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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 Headquartered Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Dominates Customer Experience in Homebuilding Space with Newly Formed Group

Constellation Home Builders in Markham, York RegionMarkhamAug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ — Over the past two years, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has made strategic investments in the customer experience space, acquiring CustomerInsight, CustomerConnect, Woodland, O’Brien & Scott and Conasys Homeowner Care.

Full Article: newswire.ca

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Partnership Among Missouri S&T, Ameren and Markham-Based Hyperion Sensors Pursues Improved Energy Technology

Hyperion Sensors in Markham, York RegionEnergy giant Ameren Corporation along with Hyperion Inc., a developing technology company in Markham, Ontario, Canada, are working with researchers at Missouri S&T to improve the delivery and reliability of electricity services for Missouri customers.

Full Article: news.mst.edu

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York Region Artificial Intelligence Companies Center Stage at the 2018 Toronto Tech Summit

Full Room at TO Tech Summit For many the acronym “AI” (Artificial Intelligence) brings immediate thoughts of Terminator or super robots taking over the world. However, as the 2018 Toronto Tech Summit – hosted at the MaRS Discovery District in Downtown Toronto – highlighted, the pursuit of AI integration threaded into “mundane” business operations such as customer service support, personnel assistants, human resources, and e-commerce activities is already having a huge impact and dramatically reshaping how these sectors engage with their customers.

Full Article: yorklink.ca

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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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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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