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YORK REGION: BE PART OF IT

A growing, vibrant startup ecosystem is emerging in York Region with the growth of such innovative startups and scale-up companies including Dealer-FX, Real Matters, and Green Owl Mobile.

Budding entrepreneurs have the opportunity to bring their ideas to light using makerspaces such as NewMakeIt and YLab while StartUp Weekends at Seneca College and York University encourage entrepreneurs to take the plunge.

The upcoming generation of entrepreneurs benefit from the Region’s library programs that provide training in 3D printing, coding, and robotics.

DRIVING INNOVATION

Global business leaders including IBM, Magna, GM Canada, Huawei Canada, and LEO Pharma have all based major research and development facilities in Toronto area’s York Region.

Ranking among the top Toronto area’s R&D investors, these corporate powerhouses find York Region’s highly-skilled workforce to be a motivating factor in their location choice.

LEO Pharma, a company specializing in dermatology recently invested $100 million for a new research lab in Markham. In 2018, GM Canada opened Canada’s largest software innovation hub in Markham and is hiring 700 software engineers and developers.

INNOVATION RESOURCES IN YORK REGION

There is a flourishing climate of creativity in York Region. ventureLAB, the Regional innovation centre, provides mentoring and programming to high-growth startups. Entrepreneurs can incubate their ideas with the help of Seneca’s HELIX incubator or CreateIT Now, an incubator at SouthLake Regional Hospital specializing in health care, also benefitting from access to ORION, a high-speed optical fibre network. Signature events such as medEDGE, a leading life sciences conference and TAVES, Canada’s premier Consumer Electronics show provide opportunities to network and connect.

YORK REGION INNOVATION NEWS
Celebrating Student STEM Innovation in Canada: Four Winning Schools named in 2018 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge; One from York Region

Samsung Electronics Canada-Celebrating Student STEM Innovation iMISSISSAUGA & VAUGHAN, ONJune 12, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, Samsung Canada announced the final four regional winners in its annual Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based education initiative that seeks to ignite student passion in these subjects.

Full Article: newswire.ca

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Spark Innovations making new things in King City

Spark InnovationsBefore there is a good product, there has to be a good idea. That is what King City’s Spark Innovations has been working with for the better part of 29 years.

Spark is a product engineering and development firm that helps people bring their unique ideas to market. “The goal for most of the clients who come to us it to get a patent,” design director Chris Pearen said. The showroom at Spark’s office on King Road is littered with examples of its work: kitchen products, toothbrushes, shower caps, drywall tools and an indoor hydroponics machine are just a few of the things the company has helped develop in recent years.

Full Article: www.yorkregion.com

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Innovative York Region Tech Showcased to the World at CES & MWCA

Nathan Allen & Lisa Lai at CES 2018YORK LINK BLOG SERIES
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) are two of the largest technology conferences in the world. Looking to capitalize on the global popularity of these tech-centric conferences in person and online, we set out to showcase York Region-based tech companies exhibiting and promote the broader technology ecosystem of the region that is home to over 4,300 companies. Our interviews generated nearly 85,000 global views.

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MacKenzie Vaughan Hospital To Become Canada’s First ‘Smart’ Medical Center

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in York RegionUpon its completion by 2020, the MacKenzie Vaughan Hospital will become Canada’s first medical center to have a fully-integrated smart technology system, as well as interactive medical devices.

Full Article: www.gtaconstructionreport.com

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INNOVATION RESOURCE LINKS

Online resources for accessing networks, events, funding, mentoring and connecting with entrepreneurs that share interests and challenges.

Government of Ontario Business Advisory Services

Find information and guidance to grow your business through this network of business support offices. Learn more about networking, developing your market, operational improvements and accessing federal, provincial and municipal programs and events.

Young Canadian Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association

YCCPEA is a not-for-profit organization that helps young Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals.

CanadaOne

CanadaOne is a free, just-in-time business resource with over 900 articles on how to start-up and grow a Canadian business.

Schulich School of Business Centre for Global Enterprise

The Toolbox is a network of contacts, resources and information designed to encourage and support SME’s in successfully engaging with markets and opportunities outside of Canada.

Green Connections

Green Connections is a business networking group supporting green initiatives. Guests are always welcome. Sign up online to attend a monthly meeting.

Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP)

CAMP is an organization of marketers who connect to learn, and grow with a focus on keeping the marketer relevant.

Startup York

Startup York is a grassroots movement, led by local entrepreneurs and supported by organizations committed to help York Region-based, early stage businesses succeed.

York Region Mompreneurs®

York Region Mompreneurs®, proudly supporting and connecting with women entrepreneurs from York Region.

Fireside Conference

Fireside Conference is an invite-only and off-the-grid retreat with the brightest minds in the Canadian tech, startup and entrepreneur community.

Women in Business in Vaughan

Our mission is to provide a supportive and informative environment both online and in the community for Women in Business in Vaughan to network, share knowledge and build relationships to grow successful businesses.

LOCATIONS

The Regional Municipality of York
Economic Strategy Office
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
L3Y 6Z1

York Link
169 Enterprise Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, Canada
L6G 1B3

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