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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | June 2020


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startGBC Entrepreneur Discovery Summer Camp


The startGBC Summer Camp returns for 2020, but in a new format, online If you are a George Brown College student or alumni member and looking to build a business or social enterprise, then join us for this free 1-week intensive program operating between Monday, August 17, 2020, and Friday, August 21, 2020.  Designed to connect you with advisors who offer valuable guidance.  




Collision Tech Conference Free Student Tickets


Collision From Home Tickets


Thanks to the support from Collision Tech Conference we are offering FREE full pass tickets to any registered George Brown College student.  


Register by: June 14, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.


startGBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel


#WhyNotMe Panel 


Are you a budding fashion entrepreneur looking for motivation and encouragement as you start your journey?  Come and engage with 3 amazing GBC alumni entrepreneurs!


Date & Time: June 10, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.


startGBC The Fundamentals BMCWorkshop June 17, 2020


startGBC BMC Workshop


Join startGBC online as we go through the Business Model Canvas tool as part of the  Fundamentals program designed to help propel your business planning process.


Date & Time: June 17, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Hall of Justice Poster Recruitment


Calling 2SLGBTQ+ Students


Calling all 2SLGBTQ+ George Brown College students.  Brainstorm with other students and community activists and vote on new educational posters.


Register Before: June 5, 2020


GBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight

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Paul graduated from George Brown College in 1974 in Graphic Design and upon graduating moved to Ottawa to work in one the world’s first digital typography company. He is the co-founder of Umbra & CCO at

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

Entrepreneurs today are faced with more challenges than I faced when starting out. There is a ubiquity of good product design & services available today that didn't exist in 80s. Therefore the competition today is fierce and the chance of failure high. Entrepreneurs must have PURPOSE embedded in their projects. Purpose will differentiate you from competitors, attract dedicated employees & like minded customers. It'll keep you focused on your goals & will give you a better chance for success.

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Ryerson Startup School


Ryerson Startup School

Startup School returns for the summer season on Wednesday, June 3, to help support budding entrepreneurs learn entrepreneurial skills and collaborate with others.

Date & Time: June 3, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Clausehound Deal Prep


Clausehound Deal Prep


Ask the expert workshop.  Legal advice for businesses.  This weeks workshop will be on the all important customer agreement.  This session will be interactive.  

Date & Time: June 5, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.


InnovateHER 2.1 and 2.2


InnovateHER 2.1 & 2.2

Are you a budding women entrepreneur?  Join a series of workshops dedicated in supporting women entrepreneurs as they pivot their businesses during this time of change.

Date & Time: June 6 & 13, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

TechTo Together


TechTO Together


TechTO continues to support the tech community within the GTA with numerous collaborative events monthly.  Check out the next TechTO Together session.  

Date & Time: June 8, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.


BDC How to Adapt Your Business


How to Adapt Your Business

Businesses are dealing with major disruption at this time and new ways of working will be become the new normal.  Sign up to learn some tips for adapting your business.

Date & Time: June 15, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Digital Main Street ShopHERE Campaign




Digital Main Street and the City of Toronto have launched a new scheme to put businesses online.  Apply now for free support to helping you build your e-commerce.

Open Application Process


Collision From Home


Collision From Home


Register now for to be part of this years best tech conference in North America.  Over 450 speakers and 30,000 attendee's.  Collaborate with others in breakout lounges and learn!

Date & Time: June 23 - 25, 2020

Enterprise Toronto COVID-19 Support


City of Toronto COVID-19 Support

In response to the fast paced government support programs being introduced during COVID-19 the City of Toronto has created a dedicated page.  

Ongoing Support Process

Competitions & Funding

George Brown College

IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator


IBM Accelerator


IBM is looking for 30 early-stage fintech and healthtech startups from around the world to participate in its two-year accelerator program.  Financial support on offer.  Register before June 15, 2020  

Innovative Solutions Canada


Innovative Solutions Canada


NRC is seeking a smart digital exchange platform solution that will connect researchers, health providers, and solution providers with the appropriate expertise, materials, devices, and information to respond to COVID-19.

Support George Brown College Entrepreneurs!

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startGBC Shop Local Campaign


Please Shop Local & Support GBC Entrepreneurs!


These are uncertain times for everybody but in times of difficulties like these, we can all support each other in our communities.  Shop Local wherever possible.  We have compiled a list of GBC entrepreneurs who are open for business and ready to serve you.


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