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.
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!