Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs. This has been a tumultuous last couple of weeks. The events behind the protests for Black lives lost to police brutality, as well as the hostile responses to those protests, have left many of you exasperated, tired, and depressed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, unfocused, and unproductive, know that it’s OK. Take time away from work and take care of yourself — everything else can wait.
There are a few deadlines coming up 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.
The Prepr Network is hosting the Beyond COVID-19 Global Open Innovation Challenge. There are four open challenges: business, prevention, education, and community. Build a virtual team, create a project, and work towards a solution related to a challenge. You’ll also earn rewards while building your skills, and supplement your portfolio with a real-world project.
How She Hustles is excited to produce the 2nd annual Startup & Slay digital series featuring Canada’s diverse women entrepreneurs. Apply now to include your story about starting, sustaining and scaling your small business, despite these uncertain economic times. Winning entrepreneurs will be featured in weekly video chats during October’s Small Business Month 2020. We welcome applications from non-binary entrepreneurs while we work on a more gender inclusive framework for How She Hustles.
Have a great week, and stay well!