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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | October 2022


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startGBC PITCH IT GBC! $10,000 Competition....


startGBC Pitch It GBC! Competition


Are you a budding George Brown College entrepreneur or social innovator? Here's your chance to pitch for seed funding to support scaling your idea or your business growth. With a total prize fund of $10,000 split between $5,000 for for-profit start-ups & $5,000 for social innovation organisations.

Submission Deadline October 17, 2022


startGBC Work-Integrated Learning Program


startGBC WIL Program

startGBC Work Integrated Learning Entrepreneurship Program might be the solution for you if you have considered starting your own business and are looking for an alternative work-integrated learning experience (co-op placement).

Deadline to Apply: January 9, 2023


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Design Jam 2022

startGBC Design Jam is accepting applications from any George Brown College student/recent graduate, who attended an academic program between November 2021 & October 2022 and looking to develop a robust entrepreneurial mindset.

Deadline to Apply: October 14, 2022

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Idil Asik_Rock-A-Toy


October hosts Women Entrepreneurship Week, and as a celebration of the week in 2022 startGBC has the pleasure of featuring an amazing women entrepreneur for this month’s spotlight – Idil Asik.

Idil started her business Rock-A-Toy when she was on maternity leave with her little one – selling unique, Montessori-inspired educational toys.

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


“Success only comes through action. NEVER ever make plans only, sometimes you need to make the plans later.” Idil Asik

Upcoming Events

George Brown College


International Innovation Day


Interested in solving problems that matter? Join the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship once a week between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to work with others to become a change maker.

Apply by October 6, 2022


FINTECH Drinks & Challenge


Join Fintech Cadence for their monthly FINTECH Hybrid Drinks event and also learn more about the exciting Fintech Challenge, a one-week competition starting October 21, 2022, with a prize fund of $12,500!

Apply by October 6, 2022

Queer Tech

Queer Tech Monthly Meetup


This month's Queer Tech meetup will cover the huge subject matter of "Funding Your Queer Startup". Building a new business is hard, and funding your business is even harder, especially for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Register for an evening of great networking.


Deadline to Register: October 11, 2022

Women's Entrepreneurship Week

Women Entrepreneurship Week

As the world celebrates WEW 2022, join Montclair State University's live stream of women entrepreneurs who speak passionately about the barriers they have experienced in accessing opportunities, contacts, and networks to support them and capital!

Register by: October 19, 2022

Fast Start Pitch Competition



PITCH IT! is a student entrepreneurial competition providing the opportunity to pitch your innovative business idea to a panel of influential investors for a chance to compete for prize funds, as well as network with professionals, investors & entrepreneurs.


Deadline to Apply: October 23, 2022

OPN Pitch It E2E



PitchIt E2E is open to all startups at any stage looking to practice their pitch and get help from the OPN community! This virtual event provides a comfortable space for entrepreneurs to gain practical experience with their 2-minute pitch.

Deadline to Apply: October 27, 2022



Queen's University Entrepreneur Competition


The Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition (The QEC) is one of North America's largest international undergraduate startup competitions, awarding over $80,000 to startups each year plus mentorship, guidance and support.


Submission is Open Now. Application Closing Date: November 1, 2022

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