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Issue #18  •  September 21  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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! 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.
Maple, a Canadian telemedicine provider which enables patients to connect online with healthcare professionals, received $75M from Loblaw Companies Ltd. through its wholly-owned subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart. Meanwhile, the virtual care startup OnCall Health, raised $7.9M in Series A funding, bringing their total funding to $10.6M. Lastly, Lifespeak, an employee mental health and wellness education startup, raised its first institutional funding round with an investment of $42M.
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.
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.
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!
Ian Stevens ◦
Ryerson’s Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship is delighted to invite you to a talk with Huda Idrees from Dot Health. Named one of Toronto’s top CEOs by Toronto Life, her career has taken her through some of Toronto’s best-known startups. Huda Idrees has been trailblazing the e-health world with her venture, Dot Health, transforming how people access and control their own health information.

TechTO Together features in-depth conversations with technology leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Our special guests share inspirational stories about their career journey, along with practical strategies that you can apply today. Come hear Ian Wong, co-founder and CTO of Opendoor, offer his personal insights on tackling the real estate industry and scaling the company to unicorn status with a $3.8 billion USD valuation.

It’s hard work navigating these uncertain times, pivoting your venture and taking on new initiatives. Take a pause, get your coffee/tea, and join us to hear from Marina Mann from EatSleepRIDE, the all-in-one tracking, social and safety app for motorcycle riders. Mann will speak about her experiences as a seasoned entrepreneur.

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.

Join us for The Workshop Series, a series of four workshops focused on giving early stage founders the opportunity to learn the ropes on how to validate their business idea and launch it successfully. This week, you’ll be exposed to the different tools and methodologies in doing market research for a startup. There will also be a deeper dive into businesses who skipped the validation step and what lessons can be learned.

The NATO Association of Canada, in partnership with the Defence and Security Labs, is hosting a webinar aimed at those in Canadian startups interested in learning about open innovation and procurement opportunities within NATO. Get to know two NATO agencies involved in open innovation, the Innovation Hub (iHub) and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), and receive a high-level overview of how startups can engage in innovation with NATO.

In this webinar, participants will receive key insights into marketing and referral agreements, exclusivity, non-compete and non-solicitation, and influencer marketing, non-disparagement, and revenue sharing through the use of innovative, online contract drafting and learning tools. You’ll participate in case study-based negotiation scenarios, and will also be able to sign up for one-on-one sessions with our trainer lawyers during the session.
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