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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Issue #14

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Lately, we've seen foreign startups move — or threa
Issue #14  •  August 24  •  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! Lately, we’ve seen foreign startups move — or threaten to move, as was the case with DuoLingo — their companies to Toronto. There have also been a few acquisitions. A few days ago, Toronto-based Tulip announced it would acquire Boston-based Blueday. The purchase will combine a leader in cloud-based retail mobile solutions with a leader in Store Performance Management systems. With this acquisition, Tulip hopes to help retailers unlock greater value from their data to drive smarter business decisions and more intelligent customer experiences.
In other news, Google has selected nine startups for its Canadian Startups Accelerator. Three of those startups are located in the GTHA. They include Curv Health, which will deliver billable at-home physical therapy and rehab programs; Longan Vision, which helps firefighters see through smoke, locate victims, and find fire sources using AR; and ProteinQure, which offers a computational platform for protein drug discovery. Congrats to everyone involved!

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.
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 Stevens.
Monday
Most founders launch new companies to tackle a personal problem. Eventually, entrepreneurs need to face a challenge that can be even more formidable: getting their first customer. This event showcases real stories about how entrepreneurs landed their first customers — plus tactics to keep your company growing.

Tuesday
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.

Sheridan EDGE and ICUBE UTM have partnered to present the Leap Startup League, which launches emerging startups from idea to market! Every semester we help entrepreneurs explore their idea, interrogate assumptions, research and network to build out a plan for launch, and ultimately support them in their journey. Watch the top finalists from our summer cohort pitch their businesses for a chance to win some funds to help them continue putting their plan into action. 
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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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Thursday
Great companies run on great talent. Max Shapiro, founder and CEO of PeopleConnect, explains the key questions every founder must ask when sourcing and hiring an all-star startup team. During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners and investors.

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 deTal. You’ll also learn more about the ongoing relationships that drive businesses forward. Each week, TechTO’s Alex Norman interviews buzzworthy founders and investors.

In collaboration with Cobalt Lawyers, DealPrep is proud to present our new workshop! Participants are taught key insights into hiring agreements, differentiating contracts for employees, interns, and contractors, through the use of innovative, online contract drafting and learning tools.
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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