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Woman in green testing a VR head set at VentureLab's Hard Tech Summit 2023

Revolutionizing healthcare: MedTech start-ups win $50,000 at ventureLAB’s third annual Hard Tech Summit

The summit featured an exclusive Pitch Gala where eight companies vie for a chance to win a collective $50,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes to further advance research and scale operations.
Panelist on stage at VentureLab's Hard Tech conference with attendees sitting at round tables

ventureLAB’s latest HardTech Summit explores barriers, opportunities facing Canadian deep tech startups

At ventureLAB’s third HardTech Summit, speakers discussed challenges and opportunities facing deep technology startups across the country and offered entrepreneurs advice on navigating them.
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Sustainable semiconductor solutions with AI: ventureLAB recaps the deeptech-focused panel at Elevate Festival

ventureLAB’s VP of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Avinash Persaud, took on the role of moderator for a thought-provoking panel discussion “Sustainable Semiconductor Solutions with AI” at Elevate Festival 2023. 
Markham Fair entrance

Markham Fair: A Grand Tradition of Excellence and Community Spirit!

Set against the backdrop of the crisp autumn season, this iconic event, happening annually the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving, draws over 80,000 attendees. With a staggering 12,000+ items showcased by about 3,000 exhibitors, it’s a vibrant display of excellence, competition, and community pride.
Team York Region at AutoTech Detroit

2023 Autotech Detroit Conference was an incredible success for the York Region Delegation!

York Region is a leading jurisdiction in Canada’s automotive technology industry. Among others it is home to 250+ sector related companies, Canada’s largest independent auto parts and electronics manufacturing cluster, global headquarters of 3 of the 5 largest Canadian auto parts companies and location of the largest corporate automotive innovation hub in the country.
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Celebrating the future of women in tech at ventureLAB

On March 29, women entrepreneurs, founders from ventureLAB’s Tech Undivided initiative and senior leaders in the hardware and semiconductor industry came together from across the province to celebrate and recognize women in the tech sector.
Audience in the #YRtech Pavilion

Tech Investments, Jobs, and Tech Experts Collide in York Region’s #YRtech Pavilion at Collision

With the announcement of over $250 million in business investments and expansions, along with the creation of 800 jobs, new partnerships, and multiple startup pitch competitions, York Region’s #YRtech Pavilion was a big draw for those that came to check out the ‘Olympics of Tech’ in North America.
Mayor of King at Collision

The Township and Kingbridge Centre Partner to Invite Sustainability-Oriented Innovators to Find Climate Solutions at Innovation Hub

The targeted areas of innovation are forestry management; carbon sequestration; climate change resiliency; carbon neutral innovations; sustainable energy; green and clean tech; food security; and the agri-food value chain.
Newmarket & Treefrog Accelerator Announcement

Newmarket’s Treefrog Certified to Invest in Immigrant Entrepreneurs

At the Collision Conference in Toronto, the Town of Newmarket and Treefrog Inc. announced that the Treefrog Accelerator (the Accelerator) successfully received designation from the federal government as a Start-up Visa organization.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a mass-scale transition to working from home for many industries in York Region and across Canada, it has created a sense of uncertainty and intrigue around what the future of office space holds.

York Region featured in 'Different Format, Same Energy: Collision from Home's Partners'

Collision From Home BannerThis year, we are all facing some of our greatest challenges yet, and people all over the world are struggling to adapt. At Collision, we’re no different, but we want to do whatever we can to keep bringing people together – that’s why we decided to host Collision from Home as an entirely virtual event.

Newmarket Headquartered AirBoss Announces US$96 Million Contract for FlexAir™ PAPR System from FEMA to Help Battle COVID-19

AirBoss flexair hooded capeNEWMARKET, Ontario, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the manufacture and sale of 100,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 615,000 filters, and related accessories.

Top 5 Highlights from York Region's #YRtech Experience Pavilion at Collision!

This is a decorative photoYork Region, Canada’s second largest tech hub, was front and centre at Collision Conference’s inaugural debut with a 30ft2 space, aptly named the #YRtech Experience Pavilion. York Region’s Economic Development team partnered with local tech scale-ups, startups, innovation support organizations, and a few of our local municipalities – Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan – to create a space for Collision attendees to “play” and “interact” with cutting edge technology in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), autotech, intelligent building solutions, gaming, virtual reality (VR), smart watches, robotic vision solutions, mobile app development, and more.

Markham is Creating an Innovation Hub the Size of Roughly 600 Soccer Fields, its Mayor Says

Mayor ScarpittiThe mayor of Markham is using a major technology conference to tell startup enterprises that his city north of Toronto is preparing a large parcel of land to be the home of a new innovation hub.

Robot inspectors aim to revolutionize the factory line: Markham Headquartered Bluewrist Feature

Jason Niu speaks to Larysa HarapinLarysa Harapyn talks to Jason Niu from Bluewrist at Collision Conference in Toronto. The Markham-based company builds robots and software that serve as quality inspectors for a wide range of manufacturers.

Vaughan Headquartered Mircom in Talks With Microsoft Over its 3D Visualization

Brian from MircomMircom Technologies Inc. in Vaughan is in talks with the U.S. giant Microsoft over its 3D tool used to visualize different aspects inside buildings, senior manager engineering Brian Leung told York Region Media Tuesday during big tech event Collision in Toronto.

The Technology Sector in the Greater Toronto Area: A Multi-Market Success Story

Avison Young Topical Report: GTA TechThe GTA is not a single option but, rather, offers a wide variety of submarkets giving information and communications technology (ICT) firms the range of real estate options and concentrations of skilled workers that the firms require to facilitate their future growth and success.

YEDI Running Canada Start-Up Visa Sessions at Collision | York Link Tech Interview

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute ClassroomAs a designated entity under the Government of Canada Start-Up Visa Program, YEDI works with entrepreneurs all around the world and we are hoping to connect with entrepreneurs looking to bring or launch their business in Canada.

York Region: A Magnet for Talent

YSpace in Markham, York RegionThe Greater Toronto region is ready to break out as a leading global tech hub, outpacing established regions like Seattle and San Francisco’s Bay Area in job creation, talent and workforce diversity.

Markham-based CIeNET Looking For Talent Fascinated With Automotive Tech at Collision | York Link Tech Interview

CIeNET StaffIn our latest #YRtech series interview we’re catching up with Autotech company, CIeNET. They recently expanded into Canada opening their Canadian Centre of Excellence for Automotive Technologies in Markham, York Region. We caught up with their team to ask a few questions about their presence at Collision, the future of their industry, and what they are looking for in prospective tech talent.

Seneca College Developing The Entrepreneurial Mindset at Collision | York Link Tech Interview

In our lead-up to Collision we asked a few questions to Chris Dudley, Director of Entrepreneurship at Seneca College. We asked about their presence at Collision and the startups joining them, what they are looking to accomplish at the conference, plus what it’s like to participate in York Region’s largest collaboration of tech companies and innovation partners. Here’s what they had to say

Markham Headquartered Bluewrist Show Their Skills with Live CoBot Demo at Collision | York Link Tech Interview

Bluewrist RobotIn our latest #YRtech series interview we’re catching up with Markham, York Region headquartered vision and robotic solutions scale-up Bluewrist. We caught up with their team to ask a few questions about their presence at Collision, the future of their industry, and what they are looking for in prospective tech talent.