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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Is Talent the Answer?

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Pre-pandemic, Canada was said to be short on tech t
Issue #12  •  August 10  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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! 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.
Speaking of access to advisors, if you’re a student at UofT or Sheridan, a recent alumni, or a resident of the Peel region, and have an idea for a startup, then take a look at ICUBE & Sheridan College’s EDGE Leap StartUp League. More details below.

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.
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!
Ian.
Monday
At TechTO Together, you’ll 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. Prominent leaders and innovators will offer their perspectives about managing change in difficult times, including Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner at Backstage Capital.
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Tuesday
Grab your breakfast and join us for a special edition of Breakfast for Champions with female entrepreneurs. We are thrilled to have Erin Bury of Willful and EDGE member Shauna-Kay Jones of Motify to have a candid discussion about their experiences as female entrepreneurs in tech and their best tips and tricks to help your venture grow.

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women, especially those from disadvantaged populations; it’s also taken a harsh toll on women entrepreneurs. The resulting shutdown measures have exacerbated systemic inequalities, resulting in what some economists are calling a “she-cession.” Join us for a lunch discussion with incredible speakers and critical discussions about how women’s entrepreneurship and leadership is critical to a stronger economic recovery in Canada.

SheEO and the City of Toronto are thrilled to announce that we are once again teaming up to bring you the Toronto Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum this summer & with a few new twists! Hear from a variety of experienced women-identifying entrepreneurs about their journeys and join interactive workshops to take your business to the next level.

Wednesday
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!
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This discussion is intended to help you understand the importance of protecting your ideas, and avoid infringing others’ rights. As we explore intellectual property, including topics such as patents, trademarks, and other protections, attendees will also get the chance to ask their questions directly to our lawyers and have them answered in a group format for all to learn from.

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 (CRA), this free 2-hour presentation will provide an overview of these benefits and eligibility, with a question and answer period.

There are challenges, risks, successes, and learnings that are par for the course in most startups. How can we learn from others and try to avoid their pitfalls? In this session, Roger Barlow, Diversys Software’s Co-Founder and CEO, discusses his experiences building software starting at the very beginning of Diversys. This talk includes how to navigate the unforeseeable, such as a global pandemic.

Thursday
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.

Friday
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.

Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub at Skills for Change is hosting another insightful workshop. Idas Levato will show us how to navigate the startup ecosystem in Toronto and give us insight into the startup venture ecosystem.
Techstars Startup Digest Techstars Startup Digest Toronto is curated by:
Ian Stevens Ian Stevens - https://ianstevens.ca/
ian.stevens@startupdigestmail.com
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