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Techstars Startup Digest Toronto - Will the US moratorium on temporary visas be good for Toronto?

Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! As you've no doubt heard, the Trump administration
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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!
As you’ve no doubt heard, the Trump administration has extended its green card ban and put H-1B and other temporary work visas on hold. It’s unclear what this will mean for Canada and Toronto, but many are speculating a boom for Canada’s tech sector as highly skilled, highly valued workers pick Canada over the US. Should some start companies here, it could be good news for those who recently lost their jobs. It could also mean increased competition at a time when many are already looking for work. What do you think?
I recently read a great interview with John Rice, CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow in the States. Rice speaks of racism as not simply open discrimination and prejudice — something racialised people know all too well. Rice also outlines how to invest in your talent pipeline to recruit racialised people. Like oil companies and oil, tech and other companies need to invest money in locating racialised talent. He advises they “invest in cultivating that pipeline, find people of color, great, talented folks, and then find jobs for them.” After hiring those people, continue to support them with coaching, mentoring, and sponsorship. It’s a shift from most hiring practices, which may make some people uncomfortable. As I mentioned a few issues ago, progress won’t be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

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.
How She Hustles is excited to produce the 2nd annual Startup & Slay digital series featuring Canada’s diverse women entrepreneurs. Apply now to include your story about starting, sustaining and scaling your small business, despite these uncertain economic times. Winning entrepreneurs will be featured in weekly video chats during October’s Small Business Month 2020. We welcome applications from non-binary entrepreneurs while we work on a more gender inclusive framework for How She Hustles.

Have a great week, enjoy your holiday Wednesday, and stay well!
Ian.

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Monday
This webinar aims to increase the awareness of health and wellbeing for remote workers. The learning outcomes are enabling individuals to support their own health and wellbeing whilst working remotely. For leaders, this workshop will also create opportunities to support remote working team members with their health and wellbeing.

Tuesday
With normal practices out the window, companies are focusing their attention on survivability and liquidity. And yet, difficult times always present new openings for clear-thinking entrepreneurs. Each week, we’ll discuss how you can take advantage. Jared Gordon (AngelList, Faculty of Change) highlights the latest trends in innovation with a series of special guests.

Friday
In this workshop, participants are presented with a case study about hiring an employee, contractor or intern, and the major commonalities between all three. Participants are taught key insights into hiring agreements through the use of innovative, online contract drafting and learning tools.

Every week, TechTO’s Alex Norman interviews buzzworthy founders and investors. 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.

Saturday
This virtual discussion gives its audience insight into organizations & thought leaders integrating DEI using an intersectional lens in Toronto’s technology scene. You are welcome to cultivate perspective from Aisha Addo’s (CEO of DriveHer) response to COVID-19.
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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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