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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | January 2022


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Happy New Year from startGBC! Remember to Shop Local


startGBC Shop Local Program


As we enter the New Year, we would like to wish everyone a successful and innovation-filled 2022. startGBC continues to present "Shop Local", where we feature local businesses run by George Brown College entrepreneurs. Remember to shop local and support businesses and jobs in our community. Many feature special offers and deals for your consideration. We can all do our part by supporting them!



startGBC WIL


Work Integrated Learning Entrepreneurship Program

Are you looking for an alternative work-integrated learning experience? Have you considered starting your own business or social innovation entity?

The startGBC Work Integrated Learning Entrepreneurship Program might be the solution for you - starting on Jan 18, 2022.

Applications Now Open till Jan 10, 2022


startGBC BMC Competition


Business Model Canvas Competition 2022

The startGBC Business Model Canvas Competition. Created to help motivate and educate GBC student entrepreneurs/social innovators launch ventures, we invite current GBC students & recent graduates (Jan 2021 – Jan 2022) to apply. Competitors demonstrate their understanding via a 5-8 minute FlipGrid video submission for a chance at a cash prize!

Deadline to Apply: Sat, Mar 5, 2022

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Marina Stathakis Headshot & Damaged in Darkness Logo


Let's kick-off 2022 by celebrating the journey of Marina Stathakis, founder of Damaged in Darkness - a social innovation platform that raises awareness for mental health.

Damaged in Darkness is intended to be personable, relatable & transformative to their audience, as they provide their community with the agency to speak their truth.

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


"Always trust yourself, and rely on people that support you and give you proper constructive criticism. It might be uncomfortable at first, but discomfort is where true growth happens." - Marina Stathakis

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Enterprising Youth Plus


Enterprising Youth Plus

EnterpRlSEing Youth Plus is right for you if you are an aspiring entrepreneur aged 16 to 29 and you self-identify as having experienced mental health and/or addiction challenges.

EnterpRlSEing Youth Plus is a hybrid program that combines the accessibility and flexibility of online learning with virtual support and coaching.

Applications Open Now.

Date & Time: Starts on Jan 10, 2022



YCEO is an 8-week virtual business training that will help you understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and what to do in order to validate your idea. Through the program, you will receive relevant and hands-on business training materials and tools, peer mentorship for your specific business idea, Guidance on how to present your idea to business owners, guest speakers and more.

Apply By: Sat, Jan 15, 2022

Retail Accelerator Program (RAP) Information Session

Retail Accelerator Program (RAP) Information Session

The Retail Accelerator Program (RAP) provides economic recovery resources for main street small businesses in the City of Toronto impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. RAP is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Date & Time: Mon, Jan 17, 10 am - 11 am

Web Presence 101 – Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set


Web Presence 101 – Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set


Having a strategy for your online presence allows you to market your small business online so customers can easily find you. In this workshop hosted by the Toronto Digital Service Squad we’ll discuss the importance of getting your business online and where to start with developing your online presence.

Date & Time: Tue, Jan 18, 10 am - 11:30 am

Founder Fundamentals-How to Write a Business Plan


Founder Fundamentals-How to Write a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to any startup. It outlines the company’s vision and creates a road map that gives potential business partners an opportunity to gain deep insights into the startup. The fundamentals and techniques gained during the business planning process will allow a startup to plan, strategize, and assess risk all in one document.

Date & Time: Jan 18, 6 pm - 8 pm

Venture Catalyst Program


Small Business Accelerator | Access Community Capital Fund


The Small Business Accelerator (SBA) is a workshop series that will equip you with the tools you need to develop your business idea and plan. In the SBA program, you’ll:

Develop your idea and craft a business plan, receive coaching support to enhance your learning, network with other entrepreneurs and industry professionals, practice and refine your pitching skills and more.

Start Date: Feb 1st, 2022

TiE Quest 2022 Business Competition George Brown College


TiE Quest 2022

TiE Toronto has opened applications to the prestigious TiEQuest 2022 and is calling startups to apply. In its 17th year, we are pleased to announce that this year we are offering 2 separate tracks for TiEQuest 2022 – Medtech and Regular tracks. The winner takes home a cash prize of $25,000, $15,000 in kind prizes and the opportunity to receive $100,000 in investments.

Deadline to apply: January 21st, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST

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