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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Who will be the next Toronto narwhal?

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Naturally, this week's top news is Wealthsimple rai
Issue #22  •  October 19  •  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! Naturally, this week’s top news is Wealthsimple raising $114M in venture capital, possibly moving the Toronto-based online investment management service into unicorn territory. Congratulations! Which will be the next Toronto startup to sport a horn? (Or tusk, if we’re talking narwhals.)
Want to transform your idea into a narwhal? If you identify as a Black founder and have a business idea which solves a problem using innovative technology, you might be interested to know that the DMZ Black Innovation Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for its bootcamp. See below for more information on this opportunity, which ends on Sunday.
Finally, if you’re in need of inspiration or ideas for growing your business — or are thinking of starting one — Canadian Business magazine has a few articles on Canadian companies, startups, and entrepreneurs who are thriving. It’s part of the magazine’s Growth List 2020. Few of these are tech companies, but their approaches could still apply:


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.
The Black Innovation Fellowship Bootcamp is a six-week program designed to support very early-stage Black tech founders around the world. The bootcamp aims to help founders validate their business ideas and market opportunity, as well as build their first prototype and MVP — with many of the benefits of DMZ’s core programming. You’ll also get exposure to domains critical to building a venture: sales, marketing, operations, technology, finance, leadership and more. Upon completion, startups get a chance to fast track their application to our core Black Innovation Fellowship Program.
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

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Monday
CIX 2020 Digital Summit presents an online interactive platform for tech founders, CEOs, funders and advisors to connect virtually. This year CIX will span over three days and feature curated startup presentations, keynotes and panels with industry leading executives, as well as focused networking opportunities designed to foster new connections and provide forums for dialog. CIX’s ultimate goal is powering new deals. CIX is the ‘must attend’ event to connect with Canada’s most promising startups.
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Tuesday
Raising capital for their startup is the number one concern of founders. In fact only 0.05% of startups receive VC funding, what happens to the 99.95% who don’t? With equity crowdfunding the rules have changed allowing startups to take their funding into their own hands. In this session we talk about the misconceptions, secret, and the things you don’t know or haven’t considered about equity crowdfunding. 

Every week, an early-stage founder will share their pitch deck and over the course of the episode, Alex Norman will give his unfiltered feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to be improved. Both our founder and the audience will leave with valuable insights on what investors care to see in a pitch, which metrics matter, and how to share your business’s story in a way that resonates. Halfway through the episode, YOU will get to sit in the investor’s chair and vote on whether or not you would invest.
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The Founder Institute (FI) is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. In this online event you’ll see presentations from the most recent batch of Silicon Valley and Toronto entrepreneurs. Learn about the companies you’ll read about tomorrow, and ask founders questions via live Q&A. Angels, venture capitalists, media, mentors, and anyone interested in startups are invited to attend and connect.

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.

Looking for a project or potential co-founders? Want to join an early-stage startup? Join our live chat to meet our members. This is ideal for networking, meeting team members, potential co-founders, beta users, and connecting with opportunities.

Wednesday
Every new business starts with an idea. This interactive workshop will help you with a step-by-step overview of what you need to do to make it happen. This session is designed for those looking to start their own business, but don’t know where to start. We’ll help you start pulling together the things you’ll need to get your business started.

Utility and design patents can be powerful and complementary tools in building a valuable IP portfolio. Utility patents protect how a product is used and functions, while a design patent protects how it looks. Join patent agent and engineer, Jeffery Slater, to learn how functional and aesthetic innovations can be protected through these patents and increase the value of your company’s IP portfolio. This webinar is tailored to mid-to-late stage startups and growing businesses.

Do you have an early-stage venture and are looking to develop a better understanding on how to pitch your idea to investors? Join EDGE alongside professionals and subject matter experts in a panel-style conversation about different methods that startups & social enterprises can use to deliver a successful pitch to investors and raise capital. Each panelist will share their breadth of experience from various points on the investment continuum.

Startups in the 6ix is a one-of-a-kind event looking at how innovative new startup technologies fit against the backdrop of the greater health system we have in Ontario. We will be featuring health tech companies in Toronto as well as top health system leaders. We will explore how the Toronto healthcare ecosystem inspires connection between renowned health service providers and startups.
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Thursday
Design and construction technology has great potential to address the challenges that lay ahead; the pandemic has only accelerated the shift from traditional technologies and methods to data rich platforms and systems that drive productivity. Emerging technologies are disrupting traditional methods, helping to reduce environmental impact, contributing to the bottomline, and are supporting circular processes leading to a new innovation economy. This session will showcase the most innovative startups and entrepreneurs, and how these innovators are delivering game-changing solutions for the building and infrastructure industry and changing how we will do business in the future.
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Understanding your market is more important, and more challenging than ever. Consumer behaviour and demand is changing at a rapid pace and it can be difficult to know where to start. Join Gartner Chief of Research, Chris Howard, as he discusses how startups can put Gartner trends and insights to use in their market research and planning. UofT startups will share their business and market research uncertainties, followed by a Q&A.

Join us as we gather online to discuss the future of tech, including how innovative tech is enabling the future, what kind of pivots are happening in the work environment, and the lessons being gained in the changing landscape of the pandemic. Tech professionals and enthusiasts will be inspired as they listen in on our highly knowledgeable speakers: industry thought leaders and influencers in this exciting space. Join our rapidly growing tech community and get the real scoop on innovation that’s happening now!

Having a strong and dedicated founding team is a key pillar to building a successful company, but how exactly do you create one? Join us in hearing Shane and Derek, the founders of Founded, a legal automation platform for businesses and lawyers, and how they went from colleagues and friends to co-founders and finding the right partners to lay the foundation of a fantastic team.

Friday
Innovation starts with an idea — your idea. Are you developing your idea into something tangible such as building a brand for your business or creating a product to sell? Then you need to know about intellectual property (IP). This seminar will introduce you to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial designs and copyright, and explain how protecting your creations through IP rights can give you an advantage over your competition.

With today’s shift to digital, establishing a positive image and creating a personal brand is as important as ever. For entrepreneurs trying to make a name for themselves, this is even more important. Join Startup Canada on Twitter where we’ll discuss the need for a strong online presence to make sales and gain loyal customers.

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.
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Saturday
Looking for cofounders or collaborators for your startup, or looking to join a team?We’ll match you with other members of the community with curated networking. You’ll get to know potential collaborators and pitch your idea/startup to an intimate and supportive group. This is a great opportunity to find people who have a passion for your startup’s mission or a founder who shares your values and is looking for their team or someone with your skillset.
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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