Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! We’ve had a run of sunny days lately. Hopefully you had a chance to get outside more and enjoy the weather. Try to get out every day for a walk if you can — rain or shine — especially if you’re feeling low. It might not seem like much, but you’ll feel better for it. Spring is here!
Although Techstars Toronto
has yet to introduce its spring 2021 cohort, last week we learned that Plentywaka
, a Nigerian transit startup, will be among them
. The Plentywaka founders want to scale its platform across Africa and North America, and start that expansion in a Canadian city, probably Toronto. Welcome to Toronto, Plentywaka!
If you have an idea you want to grow, have a look at the accelerator opportunities below. Be aware that they’re all closing in the next two weeks. Apply now before it’s too late! Know of any upcoming Toronto or Canadian accelerators, incubators, grants, or funding deadlines coming up? Let me know via ‘Suggest a link’ at the top and bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
As millions of Canadians struggle to pay for today, save for tomorrow, and plan for the unexpected, they need help to better their financial lives. IFH Lab is a six-month program for early-stage startups designing real solutions to the most pressing financial health challenges Canadians face, particularly those most financially vulnerable. Selected startups receive access to mentorship with personalized guidance from founders, financial services executives, investors, and experts in financial health. Startup teams will also join a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs, exchange best practices, and get access to a broader network of investors and partners.
Today’s investors care about more than profitability; they care about social innovation. That’s why we offer a highly specialized six-month program that grows ecommerce startups into high-potential titans – but we don’t stop there. We teach you to consider social impact at every step, so your business is profitable and meaningful. Why should you have to choose? Participants get exclusive access to mentor network of successful founders, executives and subject matter experts, one-on-one coaching, fundraising professionals, and the reach of our Elevate platform. Be part of a program where boosting female founders and members of underrepresented groups is top of mind.
The events of this past year have created incredible challenges for all entrepreneurs, with studies showing that women in particular have been hardest hit by the global pandemic. This year, it’s more important than ever to elevate the women entrepreneurs and founders in our communities who continue to invest it all, demonstrating remarkable resilience and innovation in the face of all obstacles. It’s time to recognize their work in front of a national audience, and a nomination is the first step. If you know a Canadian founder that deserves some recognition, nominate her.
Have a great week, and stay well!