Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! The pandemic is on the rise and winter is coming. The coming months will test everyone’s resolve, and the hardest hit will be those of limited means. How can your startup help? Monetary donations to shelters and aid groups is one option, as is donating time and company resources. What if your startup is tight on cash, time, and capacity and you still want to give back? Have you considered an equity donation? The Upside Foundation
Your startup might be short on cash now
, but in a few years — who knows? An IPO or acquisition might be in your company’s future, and then you’ll be flush, right? The Upside Foundation
hopes so too. It takes donations of stock options, warrants, or personal proceeds and gives them to charity once your company can honour them, either by going public or through an acquisition. Your startup can join at any stage
in its lifecycle and choose the charity your team wants to benefit.
Join Upside before November
and be a part of their Winter 2020 Member Cohort. So far 130+ Canadian companies have pledged to support a charity through Upside.
If you’re a student in a Canadian school or university, and have an idea or startup that you want to take to the next level, check out the opportunity with Next 36
below. Deadline is Wednesday!
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.
Next 36 accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurial undergrads and recent grads from coast-to-coast. This program supports entrepreneurs and their ventures by providing mentorship, access to investors, a phenomenal peer network, and unparalleled entrepreneurial education from a world-class faculty. Whether you have a pre-existing early stage startup that you want to take to the next level, or have an idea that you want to turn into a reality, Next 36 can help. Next 36 accepts undergrads, masters students and recent grads from schools across Canada, from any academic discipline.
The Scaleup Bootcamp Program is a market validation program supporting startups to evaluate their real possibilities to enter the North American market, validate business model and other assumptions. This is the first stage in the LatAm Startups program.
Entrepreneur First is the world’s leading talent investor. We invest time and money in the world’s most talented and ambitious individuals, helping them find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. Twice a year we select up to 100 people to join our program. The first part of the program focuses on finding the right co-founder, and developing your idea. We call this Form. The second is called Launch and helps you grow your company — with investment from us — culminating in a demo day in front of the world’s best investors.
With another Demo Day done, it’s time to start forming the 2021 cohort for Techstars Toronto Accelerator. Apply today. If selected, over the course of three months your team will gain access to funding and dozens of mentors — individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. These experts are matched to your needs, and are committed to contribute to your long-term success. Once you complete the program, you’re not on your own. You’ll still have access to Techstars resources, with its worldwide network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and alumni.
Have a great week, and stay well!