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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Progress isn't easy, but it is worthwhile

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Let's start with some good news. Back in April — wh
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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! Let’s start with some good news. Back in April — which feels like a lifetime ago — OneEleven, a Toronto accelerator and innovation hub, announced they would be ceasing operations. The reality of COVID-19 combined with a lack of stable funding meant OneEleven could no longer support its member companies. That might soon change, with Ontario Centres of Excellence looking to buy OneEleven. The idea is to make it a not-for-profit organization with a seed fund to invest in startups and supplement revenue. Once COVID-19 lifts, places like OneEleven will be important to strengthen Toronto’s startup ecosystem. Hopefully OneEleven will rise again.
With respect to COVID-19, the Women Entrepreneurs Knowledge Hub has a comprehensive list of resources for women entrepreneurs. There’s something for everyone, with a focus on support and programs for women.
Many of you are likely having some difficult conversations and realizations around racial prejudice, white privilege, systemic racism, and Blackness. Some of these discussions might make you uncomfortable. Tech is far from immune to racism and anti-Black bias. Our industry is rife with anti-Black attitudes that have remained unaddressed for years. To learn how we can change these attitudes, tune in to Elevate’s conversation on racism in tech this Wednesday at noon. Progress won’t be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

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.
How She Hustles is excited to produce the 2nd annual Startup & Slay digital series featuring Canada’s diverse women entrepreneurs. Apply now to include your story about starting, sustaining and scaling your small business, despite these uncertain economic times. Winning entrepreneurs will be featured in weekly video chats during October’s Small Business Month 2020. We welcome applications from non-binary entrepreneurs while we work on a more gender inclusive framework for How She Hustles.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian.
Monday
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our everyday habits and creating an unprecedented level of uncertainty for entrepreneurs. You will need to adapt your business to the new economic reality. This free, live webinar will present a step-by-step approach to manage risks, create contingency plans and equip your business with a strategic vision that takes into account the changed landscape.
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Tuesday
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. Jared Gordon (AngelList, Faculty of Change) highlights the latest trends in innovation with a series of special guests.

Wednesday
Join for an open dialogue on racism in tech — from conversation to action. We’ll be discussing challenges of race, equality, exclusion, and the critical steps organizations must take to educate, inform, and create actionable steps forward. 
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This webinar will provide a brief overview on applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers and the Work-Sharing Program, as well as provide general business support. The format of the webinar is a brief presentation followed by a Question and Answer period. Please be advised that no individual or business accounting advice is going to be to be offered during this session.

Students from all three campuses are welcome to apply now for #UofTPRIDEPITCH — the new competition offering $4,000 in cash prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges. Come and watch our prideful students pitch for the chance to win one our cash prizes!

Startup Boost is a global pre-accelerator program with a mission to lead pre-seed stage startups towards accelerators, investment, and/or revenue without taking equity or fees. At Demo Day, you can enjoy networking, a hybrid pitch viewing experience and the ability to chat and connect directly with our startups, city directors, global team, and our amazing group of mentors who have helped the startups grow substantially over the course of the program.

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.
*Permanent Resident, Protected Person (e.g. Convention Refugees).
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Thursday
Groups of alumni will showcase their final project in a science fair style and speak to the technical skills they’ve acquired over the past 12 weeks. Each group has a custom tech stack for their showcased project. Employers will have the opportunity to ask each group questions about their application, the build process, their tech stack, and have a look at their code.

This event will feature guest speaker Andrea Lavigne who will talk about “Digital Marketing Simplified.“ Digital Marketing can be overwhelming and stressful for small business owners. Lower budgets for startups can force owners to do digital marketing themselves, taking time away from building their own business. Simplifying the scope will save time and money so you can focus on doing what’s important to you. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to give a 1 minute pitch about your business.

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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