Startup City Guide

About the Startup City Guide

Welcome to our global startup city guide. This guide is designed to accelerate your startup and help you connect with the right resources. You will discover:
Startup Meetups 🙌
Conferences and Annual Events
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Startup Accelerators and Incubators 🚀🚀🚀
Startup Competition 🏆🏆
Funding 💰💰
Venture Capital 💰💰💰💰
Hackthons 👩‍💻👨‍💻
Women Entrepreneur Resources đź‘©đź‘©

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Startup Meetups

Toronto is full of new startup and tech meetups. It’s safe to say there’s no shortage of meetups as there’s always something happening. Here’s the list of active meetups in Toronto:

FoundersCoffee
StartupTech Unleashed
TechTO
MarketingTO
SalesToronto
TravelTech Toronto
HealthTO
FinTech Toronto
Retail Toronto
OneEleven Events
HackerNest Social
Hackernest Mississauga
StartupGrind
Growth Hacking Toronto
The Hip Haus
Toronto Account Based Marketing
Customer Success Toronto
Open People Network
Startup 4 Chinese GTA
Haste and Hustle

Conferences and Annual Events

Here’s the list of all annual startup conferences and events that occur in Toronto. There are some great conferences here on this list:

Young Entrepreneur Conference
Social Light Conference
Canadian Innovation Exchange
Startup Open House
Dx3 Canada
Intrapreneurship Conference
World AI Forum

Startup Competitions

Startup Competitions are a great way to win some non-dilutive funding. Non-dilutive sources of funding can you give your startup not only a great boost, but also you can get exposure with these startup pitches. In addition to the list below, you can check out our Startup Competition page to see the upcoming ones.

Dragons’ Den
The Queen’s Entrepreneur Competition
University of Toronto Scarborough Startup Competition
Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition
It’s a Start Pitch Competition
The CNE Innovation Garage
Telus Small Business Competition
The Vinetta Project Pitch
CIX Summit: Most Innovative New Canadian Tech Companies
FinTech Cup
Toronto Tie
Lion’s Lair
Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference
Rotman Design Challenge
Health Edge
Toronto Enterprise Fund
N100
The Pitch
Student Entrepreneur National Competition
FedEx Small Business Grant Contest
Pitch for the Purse: Women Entrepreneurs Canada
Ivey Pitch Startup Challenge
RBC Epic Business Model Canvas
Disrupt Mining $1 Million Pitch competition
Synapse Life Science Pitch Competition
Pitch to Rich Virgin Mobile Canada
Pythons’ Pit HIgh School
Make Your Pitch Competition High School

Startup Courses 

If you’re looking to learn about Entrepreneurship check out the courses we currently offer.

FoundersBeta Startup Courses 

Startup Jobs

If you’re looking to break into some startups we have all startup job listing here including Y Combinator startup jobs feed. You can also join our Facebook Group Startup Jobs here. 

Startup Coach

Talking with a startup coach can accelerate your startup at the speed of light. You can book a time to talk with us here. We can help in terms of Growth hacking, Building an MVP, Finding a cofounder, Breaking into Startups, and much more!

Cofounders

If you’re looking for a cofounder join our FoundersCoffee to meet with potential cofounders. Additionally, you can post your opportunity on our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foundersbeta/

Beta Testers

Finding beta testers is one of the biggest challenge you will face. You can post it on our forum here and also our Facebook group and we can help connect with our audience: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foundersbeta/

Startup Accelerators and Incubators

Toronto has a huge number of startup incubators and accelerators. Some tend to be university affiliated, while others focus on specific industries. But what exactly is the the difference between startup incubators and accelerators? Startup incubators tend to focus on early-stage while an accelerator focuses on fuelling the growth and expansion of a startup. Whether you think you might need an incubator or not depends where you are with your startup. Some incubators and accelerators can a lot of value while others tend to be useless and won’t add much value. Here’s the complete list of startup incubators and accelerators in Toronto:

