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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | December 2021


GBC News

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Holiday Wishes from startGBC


Happy Holidays from startGBC


Season's Greetings from startGBC! We wish you a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for supporting our amazing George Brown College entrepreneurs - check out our entrepreneur showcase and remember to shop local!


startGBC Work Integrated Learning Entrepreneurship Program


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


startGBC Entrepreneur Bootcamp


startGBC Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Enroll in startGBC Entrepreneur Boot Camp to discover tools that can help support the growth of your skills to achieve an understanding of all the fundamental aspects required for a profitable business. The delivery of this program will take place in person. Starting from January 20, 2022.


Applications Now Open


Business Model Canvas Competition 2022


Business Model Canvas Competition 2022


The startGBC Business Model Canvas Competition. Created to help motivate and educate George Brown College student entrepreneurs/social innovators launch ventures, we invite current George Brown College students and recent graduates (January 2021 – January 2022) to apply, learn more about business models, value propositions and the business model canvas. Competitors demonstrate their understanding via a 5-8 minute FlipGrid video submission for a chance at a cash prize for your business!

Deadline to Apply: Sat, Mar 5, 2022


POCKETED_startGBC Partner


startGBC's Partnership with Pocketed


StartGBC partner, Pocketed is a powerful grant matching platform designed to do all the heavy lifting for you. The grant platform is completely free to use and makes grant funding more accessible to every business owner. Impactful funding, right in your back pocket.

To qualify for special partner incentives, use the following steps:


1. Visit the link below in the description box

2. Apply referral code STARTGBC

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Lizelle Marpa Tucci Headshot & Logo


December 2021 is here, and we have witnessed many pivots and shifts in business practices throughout this year. For this month’s Spotlight Entrepreneur – startGBC shares the journey of an entrepreneur who pivoted when she saw the need to change the direction of her work.

We are proud to introduce – Lizelle Marpa Tucci. Lizelle is a Registered Dental Hygienist, who is now a Mindful Mentor and a Writer of a Children’s Book.


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


“Collaborate with mentors.” – Lizelle Marpa Tucci

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Business Pitch Workshop – Presented by InStage


Business Pitch Workshop – Presented by InStage

This workshop will be a demonstration of the Business Pitch module. Participants can watch a virtual reality demonstration and actively participate in feedback. InStage is an opportunity to observe real people as they practice for job interviews, keynote presentations, press conferences, customer meetings, and much more.

Date & Time: Thu, Dec 9, 1 pm - 2:30 pm


Virtual Business Training | Bootcamp

BITS Boot Camp is here to help. The program works with emerging entrepreneurs to develop an actionable plan for existing businesses. Through the program, you will receive: Hands-on business training where you will explore such areas as business planning, marketing and sales, accounting, and start-up funding and financing.

Apply By: Fri, Dec 10, 2021

Women’s Business Accelerator Program

Women’s Business Accelerator Program

Join us to learn about a free business training program that will help newcomer women start profitable businesses. In the WBA 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 & much more!

Date & Time: Tue, Dec 14, 2 pm - 3 pm

How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business: Free Ontario Program


How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business


How an Online Store Can Boost Your Business: Free Program Funded by the Province of Ontario and corporate partners.

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. Businesses get to expand their selling opportunities into the online market.

Date & Time: Thu, Dec 16, 11:30 am - 12 pm

Business & Leadership Essential Certificate Program


Business & Leadership Essential Certificate Program

In partnership with the York University TD Community Engagement Centre, and the Schulich Executive Education Centre, we have launched the Business & Leadership Essential Certificate Program, a FREE 2-month virtual program designed for early-in-career Black professionals, business leaders, and entrepreneurs looking to quickly develop their business skills from top professors. No prior university or college credentials are required.

Deadline to apply: Dec 31, 2021

Venture Catalyst Program


How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business


Bring your business idea to the world.

The Venture Catalyst program is a free 6-week training and mentorship program that supports early-stage Black tech entrepreneurs in testing their start-up ideas and bringing a proof-of-concept to life. Program participants gain access to interactive online workshops, expert mentorship, peer support, and start-up resources to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Deadline to apply: Dec 31, 2021

Virtual Pitch ContestGeorge Brown College


Be.Build.Brand. (B3) Program Virtual Pitch Contest

Join the sixth annual Toronto Community Housing Be.Build.Brand. (B3) Pitch Contest. Come out and support the program's finalists as they pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win start-up funding towards their businesses.

Date & Time: Thu, December 9, 2021, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

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