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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021| startGBC | Week-long Events & Discussions


startGBC Global Entrepreneurship Week


Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 | Once again, George Brown College is delighted to be an official delivery partner during Global Entrepreneurship Week. During this week we will be celebrating George Brown College Alumni Entrepreneurs. We are staging a number of events to help provide guidance to current George Brown College students and alumni, to build on their entrepreneurial journeys or foster the development of an entrepreneurial mindset.


Getting Started With Shopify - Nov 10, 2021


Getting Started With Shopify

Shopify will grow with you from Day 1. When you start your Shopify store, you have access to enterprise level software when you’re first starting out. Whether you’re starting a side hustle or planning to build a million dollar business, Sam Woods will walk you through on how to use get started with Shopify.

Date & Time: Wed, Nov 10, 2021 – 4 p.m.


HST Requirements


HST Requirements

Ali Ladha is a finance professional with 12 years of experience. Vertical CPA is his accounting & advisory firm. Their services range from helping with budgeting, forecasting, & business modelling. Learn from Ali how & when to do HST Registration and the regulations surrounding the process.

Date & Time: Thu, Nov 11, 2021 – 12 p.m.


Shared Experiences: Fundraising


Shared Experiences: Fundraising


Pranjal and Dom are George Brown College Graduates who recently raised funds for their businesses. Pre-seed of $35,000 and a Kickstarter Campaign of $25,000 respectively – fully funded within 16 hours! Join Dom and Pranjal as they share with you all the avenues explored and how they finally achieved their funding goals.

Date & Time: Fri, Nov 12, 2021 – 9 a.m.


startGBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Panel


startGBC #WhyNotMe Panel

Do you have a passion that you are thinking about turning into a business? Come and engage with the panel as they give insights into their unique journeys as they have created dynamic businesses and individual brands. You will get to ask industry and business related questions towards the end of this session.

Date & Time: Fri, Nov 12, 2021 – 12 p.m.


Digifest Toronto


Digifest 2021

Digifest returns virtually on November 19 to explore the concept of Phygital, connecting the physical and digital spaces at the intersection of arts and culture. Teaming up with Italy’s MEET Digital Culture Centre, Digifest will feature creative leaders from the interactive media, music and interdisciplinary design sectors.

Date & Time: Fri, Nov 19, 2021


Thanks to startGBC's Partners for GEW


startGBC's GEW Supporters

As ever, we give our sincere thanks to our amazing mentor advisors facilitating the events during the week. They bring outstanding industry and start-up knowledge that will deliver benefits to all those who attend events. All events this year will be online, but expect outstanding support for entrepreneurial growth.

Date & Time: Nov 8 to Nov 12, 2021

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Karen Barbalat & Alex Herber Headshot & Boundless Bar Logo


We celebrate our entrepreneurs year long, and in spirit of this special feature of GEW we present a power duo of Alumni Entrepreneurs.

We are proud to introduce – Karen Barbalat and Alexandre Herber. Alex and Karen are the Co-Founders of Boundless Bars.

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


"Be unapologetic in the pursuit of your vision, take calculated risks, and be persistent." - Karen Barbalat

"Just do it, ask questions, build your network, immerse yourself into whatever it is that you want to do - you'll find your path. Trust your gut & know that bad days happen, learn from them & keep going." - Alex Herber

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Earth Tech


Earth Tech

Earth Tech is open to early-stage startups and nonprofit social enterprises working on climate and water tech solutions and seeking product-market fit, anywhere in Canada. Are you an early-stage cleantech entrepreneur or know someone who is? Recruitment for the Earth Tech 2022 accelerator is now open.

Apply By: Sun, Nov 7, 2021

Leveraging Your IP Strategy

Leveraging Your IP Strategy

In collaboration with Bereskin & Parr LLP, Zone Learning at Ryerson University is hosting a second Workshop in our Inventors & Innovators series. If you are developing, or planning to develop innovative products/ services, attend the session & book a consultation to develop your IP Strategy.

Date & Time: Nov 9, 2021, 10 AM - 11 AM

Legal Bootcamp – How to Start & Grow Your Business


Legal Bootcamp – How to Start & Grow Your Business

Legal Bootcamp – How to Start & Grow Your Business webinar is for entrepreneurs early in their business venture. It will be helpful for those that haven’t launched yet, as well as those that have been in operation for under 3 years. After this seminar, we will have taken the mystery out of legal issues and will have provided practical solutions to directly implement towards your business.

Date & Time: Nov 10, 2021, 10 - 11:30 AM

How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business

How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business

ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.
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. With ShopHERE, businesses get to expand their selling opportunities into the online market.

Date & Time: Nov 25, 2021, 11:30 AM

Student Entrepreneur National Competition George Brown College


Cooperathon 2021


To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and advancing the Canadian economy.

The nomination deadline for the 2021-22 Student Entrepreneur National Competition is November 30, 2021.

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