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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | June 2021

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startGBC Entrepreneurship Discovery Summer Camp


The Summer Camp connects George Brown College students and alumni looking to build a business or social enterprise – with advisors who offer valuable guidance. So, if you are a GBC student or alumni member and looking to build a business or social enterprise, then join us for this free 1-week intensive program. The camp will operate between Monday, August 23, 2020, and Friday, August 27, 2021.


startGBC Summer Camp 2021


Indigenous Economic Development

During June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month, commemorating the history, heritage, diversity, and contributions of Canadians who identify as members of the Indigenous community. startGBC is highlighting the Economic Development Fund for Indigenous entrepreneurs. This fund provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities, and organizations.


Wellpreneur_Wellness Resources


OUT for Business | Youth Entrepreneurs


June is Pride Month, where Canadians who identify as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community are celebrated. If you are an LGBT+ entrepreneur (between the ages of 18-39) with a registered business, CGLCC’s OUT for Business initiative can provide you with the support and guidance to grow your business. This nationwide program supports a select group of LGBT+ youth entrepreneurs each year.

GBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College


Janine Kwok Headshot & Auto Logo


For June 2021 entrepreneur spotlight, we are yet again proud to feature one of the finalists of the annual Pitch It! GBC competition hosted by startGBC. Meet Janine Kwok, the founder of AUTO.

Janine Kwok has a degree in Design from OCAD University majoring in Illustration. And she's a recent graduate of the Design Management Program at George Brown College.


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


"It is important to remember at the end of day, not everyone is going to like you, agree with you or even support you. But as long as you are true to yourself and confident in what you do, no one will ever stand between you and success." - Janine Kwok

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Small Business Accelerator-Spring 2021


Rock My Business Plan

Want to turn your idea into a successful business? You’ll need a business plan – and that’s where Futurpreneur and RBC Future Launch’s Rock My Business Plan workshop can help. Join a Futurpreneur Entrepreneur-in-Residence to learn how to turn a great idea into a successful business plan.

Date & Time: Mon, Jun 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Launchpad Learning | Jewellery Entrepreneurship


Jewellery Entrepreneurship


Are you a jewellery designer, artist, craftsperson or creative thinker who dreams of turning your passion into a business? Take all that vision and talent and put it to work! This 3-part series course breaks down the steps necessary to turn your creative concept into a thriving jewellery business built to last.


Date & Time: Wed, Jun 9, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar


Legal Bootcamp

Enterprise Toronto is bringing series of webinars and workshops for entrepreneurs. The “Legal Bootcamp: How to Start & Grow Your Business” is your opportunity to learn about the basic legal issues of your business.

Date & Time: June 16, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Remote Work Strategy Course

Remote Work Strategy Course

This course is your opportunity to think strategically about what matters to your business the most & to develop a sustainable plan for any or every part of your business, so you never have to feel unprepared again.

Date: June 21, 2021

BITS Summer program

BITS Summer Program


Business in the Streets is a community-focused, registered charity, providing practical mentorship and business training for young people. The intake for their 8-Week Virtual Summer Programs is now open. Programs commence on Saturday, July 17, 2021.


Deadline to Apply: June 25, 2021

Early Stage Startups Program


Early Stage Startups Program


The Early Stage Program is an ongoing program with several enrolment and application opening times throughout the year, supporting entrepreneurs at an early stage of their businesses to develop their business model and provide mentorship.


Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2021

Innovation Challenge & Funding Opportunity

George Brown College

Inclusive Respirator Challenge

Inclusive Respirator Challenge

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is seeking the design & production of an inclusive respiratory protection option that can be used by police officers who have facial hair for religious, cultural, medical &/or gender identity reasons. An innovation in this field would address systemic barriers faced by Canadian first responders.

Deadline To Apply: June 9, 2021

Black Entrepreneurship Program

Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. It will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

Deadline To Apply: June 30, 2021

BMW Sustainability Challenge

BMW Sustainability Challenge

German automotive manufacturer BMW has set an ambitious CO² reduction target by 2030 involving all aspects of the corporation’s products and operations. A key factor in achieving this target is the integration of latest technologies and solutions originating from the global start-up community. Selected applicants will be invited to pitch to BMW on July 22.

Deadline to Apply: June 28, 2021

Inclusive Design Challenge_Access to Work

Inclusive Design Challenge

The first innovation challenge seeks solutions that support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities. Priority areas identified by the disability community in this area include bias, disclosure of disability, and the limitations of a “one-size-fits-all” recruitment process.

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2021

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