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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto: Remote Work — Now Outside!

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! The warm weather has expanded remote work to includ
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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! The warm weather has expanded remote work to include the outdoors. I hope you’ve got a great spot available on your patio, deck, balcony, or in a nearby park. Enjoy the sun!
Our focus is still support for ailing startups and their employees. I’ve continued the community opportunities section from last week, and hope to make it a regular feature. Please send in deadlines for local accelerators, as well as for grants and funding. This week’s support events also include:


A few of you sent some feedback on our new format — thank you! Events are now grouped by the day of the week, with more prominent event times for easier planning. I’ll be refining the format over the coming weeks.
Community Opportunities
There are a number of deadlines coming up for applying to accelerators, and for grants and funding. Don’t miss out! If you know of others, please submit any application deadlines and I’ll post them if they’re relevant.
To support small businesses in this time of need, Facebook is providing direct relief for Canadian small businesses, investing $100 million in 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries to help entrepreneurs find the help, training and support they need to pivot. Canadian small business owners can apply for grants of more than $5,000 in cash and ad credits.
The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) for Health is an intensive program run by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco. It offers Canadian companies strategic guidance and resources to help expand their business in the United States through Northern California. CTA Health uses a broad definition of health and life sciences, and is interested in working with a wide range of teams that are addressing unmet medical needs.
The UTEST Program is announcing its ninth call for UofT companies. UTEST provides UofT startups with seed funding of up to $150,000 in the form of a SAFE, 12 months of incubation space, intense entrepreneurial education provided by MaRS, corporate and intellectual property legal support, mentoring and business strategy support. Their program partner, TIAP, provides sector expertise, an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program and follow-on investment capital of up to $500,000.
For those of you working on a product or service idea, gBETA Toronto’s accelerator is recruiting for their next program. They’re looking for startups in healthcare, IoT, and clean tech to join their free 7-week program — complete with mentorship, access to investors, and $1M+ in deals and perks.
The Prepr Network is hosting the Beyond COVID-19 Global Open Innovation Challenge. There are four open challenges: business, prevention, education, and community. Build a virtual team, create a project, and work towards a solution related to a challenge. You’ll also earn rewards while building your skills, and supplement your portfolio with a real-world project.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian.
Monday
Exchange tactics for improving your ability to set timelines, estimate effort, and measure impacts. You know there might be a better way of doing everything and want to hear what has worked for other people. Plus, how can you develop a consistent process at a time when the world is changing every day?

Tuesday
In this session, Mark Hobbs of Fundmetric lays bare the gritty details of how Fundmetric has been able to attract and retain heavily sought-after flagship customers. He’ll also talk about how a philosophy of accepting your circumstances can lead to unexpected opportunity.

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. This week, Jared Gordon (AngelList, Faculty of Change) highlights the latest trends in innovation with a series of special guests.

Wednesday
In this episode of Elevate Live, Arlene Dickinson, Former Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den & President and CEO of Venture Communications, will distill a lifetime of experience to reveal her blueprint for locating your sense of purpose, realistically evaluating your strengths, and assessing opportunities outside your comfort zone. By following the process she’s always used to transform underperforming companies, Arlene will share practical tips to help you chart a bold new path and plan for your reinvention.
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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.

There is one common trait among the 9% of companies who thrived during the past four global recessions: They all invested in marketing when other companies did not. But how do you know where to invest, how to pivot for short, medium, and long-term, and the best way to leverage breaking news to drive huge gains in product awareness? During this dynamic webinar, TOP Global CEO Ben Kaplan will discuss these issues and more, drawing on examples from the 2008 recession.

Thursday
Learn how you can make the most out of your post-COVID business plan from experienced tech, marketing, finance and HR Chief Officers as well as our own Foxquilt CEO. Then, get a chance to virtually network with other business owners and entrepreneurs in sessions led by the Foxquilt leadership team.

Friday
One of the most difficult parts of starting or running a small business is understanding the legal requirements that apply to that business. Early level support can make all the difference and help guide small business owners to go from concept to reality. Understanding the law and planning accordingly can save a lot of time, money and effort as you grow your business, and prevent serious headaches down the line. Come find out what you can do to protect and grow your business!
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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