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  • The Young Innovators Program Helps Youth Build Big Ideas! The FDS Young Innovators Program empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. We help kids uncover their passion, build prototypes and pitch solutions that bring meaningful change to the world. Students learn design methods and get hands-on experience building new business offerings. Read more
  • MEDEC 2017 Medtech ConferenceMEDEC's not-to-be-missed annual conference for the medical technology and healthcare industry. Attendees will hear from and engage with high-profile health system leaders and network with colleagues. This year's conference will once again play host to dignitaries and influential thought leaders from across various facets of healthcare and government. Read more
  • Apply to Dragons' Den 2017It’s time for all aspiring entrepreneurs to get their business pitches ready for a chance to be a part of Dragons’ Den’s incredible 12th season on CBC. Our producers will once again head coast to coast on the multi-city audition tour in search of the country’s best businesses in need of a Dragon investment.Read more
  • Women in Tech Mentorship Program - Find a mentor!Are you looking to get your start in tech or advance your career? As part of ventureLAB’s Women in Technology mentorship program, you’ll be matched with a superstar mentor to develop your skills, expand your networks and enhance your expertise.Read more
  • SproutSPROUT is a business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs to take their food ideas to market. The program is comprised of weekly seminars, lab time, panel presentations and mentorship and a final presentation over a 12-week period. Read more
  • Social xCHANGEThe Social xCHANGE is a collaborative event aimed at inspiring social innovation and social enterprise across Ryerson and the community. Ryerson partners with universities in our region and internationally to inspire students to explore, initiate and develop their ideas for change. Our theme for 2017 is ‘ Reimagining Canada, the Next 150’ to honour the sesquicentennial. An emphasis will be placed on environmental stewardship, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, youth engagement, and diversity and inclusion.Read more
  • Health Kick Challenge 2017On Wednesday, April 5 – day two of RESI on MaRS 2017 – the 3rd annual, invite-only HealthKick Challenge will be held at MaRS Discovery District. The event provides a chance for Canada’s top early-stage and emerging growth ventures in medical devices, pharma & biotech and digital health to pitch to global investors for the chance to win one of three CAD $20,000 cash prizes. Could you be one of those ventures?Read more
  • Health Ecosphere – Call for Submissions for Consumer-focused Health and Wellness ProductsTrainers Choice Sports Medicine is a manufacturer and national distributor of braces and supports, first-aid and health & wellness products, based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Trainers Choice has established distribution agreements with large retail customers including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws, Costco, Canadian Tire, London Drugs Rexall and Home Depot. More information is available at www.trainerschoice.on.ca. Read more
  • Markham Public Library Business Space and Focus GroupMarkham Public Library is currently in the process of planning a business centre space dedicated to co-working and helping entrepreneurs. This space will be located at our newest library opening in 2017, at the south east corner of Middlefield Rd. and 14th avenue in Markham, Ontario.Read more
  • 2017 Canadian Global Impact ChallengeAre you the next exponential leader of tomorrow? What is your big idea to improve the standard of living of 1 million+ Canadians over the next 3 to 5 years using exponential technology? Apply now!Read more
  • Embark Funding 2017Apply now! Ventures can receive up to $20,000 towards the cost of the Embark candidate’s salary. Embark Funding opportunity available now.Read more
  • Drive, a special program for startups offers $275,000* and exclusive access to an international networkBelron – global leader in windshield repair and replacement, now announces the offer of upwards of $275,000 CDN to startups looking to branch out internationally with its 2017 company accelerator program: Drive. In order to qualify, companies will have to present its solutions in client experience, employee engagement, insurer support or even digital problem solving.Read more
  • Proteus Innovation Competiton-Application due December 12, 2016Are you looking to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test and develop new networks, while competing to win $7,500? Then Proteus is for you!Read more
  • Toronto Enterprise FundWhether you’re looking to purchase new equipment, hire staff or grow your inventory, the Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund (MCOF) will support the expansion of early stage, high growth non-profit social enterprises by providing a hybrid form of capital.Read more
