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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Is your company in this list of top Canadian startups?

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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! It’s that time of year again — time for LinkedIn’s list of top Canadian startups. These are the “ten young, resilient companies where Canadians want to work now”. It should be no surprise that more than half of those selected hail from Toronto. This year, seven out of the ten startups are in the GTA: Clearbanc, Drop, BookJane, BlueDot, League, KOHO, and Maple. If you work at one of these companies, congratulations for fostering a culture of innovation with engaged employees. If you don’t and are looking for a change, all seven startups are currently hiring for a variety of roles.
There was some great news for Brampton founders last week. The city has partnered with the Founder Institute, a business incubator, entrepreneur training, and startup launch program. Brampton has been busy building its downtown Innovation District, and supporting startups and entrepreneurship with several initiatives, including the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and coworking space. With Brampton’s unique cultural makeup — proportionally, it has one of the largest Sikh and Hindu populations in Canada, as well as the youngest population in the GTA — this partnership could result in some exciting opportunities. According to Sunil Sharma, co-director of the Founder Institute’s Toronto and Waterloo chapters:
“I can see a future where Brampton becomes home to a huge number of tech startups. Tech startups are often fuelled by immigrants. Brampton is home to a high percentage of immigrants and has one of the youngest populations in the country who live in between the globally-renown tech hubs of Toronto and Waterloo. With the affordability advantages over nearby cities and a population base that supersedes tech hubs to the west, Brampton has potential to quickly grow as a startup hub.”

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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.
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.
With another Demo Day done, it’s time to start forming the 2021 cohort for Techstars Toronto Accelerator. Apply today. If selected, over the course of three months your team will gain access to funding and dozens of mentors — individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. These experts are matched to your needs, and are committed to contribute to your long-term success. Once you complete the program, you’re not on your own. You’ll still have access to Techstars resources, with its worldwide network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and alumni.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦
Every week, an early-stage founder shares their pitch deck with Alex Norman, who will share his unfiltered feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and what should be improved. The goal is to be constructive and have both our founder and the audience walk away with valuable insights on what investors care to see in your pitch, which metrics matter, and how to share your business’s story in a way that resonates.

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.

If you’re a founder of a company, right now you need to be putting out content and pitching your ideas to investors, customers and collaborators. OutLoud’s founder and CEO Will Greenblatt will show you how to be captivating on camera, and give you a chance to practice your pitch or video for an audience and receive expert feedback and coaching, as well as network with other founders from around Toronto and the world.

Whether you’re starting your career journey, ready to become an entrepreneur, or just in need of an inspiring success story, come join SWE Speaks and chat with our guest speaker Afsoon Soudi, Senior Manager - Data Science and Machine Intelligence at CBC. Hear about her journey as an entrepreneur in tech.

Looking for a project or potential co-founders? Want to join an early-stage startup? Join our Live Chat to meet our members. This is ideal for networking, meeting team members, potential co-founders, beta users, and connecting with opportunities.

The world has changed, leaving many uncertain as to how they’ll survive the economic impact of COVID-19. Enterprise Toronto is here to help with free webinars hosted by Andrew Patricio of Bizlaunch during Small Business Month. This week, learn how to create a business plan to grow your business, what it takes to become a successful business owner in this new economy, and how to innovate and pivot.

Through the Next 36 program, students learn from Harvard profs and top investors in our world-class founder development curriculum. You’ll get dedicated mentorship from top North American business leaders, and receive up to $50K in seed capital as well as tons of startup perks and resources from our partners. See if this program is right for you by joining this interactive session hosted by NEXT Canada and alumni.

Learn how you can make the most out of a small budget in legal, tech, marketing, HR and operations. Our speakers will answer budgeting questions in each of their industries, such as free tools they recommend, how to manage your money with minimal waste, and so on. Then, share your thoughts, ask questions, and network with other business owners in panel-led sessions.

In this workshop, participants will learn key insights on consulting agreements, compensation, IP ownership, and non-competition through the use of innovative, online contract drafting and learning tools. This is a hands-on workshop, where participants can interact with the hosts, and each other,Thu and participate in case study-based negotiation scenarios.
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