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Posted in: Resources | Startup Programs | Government Incentives | Startup | Funding

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Innovation York Supports Local Innovators Through Research By Shannon L. Corregan Mar 23, 2018 Innovation York is finding new ways to support local innovators through access to research resources. This blog has written before about Innovation York’s entrepreneurship program, LaunchYU, but the Innovation York office also supports startup companies to develop and implement their passions wit...

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Aird & Berlis Assisting DDQIC Ventures with Strategic Legal and Business Counsel Partnership to enhance legal resources for startups By Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains Mar 20, 2018 DDQIC and Aird & Berlis LLP have entered into a strategic partnership, whereby Aird & Berlis will provide certain legal services to participants of DDQIC’s programs as well as advice that will help address some of the common legal issues facing startups and emerging businesses.

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Canadian Startup Talent on Display at 2018 Sci Innovation Competition By Shannon L. Corregan Mar 16, 2018 The submission period has closed for the Global 2018 Sci Innovation Competition, setting a new record for the number of submissions to the “Global Olympics of Innovation.” 2018 saw a 17% increase in overall submissions to the competition, with a total number of 1,460 global projects and 208 submi...

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Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award Winner Announced By Shannon L. Corregan Mar 09, 2018 Aird & Berlis is proud to announce that Senior Care Connect is the winner of the inaugural Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award. Senior Care Connect, founded by Kristal Lewis and co-founded by Taiwo McGregor, competed alongside finalists KPI Ninja and Lyofresh Technologies for t...

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Applications for Social Enterprise Pitch Competition Now Underway By Shannon L. Corregan Mar 05, 2018 Applications are now open for this year’s Social Enterprise Zone (“SEZ”) and Social Enterprise Pitch Competition. The Ontario Government, through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”), will once again be showcasing home-grown entrepreneurs at its Discovery conference in the spring of 2018.

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Harnessing the Power of Ideas: The Hult Prize Challenge By Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Nicholas Smith Feb 26, 2018 For the first time since its inception in 2009, the social entrepreneurship driven Hult Prize is coming to Canada. The annual Hult Prize Challenge, which has been featured by TIME Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World,” welcomes university students from around the world to solve ...

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Toronto on the Cutting Edge of Cryptocurrency Technologies By Shannon L. Corregan Feb 21, 2018 The Toronto City Council is seeking the public’s input on how the City’s commercial sector can better engage with cryptocurrencies. On Feb. 2, 2018, the City voted to engage in deputations between the public and the City Executive on March 19, 2018.

Posted in: Bitcoin | Cryptocurrency

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OMERS Enters Cryptocurrency Market By Shannon L. Corregan Feb 06, 2018 The entry of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System into the cryptocurrency sector represents a new development in the fintech market as larger and more established investors begin to consider how to best invest in this new technology.

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Toronto’s Reputation as Leader in Tech Sector Reinforced as the Lone Canadian City to Make Amazon’s Short List for HQ2 By Shannon L. Corregan Jan 23, 2018 Toronto region is the only Canadian bidder to have made the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters. Last week, Amazon announced the much-anticipated shortlist of candidates to be considered for the home of “HQ2,” Amazon’s newest base of operations. The e-commerce retailer entertained bids fro...
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2018 Sci Innovation Competition Builds Global Profile for Local Startups By Shannon L. Corregan Jan 15, 2018 Last week, Kathleen Wynne, alongside the Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations (CCSA) and the Sino-Canadian International Innovation Centre (SCIIC), announced the launch of the 2018 Sci Innovation Competition. The competition, which will take place on March 24, 2018, is the Toronto Divisi...

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Government of Canada Creates Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative By Shannon L. Corregan Dec 29, 2017 The Government of Canada has recently announced the creation of a Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI), which will invest over $400 million into the Canadian venture capital industry. The government has committed to a fund of $350 million, which will be matched by private sector investments...
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Government of Canada Launches Smart Cities Challenge By Shannon L. Corregan Dec 20, 2017 The Government of Canada recently announced the launch of the Smart Cities Challenge. This bold new initiative encourages communities to address local, everyday issues through the use of data and connected technology.

