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Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! The pandemic is on the rise and winter is coming. T
Issue #21  •  October 13  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
Techstars Startup Digest Toronto
Techstars Startup Digest Toronto
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! 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 can help.
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!
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.
Oct 14 - Next 36
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!
Ian Stevens ◦ ianstevens.ca
Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
Being your own boss can be both wonderful and overwhelming. You own your successes and your failures like no one else can. That’s why when you start your startup you want to know you can sustain yourself financially while your business taxis down the runway, and how to reduce your costs and break even before you take off. Join Startup Canada on Twitter where we’ll be discussing reducing startup costs and breaking even.

Join the Society of Women Engineers Speaks for another inspiring success story, this time with Lauren Lake. Lauren is COO & Co-Founder of Toronto’s Bridgit, and one of Forbes’ 30 under 30. Her career story is an example of how proactively identifying market gaps can lead to a multimillion-dollar business venture. Come listen to Lauren’s journey of being an entrepreneur in the construction tech industry.

This lively and interactive session has our panelists discussing entrepreneur and startup topics of the day. They face off against each other on 8 topics. This group rarely agrees and things will get heated! Get different points of view from founders who are living it everyday.

Thursday
Are you ready to take that step forward, to advance that great business idea that you’ve been thinking about. Are you holding yourself back? What will it take? Take the plunge and participate in the Hub’s annual UTSC Startup Competition. You could receive funding to support your proposed concept. Members also have access to our support network. Join us to help assess your state of readiness and to receive tips from other young women, including former winners of the competition.

Friday
Teamwork makes the dreamwork! Finding the right technology to manage your team, increase productivity and create flow at work will help your business thrive and keep everyone happy. On this #Startupchats you can learn, and share, the best technology and strategies for cohesive team management. Join Startup Canada for a live #StartupChats on Twitter as part of the #StartupWomen Program. We’ll be discussing “Technologies to Manage Your Team”.
Techstars Startup Digest Techstars Startup Digest Toronto is curated by:
Ian Stevens Ian Stevens - https://ianstevens.ca/
ian.stevens@startupdigestmail.com
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