  • National Home Show 2017 Call for Expressions of InterestFor the second year running, ventureLAB in partnership with the National Home Show is developing an innovation pavilion for the 2017 event. Through this partnership we are able to offer booth space at no cost for any client of a regional innovation centre or ONE Network partner organization. The National Home Show has allocated a booth space for innovative companies with a focus on smart homes and innovative ideas. The show will run from March 10 to March 19, 2017.Read more
  • CDMN Outbound Soft LandingThe CDMN Soft Landing program offers qualified, mature startups and SMEs exposure to business opportunities around the world. Companies can utilize this program to open new markets, close international sales, secure investment and connect with new partners abroad. Successful candidates will receive up to $4,000 Cdn in reimbursable expenses to help offset travel and accommodation costs. Read more
  • Google Demo Day 2016Each year, Google Demo Day brings a diverse group of startups from around the world to Silicon Valley to showcase their technology and meet investors and mentors. If you are interested in pitching your business idea, Google has recently announced open calls for submissions. Read more
  • Future Design School Fall 2016The FDS Young Innovators Program empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. We help kids uncover their passion, build prototypes and pitch solutions that bring meaningful change to the world. Students learn design methods and get hands-on experience building new business offerings.Read more
  • Youth-led Technology Startup Pitch CompetitionThe IITAC International Conference is being held in Toronto on October 1, 2016 at Sheraton Parkway Hotel and Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario, in the greater Toronto area. Over 200 accomplished engineers, investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, and public officials are expected to attend the Conference. To celebrate and recognize emerging innovation and entrepreneurial talent, we are holding a Pitch Competition during the Conference.Read more
  • Blueprint: Affordable HousingApply now for Blueprint! Blueprint is an element of the communityBUILD program, is an annual two-day 'design lab' workshop utilizing human-centred design processes to address a social issue affecting York Region. In its first year, participants will be presented with affordable housing challenges and asked to design sustainable solutions to address one of the challenges.Read more
  • MaRS Discovery District launched the Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design ProgramventureLAB has partnered with MaRS Discovery District to deliver a unique new program; Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design is a unique program that offers healthcare-service providers something rare: the opportunity to participate in the development of technology tailor-made for them—solutions that address the particular problems they often face—and then actually procure these solutions.Read more
  • Global Leadership Program - Market Entry Strategies for the 21st CenturyThe Global Leadership Program (GLP) helps Canadian companies looking for a strategy to gain entry into a foreign market. A select group of Schulich MBA students under the supervision of the School’s experienced faculty are matched with another group of MBA students from one of our partner institutions in the target market or country to develop a tailored market entry strategy for the candidate company.Read more
  • Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)Created to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.Read more
  • The Refinery: Start Up and Venture Growth Boot Camp For Female Founders In AjaxThis unique three-day (Fridays, Sept 16, 23rd, and 30th) boot camp is designed specifically for female founders looking to lead the world by starting new ventures, or growing existing ones and who are looking for an opportunity to work in an accelerated environment which will help them vet and move their ideas forward fast.Read more
  • The Career Focus Green Jobs in Canada and Canada’s Bio‐Economy ProgramThe program leverages existing industry association partnerships and employer contacts to place 100 new post‐secondary graduates in green jobs within Canada and Canada’s bio‐economy.Read more
  • Health Ecosphere: Innovation Pipeline - Call for Expressions of InterestHealth Ecosphere: Innovation Pipeline is your opportunity to present innovative solutions to solve a specific healthcare challenge for leading healthcare organizations. The challenge: demonstrate an eHealth solution to manage pre- and post-operative educational screening and expectations.Read more
