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.
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!