Discover Toronto Area's York Region At

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JUNE 21 – 23 // ENERCARE CENTRE, TORONTO

Discover our nine cities and towns, watch tech talent attraction seminars, pitch competitions,
and other significant tech announcements happening in the #YRtech Pavilion at Collision!

York Region, the GTA, and Talent //

York Region is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which has a workforce of over 3.6 million. You’ll have access to top talent that can help your tech business succeed at home and abroad. More than 4,500 tech companies call York Region home. That makes us Canada’s second largest tech hub and the place where talent and opportunity intersect!

YORK REGION FACTS

  • Over 50% of York Region’s workforce aged 25-64 with post-secondary education majored in Business Administration, Engineering, Sciences, or Information Technology
  • Highest concentration of residents in tech occupations in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor
  • Third highest rate of university education among Canada’s largest municipalities
  • 20% of GTA’s STEM and business graduates reside in York Region

GREATER TORONTO AREA FACTS

  • The third largest and fastest metropolitan area in Canada and the United States
  • 290,000 people employed in tech related jobs – #1 for high-tech job growth across North America
  • 180 different languages spoken
  • 51% of the population are foreign born (est.)
  • 18 nearby colleges and universities

#YRtech Pavilion Stage Schedule //

The #YRtech Pavilion stage will see prolific tech expert, Marc Saltzman, emcee a variety of announcements and activations over the 3-day conference. Marc is a freelance journalist for more than 20 publications (USA TODAY, Costco Connection, AARP, Post Media, and Toronto Star); a 16-time author (including Apple Watch For Dummies); radio/podcast, television and movie theatre personality; keynote speaker; and content creator for social media platforms.

Expect to hear about significant business expansions, new partnerships offering more resources and support to York Region and the wider Toronto area’s start-up community from Mayors and GTA innovation leaders, Startup Pitch Sessions, and panels on attracting international tech talent through the Canada Global Skills Strategy.

Collision Conference opens to the public at 9:00am and closes at 5:00pm. All times are Eastern Standard Time.


Marc Saltzman
Tech Expert, Marc Saltzman, will emcee York Region's 2022 #YRtech Pavilion.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21

10:00 – 10:30 | Richmond Hill
11:00 – 11:30 | Stouffville
11:30 – 12:00 | Stouffville
12:00 – 12:30 | Markham
12:30 – 1:00 | Markham
1:00 – 1:30 | Georgina, East Gwillimbury, & York University
1:30 – 2:30 | York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch Session

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

10:30 – 11:00 | Newmarket
11:00 – 12:00 | York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch Session
12:00 – 12:30 | International Tech Talent Panel
12:30 – 1:00 | Aurora
1:00 – 1:30 | ventureLAB
1:30 – 2:00 | ventureLAB
2:30 – 3:00 | Vaughan
3:00 – 3:30 | Vaughan

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

12:00 – 12:30 | King Township 
12:30 – 1:00 | Seneca College
1:00 – 1:30 | Seneca College
1:30 – 2:30 | York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch Session

Note: Additional details for all announcements and activations on the #YRtech Pavilion stage will be released later this month.

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York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch Sessions //

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York Region Economic Development is excited to partner with York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investor groups in Canada, to bring the York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch Sessions to the #YRtech Pavilion at Collision ’22! York Angels is currently looking for twelve (12) innovative startups wanting an opportunity to pitch to their Angels at Collision! Each day, four (4) companies will pitch to the Angels with one emerging victorious!

Canadian and international startups are welcome to apply. Think your startup has what it takes? Start the application now!

WHEN ARE THE SESSIONS?

  • Tuesday, June 21: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 22: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday, June 23: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

DEADLINE TO APPLY:

  • Friday, May 13th, 2022
  • Selected startups will be contacted directly by York Angels

WHAT WILL STARTUPS RECEIVE IF SELECTED TO PITCH?

  • Two (2) General Attendee Tickets Courtesy of York Angels (Good for every day of the conference!)
  • One (1) Opportunity to Pitch to Qualified Angel Investors
    • 7 minutes to pitch
    • 3-5 minutes for feedback and scoring

WHAT WILL THE THREE (3) WINNING STARTUPS RECEIVE?

  • Each daily pitch winner will move to the next phase of pitching to York Angels at their next investment meeting!
  • Additional prizes to be announced

Disclaimer: Tickets must be used by companies selected to pitch, are not transferable, and have no cash value. Expenses to get to and from Collision Conference are not included and companies must be available to pitch in-person. The York Angels RADARxCOLLISION Pitch sessions are not directly affiliated with Collision Conference and take place within the #YRtech Pavilion. This is an opportunity to pitch to qualified Angel Investors, but investment is not guaranteed.

COLLISION CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS //

York Region Masterclass | Collision From Home 2021

#YRtech Experience Pavilion | Collision 2019

PARTNERS //
Aurora Logo
Town of East Gwillimbury
Town of Georgina
King Township Logo
City of Markham
Town of Newmarket
City of Richmond Hill
Stouffville Logo
City of Vaughan
Unis Technologies Logo