U of T Entrepreneurship Week

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Week took place from March 8-11, 2021, and it was business as virtual!

Join U of T’s entrepreneurial community and campus accelerators in an online celebration of the positive impact that innovation and startup activity can have on our economy, our health and the planet. With over 500 new ventures launched in the past decade, U of T is one of the world’s top 10 university-managed incubators and #1 in Canada for research-based startups.

This year’s schedule includes Entrepreneurship Week mainstays, such as the RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and RBC Speaker Series.  Plus, new events such as Pitch with a Twist to celebrate International Women’s Day and the Scaleup Showcase, spotlighting U of T’s fastest-growing companies.

This week of public events is open to students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, investors and anyone else who wants to be inspired and learn why University of Toronto is THE place for entrepreneurship. 

2021 U OF T ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK EVENTS

DayTimeEventHostAdditional Registration RequiredDetails
Monday, March 8, 202112-1:30 pm Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups U of T Library Yes, register here A guide to services and supports to launch a company, design a prototype, size a market, protect your IP and get legal advice. Plus a student startup panel Q&A!
Monday, March 8, 20215:30-7:30 pm Pitch with a Twist: Celebrating International Women’s Day ICUBENot requiredStand in support of women entrepreneurs at a competition created to break down barriers and reward great ideas from diverse voices.
Tuesday, March 9, 202112-1:30 pm Hatchery Speaker Series: Self-awareness and Career Decisioning The Hatchery Yes, register hereThe Hatchery Speaker Series fosters the entrepreneurial mindset, inspiring students and the community through insights from Entrepreneurs & industry leaders.
Tuesday, March 9, 20212-4 pm RBC Prize for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Pitch CompetitionU of T EntrepreneurshipNot requiredTen startups from across the U of T ecosystem have three minutes to speed-pitch their business idea to an impressive judging panel for $50,000+ in prizes.
Tuesday, March 9, 20215-6:30 pm Mental Health Awareness for Entrepreneurs H2i Yes, register here H2i’s Mental Health Awareness session invites entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to come together to discuss lived experiences, tips, and tricks for mental health and stress management.
Wednesday, March 10, 202110 am-12 pmIs Reconciliation Dead? Ethical and Respectful Engagement with Indigenous Communities (CANCELLED)The BRIDGEN/ADue to unforeseen circumstances, this event had been cancelled.
Wednesday, March 10, 202112-3 pmTrue Blue Expo U of T EntrepreneurshipNot requiredA showcase of top companies from across U of T’s startup community and beyond. This virtual trade show will feature startups, campus accelerators and partners.
Wednesday, March 10, 20214-5 pm Fireside at FemSTEM H2i Yes, register here Fireside at FemSTEM is an interactive conversation series with special guests who are women and industry leaders in the health, entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystems.
Wednesday, March 10, 20216-8 pmCelebrating Leaders, Black Women in BusinessThe Hub, U of T Library, The BRIDGE Yes, register here This panel features three extraordinary Black women in business, their journeys, and their thoughts on the challenges facing society today.
Thursday, March 11, 202112-1:30 pm RBC Speaker Series U of T EntrepreneurshipNot requiredJoin BNN Anchor, Amber Kanwar in conversation with U of T alumnus, Derrick Rossi, co-founder of Moderna Therapeutics.
Thursday, March 11, 20214-6 pm Scaleup Showcase U of T Entrepreneurship
& UTEST
Not requiredFounders of 10 of U of T’s fastest-growing companies share stories from the frontlines, advice for fundraising, driving revenue growth and more.
Thursday, March 11, 20214 pm Hatchery Idea MarketThe Hatchery Yes, register here Begin your journey at the Hatchery by discussing meaningful problems & meet cofounders in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment.