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
, 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.”
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.
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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!