  • Cybersecurity R&D Challenge: Expression of Interest Deadline Tuesday, September 27, 2016Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), PROMPT and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to support industry-academic collaborative research and development projects through OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge Program. The program will support joint industry-academic partnerships in Ontario and Quebec, which address cybersecurity technology challenges leading to economic benefit for both provinces.Read more
  • The Town of Newmarket Announces Program Registration and Facility Booking Solution RFPventureLAB, the Regional Innovation Centre in York Region, has partnered with the Town of Newmarket to take an innovative approach of municipal software procurement. The Town is seeking a replacement solution for its online recreation registration and facilities booking system, to replace the current system which no longer meets the requirements of the Town.Read more
  • ventureLAB client One More Story Games is offering a video game summer camp in Barrie! One More Story Games is proud to offer its second year of summer camp programming for youth to learn about video game creation.Read more
  • CDMN Soft Landing Program Application Open July 21, 2016The CDMN Soft Landing program offers qualified, mature startups and SMEs exposure to business opportunities around the world. Companies can utilize this program to open new markets, close international sales, secure investment and connect with new partners abroad. Companies landing at a co-working space, accelerator or incubator will also have the costs associated with workspace covered for up to three months. Both the location and the specific landing facility are always determined by the company based on their business needs and market pull.Read more
  • The Youth Skills Connections Fund: Industry Partnerships program Deadline September 30, 2017The Youth Skills Connections Fund: Industry Partnerships program supports projects that solve skill gaps in Ontario’s priority sectors while developing young talent to meet those needs. The program funds partnerships between employers, training institutions (e.g. colleges and universities) and business development organizations (e.g. industry associations) to train Ontario youth aged 15-29 for the workforce. Read more
  • Health Technologies Fund Applications Now Open Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has just launched new Health Technologies Fund (HTF) fund that supports early evaluation, procurement and adoption of home-grown innovative technologies in Ontario's health-care system. Read more
  • Artrepreneur Barrie - Applications Open! Deadline August 7, 2016Become more business savvy and turn your passion into a sustainable business by applying to the Artrepreneur Barrie program!Read more
  • Embedded Executive Program Applications Now OpenEmbedded Executive Funding helps place a C-level or other senior-level executive with an Ontario-based technology venture to support achieving their next growth milestone. Ventures can receive up to $50,000 toward the cost of the Embedded Executive’s salary. Each recipient will also be required to contribute $15,000 cash (or 30% of amount requested) over the program’s six-month period. Read more
  • ASN™ Open Data ChallengeThink Data-Driven Education – The ASN™ Open Data Challenge, is a six-week challenge to build the best app that utilizes machine-readable curriculum data. Unlike a traditional hackathon, this challenge provides you the necessary time to build an incredible solution to address a specific problem. Read more
  • GlobalStart Pitch Competition Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will hold its first GlobalStart Pitch Competition at Discovery 2016, this year in partnership with KIGA Labs and the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED). Three Ontario companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an OCE GlobalStart award of $15,000 to help them access the first global market that they have identified. Similarly, three Korean companies will be jointly selected by KIGA Labs and KISED as finalists to compete for an equivalent award to be awarded by KISED.Read more
  • Aging2.0 Global Startup SearchAging2.0 is searching the world for the best aging-focused startups. Through a series of local pitch events, online voting + judging, and finale showcase featuring the most elite startups, Aging2.0 will crown an entrepreneur with the grand prize: cash, mentorship and an international spotlight.Read more
  • SEUS-CP 2016 – Gaining Competitive Advantage to Sustain Economic GrowthThe International Trade Branch is recruiting companies to participate in 9th Annual SEUS-CP 2016 Conference and B2B Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, May 26-28, 2016. The Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance is a strategic partnership between six states in the southeastern United States and seven member provinces from Canada. The Alliance was established in November 2007 and works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its members. Ontario is one of the Alliance members.Read more
