Looking to be inspired? Network or connect with like minded people? See below for a listing of events throughout our communities.

Free CRA Seminar: GST/HST Information for Small Business


Markham Convergence Centre, 7271 Warden Ave., Markham, ON, L3R 5X5

This free information session is directed towards Small Business Entrepreneurs; the purpose of the presentation is to provide a general overview of how the GST/HST impacts our business operations. 

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Markham Convergence Centre, 7271 Warden Ave., Markham, ON, L3R 5X5

Cost: No cost

Pre-registration required (space is limited): or go directly to the Online Registration link: – note: registration closes Wed Mar 11, 2:00pm

Launch YU Mingle


York University, The Underground Pub

LaunchYU Mingle is the York University’s monthly entrepreneurial meet-up held at the Underground (held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month). This is an informal event organized for everyone interested in entrepreneurship, to meet other fellow like-minded individuals, share their ideas and network with the wider community.

Write Your Own Provisional Patent Application


York University

Start up companies are invited to a hands on session on writing a Provisional Patent Application. Learn the basics, save money and meet industry leading patent professionals Andrew Currier and Robert Stratton of PCK Perry + Currier, Toronto.

Engineering the Future of GTA Transportation


Markham Event Centre, 95 Duffield Drive, Markham, ON L6G 0A8

The “Engineering the Future of GTA Transportation” symposium on March 25, 2015 is a premier opportunity to discuss future transportation in GTA and to interact with the leaders who will make world class transportation system a reality for GTA.

Organized by PEO York Chapter, this will be the single largest York Chapter event with over 500+ attendees across GTA from the engineering communities, transportation gurus and urban professionals.

2015 Canadian Global Impact Competition


York Region, ON

2015 Canadian Global Impact Competition

The Global Impact Competitions (GIC) are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next three to five years.

The submission deadline has been extended to March 8, 2015.

Meet Your Makers


George Brown College, The Green Building Centre, 1 Dartnell Avenue

Meet Your Makers

OCE Discovery


Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

OCE Discovery

Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. 

Garnering over 2,600 attendees and more than 420 exhibitors in 2014, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water.

Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion, knowledge-sharing and new perspectives. Networking opportunities feature key influencers from government, academia, industry and leading sectors.

Discovery facilitates the exchange of ideas and encourages new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through to demonstration and development. Creating a strong innovation economy is key to Ontario's future.

MEDEC 2015 MedTech Conference - Transformation Through Innovation


Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

MEDEC 2015 MedTech Conference - Transformation Through Innovation






The annual signature conference of MEDEC and the medical technology industry will take place on April 29 and 30, 2015 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto. 

Mobilize the Enterprise: Productivity, Profitability and Possibilities


Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON

Mobilize the Enterprise: Productivity, Profitability and Possibilities

The next 5-10 years will bring the largest disruption since the Industrial Revolution. The innovation that is occurring through the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way the world connects and businesses operate. It is essential that business leaders look at how new ecosystems of connected devices have the potential to increase their efficiency, reduce costs and enable people to make smarter decisions.

2015 MedEdge Summit


Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill

2015 MedEdge Summit

The 5th Annual MedEdge Summit returns on June 18, 2015, presented by the Town of Richmond Hill, ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York.

MedEdge is a catalyst for advancing life science ideas, connections and innovation into commercial success in York Region and the GTA’s life sciences sector. York Region is uniquely positioned in the MedTech environment as the place for clinical and technical innovation with a unique and collaborative life sciences ecosystem which provides ample market opportunities to bring effective and cost efficient solutions to market.

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ventureLAB was directly instrumental in us gaining a vast amount of experience and knowledge in all stages and phases of a start-up, starting with BUILD, to the series of excellent sessions from finance to launch, and the mentor program which has been critical in us reaching a number of organizations that helped Z3 Controls' growth. We had the opportunity to attend and talk to IP, trademark and copyright experts, as well as legal advice among other things. The opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and experts was most helpful. Looking back, I must admit that ventureLAB provided us with a series of seminars that covered all aspects of a fledgling company such as ours, with a seminal impact that was invaluable. It is exactly what a company like Z3 Controls needed to get us on the right track and perfectly align us with what we needed to go to market with and succeed. We will be forever grateful and indebted to ventureLAB and its fine people for guiding us and teaching us, mentoring us, at a time when we needed all the help we could get. Thank you ventureLAB.

John Zambakkides - Z3 Controls

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