Did you know that Summer Company Plus is open to all entrepreneurs? Want to meet other entrepreneurs in York Region? Looking for events? Read on!
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Expanded Access to Funding and Mentorship: Starter Company Plus

Did you know that the Ontario government recently expanded its support for startup entrepreneurs by launching the Starter Company Plus program?  No longer limited to a particular age group, the Starter Company Plus program gives Ontario residents aged 18 and over (and not attending school full time) the opportunity to apply for funding of up to $5,000, 1:1 guidance from a business advisor, mentoring from local entrepreneurs, and business training - all  to start or expand your business.

To find out more and / or apply to the program in York Region, reach out to the Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) in Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, or Newmarket.


Meet More Entrepreneurs in York Region

There are many opportunities to meet other York Region entrepreneurs at events (some are listed below) - but what if you can't make it to an event?  How can you get a sense of who else is running (or starting) a business near you?

These 3 options are available for you - and they're available in the comfort of your home or office!

  • EIR (AKA Entrepreneurs In Residence) is a speaker series co-hosted with some of York Region's libraries, where 3-4 entrepreneurs share their journeys, experiences, highs and lows.  The purpose of the talks is to inspire other entrepreneurs, provide some encouragement, and build real connections.  Find out about upcoming EIRs and past speakers at the EIR Talks website.
  • If you want to watch some past EIR Talks, visit the EIR YouTube channel.
  • And if you want to read some interviews from local entrepreneurs, visit House of Harts' page, where they have curated some stories.


What's a Makerspace?

Some of you have heard of "makerspaces", but many haven't.  We asked Derrol Salmon from NewMakeIt to share a bit more about makerspaces:

An idea can be the inspiration behind a possible venture, but one of the challenges for an entrepreneur is turning that idea into reality.  If the idea is one that is rooted in software, then all that is initially required is an internet connection to get started.  

On the other hand, if your idea is based in hardware or physical goods you have an entirely different challenge.  You will require tools and equipment to create your proof of concept. So, how do overcome this obstacle?  The answer can lie in makerspaces. 

A makerspace is a space that offers shared use of tools and equipment through the purchase of a monthly membership.  These spaces are a fantastic way to access the resources needed to start prototyping hardware in a cost-effective manner. If you are fortunate enough to be within reasonable distance to a space as described sign-up and use the resource and community of the space to launch your idea and venture.

NewMakeIt is located in Newmarket and provides space, tools and community to facilitate and encourage creativity, innovation and prototyping.  Find out more on their website, and learn more about the NewMakeIt story.


Help is at Hand!

Are you looking for resources to help you start, fund or grow your business in York Region?  Or are you looking to give back, and you want to mentor other entrepreneurs?

The updated version of the overview of resources in York Region that help entrepreneurs is now available - you can find out more and download it here (for free, as always).


Upcoming Events

July 25 and August 1 / 8 / 15 / 22 / 29: Connecting with the Community (Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts)

Connecting the Community meets weekly to foster cross-sector collaboration. A diverse group of people meet each week to share information about each others' activities, including special events, seminars, workshops, fundraisers, and special causes, and their businesses.
July 26: York Angels Investment meeting (York Downs Golf and Country Club, Unionville)

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.
July 26 and August 9 / 23: Wednesday Open Office Hours (Cornell Library, 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 business advisor. RSVP required.
August 10: Summer Company 2017 Student Tradeshow (Richmond Hill Municipal Offices)

Come to the tradeshow to learn about some of the cool businesses that Summer Company participants (between 15 to 29 years old) have been building over the summer!
August 14: EIR Markham (Angus Glen Library, Markham)

Meet and hear stories and journeys from 3 entrepreneurs: Liz Scott (Affinity Coach Consulting), Ange Friesen (On Wonder Creative), and Carolina Billings (The Wellness Group).
August 21: PitchItDurham (Durham Region TBD)

The PitchIt series was created to give startups seeking funding the opportunity to practice their pitches and get feedback from angel investors who have left their chequebooks at home.
August 23: PitchItYork (York University Y Space, Markham)

The PitchIt series was created to give startups seeking funding the opportunity to practice their pitches and get feedback from angel investors who have left their chequebooks at home.  Come out and help 4 startups at the 2nd PitchItYork!
August 24: Startup Drinks (Turtle Jacks, Richmond Hill)

Meet and connect with other entrepreneurs in a no-sales, no-pitch environment. 

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