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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | March 2020



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Attend Haste & Hustle 2020 with Promo Code from startGBC!


Haste & Hustle 2020 Poster

startGBC is proud to be a partner of Haste & Hustle 2020, where Sir Richard Branson will be live in Toronto! Haste & Hustle are providing all George Brown College students and alumni with a 15% discount code to attend this event!


The Fundamentals: Product Validation Workshop

Product Validation 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 will be covering Product Validation and go through the validation process so that you may assess if your product idea is viable.

Workshop Date: March 12, 2020

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Business Showcase & Network Fair

The Entrepreneurship Club is having a Business Showcase & Network Fair. It will have opening speeches from experienced entrepreneurs Neal Lilliott & Lauren Gazen! All current GBC students are welcome to attend.

Event Date: March 26, 2020

Eat Play Mingle Event
Eat Play Mingle

Eat Play Mingle: An indie video game showcase for local developers & enthusiasts!

Featuring a keynote talk by an industry expert, independent developers with their latest games, local creators selling their goods, pizza & a safe place to meet new folks.

Event Date: March 7, 2020.

GDG Cloud Toronto – IWD Event

GDG Cloud Toronto –
IWD Event

Celebrate International Women’s Day with your Cloud Team. This event is open to all who support diversity and equity in our community.

Event Date: March 13, 2020


GBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight


Tom Cordeiro- eRenovate Headshot


March brings us spring and a renewed lease of life in the environment around us.  Traditionally this time also sees a lot of activity in the renovation sector, so what better time of the year to celebrate and showcase an entrepreneur who’s got your back when it’s time to renovate.Tom Cordeiro is the Chief eRenovator, who founded - a home-grown Canadian company that helps homeowners hire Bonded contractors.


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

Persistence. Run your own race. Be true to your vision. Don't get distracted by the ‘nay-sayers’. Be loyal to your Dreams. Enjoy the highs, learn from the lows. Celebrate your Achievements!


Upcoming Events


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TechTO Spotlight


How quantum computing will impact your business; TechTO Spotlight events recognize outstanding people, companies, and achievements in the tech industry.

This edition introduces key ideas in quantum computing and its importance for your business.


Event Date: March 26, 2020

sheEO World Summit March 9-10, 2020


SheEO Global Summit

The SheEO Community is gathering to co-create an action plan for change. Join us to experience the new models, mindsets and solutions.

Meet this cohort of Canadian and US Ventures selected for funding.Celebrate the impact the SheEO Community is having on the world!

Event Date: March 9 - March 10 2020


TruShield Insurance Workshop


Ask the Expert – Insurance for Small Business

Every business needs to consider insurance needs. Because one loss could derail everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Tony O’Brien of TruShield Insurance will discuss coverage options and answer your specific questions.

Workshop Date: March 27, 2020



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Ryerson STARTUP SCHOOL - How to Find a Co-Founder?

Finding the right people to help you plan, execute, and succeed is essential for success. In this event, two-time founder, Cristian Villamarin, co-founder and CEO of Flipd will lead a session about finding your founding team.


Workshop Date: March 5, 2020


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How to start a 'Food Business' Workshop

The workshop is being hosted by The City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division, delivered in partnership with Enterprise Toronto.

You will hear from Michael Wolfson,

City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture’s Food & Beverage Sector Specialist.

Event Date: March 9, 2020


Digital Main St. Poster

Web Presence Boot Camp

Building a website is just the first step in marketing your business online. 
In this workshop you’ll learn the various sources of traffic. And how to increase your web presence (and traffic!) through a combination of content, PPC Marketing, local business listings and basic SEO practices.


Workshop Date: March 17, 2020

Move the Dial

Founders, Funders and Friends


This women’s day, join #movethedial and Elevate to celebrate women. This is a breakfast event, with energizing keynotes and fireside chats. Above all, it will empower woman-identified founders, funders and leaders.


This event’s goal is to  inspire everyone to aim higher to position themselves for success. 


Event Date: March 3, 2020


B Corp 101 Workshop

B Corp 101 Workshop

B Corps represent a movement of entrepreneurs who are proud of their companies’ positive impact. Using a free, confidential online tool based on the B Corp assessment, you will learn how to develop novel metrics of success by measuring your company’s current impact

Workshop Date: March 10, 2020





MNP Future Leaders

MNP Future Leader Mentorship Program

MNP is a firm built for entrepreneurs, proud to support local business communities and young business leaders. They provide the advice and tools entrepreneurs need to succeed in a rapidly-changing business environment.

In partnership with key stakeholders who share our vision, we’ve created the MNP Future Leaders Mentorship Program.

It can be someone who is seeking to start a business, or is actively involved in an entrepreneurial enterprise.

Deadline for Proposals: Moday, March 23, 2020


Innovative Solutions Canada- Accelerate your journey to market poster

Innovative Solutions



Innovative Solutions Canada helps Canadian innovators. They do so by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings.

We have two streams with a combined funding of over $140 million. It’s dedicated to Canadian innovators who want to start, grow, and get to market.

There are challenges related to Plastics & Cleantech.
And also a variety of open funding opportunities.

Deadline for Applications: Varies from March 19 to April 23 2020


Support George Brown College Entrepreneurs!


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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 Andre Jones Design a small design firm founded by Brandon Andre Jones. The firm focuses on sustainability and environmentally friendly smart designs through creativity, technical skills, and CAD modeling. The firm is based out of Toronto, Canada


Visit Andre Jones Design at the Stackt Market between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday 30th March to Sunday 12th April 2020


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