  • Request for Proposals: Real Time Patient Experience System - Submit by April 6Southlake Regional Health Centre has issued an RFP for a real-time patient experience system. The goal is to develop a sustainable process to allow real-time data collection related to the Ultimate Hospital Experience.Read more
  • Applications are now open for the Social Venture PipelineThe Social Venture Pipeline is program of the communityBUILD initiative. It is a curated pathway for those ventures approaching launch into market and revenue generation consisting of a 4.5-month Accelerator program followed by a 3-month Incubator. Participants will be supported to move their businesses forward to launch through education, networking and mentoring provided by communityBUILD’s expert mentors.Read more
  • Markham 2020The City of Markham’s 10-year Economic Strategy – Markham 2020 | Markham's Global Future – was first adopted by Council in 2008. The strategy is a vision for the Markham of tomorrow and a set of plans to make that vision a reality.Read more
  • OBI Entrepreneurs ProgramThe Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) innovative initiative funds and supports scientists (e.g., neurotechnology, science or engineering) in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities to help establish neuroscience-related companies in the NeuroTech Ontario cluster. Read more
  • The Helderleigh Nutrition Application Fund The Helderleigh Nutrition Application Fund will make a total of $400,000 available over a four-year period for nutrition and health-related applied research projects conducted in partnership with the college’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and its food innovation and research studio.Read more
  • Metabridge Applications Now OpenAs a founder of a growing business, it's up to you to create the bridge to investors, clients and partners. We make that easier by putting them all in one spot and most importantly - making them accessible.Read more
  • Open Tech Call for Speaker ProposalsventureLAB, in partnership with Seneca College's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology, Seneca Business, Seneca HELIX and IBM, will be hosting four events in 2016 on the topic of Open Technologies taking place at the Seneca College Markham Campus. These events follow the success of the smaller scale monthly meetups hosted in 2015 and will continue to develop a community of early adopters and developers in York Region. Read more
  • Go global this spring: Soft Landing program accepting applications Jan. 29-Feb. 12Reduce the risk of entering a new market. Canadian companies looking to pursue business opportunities around the world can offset the cost of travel and workspace through the CDMN Soft Landing program. Applications are open Jan. 29 to Feb. 12, 2016. Travel must occur between March 1 and June 15. Companies landing at a co-working space, accelerator or incubator will also have the costs associated with workspace covered for up to three months.Read more
  • Dragons' Den 2016 now accepting applicationsIt’s time for entrepreneurs across the country to polish up their pitches to be part of Dragons' Den! This February our producers are hitting the road on a 35-city audition tour to find Canada's best small businesses in need of a Dragon investment.Read more
  • National Home Show Exhibitor CallventureLAB in partnership with the National Home Show is developing an innovation pavilion for the 2016 event. Exhibitor calls are now open. Read more
  • Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship - Apply by February 3, 2016Startup Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC) have partnered to present the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. The Fund invests in high-impact initiatives that advance the prospects of Canada’s globally-oriented, entrepreneur-led companies.Read more
  • Exhibitor Expression of Interest - Food Entrepreneurs: Growing Ontario Innovation One Product At A Time - Apply by January 30Georgian College, in partnership with the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and local municipalities and economic development partners, the County of Simcoe, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, are proud to present the inaugural all-Ontario conference Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time. Apply to be a Showcase Exhibitor by January 30, 2016. Read more
  • SUP-X: The Startup Expo - Apply by January 12SUP-X™ has teamed up with Startup Canada, the voice of Canada’s entrepreneurship community, to offer Canada’s best and brightest startups an exclusive opportunity. FIVE (5) spots in the upcoming SUP-X: Startup Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have been reserved specifically for Canadian entrepreneurs. Read more
  • Connecting with Venture CapitalistsWe are facilitating a full day of business pitches to a panel of Canadian and U.S. venture capitalists (VCs). This will provide an informal yet impactful opportunity for entrepreneurs to interact with top leading VCs.Read more
