Hello Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! We’ve seen a few pandemic pivots in this newsletter, but this one is a little different. Toronto’s Verto
came about in 2017 to solve a problem of important health information getting lost in the shuffle between institutions. Fast forward to 2020 where Verto was seeing mid-seed funding success with ten clients and fifteen employees. Then the pandemic hit and the company’s entire sales pipeline dropped out
as hospitals refocused their resources to combat COVID.
Verto looked to use COVID as its focus, and found its way when it was asked to develop a tool for a study on the risk of virus transmission from cross-border flights. The team quickly developed a scheduling system to book COVID-19 tests and track results for travelers to Pearson Airport, leveraging their ability to link the patient experience from one facility to the next. As of now, they have helped eight hospitals and six public health units book vaccinations, and are booking about a quarter of all vaccinations in Ontario.
Looking to take your product to a wider audience? Try the YSpace Technology Accelerator, a four-month program designed to help market-ready technology startups
execute their go-to-market strategies. Successful applicants will get access to workshops, one-on-one mentorship, and over $60k in startup support. You have until the end of February to apply. Scroll down for more details.
YSpace also has a virtual membership for early stage technology innovators
and supports them with a network and system of mentors, entrepreneurs, and workshops. Selected applicants will be invited for a virtual pitch to the YSpace and, once accepted, will be offered a two-month membership, with access to resources and support for growth.
Have a great week, and stay well!
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.
TiEQuest 2022 applications are open! This pitch competition is open to any Canadian startup provided that they have not yet raised more than $1 million. In its 17th year, we are pleased to announce that this year we are offering 2 separate tracks for TiEQuest 2022 — Medtech and Regular tracks — with a winner for each track.This sought-after event is a multi-stage business venture competition, bringing startups from across Canada to receive advice from industry professionals, and network with top angel investors, venture capitalists, fund managers and other professionals. The winner takes home a cash prize of $25,000, $15,000 in in-kind prizes and the opportunity to receive $100,000 in investments.
The Hatchery NEST is U of T’s engineering-based process, with more than 94 startups launched since its creation. It’s not just a place to develop startups, but an experiential learning opportunity that instills and nurtures the entrepreneurial mindset in all U of T students and faculty. In the Hatchery’s unique environment, students experience the successes and failures of the entrepreneurial journey within a challenging yet supportive setting. Co-founders are encouraged to embrace and overcome risk as a vital element of their journey, creating not only successful entrepreneurs, but also the next generation of leaders as means of societal change.
The York Entrepreneurship Development Institute’s incubator program offers a free, intensive 16-week program, including formal academic lectures by Schulich Executive Education Centre instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. At the end of the incubator, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed business plan, an executive summary, and a proper business model that is ready to pitch and potentially bring to the market. Program graduates are also eligible for seed funding.
The Founder Institute is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. We help you get to traction and funding with a support network of startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $1 billion. The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas. Apply before December 12 for special early-bird pricing!
Think you have the next high potential technology venture and want to take it to the next level? This four-month virtual accelerator program is designed to support entrepreneurs as they find product-market fit, build traction, and unlock their roadmap for scale through bootcamps, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, along with over $60k in startup support and up to $30K in cash awards. The Tech Accelerator program will focus on helping market ready technology startups execute their go-to-market strategies, acquire customers, and prepare for capital fundraising. The program will feature ample opportunities for hands-on experience, accountability sessions, customized mentorship, and dedicated growth hours with key partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The BlackBerry IVY L-SPARK Accelerator Program is looking for innovative Canadian companies with technologies that align with BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform – BlackBerry IVY. Participants will have access to BlackBerry IVY to develop high-impact solutions to improve driver and passenger experiences without the need for specialized embedded or automotive software skills. Each participant will be supported by a dedicated L-SPARK mentor who will work hands-on to guide the company in implementing their solution and provide business mentorship to accelerate growth. Up to $50,000 in matching funding will be made available to participants through NRC-IRAP.
If you know a Canadian founder who deserves some recognition, nominate her for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. For 30 years, the awards have shone a spotlight on Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women who have demonstrated excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We are honoured to continue to highlight the collective impact of this group of entrepreneurs on our country.
BHive is an initiative powered by the City of Brampton with a goal to empower the next generation of innovators, accelerate their journey, and create a positive impact for the entrepreneur, economy, and community as a whole. The program has been strategically designed to ensure startups have everything they need to scale and grow. Successful applicants will have access to an unrivaled ecosystem and expertise to support exceptional founders in building successful companies. Our integrated approach involves thoughtfully designed programs, one-to-one mentorships, and access to our entire portfolio of service.
This program, delivered by Futurpreneur, will provide young, Black entrepreneurs age 18-39 across Canada with a comprehensive offering of $5,000–$60,000 in startup loan financing, as well as up to two years of mentorship, opportunities to engage with a national network of Black entrepreneurs, leaders and community organizations at a range of entrepreneurship events, and a variety of relevant tools and resources. Participants who are keen to scale their businesses even further will also be eligible for up to $40,000 in follow-on financing funded by RBC, based on the first two years of successful business performance.