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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | April 2022


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FREE Collision Tickets | Calling all George Brown College Students!!


Collision 2022_startGBC


Thanks to our amazing collaborative partnership with Collision, startGBC is pleased to announce the launch of FREE Collision Tickets worth over $600! Are you a budding tech entrepreneur or a student interested in how tech will change the industry? Sign up today for your chance to attend The Olympics of Tech & be part of the COLLISION 2022 Conference.

Entries must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
A valid George Brown College email address must be used, along with George Brown College Student ID#.



startGBC BMC Competition


Business Model Canvas Competition 2022

The startGBC Business Model Canvas Competition has been created to help educate, and motivate George Brown College students entrepreneurs/social innovators to launch ventures. We invite applications from current George Brown College students and recent graduates to participate.

Deadline To Apply: Sun, April 10, 2022




Global Goals Jam Canada 2022 | GBC Winners

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover is often associated with physical items, but two George Brown College students- Tanvir Singh Ahuja & Melric Rego won a sustainable development solutions competition by applying the four Rs to dark data. Tanvir is also part of the ongoing startGBC WIL Cohort.


Instage Partnership with startGBC


INSTAGE | startGBC Partner

Ditch the mirror. Prepare for your upcoming business pitch or presentation by practicing in a realistic virtual environment with a diverse cast of 3D characters. InStage is a cloud-based experiential learning tool designed to make it fun for students to build their career skills. After each practice session students receive a detailed progress report that shows their rate of speech, filler words usage (e.g. "umm", "like", "so"), volume, and much more.

Contact startGBC for sign-up link.




AWS | startGBC Partner

Amazon Web Services provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. Startups get access to the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS – including credits, training, and support. By joining the AWS Activate program through startGBC, you will be eligible for: $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years, 1 year of Business Support (up to $1,500), Opportunities to Qualify for Additional Credit.

Contact startGBC for sign-up process.

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Mike Swan_My Reference Canada


Mike Swan is the founder of My Reference Canada, Canada’s long-term solution for employment references. For April 2022 spotlight, startGBC has the pleasure to share with you Mike's journey into entrepreneurship and his aspirations.

My Reference Canada lets you avoid the awkward phone call to your former employer & collect & store your reference easily on the way out.

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


"You get what you settle for. So don't settle until you get what you want. And find a way to enjoy the process." - Mike Swan

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Young Entrepreneurs of the World (YEW)

Young Entrepreneurs of the World (YEW)

The upcoming 2022 Young Entrepreneurs of the World Conference will take place, as a virtual event, from April 19 to 21, 2022, with a primary focus to give students access to experts and ideas from all areas of life and from all business and entrepreneurial fields. The primary focus of YEW is to give students access to ideas, case studies, and peers with similar interests and most importantly a wide variety of experts with whom they otherwise may not have an opportunity to engage.

Tuesday, April 19 - Thursday, April 21, 2022

Interactive Virtual Investor Meet 2022

Interactive Virtual Investor Meet 2022

Come engage at Interactive Virtual Investor Meet 2022 & transform your investment decisions! DMP Beyond serves both investors and entrepreneurs by providing knowledge-building programs, startup related services, and growth capital. We believe that startup ecosystems are made stronger and more sustainable when ecosystem actors find meaningful and creative ways to collaborate. Get exposure to Early-Stage Tech Start-Ups
meet excellent companies & founders.

Date & Time: Sun, Apr 24, 2022, 11 AM

Summer Company 2022George Brown College


Start A Summer Company

Summer Company 2022 is a program of the government of Ontario that helps young people between 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice and services. The province’s Small Business Enterprise Centres in your community deliver the program. If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll receive: an award of up to $3,000.

Applications Open Until: May 31, 2022

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