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
|Day||Time||Event||Host||Additional Registration Required||Details|
|Monday, March 8, 2021||12-1:30 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, 2021||5:30-7:30 pm||Pitch with a Twist: Celebrating International Women’s Day||ICUBE||Not required||Stand in support of women entrepreneurs at a competition created to break down barriers and reward great ideas from diverse voices.|
|Tuesday, March 9, 2021||12-1:30 pm||Hatchery Speaker Series: Self-awareness and Career Decisioning||The Hatchery||Yes, register here||The Hatchery Speaker Series fosters the entrepreneurial mindset, inspiring students and the community through insights from Entrepreneurs & industry leaders.|
|Tuesday, March 9, 2021||2-4 pm||RBC Prize for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Pitch Competition||U of T Entrepreneurship||Not required||Ten 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, 2021||5-6:30 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, 2021||10 am-12 pm||Is Reconciliation Dead? Ethical and Respectful Engagement with Indigenous Communities (CANCELLED)||The BRIDGE||N/A||Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event had been cancelled.|
|Wednesday, March 10, 2021||12-3 pm||True Blue Expo||U of T Entrepreneurship||Not required||A 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, 2021||4-5 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, 2021||6-8 pm||Celebrating Leaders, Black Women in Business||The 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, 2021||12-1:30 pm||RBC Speaker Series||U of T Entrepreneurship||Not required||Join BNN Anchor, Amber Kanwar in conversation with U of T alumnus, Derrick Rossi, co-founder of Moderna Therapeutics.|
|Thursday, March 11, 2021||4-6 pm||Scaleup Showcase||U of T Entrepreneurship |
|Not required||Founders 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, 2021||4 pm||Hatchery Idea Market||The Hatchery||Yes, register here||Begin your journey at the Hatchery by discussing meaningful problems & meet cofounders in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment.|