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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | September 2020


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startGBC Women Entrepreneurship Week




George Brown College is proud once again to be an official collaboration partner in the celebration of women entrepreneurs around the world during Women Entrepreneurship Week. From Monday, September 21, 2020, to Sunday, Septemeber 27, 2020 startGBC will be hosting online events to help promote entrepreneurship to current students and alumni, as well as celebrating amazing George Brown College alumni women entrepreneurs as they share their stories.




Creating a Social Media Campaign


WEW Lunch & Learn


Could you craft and create different social media campaigns with better targeting? Join this session to gain some tips and insights on creating targeted content that will fuel engagement with your followers.


Date & Time: Sept 21, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.



WEW Cashflow Forecasting


WEW Lunch & Learn


Raising finance isn't easy and being able to create a good cashflow forecast is so important to help raise funding. Julia Wood from Futurpreneur will help guide you through this tool.


Date & Time: Sept 22, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.



You the Brand Lunch and Learn


Everybody has to think about their personal brand, being aware of how others view you, but being a women entrepreneur can add even more pressure. Nesh Pillay will chat about her experiences and provide guidance on how you can craft your personal brand.


Date & Time: Sept 23, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.


WEW Incorporating your business


Thinking about being an entrepreneur? Already operating a business but haven't incorporated? Come join Debora Pinkus from Oziel law as she gives guidance on some of the aspects you should be aware of and consider before incorporating.


Date & Time: Sept 24, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.



WEW #WhyNotMe Women Entrepreneur Panel Discussion


As we finish our week dedicated to women entrepreneurs, what better way than to celebrate with George Brown College alumni women entrepreneurs as they share with you their amazing journeys.


Date & Time: Sept 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.



Alone Across the Arctic


Support George Brown College alumni entrepreneurs! After a cinema release date delay, we are pleased to promote Director Francis Luta's latest film release "Alone Across the Arctic" playing from Sept 28, 2020


Date: Sept 28, 2020

GBC Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight

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Quest Atkinson - COCO XO Chocolate


As we enter September and a month to celebrate fantastic female George Brown College alumni entrepreneurs, we are so proud to be spotlighting the incredibly talented artisan chocolatier Quest Atkinson, founder and creator of COCO XO Chocolate. We recently caught up with Quest, so check out the interview.


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


EMBODY YOUR WHY. You might have heard it said before, but it's worth mentioning again, "People don't buy your product, they buy your story." Knowing your 'why' and ensuring your business is aligned with it, is the best possible thing you can do for your business. It keeps you anchored and helps you to remain true to the people you're serving.

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Cyber Monday


Gorgias Black Friday

Do you sell online? This is going to be a holiday shopping season like no other. Join a Gorgias discussion panel on the trends predicted.

Date & Time: Sept 18, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.


SheEO Global Activation Event


SheEO Global Activation


You'll learn about SheEO's unique model for funding and supporting women working on the World's To-Do List, SheEO global impact to date, and how you can get involved.

Date & Time: Sept 15, 2020 - 7 p.m.


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TechTO Together

TechTO continues with monthly sessions. Hear inspirational stories and learn practical tips from tech innovators who dreamed, struggled, and persevered.

Date & Time: Sept 21, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.





The goal of shopHERE powered By Google is to build and optimize online stores for small independent businesses and artists in just a matter of days. Learn more in this workshop.

Date & Time: Sept 17, 2020 - 11:30 a.m.

Competitions & Funding

George Brown College

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Coopérathon 2020


Coopérathon returns for another year of exciting opportunities for you to demonstrate that you are a passionate problem-solver!  

$100,000 in prize funds are at stake but perhaps as important is the amazing mentor support offered to all participants.  


Register Before: September 29, 2020


Apex Business Plan Competition


Business Plan Competition


The University of New Brunswick's International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre is proud to host the annual Apex Hybrid Business Plan Competition.


Register Before: December 10, 2020

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QEC 2021


Queens Entrepreneurs Competition is back and preparing to launch. Applications must be in by October 9, 2020. $80,000 of prize are up for grabs, but also invaluable mentorship time from key industry and finance people. Enter today to help fuel your business growth.


Register Before: October 9, 2020


Activate Vaughan




Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge is calling on entrepreneurs to advance a technology-enabled healthcare system by presenting solutions.


Register Before: October 2, 2020

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