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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.


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.


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.


Markham-Based Moregidge Secures $500,000 Pre-Seed Round To Bridge Gap Between Brokers And Realtors

MoregidgeMarkham-based Moregidge, developers of an online platform that seeks to ease the home-buying process for brokers, realtors, and clients, closed its first pre-seed round at just over $500,000.

Full Article: betakit.com

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Markham Headquartered Pond Tech Converts Smokestack Emissions into Fuel for Edible Algae Products

Pond Tech Collects AlgaeMost people probably don’t think anything good could come from thick clouds of toxic fumes spewing out from industrial smokestacks. But where most of us just see pollution, Pond Tech sees a potential goldmine — or at least a green one.

Based in Toronto Area’s Markham, Canada, Pond has developed a technology that harnesses the gasses emitted from industrial smokestacks and uses them to fuel the rapid growth of algae. This algae is then used in food coloring, health supplements and protein in animal feed.

Full Article: thespoon.tech

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Reflecting on YSpace Markham’s First Year

Strengthening the relationship with York Region has always been a priority for York University. Although there are many exciting initiatives underway, one new success story remains at the forefront: YSpace. The 10,000-square-foot facility in Markham Centre, Ont., is a community innovation hub supporting a growing number of entrepreneurs and innovators by providing dynamic co-working space, access to industry advisers, education, workshops and high-end technology.

Full Article: news.yorku.ca

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Markham-Based Mobile App Phyxable Wants to Level-Up Physio Treatment

PhyxableJimmy Cheng explains his one-year-old app aims to help those suffering from major injuries, whether those are shin splints or a bad back. At least 30 videos are available (as of this article’s writing) with 14 practitioners involved in creating videos for the platform, available for iOS and Android users.

Full Article: startupheretoronto.com

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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 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.


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