Find out how to auto-populate upcoming events and program application deadlines in your calendar. Learn what a local IoT startup is doing on Kickstarter.  And welcome Ladies Learning Code, who launched their chapter in York Region this month!
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Stay in the Loop

Over the past few months, we've been experimenting with ways to make it easier for you to connect with other entrepreneurs in York Region, and to stay informed about upcoming events.  If you want to stay plugged in about what's happening in the York Region entrepreneur community and ecosystem, here are some options:



Spotlight on a Startup: Ubiqweus

After spending time at the Infiniti Labs incubator, Newmarket-based Ubiqweus launched a Kickstarter campaign for their qBiq wi-fi smart home technology (IoT) sensor.  The sensor helps families monitor their elders as they live at home (as opposed to in a nursing home), and you can find out more here.  

Or better, take a look at their Kickstarter campaign, and support them if you like what you see!


Spotlight on Our Friends

Learn Investor and Funding Basics at Basecamp

Do you want to learn some investment basics such as term sheets, deal structures, and building a pitch presentation?  If so, you may want to take a look at Basecamp, which is a bootcamp hosted by the York Angel Investors and VA Angels that will help new angel investors and companies seeking investment funding.  Find out more and register here.  


Volunteer to Teach Ladies Learning Code Classes


Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders (not just consumers) of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.  Over the past 6 years, Ladies Learning Code has grown to become a national brand, and launched the Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code brands.

The Markham chapter has just launched, and is seeking volunteers (women or men) to teach upcoming classes, which will be held at York University's new Y Space in downtown Markham (169 Enterprise Blvd.):

  • HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a One Page Website From Scratch (Oct 11 and 18)
  • WordPress for Beginners: Create Your Own WordPress Theme (Nov 4)
  • JQuery for Beginners (Dec 5 and 12)

If you are interested to volunteer as an instructor, email Julie Shum.


Aurora Chamber Tech Expo

The Aurora Chamber Tech Expo returns on October 19 in King City.  Technology companies have the opportunity to exhibit in order to connect face-to-face with 250+ members of the local business community, small business owners, home-based entrepreneurs and freelance professionals who need help.  If you are interested to exhibit, read more here, and if you are interested to be a sponsor, read more here.  More info is at the Chamber's website, or you can email Sandra Watson with any questions.


Artpreneur Expo

On September 26, come to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to hear from the participants advancing from the 4th Artrepreneur York Region cohort.  Listen to presentations, witness them graduate and connect one-on-one with this group of innovators and creators.  From sound design to social improv, painting to dance, and much more in-between, the graduating fellows represent York Region's diverse artistic landscape.  The Expo will also feature the official launch announcement of SpaceFinder York Region, a free tool for renters looking for creative space, and spaces looking to promote their rentals.  Click here to register.


Some Upcoming Events

There are many events for entrepreneurs and innovators in York Region - here are 20 selected highlights.  Want to see more events?  Subscribe to the calendar to learn of more events!

Sep 21 - Startup Drinks, Richmond Hill

If you've not been to a Startup Drinks, it's a casual no-pitch forum for entrepreneurs in York Region to connect.  This time, 4 members of the community will share their experiences at the recent invite-only Fireside Conference for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and media.  There is no cost to attend Startup Drinks - you just pay for what you order from Turtle Jacks!
Sep 23 - National Learn to Code Day 2017: Using Data to Solve Problems (An Introduction to AI and Machine Learning for Beginners), Markham

Ladies Learning Code is hosting its 5th annual National Learn to Code Day, the first and only event of its kind in Canada.  On this day, over 1,500 Canadians will gather together in over 25 communities to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: Using Data to Solve Problems: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners.
Sep 26 - Connecting with the Community, Richmond Hill

Connecting the Community meets weekly to foster cross-sector collaboration and to share information about each others' activities, including special events, seminars, workshops, fundraisers, and special causes, and their businesses.
Sep 26 - Top 5 HR Headaches & How to Tackle Them, Richmond Hill

Many people think managing the human resources part of the business just "happens" - a costly mistake in non-compliance fines or replacement costs of employees.  Find out from an award-winning HR expert the tips and secrets to addressing the top 5 HR business headaches..
Sep 26 - Artrepreneur Expo, Markham

