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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Opportunities and motivation

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! A month ago, Trump announced his H-1B visa ban, sta
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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! A month ago, Trump announced his H-1B visa ban, starting speculation on what it might mean for Toronto. Last week, New Zealand-based small business accounting platform Xero announced Toronto as its North American hub for product development and technology innovation. Xero’s president of the Americas cited Toronto’s strong tech talent pool as a motivator:
“Canada is a high growth market for Xero, and with Toronto named as one of the top five cities in North America for tech talent, we’re excited about the opportunities ahead,” 
While we’re on the topic of opportunities and motivation, this past week the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) announced partnerships with Canadian businesses intent on building a more diverse workforce. Tech companies and BPTN will work together to hire, retain, and promote Black tech talent. Current businesses include Hootsuite, Rangle.io, PointClickCare, TD Bank, Rogers, Bell Canada, Top Hat, and MaRS Discovery District. Get your company to partner with BPTN and invest in the community.
On a lighter and ever so slightly relevant note, Toronto’s The Weeknd will hold an augmented reality (AR) concert on TikTok this coming Friday. It will be the platform’s first AR experience. The band will use the concert to raise funds for the Equal Justice Initiative in support of racial equality.

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.
Calling all leaders and innovators! The York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2020 Incubator Program. Receive extensive education, ongoing mentorship and the chance to showcase your venture to industry representatives. YEDI’s Incubator Program is the perfect way to transform your venture from an idea to a reality.
At the Founder Institute, you won’t “learn” how to build a business. Rather, you will build your business alongside top startup experts using a proven, structured process that has helped some of the world’s fastest growing companies raise over $950M in funding. Our 14-week, program includes a series of challenging growth sprints, in addition to Weekly Feedback Sessions where you will receive constant feedback on your progress from experienced Mentors and Investors. 
Intuit Canada and Toronto’s Highline Beta have joined forces for the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator. They’re primarily looking for companies making an immediate impact on small businesses and consumers’ most pressing challenges post-COVID-19. Seed stage tech startups with a product in market are preferred, but businesses of all stages — including pre-seed and ideation — are welcome.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian.
Wednesday
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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While we navigate through these uncertain times and practice social distancing for the time being we have decided to connect our community of entrepreneurs through our #TECONF Conference Virtual Series. 
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Thursday
SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development) is a government program which rewards companies performing R&D in Canada. It’s one of the most generous R&D programs in the world. This is not a grant — you are entitled to this money under the Income Tax Act. Many start-ups in technology and science sectors qualify for this program. But how to get approved? Learn how at this event.

Friday
Discover the untold stories about successful fundraising rounds, with firsthand accounts from the people in the room. In each episode, you’ll hear from each side — the founder and the investor — about the process of closing a deal. You’ll also learn more about the ongoing relationships that drive businesses forward. Each week, TechTO’s Alex Norman interviews buzzworthy founders and investors.
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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