsthand accounts from the people in the room. In each episode, you’ll hear from each side — the founder and the investor — about the process of closing a deal. You’ll also learn more about the ongoing relationships that drive businesses forward. Each week, TechTO’s Alex Norman interviews buzzworthy founders and investors.

Small business owners are often so focused on building their business and establishing a customer base, that many do not consider important legal issues until it is too late. We believe there’s no better way to learn than by asking questions, thinking about what you’re signing, arguing and negotiating. This is a hands-on workshop, be prepared to interact with questions and answers, and to negotiate deal points. Sample agreements will be provided in advance, so that you can come in with questions ready.
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