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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Our city, post-pandemic

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! With our world upended by the pandemic, it's diffic
Issue #13  •  August 17  •  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! With our world upended by the pandemic, it’s difficult to take time away from the daily grind to reflect on what the future may bring. Yet opportunities still exist. We’ve talked about finding a path to profitability, attracting talent from abroad, as well as laying the groundwork to coax companies to relocate to Toronto. This past week, TechCrunch featured interviews with six Toronto VCs on their existing challenges and how the city can thrive post-pandemic. Not surprisingly, finding local talent is seen as an ongoing challenge. Despite the challenges, these VCs expect Toronto’s startup ecosystem to continue to thrive.
Canadians love to line up and wait. The pandemic has brought us an entirely new opportunity to queue: COVID-19 screening. To help with this time-consuming task, Oshawa’s Ontario Regiment Museum is turning to a virtual assistant from Toronto-based Cloud Constable. AI technology at the front door will screen everyone coming through the facility. The process is touchless, eliminates all paperwork, keeps a computerized record, and features an avatar named Master Corporal Lana. The museum’s virtual assistant debuted this past Saturday.

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.
This fall, we’re running Leap Startup League, an innovative program in collaboration with ICUBE, to kickstart your venture. Successful applicants will be accepted into both EDGE’s Leap Program and ICUBE’s Start Up Program. Our Leap program is perfect if you’re working on a defined business or social enterprise idea and you’re looking for mentorship, training and networking with a community of like-minded people.
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.
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.
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. 

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens.
The Community Innovation Lab presents The Refinery’s August Entrepreneurship Online Series! Join us for a week of essential workshops online! We’re excited to have Michelle Sinclair from Innovation Canada host an online workshop on everything you need to know about government funding in the current economy.

Startup founders can learn valuable lessons from enterprise companies on expanding their customer base, repositioning current products, and strategizing the launch of new ones. This event sheds light on how enterprise companies view working with startups. You’ll learn practical tips to establish a positive reputation, avoid common errors, and navigate the sales process.

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities with scaling innovation in a quickly changing world. With normal practices out the window, companies are focusing their attention on survivability and liquidity. And yet, difficult times always present new openings for clear-thinking entrepreneurs. Each week, we’ll discuss how you can take advantage.

Newcomer to Toronto? Think you might have that entrepreneurial drive? Thinking of starting a business, or have already launched one? This course is for you. Nadine Spencer, one of Toronto’s most prominent Black female entrepreneurs, will be teaching a Master Class BBPA Boss Women Entrepreneurship Training.

The HackerNest Tech Cofounder Matching event connects tech and non-tech people. Find others who share similar values and buy into your mission. A strong founding/core team is the foundation for making all the waves. Ticket sales support our nonprofit’s mission to continue uniting tech & developer communities. 

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!   •   Share

Entrepreneurship is lonely which is why it’s better with a co-founder. This online networking event is an opportunity to meet other Hackers & Hustlers and perhaps your future co-founder.   •   Share

Investors receive thousands of pitch decks a year. They have no choice but to quickly absorb all of this data to make an adequate decision. They have their codes, their habits for consulting and analyzing pitch decks. You’ll learn these habits at this event, including secrets to design a perfect pitch deck, and which codes are known by investors that you should have in your deck.

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.
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