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 such as Dealer-FX and Real Matters.
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.
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
‘Every Smokestack is an Opportunity:’ Markham Company Harnesses Algae’s Voracious Appetite for Carbon Emissionsread more
Vaughan Headquartered Daisy Intelligence Wins AI Technology Awardread more
After Receiving $5M in Federal Funding, Markham’s ventureLAB to Pick ‘First Cohort’ Companiesread more
Powered by York Region Tech: Inside the HVAC Smart Fan from Markham-Based Smart Cocoon
YORK LINK TECHNOLOGY INTERVIEW SERIES
Markham-based Smart Cocoon focused their entrepreneurial efforts in developing a market-ready solution that can increase efficiency in the home HVAC system for every room. What is it? We interviewed one of the founders, Sean Cobham, to learn more about their smart fan technology designed and developed in York Region; Canada’s second largest tech hub.
FedDev Ontario Invests $5 Million For New Incubator Lab in Markhamread more
INNOVATION RESOURCE LINKS
Online resources for accessing networks, events, funding, mentoring and connecting with entrepreneurs that share interests and challenges.