Learn about and support "women in tech, girls in STEM" - find out more in this update!
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Dec 4 EIR Markham "Women in Tech, Girls in STEM"

How do we better support women founders in tech, and how do we encourage more girls to learn about STEM?  This is the theme of the Dec 4 EIR in Markham.

Women in tech face challenges unique from their male counterparts. Similarly, girls face challenges learning about STEM that perhaps boys don't encounter. Come hear stories (including the why, the highs and the lows) from 3 women (including one young one) in STEM and tech - and whether you're male or female, find ways to encourage more women tech leaders and girls in STEM.  Meet the speakers:

EIR is a speaker series where entrepreneurs share their personal journeys, highs, lows and challenges.  Each session features 3-4 entrepreneurs from York Region sharing their personal experiences to inspire and educate others. Stories are shared in 10-15 minute talks, and they are casual, low-key and no-sales (no "learn about my expertise and buy from me!") .

Learn more and RSVP for this EIR here!


Want to be a Mentor?

The Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre is looking for entrepreneurs to mentor businesses in their Starter Company Plus program.  If you're interested, please attend the info session on November 29 from 2pm to 4pm.  Register for the info session, and use password "VBEC".


We have a New Website!

We've made changes to our website recently - the goal was to make it easier for visitors to understand what Startup York does, learn about upcoming events to connect with others, and find resources to help their businesses.  Visit the site and let us know what you think.


Highlighted Events

There's lots happening in York Region for entrepreneurs.  We've highlighted some here, but subscribe to the calendar to see more events to help you meet more entrepreneurs and innovators!

Every Tuesday - Connecting with the Community (Richmond Hill)

Meet other business owners and non-profit leaders to share information about your activities and businesses.
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.
Oct 25 - Tech Triage at the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce (Newmarket)

Each Tech Triage starts with a 10-min presentation and Q&A, then a 1:1 consultation with an expert. This month's topic is "Problems Printing?  Check your reservations... DHCP Reservations: why they matter for printers and servers".
Oct 26 - Business Womens Network Of York Region Lunch (Stouffville)

Come meet some inspiring women entrepreneurs from across York Region!
Nov 1 - Basecamp (Toronto)

VA Angels and York Angel Investors is hosting BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs. Learn insights from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors, maximizing the value of your capital, targeting the right investors, and structuring an attractive deal.
Nov 2 - LaunchYU RevUP Program: Revenue Engineering for your Startup (North York)

This workshop is designed to help you understand the importance of sales and marketing, and lay a solid foundation for revenue growth.
Nov 3 - InnovateTO150 Showcase (Toronto)

In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, York University, City of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto are collaborating to showcase the best of Toronto’s next generation of changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs.  This showcase includes a pitch competition where companies can pitch to win prizes worth $30,000 and $15,000 in cash.
Nov 4 - WordPress for Beginners: Create Your Own WordPress Theme (Markham)

This workshop has been designed for beginners who are interested in customizing and coding a WordPress theme from scratch. If you are familiar with working with pre-built WordPress themes or templates but want an introduction on how to customize an existing theme or building a theme yourself, you’ve come to the right place!
Nov 7 - Creative Industries Symposium (and Creativity Connected Awards Ceremony) (Richmond Hill)

Creativity Connected explores the uniqueness of creative talent.  All creativity is welcome!  This year's Symposium is all about "Authenticity - Free the Spectrum of Possibilities."
Nov 8 - York University Industry-Academic Research Collaborations - Drive For Success (North York)

Drive for success!  Connect with academic researchers, industry, and government funders to learn how you can develop technologies, solve technical and business problems, and move research programs forward. 
Nov 8 - 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!
Nov 14 - LaunchYU RevUP Program: Financing & Fund Raising for your Startup (North York)

A basic challenge startup entrepreneurs often face is that they don’t really know how much to raise and what options to consider, when it comes to financing their startup.  In this workshop, you will learn the various options for financing your startup and provide you with a practical guide for how to prepare your first (or next) round of financing for your startup.
Nov 15 - 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! 
Nov 16 - Startup Drinks (Richmond Hill)

Startup Drinks is a casual no-pitch forum for entrepreneurs in York Region to connect - and bring 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!
Nov 16 - Artificial Intelligence North Meetup (Markham)

This group will focus on AI programming topics from computer vision to gaming. We will explore different algorithms, SDKs, platforms to solve the broad variety of AI problems.  While we will definitely discuss the implications of AI on life, society, industry and technology, the goal of the group is to advance AI programming knowledge.
Nov 18 - TMS Holiday Marketplace (Richmond Hill)

The TMS Holiday Marketplace will focus on creating a unique shopping experience that engages shoppers and supports the local business community.  As part of the event, TMS is planning a raffle at the TMS Holiday Marketplace to raise funds for 360Kids.  For additional information, please contact TMS via e-mail or phone (905) 889-6882.
Nov 21 - The Changing Landscape of Women in Business (Richmond Hill)

The role of women in business has changed dramatically over the past 50 years and none more so than the role of Women Business Owners. So let’s take a look at the progression of women in the work force.
Nov 22 - EIR Newmarket (Newmarket)

Come hear 4 entrepreneurs share their journeys, what keeps them going, and some of their biggest challenges as they grew their businesses.  Be inspired!
Nov 24 - PechaKucha Markham (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. 

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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