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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Issue #3

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs. This has been a tumultuous last couple of weeks. Th
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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. 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.
For those looking to take an idea to market, Techstars has some great resources for you in the form of the Techstars Entrepreneurial Toolkit. There are 18 topics with videos and exercises to help you learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and accelerate your success. You should also catch Techstars’ video series on entrepreneurship and mental health.
Community Opportunities
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!
Ian.

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Monday
There’s no such thing as the “best time” to start a new company, launch a new project, or implement a new strategy. Of course, there’s also no such thing as a straight line to success. Even the most dynamic leaders experience challenges and setbacks. At TechTO Together, you will hear inspirational stories and learn practical tips from tech innovators who dreamed, struggled, and persevered.
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Tuesday
With normal practices out the window, companies are focusing their attention on survivability and liquidity. And yet, difficult times always present new openings for clear-thinking entrepreneurs. Each week, we’ll discuss how you can take advantage. This week Jared Gordon (AngelList, Faculty of Change) highlights the latest trends in innovation with a series of special guests.

Learn the basics about trademarks, copyright, industrial design, trade secrets and patents from professionals at a leading IP firm. This session is essential for startups and anyone who may have intellectual property to protect.

Wednesday
This clinic is designed to help you enhance your business idea, strengthen your business model and revitalize your go-to-market plan. In this workshop on message and branding exercises we’ll help early stage entrepreneurs build successful business foundations.

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 webinar will provide a brief overview on applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers and the Work-Sharing Program, as well as provide general business support.

Thursday
We’ll be having conversations about: + Why entrepreneurship is the career path to scale your ambition + What we look for in future founders

Friday
Discover the untold stories about fundraising rounds, with firsthand accounts from people in the room.
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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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