Creative Destruction Lab
Entrepreneurship Hatchery
Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab
Impact Center
Start@UTIAS
Health Innovation hub
UTEST
ICUBE
The Hub
YEDI
LaunchU
DMZ
Fashion Zone
Biomedical Zone
Legal Innovation Zone
Clean Energy Zone
Science Discovery Zone
Transmedia Zone
iBoost
Joe Fresh Centre
Startup Me Up
DMZ Women Founders Accelerator Program
Imagination Catalyst
OneEleven
The Next36
Digital Media and Gaming Incubator
Infiniti Lab Toronto
Toronto Fashion Incubator
Jlab
ACCEL at the Centre of Entrepreneurship
Edge Sheridan College Mississauga
Lazaridis Scale Up Program
Lazaridis Scale Up Program Women Cohort
Ideaboost
IBM Innovation Space Toronto
Canadian Technology Accelerator Boston
CleanTech North
WaterTap Ontario
Ontario Brain Institute: Build Your Neurotech Venture
Y2 Labs

Startup Funding

Funding is always challenging in the beginning of a startup. Usually because it takes a while to generate sales but also support yourself. Check out these list of startup funding.

Summer Company
Starter Company Plus
SmartStart Seed Funding
Canadian Digital Network
CDMN Soft Landing
Embedded Executive Funding Program
MaRS Catalyst Fund
Canadian Medical Association’s Joule Innovation grant program
Embark Funding Program
MITACS
Industrial Research Assistant Program
Built in Canada Innovation Program
Bioenterprise Ontario Seed Fund
FedDev IBI
SR&ED
ICTC
SDTC
OMDC Funding
Canada Summer Jobs
Chinese Angel Mentor Program
Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization Funding
Toronto Foundation Social Impact Investment 
Grand Challenge Canada

Here’s a list of all venture capital in Toronto. Some focus certain industry such as Fintech or software related products.

Venture Capital Firms

OMERS Ventures
Version One
Relay Ventures
Rho Ventures
Golden Venture Partners
iNovia Capital
Real Ventures
Georgian Partners
Plaza Ventures
Impression Ventures
Round 13
Klass Capital
Mantella Ventures 
McRock Capital
Gibraltar Ventures
Tandem Expansion Fund
IAF MaRS
BDC
Women in Technology Fund

Hackathons

UofT Hacks
YorkU Hacks
ElleHacks
RU Hacks
Hack the Valley

Women Entrepreneur Resources 

Connections Silicon Valley
Women in Technology Fund 
Women Entrepreneurship Fund
RBC Women Canadian Entrepreneur Award
Women of Distinction Award YWCA
DMZ Women Founder Accelerator Program 
ElleHacks
Girl Geeks Toronto

Student Organizations

If you’re a student looking to get involved on your campus check out these entrepreneurship club to get started for potential events or opportunities.

Rotman Entrepreneurship Organization
UTM Entrepreneurs Club
REVCA University of Toronto
Ryerson Entrepreneurship Association
Entrepreneurship Development Association YorkU
Schulich Startup Night
Nspire

Entrepreneurs Awards

Being a founder is the most challenging yet rewarding work. These awards celebrate entrepreneurship in Canada.

Enactus Student Entrepreneur
Ey Entrepreneur of the Year
RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award
Vision to Reality Award PWC
Women of Distinction Award YWCA
Wise 50 Over 50

Startup Meetups

StartupTech Unleashed
HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo
Tech Waterloo Region
Communitech Events
Hacking Health Waterloo
UW Entrepreneurship Society Events
Startups and Beer
KW Ruby Developers
uxWaterloo
Strategic Marketing Peer2Peer

Conferences and Annual Events

True North
Waterloo Innovation Summit
Startup Open House
Maker Expo
Fluxible
BLND 
Drive Conf
StarCon

Hackathons

Hack the North
StarterHacks
ETH Waterloo
WearHacks Waterloo
NASA Space App Challenge

Startup Competitions

University of Waterloo Velocity Fund 5K/25K
The Problem Pitch Competition
Code/Design to Win
Branford Pitch Competition Laurier

Accelerators and Incubators

Velocity
St. Paul's Greenhouse
Communitech Rev
Fierce Founders
LaunchPad
Open Sky Ventures
Accelerator Center
Velocity Garage
MaxQ
RBC Entrepreneurial Venture Program Laurier University
Launch Waterloo