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New Venture Fund Provides Support to Female Entrepreneurs By Shannon L. Corregan Nov 22, 2017 The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) recently announced the first closing of StandUp Ventures Fund I, an initiative to provide financing and advisory services to female-led businesses and startups.

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Will the Arrival of HQ2 Be Good for Startups? By Shannon L. Corregan Oct 20, 2017 The hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters continues to dominate tech sector news. The e-commerce titan is planning to invest more than US$50 billion into the construction and operation of “HQ2”, and the project is anticipated to create approximately 50,000 jobs in the winning No...

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InnovateTO150 Shines Spotlight on the Country’s Best Student-Led Startups By Shannon L. Corregan Oct 12, 2017 InnovateTO150 is celebrating Toronto’s 150th birthday by shining a spotlight on some of the best student-led startups from across Canada. Innovate TO150 is a collaboration between the City of Toronto and OCAD University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and York University. Together,...
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Aird & Berlis Supports York University Startups with Annual Award Sep 26, 2017 Aird & Berlis recently announced that it had committed to providing $100,000 worth of support to the next generation of top entrepreneurs coming out of York University’s AccelerateUP program. For each of the next four years, select companies in the AccelerateUP program will compete for ...

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Elevate Toronto Festival Showcases Vibrant and Innovative Tech Community By Shannon L. Corregan Sep 07, 2017 This week Toronto plays host to the Elevate Toronto Festival, a three-day tech festival aimed at showcasing the city’s vibrant and innovative tech community. Elevate Toronto was first announced in July, when leaders from Toronto’s corporate and startup industries joined with Mayor Joh...

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CSA Offers (Some) Clarification on Cryptocurrency Offerings and ICOs By Daniel Everall, Graham Topa and Jesse Waslowski Sep 05, 2017 Raising capital is crucial to business development. That is why cryptocurrency entrepreneurs have reason to be cautious following the recent Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) notice, which CBC has reported on.

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Toronto Ranks as Fastest Growing Tech Market in North America By Shannon L. Corregan Aug 29, 2017 The development of a highly-skilled labour market is key to success in the tech field. For that reason, Canadian entrepreneurs had cause to celebrate the CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, which ranked Toronto as the fastest-growing tech market in North America.

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Closing the Growth Capital Gap By Graham Topa Aug 10, 2017 One of the biggest issues small and medium-sized enterprises face is the lack of funding to help facilitate growth. In response to this, Canada’s leading financial institutions announced this past spring that they are creating a Canadian Business Growth Fund to help Canadian companies get t...

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Featured Interview - John Zupancic, CEO and Founder of Wriber Jul 28, 2017 We interviewed John Zupancic, CEO and founder of Wriber, to learn from his experience launching and running a startup in Ontario. Wriber is a technology company that helps brands and agencies create optimized content for their audiences. Its artificial intelligence helps users research and s...
Get Thee to the Accelerator: 2017 Edition By Daniel Everall and Matthew Helfand Jul 25, 2017 In recent years, Canada’s innovation landscape has grown to rival that of our southern neighbour. There are many reasons for this, including Canada’s highly skilled and highly educated workforce, relatively low corporate tax rate and strong academic institutions, and a market of ventu...

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Local Startup Program Attracts Global Talent By Lynn Tay Jul 10, 2017 Startup Source has covered the potential impact of Trump’s presidency on Canada’s startup space. A Toronto-based investment fund and accelerator, Extreme Venture Partners (EVP), is Canada’s latest to vie for global talent. In an active response to Trump’s travel and immigr...

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Canadian Government Launches Innovation Superclusters Initiative Application Process Jun 06, 2017 StartupSource has previously covered the federal government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which promised to inject $950 million into developing innovation “superclusters.” The government defines “superclusters” as geographical regions containing strong industrial clusters, or clusters th...
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