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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | February 2020



GBC News



startGBC is on the move to better support entrepreneurship!!


Relocation of startGBC Collaboration Space

Coming soon, a new home for startGBC at George Brown College St James A Campus, designed to help fuel entrepreneurship and innovation to an increased number of George Brown College students, alumni and community partners.  Exciting times ahead but please be patient as we transition our physical space.  But it's business as usual for our services so reach out to the team for support.  


startGBC Business Model Canvas


Business Model Canvas Workshop

Interested in entrepreneurship?

startGBC Fundamental Workshops are a good starting point. Complete all 4 & earn an electronic badge of participation. In this workshop we look at the Business Model Canvas as a vital tool for entrepreneurs and work through a case study.  

Workshop Date: February 13, 2020 - FREE


GDG Cloud Toronto Introduction to Lean SIX SIGMA


GDG Cloud Toronto

Hands-on Workshop session to learn Introduction to Lean SIX Sigma and basics of Data Analytics using Google Cloud Platform.  This workshop is for Beginners who want to learn concepts of Lean SIX Sigma and basics of Data Analytics using Google Cloud Platform.


Workshop Date: February 22, 2020

GBC WWF Designing Change for a Living Planet


WWF Canada’s Sustainability Hackathon - GBC TEAM

Be part of impactful change.  Join the George Brown College Student Team to participate in WWF Canada’s Sustainability Hackathon, Designing Change for a Living Planet. It's an opportunity to win a grand prize of $1200 grant to support an existing or new sustainability initiative.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2020


George Brown College Centre for Business Analytics Symposium


Business Analytics Symposium


On February 24, 2020, George Brown College’s Centre for Business will be hosting its first Business Analytics Symposium – An opportunity for organizations, professionals, and emerging leaders to learn, network, and engage in this emerging field.

Symposium Date: February 24, 2020


GBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight


Bio Picture of Alberto Richards


In this month of February, startGBC is happy to introduce you to a new venture that revolves around - philosophy. Ask A Philosopher by Alberto Richards came into being to make philosophy accessible to everyone, in Alberto’s words – ‘to unlock the ivory tower that philosophy has been locked into."


What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?


There are certain tasks that must be done in preparation (in starting your business). It’s important to not get “bogged down” in only doing prep-work. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to “get started” and have a very strict plan for when you are going to be done preparation and start public operations.


Upcoming Events


TechTO Logo


TechTO & MarketingTO


Networking is the tool for success!!  Come out and meet like minded people with a passion for shaping the future using tech!  These fun evenings never disappoint.


Events: February 10, 19 & 24, 2020

MaRS Discovery District Business Model Validation Workshops


Business Model Validation

Our five-week online course is designed to help emerging business leaders create a sustainable business model and develop a framework so that they can validate that model.

Next cohort begins on February 3, 2020.


VentureLab Minimum Viable Product Workshop


Minimum Viable Product Workshop

ventureLAB Advisor, Paul Rivett, will explain how an MVP is the fast track to business growth and attracting investment. Additionally, he will speak on how to plan your MVP for speed to market and rapid adoption.

Workshop Date: February 11, 2020



Ryerson Startup School Logo


Ryerson STARTUP SCHOOL - Legal Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs

Propel your ideas forward with practical, how to sessions, designed to support entrepreneurial growth.  Get fundamental entrepreneurship education on legal requirements.


Workshop Date: February 26, 2020



The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge


The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge

The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge is looking for novelnon-invasive, methods of detecting abnormalities in vehicle occupants’ physiology. $25,000 USD and opportunity to work with a global tech company.


Application Deadline: February 28, 2020



Black Arts & Innovation Expo 2020 Logo


Black Arts & Innovation Expo (BAIE) 2020 


BAIE is now 6 years old and this milestone will be celebrated at the York Mills Gallery. Celebrate exceptional students as they receive $5000 scholarships. Vote real-time for your favourite business idea and help an entrepreneur win a $15,000 Business Grant.


Event Date: February 29, 2020






Artscape Atelier Call for Artists


Artscape Atelier Call for Artists

Artscape Atelier and The Daniels Corporation are inviting local artists to submit proposals for the design, fabrication, packaging and delivery of welcome gifts. They are for over 1,300 new condominium owners at Daniels City of the Arts and DuEast Tower in Regent Park.


Selected artists will be paid $80/unit (gift) 


Deadline for Proposals: Friday, February 14, 2020


BAIE Business Grant


BAIE $15,000 Business Grant


Now in its 6th year, the Black Arts & Innovation Expo 2020 (BAIE) will operate on Saturday 29th, February, 2020 as part of Black History Month. Each year the Black Arts and Innovation Expo hosts an entrepreneurial competition to support and financially fuel a dynamic business.


3 finalists will be invited to pitch for the prize!


Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2020


BAIE Scholarship Competition


BAIE Scholarships


Apply now for your chance to be awarded a $5,000 scholarship that will support students in need of support.


Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2020


Solutions Canada Logo


5 New Challenges!


The National Research Council of Canada and the Communication Security Establishment are looking for solutions from Canadian innovators. Do you think you can solve these challenges? 


Support George Brown College Entrepreneurs!


D'Mila Logo


Come support a George Brown College Alumni Entrepreneur


startGBC is proud to be collaborating with StartUp Here Toronto in showcasing start-up entrepreneurs and are delighted to promote fashion designer Dylan Duduletz co-founder and creative director of D'Mila outerwear fashion designs.


Visit D'Mila at the Stackt Market between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday 4th to Sunday, 16th February 2020


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