Student Entrepreneurship Clubs

Startup Laurier
Entrepreneruship Society University of Waterloo
Product Vision Club
The Student Venture Fund Program

Co-working Space

Communitech Hub Co-working
One King North
Innovate42
LOT42
Catalyst137
44 Gaukel
Workplace One

Meeting Space

Princess Cafe
Smile Tiger
Settlement Waterloo

Funding

AC JumpStart Program 30K Funding
Velocity Fund
Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund
Chinese Angel Mentor Program
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

Venture Capital 

Garage Capital
Tech Capital 
Quantum Valley Investments
Matbridge 

Industry Associations

Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Podcasts

Communitech Podcast

Educational Institutions

University of Waterloo
Wilfred Laurier University
Conestoga College

Places to Visit

St. Jacobs Country
St. Jacobs Farmer's Market
Waterloo Region Museum
Oktoberfest

Places to Eat

St. Jacob's Farmer's Market
The Olde Heidelberg Restaurant & Tavern 

Startup Meetups

YVR Startups 
Tech Vancouver 
Startup Grind 
Inbound Marketing YVR 
Networking forum for technology entrepreneurs 

Conferences and Annual Events

BCTech Summit 
Vancouver Startup Week 
Banff Venture Forum 
Traction Conference
Canadian Accelerator Summit
Tech Exit 

Startup Competitions

Interface Challenge 
New Venture BC Startup Competition 

Hackathons

Lumohacks 
NWHacks 

Incubators and Accelerators

Entrepreneurship at UBC 
New Venture BC 
Venture Labs 
Accel-rx 
Invoke Labs 
Foresight Cleantech 
Alacrity Canada 
BC Venture Acceleration Program 
Expa Labs 
Creative Destruction Lab 
OneEleven 
Stanley Park Ventures 
Accelerate Oakanagan 

Funding

Hire a Business or Tech Student 
BC Tech Co-op Grant 

Venture Capital

Version One 
Yale Town 
BC Renessaince Capital Fund 
Victory Square 

Co-working Space

The Hive 
The Aviary 
Zen Launch Pad 
Werk Lab 
L'Atelier 
Spacekraft 
Maker Labs 
Suite Genius 
The Network Hub 
The Profile 
Creative Co-workers 
Discovery Parks 

Maker Space

Maker Cube 

Student Entrepreneurship Clubs

Startup Storm 

Pocasts

Vancouver Tech Podcast 
Vancouver Entrepreneur Podcast 
Tech is Everywhere 

Women Entrepreneur Resources

The Connected Women Association 
Vancity Lady Bosses 
Ladies WHO Lunch

Educational Institutions

University of British Columbia 
Simon Fraser University 
Emily Carr University 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Vancouver Community College 
Langara College 
British Columbia Institute of Technology 

Startup Meetups

FoundersCoffee
Hackernest New York
NYC TechBreakfast
NY Tech Meetup
New York EdTech
Founders Friday NYC
Startup Grind NYC
Pitch Globally
Gary's Guide 

Conferences and Annual Events

Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit
Startup Spectacular
The Future of Fintech
Next Gen Summit
Women Inc
TechCrunch Disrupt NYC
New York Health Forum
NY EDTech Week
Travel Disruption Summit
Tech Day HQ
Social Fresh

Startup Competitions

NYC Public Library StartUP Competition
FoodBytes
FlashPitch
InnoVention Competition
Female Founders in Tech
43NORTH
Pitch Globally
$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge
Hospitality Business Plan Competition Cornell
Startup Columbia Venture Competition

Startup Courses 

If you’re looking to learn about Entrepreneurship check out the courses we currently offer.

FoundersBeta Startup Courses 

Startup Jobs

If you’re looking to break into some startups we have all startup job listing here including Y Combinator startup jobs feed. You can also join our Facebook Group Startup Jobs here. 

Startup Coach

Talking with a startup coach can accelerate your startup at the speed of light. You can book a time to talk with us here. We can help in terms of Growth hacking, Building an MVP, Finding a cofounder, Breaking into Startups, and much more!

