Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Pre-pandemic, Canada was said to be short on tech talent — even Toronto, despite being the fourth-largest tech talent pool in North America. Is more tech talent the answer to improving Canada’s tech sector post-pandemic? Not necessarily, according to a Toronto Star op-ed published last week
and co-written by Krista Jones, a founding executive of Momentum at MaRS Discovery District, and Joshua Wong, CEO of Opus One Solutions.
In the op-ed, Jones and Wong say that fostering promising startups, and growing them to scale up and become global leaders will benefit Canada. They outline four objectives: attract talent, protect intellectual property, create government and ecosystem infrastructure (like MaRS), and provide access to experienced leaders who have grown tech companies to scale.
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.
This fall, we’re running Leap Startup League, an innovative program in collaboration with ICUBE, to kickstart your venture. Successful applicants will be accepted into both EDGE’s Leap Program and ICUBE’s Start Up Program. Our Leap program is perfect if you’re working on a defined business or social enterprise idea and you’re looking for mentorship, training and networking with a community of like-minded people.
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.
Have a great week, and stay well!