The Artrepreneur Cohort 4 Expo will highlight fellows advancing from the Artrepreneur York Region program; a 4-month business accelerator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Program participants will present their businesses and projects as well as network with arts culture industry professionals in attendance.  The Expo will also feature the launch of SpaceFinder York Region, a free tool for renters looking for creative space, and spaces looking to promote their rentals.
Sep 27 - York Angels Investment meeting, Markham

A monthly meeting where companies who have been selected during the York Angels' screening process present to a room full of angel investors and ecosystem partners.
Sep 27 - Tech Triage at the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Tech Triage seminars are FREE, but the Chamber asks people to pre-register to ensure spots. This month's topic is "Business Startups: claim your website domain while avoiding tech glitches with hosting, emails and technology needs".
Sep 28 - Cybersecurity Fintech Innovation Pilot Program (CFIPP) workshop, online

The Cybersecurity Fintech Innovation Pilot Program is a one-year, $7.8MM initiative funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and delivered by OCE in collaboration with the Toronto Financial Services Alliance. The program will accelerate the growth of cybersecurity start-up and scale-up companies in Ontario by partnering with financial institutions seeking innovative solutions to cybersecurity challenges, and by providing them with cybersecurity talent.
Sep 28 - EIR Richmond Hill

Come hear 4 Richmond Hill entrepreneurs share their stories of "life’s transitions​ that steered me towards entrepreneurship".  Be inspired and educated!
Sep 29 - PechaKucha Markham

Connect with Markham’s creative communities at PechaKucha Markham! We know what you’re asking: What is a PechaKucha? PechaKucha (the Japanese word for chit-chat) is not your typical slide show: presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each, no exceptions.
Oct 1 - Markham Community Innovation Hub Open House

Open for 6 months, the Markham Community Innovation Hub will host an open house to give the Markham community an opportunity to meet the “Hubsters”, members who are working on innovative business ideas designed to make the community a greater place to live and work.
Oct 2 - EIR Markham

Come hear 3 entrepreneurs share their stories of "building a business around my passion".  Be inspired and educated!
Oct 4 - Wednesday Open Office Hours, Markham

If you have an idea for the next great business or if you're trying to grow your business, stop by our Wednesday Open Office Hours and have a quick chat with local expert, Andrew Safranko from IBM. RSVP required.
Oct 5 - Social Media BootCamp with Dani G, Richmond Hill

A fantastic speaker, Dani has been entrenched in social media since the beginning – all this experience can be brought to your start-up, business or company for private, group or workshop sessions.
Oct 11 - Employment Law Office Hours, Markham

Free legal advice!  Are you a small business owner with a question about employment law? Come chat with a lawyer and have your questions answered!
Oct 13 to 15 - Startup Weekend York Region, Markham

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where participants create working startups. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup!
Oct 18 - SpeakerBox, Richmond Hill

The only poetry slam and open mic series in York Region, SpeakerBox lives to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, foster education, inspire mentorship, encourage artistic statement and engage the community.  Come out and witness some amazing spoken word talent and local competitors!
Oct 19 - Aurora Chamber Tech Expo, King City

Let the experts help your business succeed! Members of the local business community, small business owners, home-based entrepreneurs and freelance professionals are encouraged to attend to discover new technologies that improve productivity and increase profits. Local tech experts are eager to discuss the most current and effective solutions to make your life easier and connect your business. Get answers to your burning IT questions! The Tech Expo will feature 25+ exhibitors, giveaways. hands-on demonstrations, prizes, a cash bar, networking and much more.
Oct 19 - Startup Drinks, Richmond Hill

If you've not been to a Startup Drinks, it's a casual no-pitch forum for entrepreneurs in York Region to connect - the perfect place to get your burning questions answered and share experiences to help each other out. There is no cost to attend Startup Drinks - you just pay for what you order from Turtle Jacks!
Oct 24 - PitchItYork, Markham

Hear investor pitches from 4 startups, and give them feedback on their pitches!  The PitchIt series was created to give startups seeking funding the opportunity to practice their pitches (and get feedback) in supportive but direct environments. 

Get Involved!

If you want to get more involved in the entrepreneur community in York Region, email us!  We're always looking for new leaders to help plan events, manage social media, and lead other activities that bring together entrepreneurs to help each other.

Thanks for reading!

Jennifer, Ron, Andrew, Belle, Bob, Samantha, and Lucas
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