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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - The cross-border accelerators are here!

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! I hope that some of you applied to Founder Institut
Issue #17  •  September 14  •  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! I hope that some of you applied to Founder Institute’s Waterloo-Toronto Corridor Fall program before last week. It’s a partnership between Founder Institutes in Waterloo and Silicon Valley, connecting founders and mentors in each region. If you’re taking part in this week’s orientation, nice work! If you missed the application deadline, similar opportunities could come up again soon, so be prepared. CBC recently featured the Waterloo-Toronto Corridor program, citing it as “part of a growing trend that’s come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, where North American seed accelerators are expanding beyond the cities they are based in”. Douglas Soltys of Betakit says that’s great news for Canadian startups:
“I think that’s the bigger trend, is that if these programs continue to stay remote, you’ll be seeing more and more Canadian companies participating because the major inhibitor for Canadian companies and getting that presence is the geographical restriction.”
Hopefully an increase in accelerators opening up to Canadian startups operating in Canada leads to an increase in funding for local startups. According to the Canadian Venture Capital Report, VC activities in Canada in the first two quarters of 2020 “were down 22% and 19% respectively from the same period in 2019”. Of the $2.59B in financing disbursed during the first half of this year, $1,048M went to Ontario, with $522M for Toronto companies. Almost a third of that $2.59B came from investors in the United States.
It’s back to school in the Toronto area! Unfortunately, COVID-19 has meant that students in Ontario’s underserved communities are even worse off when it comes to access to STEM education. You can help! VentureKids Canada is looking for mentors for students for their 2020 Back-to-School Initiative. If you know anyone (maybe yourself!) who can give an hour a month to the VentureKids Canada Team, please get them to apply. Help students unlock their full STEM potential.
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.
Damage Labs is a game studio pre-accelerator for historically marginalized and underrepresented founders. Too few studios are led by queer and gender-marginalized people — which means power, capital, and content continues to be controlled by people within a narrow band of identities and experiences. Real, long-term financial sustainability is totally out of reach for most marginalized creators. At Damage Labs, you’ll explore ethical labour frameworks, alternative financing, and structures that centre marginalized creators.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦
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Hosted by Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), this series provides women entrepreneurs a well-rounded understanding of what it means to incorporate. Part 1 will focus on the needs and challenges of women entrepreneurs who wish to incorporate, and will help bust some of the myths which cause women entrepreneurs to self-select out of incorporation. In Part 2, expert speakers will provide a step-by-step walkthrough of the various incorporation processes.

Newcomer to Toronto? Think you might have that entrepreneurial drive? Thinking of starting a business, or have already launched one? Then this course is for you. It’s a training program, helping women become successful bosses of thriving businesses. Nadine Spencer, president of the marketing agency BrandEq, and president of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), will be offering inside tips, tactics and strategies for female success.

If you think that all entrepreneurs are born not made then think again. Join EDGE in a workshop with Patrice Esson, Professor at Sheridan’s Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences to get practical tips about your ideation process. This session is designed to help you start your entrepreneurial journey by taking the first steps in evaluating your startup idea.

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.

This is a campus orientation for those with startups or interested in startups, including accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources. The session features a panel of U of T student startups who will share their experiences and answer audience questions.

Financing: Who, what, where, when, why, and how? Have the answers to any of these questions? Don’t know where to begin? Whatever your answer is, join this #StartupChats and share your experiences with other entrepreneurs asking the same questions and sharing knowledge while building your network online!

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