Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Access to healthcare and wellness has become more important since the COVID-19 shutdown. That access has also become more elusive — have you tried getting in touch with your doctor lately? This past week, three Toronto startups in telemedicine, virtual care, and employee wellness secured funding to expand their reach amid increased demand for remote healthcare solutions.
Maybe you’re eyeing that $125M in total funding, thinking “I just need a little cash to get my startup up and running”. Turn that dreaming into doing with access to $5000 from Canada Starts
, a partnership between Ownr, Shopify, Moneris Solutions, and Staples to help aspiring entrepreneurs. The fund has raised $200,000
, enough to help 40 recipients cover startup costs such as registering a business, creating an online presence, purchasing supplies and materials, and marketing.
If you’re well past startup costs, take note that Techstars Toronto Accelerator is now accepting applications for its 2021 cohort. Learn more in our community opportunities below.
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.
Damage Labs is a game studio pre-accelerator for historically marginalized and underrepresented founders. Too few studios are led by queer and gender-marginalized people — which means power, capital, and content continues to be controlled by people within a narrow band of identities and experiences. Real, long-term financial sustainability is totally out of reach for most marginalized creators. At Damage Labs, you’ll explore ethical labour frameworks, alternative financing, and structures that centre marginalized creators.
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!