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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.

Hello Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Do you have an startup — or even an idea for a startup — that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals? If so, today is your final day to apply to the University of Toronto PITCH With a Twist competition taking place next month on International Women’s Day, in celebration of women founders and co-founders. You can find more information below.
If you’re a founder of an early-stage startup looking for support outside of the core competencies of your business — sales, marketing, operations, finance, leadership, etc. — then the DMZ Bootcamp six-week pre-incubator program could be right for you. Bootcamp claims startups should be ready to launch within three months and generate revenue within six months. Sound interesting? Read on for more details.
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Ian Stevens ◦ ianstevens.ca
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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.
If you have an idea or an early-stage startup that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals then PITCH is for you! PITCH showcases innovation and entrepreneurship from University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and our greater community. Focusing on early-stage ventures, we bring together innovators from a variety of sectors to pitch their businesses for cash prizes and in-kind support. Teams must have a self-identified women founder or co-founder. Registrants must be a student or alumni of the University of Toronto or Sheridan College; or participants of EDGE or any of the U of T CLA/Incubator programs.
Think you have the next high potential technology venture and want to take it to the next level? This four-month virtual accelerator program is designed to support entrepreneurs as they find product-market fit, build traction, and unlock their roadmap for scale through bootcamps, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, along with over $60k in startup support and up to $30K in cash awards. The Tech Accelerator program will focus on helping market ready technology startups execute their go-to-market strategies, acquire customers, and prepare for capital fundraising. The program will feature ample opportunities for hands-on experience, accountability sessions, customized mentorship, and dedicated growth hours with key partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The DMZ’s Bootcamp helps early-stage tech founders validate their business idea, establish a minimum viable product and build a roadmap for implementation to launch a startup. Over the course of 6 weeks, this program gives founders exposure to the different domains important in building a venture: sales, marketing, operations, technology, finance, leadership and more. Through the Bootcamp, founders get: founder roundtables and peer to peer sessions, expert-led workshop series, and dedicated one-on-one support from our Program Leads. Upon completing the program, startups should be ready to launch within three months and generate revenue within six months.
The BlackBerry IVY L-SPARK Accelerator Program is looking for innovative Canadian companies with technologies that align with BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform – BlackBerry IVY. Participants will have access to BlackBerry IVY to develop high-impact solutions to improve driver and passenger experiences without the need for specialized embedded or automotive software skills. Each participant will be supported by a dedicated L-SPARK mentor who will work hands-on to guide the company in implementing their solution and provide business mentorship to accelerate growth. Up to $50,000 in matching funding will be made available to participants through NRC-IRAP.
If you know a Canadian founder who deserves some recognition, nominate her for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. For 30 years, the awards have shone a spotlight on Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women who have demonstrated excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We are honoured to continue to highlight the collective impact of this group of entrepreneurs on our country.
BHive is an initiative powered by the City of Brampton with a goal to empower the next generation of innovators, accelerate their journey, and create a positive impact for the entrepreneur, economy, and community as a whole. The program has been strategically designed to ensure startups have everything they need to scale and grow. Successful applicants will have access to an unrivaled ecosystem and expertise to support exceptional founders in building successful companies. Our integrated approach involves thoughtfully designed programs, one-to-one mentorships, and access to our entire portfolio of service.
This program, delivered by Futurpreneur, will provide young, Black entrepreneurs age 18-39 across Canada with a comprehensive offering of $5,000–$60,000 in startup loan financing, as well as up to two years of mentorship, opportunities to engage with a national network of Black entrepreneurs, leaders and community organizations at a range of entrepreneurship events, and a variety of relevant tools and resources. Participants who are keen to scale their businesses even further will also be eligible for up to $40,000 in follow-on financing funded by RBC, based on the first two years of successful business performance.

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