Student Clubs

Life Changing Labs
Entrepreneurship Club of CCNY
NYU Entrepreneurs Network

Hackathons

Hack NYU
Hack New York
New York Hackathons

Accelerators and Incubators

DreamIt Ventures
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Accelprise
Voyager HQ
StartEd Companies
eLab Cornell University
Cuny Startups
Starta Accelerator
NYU-Poly
Runaway Startup Postdocs
Fintech Innovation Lab
VentureOut
Astia
New York Digital Health Innovation Lab
Startup Health
Matter VC
MetaProp NYC
FoodX
Chobani Incubator
Organic Food Incubator
FoodFutureCo
Iconyc Labs
Blueprint Health
The Health Lab
Startup52
Lair East Labs
New INC
CSI Technology Incubator
iBeehub
Quake
Tow-Knight Centre
Numa New York
Startupboot camp
NYC ACRE
The Civic Accelerator
Beespace
XRC Labs - Retail and consumer goods
Urban-X
Urban Future Lab
CFDA Fashion Incubator
Zahn Innovation Centre
Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator
StartFast
Venture Crush
NYC Media Lab
Zx Ventures
Revithaca Hardware Accelerator
FutureWorks NYC - Hardware Accelerator

Funding

NYU Funding 
Innovation Venture Fund 
NYC Seed
GCT Startup in Residence Program

Venture Capital

Differential VC
645 Ventures
Alpha Venture Capital
Primary VC
Lerer Hippeau
Work Bench
ff Venture Capital
Union Square Ventures
Simon Ventures
Insights Partners
BetaWorks Funds
FirstMark
Innovation Endeavors
Accel Foods
BoxGroup
Compound VC
New Leaf Venture Partner
CourtSide VC
General Atlantic
Quotian Ventures
Lux Capital
Thrive Capital
Eniac Ventures
IA Ventures
Collaborative fund
Expansion Venture
FJ Labs
BDMI Fund
Scout Ventures
Quake Capital
Tribeca Ventures
Two Sigma Ventures

Women Resources

37 Angles
Astia
The Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Startup Meetups

The Startup Club
Parisoma Events
SF Big Analytics
Product Management San Francisco
San Francisco User Experience Designers
University of San Francisco Seminar Series in Analytics
Startups Greater Asia
Startup Grind San Francisco
Growth Marketing Entrepreneurs San Francisco
Boostrappers Breakfast

Conferences and Annual Events

The Startup Conference
Lean Startup Conference
Premoney
Startup Grind Global Conference
TechCrunch Events
Empire Fintech Conference
Growth Hackers Conference
SaaStr

Startup Competitions

Startup Battlefield
The Startup Conference Startup Competition

Incubators and Accelerators

Y-Combinator
500 Startups
Contrary Accelerator
AngelPad
RocketSpace
Launch Berkely
Matter
Rock Health
Imagine K12
Tandem
Lemnos
Ventures
Fast Forward
Highway1
Alchemist Accelerator
Orange Fab
OneTraction
Aging2.0
Startup House
SpainTech Centre
Accelprise
Society3
Tumml
CleanTech Open
LaunchPad Digital Health
StartX
Illumina
Cardinal Ventures
Tech Wadi
SkyDeck
Startupbootcamp Scale
MongoDB Accelerator
SAP IoT Startup Accelerator

Venture Capital

Andreessen Horowitz
Khoslaw Ventures
SV Angel
Sequoia Capital
Initialized Capital
Sound Ventures
Accel
GV
Founders Club
Index Ventures
New Enterprise Associate
Venrock
First Round
Kleinder Perkins
Founders Fund
Lightspeed
GreyLock
Formation 8
Sherpa Capital
IVP
Tuesday VC
Weekend Fund
Circle Up
5am Ventures
SofInnova
RedPoint
Silicon Valley Bank
Norwest Venture Partners
InterWest
Ribbit Capital
GGVC
DJF
Intel Capital
HCP

Women Entrepreneur Resources

Women Who Code
Women of Vision
Renaissance entrepreneurship centre
FemResources
Professional Women's Network