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Enabling Innovation and Resilience in the Agri-Food Sector

Do you know where your food comes from? As the fourth-largest food and beverage processing hub in Canada, York Region’s agriculture and agri-food sector is a vital part of the local economy that helps keep communities fed. From farms to food processors to restaurants, York Region offers a unique mix of resilience and innovation within the industry!
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Virtual 2021 Seneca HELIX Summer Institute Open for Applications

Are you ready to innovate? Seneca College is holding its fifth annual HELIX Summer Institute, a highly-interactive and intense six-day virtual experience where you will think creatively, work strategically and collaborate with peers and real key stakeholders. Together, you will…
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York University’s YSpace Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

It was a year unlike any other for Innovation York, the innovation office for York University with a mandate to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation. Their 2020-2021 Annual Report has just been released and it outlines impressive successes, including supporting new ventures, launching new programs and more.
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Success Story: Seasons Floral Studio

Seasons Floral Studio is a King-based floral business specializing in trend-setting florals, stand-alone wedding styling, curated gifts, plants & creative workshops. Watch and learn how the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, part of York Region Economic Development, supported their business.
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Seneca and Kingbridge Centre team up to support environmental innovation in York Region

Seneca and Kingbridge Centre are creating an innovation hub that will deliver a real-world setting and programs to help entrepreneurs build and scale businesses in the agriculture, food production and processing, energy and environmental sectors.
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Technology Leaders Launch Canada’s Semiconductor Council: An Industry-Led Coalition to Address the Global Chip Shortage

A select group of globally recognized Canadian founders, business leaders, chip manufacturers, and investors have announced the creation of Canada’s Semiconductor Council.
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Does Your Startup Have What It Takes?

Tony Di Benedetto, Founder, Launch Capital
When I decided to start Launch Capital to help provide venture capital and guidance for aspiring tech entrepreneurs, I spent some time thinking of what qualities we would look for when identifying exciting businesses to get behind.

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The global chip shortage is the wake-up call Canada needs

Melissa Chee is president and chief executive officer of ventureLAB, a leading technology hub in York Region that operates Canada’s only hardware and semiconductor incubator, the Hardware Catalyst Initiative What do video games, ventilators and vehicles have in common? They’re all…
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Government Announces Extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to Help Small Businesses

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.
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Success Story: Whole Family Health Food

Whole Family Health Food is a community-focused health food store in Georgina, Ontario, offering vitamins minerals, herbs, specialty, grocery, natural body care, and even a section for pets. Watch and learn how the York Small Business Enterprise Centre supported their…
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Government of Canada Invests in ventureLAB Expansion to Help Strengthen Canada’s Hardware and Semiconductor Sector

The Government of Canada announced an additional FedDev Ontario investment of $4.7 million for Markham’s own ventureLAB to enhance its Hardware Catalyst Initiative Lab with virtual access and greater testing capabilities.
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Success Story: Pretty In Pictures

Julie Williams is passionate about her community and living in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Although engineering was her initial career path, she wanted to make a change. “After taking time off to raise a family, I turned my storytelling passion into a successful portrait and event photography business,” said Williams.