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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - One of these four new opportunities just has to be right for you!

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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! This week is University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Week, and the events calendar is packed with something for everyone, so be sure to have a look.
Also worth a look are four new opportunities that end this month. Keep reading if you’re working in advanced manufacturing, creating solutions tackling climate change, helping to promote financial health, or have an innovative technology solution that you’re looking to scale.
I’m going to start by reminding you that today (March 7th) is the last day to apply to BlackBerry’s IVY L-SPARK Accelerator, where you’ll have access to BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform to develop high-impact improvements to the driver and passenger experiences.
Applications also close today for BHive Brampton’s Firefly Bootcamp 1.0, where startup founders in the advanced manufacturing sector come together for three days to create business goals, plan resources, and potentially raise capital while engaging with research experts, policymakers, and mentors.
Also in Brampton, Altitude Accelerator is accepting applications to its flagship Incubator17 cohort, for innovative tech solutions looking to scale. It’s a six-month intensive program, helping participants build market traction and set them up for accelerated growth and future investment. Submissions close Sunday, March 13th.
Next week is also when EDGE’s Social Impact Catalyst Program stops accepting applications. You could be eligible if you’re an aspiring youth entrepreneur in the Peel or Halton region and have an idea, project or venture that could tackle climate change. Powered by RBC Future Launch, the program provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, expertise and funding as they develop solutions that support climate justice. Sign up before March 18th.
Finally, if your startup aims to help those in poor financial health, be sure to check out IFH Lab by Fintech Cadence, a six-month program for early-stage startups designing real solutions to the most pressing financial health challenges Canadians face, particularly those most financially vulnerable. Selected startups receive access to mentorship with personalized guidance from founders, financial services executives, investors, and experts in financial health. If you’re interested and want to learn more, register for IFH Lab’s information session being held tomorrow at noon. Get your application in before March 22nd.
Information about these five opportunities, as well as ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative and the Next Founders accelerator — all with deadlines in March — can be found below. Don’t waste time, apply today!
Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦
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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.
BHive Brampton’s Firefly Bootcamp 1.0 aims to bring together startup founders in the advanced manufacturing sector. Through a three-day bootcamp, participants will get the opportunity to work alongside other visionary, coachable entrepreneurs and be a part of the discussion with experienced mentors and investors, and with the added opportunity to win prizes and giveaways. Despite where you might be in your company life cycle, we are open to discussing and supporting you. Our network of accomplished entrepreneurs, mentors, experienced operators, and investors in this industry can provide you with all the guidance you need. We’ll help you create sharp business goals, plan your resources, and potentially raise capital, all the while engaging with research experts, policymakers, mentors and others.
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.
Altitude Accelerator’s flagship Incubator program is for innovative tech solutions looking to scale. Our six-month intensive helps you build your market traction to set you up for accelerated growth and future investment. Our experts in sales and marketing have developed a set of custom workshops to help you effectively communicate your solution to your ideal buyer and build a sustainable pipeline. Our VC partner Preference Capital and our investment network will help you understand how it all fits together in the eyes of external capital. 
VentureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, this competitive program enables tech companies building foundational technologies in transformative sectors like AI, healthcare technology, clean tech, IoT, and beyond, to accelerate their time to market in a sector that normally incurs lengthy entry and scale times. The Hardware Catalyst enables the creation of transformative technologies that will power the products of tomorrow: consumer electronics, telecommunications, smart energy, connected transportation, and more. As Canada’s leading hardware hub, the Hardware Catalyst enables ventures to become competitive players in the global semiconductor industry.
Mar 17 - Next Founders
Next Founders accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled entrepreneurial education taught by world-class faculty. Next Founders is our most flexible program, offering à-la-carte education from some of North America’s top minds that you can opt into based on your individual needs. The ideal applicant is building one of their first ventures, often has a STEM background with little formal business education, or are startup founders from top-tier accelerators, looking to complement their experience.
Climate change is here and has far-reaching implications for us all. But while climate chaos impacts everyone, it’s experienced differently based on where people live and their socio-economic status, age, gender, race and culture. EDGE’s Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch provides youth entrepreneurs with mentorship, expertise and funding as they develop solutions that support climate justice. We’re looking for aspiring youth entrepreneurs in the Peel and Halton regions who have an idea, project or venture that seeks to tackle climate change or enhance environmental sustainability. If you think like an entrepreneur and see opportunities to create something new, you’re in the right place!
We started IFH Lab because we saw a gap in support for entrepreneurs addressing financial health challenges – industry-specific guidance delivered by mentors and industry experts who are mission-aligned, experienced, and in a position to really make things happen. IFH Lab is designed specifically to address this gap. For six months, we work with founders to adjust and adapt the program as we go, to make sure we are addressing real pain points, learning goals and challenges. As part of the program, selected startups receive access to personalized guidance from 100+ experts from the ecosystem across Canada, membership in a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs to exchange best practices, and access to a broader network of investors and partners, monthly workshops and chats, and credits with our software partner providers
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.
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.
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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