  • SmartStart Seed Fund Applications Now Re-openedThe SmartStart Seed Fund is an exciting new opportunity for Ontario's next generation of entrepreneurs to access much-needed funding to take their start-up to the next level. Open to young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29 and entrepreneurs from the age of 30+, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their start-up and make them investment and customer ready.Read more
  • CALL FOR INNOVATORS – YORK REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENTThe Regional Municipality of York is accepting bids on project: York Regional Sustainable Waste Management.Read more
  • Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch CompetitionPresented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).Read more
  • TiE Quest 2016TiEQuest contestants have gone on to raise Angel & Venture Capital financing worth over $40 million, grown their businesses significantly and have been acquired by leading international organizations.Read more
  • Google Launchpad DayLaunchpad Day isa one-day event where you will get the tools you need for your app to succeed in the Google Play Store. Expect talks, workshops, and mentorship from Google product experts, with a primary focus on Google Play Store success. You will master the new Android Marshmallow, learn to implement Material Design as a visual language, and discover the secrets of App Indexing. Read below for more details.Read more
  • ADP® to Award Six $10,000 Grants to Small Businesses in CanadaADP's popular Small Business Grant contest is back for a fourth year, with six $10,000 grants available to small businesses (up to 99 employees) in Canada. The contest opened for entries on October 1, 2015, with the first of six monthly voting periods beginning on November 1st. The final voting period closes on April 30, 2016. Six winning companies will each receive $10,000, plus up to $3,500 in waived payroll services for one year.Read more
  • GlobalStart Voucher Pilot ProgramThe GlobalStart Voucher Pilot Program is a nomination-based voucher program. It supports youth-led start-ups engaged with CLAs/OCEAs and RICs across Ontario that are targeting a market outside of Canada.Read more
  • Quick Fire ChallengeWe're Looking for Companies to Award One Year of Lab Space at JLABS @ TorontoRead more
  • 2016 It's a Start Pitch CompetitionIT’S A START is an exciting and interactive pitch competition taking place at Digifest 2016. Pitch your business, convince the judges of its value, and wow the crowd in 5 minutes, and you will have the chance to win thousands in cash, incubation space, and mentorship.Read more
  • The 2015-16 FIRST Lego League Season is UnderwayFIRST Lego League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Read more
  • Generation: Innovation - A Youth Entrepreneurship BootcampLearn some new entrepreneurial skills from "rock star" entrepreneurs and collaborate with your peers to solve real life business challenges facing local companies.Read more
  • Embark FundingEmbark Funding helps place a young professional (aged 22-29) with a novel Ontario-based technology venture to accomplish specific goals or milestones. Ventures can receive up to $20,000 (which includes costs of HST) towards the cost of the Embark candidate’s salary. Each recipient will also be required to contribute $2,5000 cash (or 12.5% of amount requested) over the program’s six-month period. Embark Funding is a program of the Youth Business Acceleration Program (BAP), supporting entrepreneurs of the ONE network.Read more
  • Ontario ICT trade missionsUpcoming 2015-16 Ontario ICT trade missions to key markets around the world.Read more
  • An act of radical generosity, to finance, support and celebrate womenSheEO has launched a program to raise 1 billion dollars in the next 5 years, to support 1 million women and their ventures. Be part of this powerful movement.Read more
  • Abilities Connect FundThe Abilities Connect Fund is a demand-led pilot program that aims to raise awareness among employers about the benefits of hiring, integrating and retaining people with disabilities; and encourage employers to leverage an untapped talent pool to meet skills requirements within their organization.Read more
  • TalentEdgeTalentEdge provides Ontario students and recent graduates with real-world industry experience. Through the program, interns and postdoctoral fellows can apply their expertise, leading-edge knowledge and tools to solving industry problems. This highly versatile program is open to university and college students, specifically graduate students and final year undergraduate students, and recent graduates, and is open to all disciplines. Placements can be either company or campus-based and all placements must be project-based and have an R&D component (where R&D is defined by the discipline, and is inclusive of non-STEM disciplines).Read more
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