The YR Innovation Portal is the official online hub of York Region’s innovation and startup ecosystem. Here you can find jobs, learn about events, read stories on business leaders and other exciting news from the innovation ecosystem in York Region.
One of Canada’s key innovation engines and an economic powerhouse, York Region is home to a unique and exceptionally diverse network of accelerators, incubators, startups, small and medium sized enterprises and multinational corporations.
There are many different innovation resources available to help entrepreneurs and startups grow. Whether you’re in the early stages and need a place to incubate your idea, or you need a push to help scale-up your existing venture, York Region is the place to launch your next big idea.
Entrepreneurs can accelerate and incubate their ideas with the help of Seneca’s HELIX, York University’s YSpace or ventureLAB, the our Regional Innovation Centre that builds globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale from Canada for global markets.
There also four Small Business Enterprise Centres providing business advisory services and training to business owners that are not building technology companies. Makerspaces across the region provide access to 3D printing and other tools and technology to get your innovative design into prototype and testing.
“The innovation ecosystem in York Region has grown immensely. York University is proud to be a key partner, supporting start-up companies, industry collaborations, community-engaged research and the infusion of talent. The Markham Centre Campus, opening in 2023, will amplify these activities, enhance student experience and provide economic benefit to the Region.”
– Dr. Amir Asif, Vice-President, Research & Innovation | York University
“We have a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem in the York Region. Collective collaboration within this ecosystem is important because it is here that ideas can be developed and supported as they grow to a larger scale impacting more people. The stronger the community, the farther its reach and impact.”
– Chris Dudley, Director | Seneca HELIX
“With a vibrant startup ecosystem, York Region is one of the best places to not only launch your next venture, but to get the right help at the right time to grow.”
– Melissa Chee, CEO | ventureLAB
Career and Workforce Development Tools
We’ve partnered with the Workforce Planning Board of York Region to bring you exciting new interactive tools. These tools will help talent discover career opportunities and assist companies in learning more about talent opportunities present with York Region.
It’s been two years since Frank Stronach started work on his micro-mobility electric vehicle and while it will still take more time before the SARIT (‘Safe Affordable Reliable Innovative Transport’) is out of the prototype phase, that did not stop the Canadian billionaire from showing off two early models at Parliament Hill on Wednesday.
Canada is facing a digital skills shortage that, if left unaddressed, will present a major barrier to business growth across all sectors and industries. As corporate leaders continue facing difficulties recruiting and retaining tech talent, universities in Canada can play a vital role in leading the development and implementation of innovative post-secondary solutions that address existing human resources gaps.
"Syntronic sees continued growth with its latest design center in #Markham, [#YorkRegion]… the design centre already employs more than 40 Software & Hardware design engineers supporting customers in the greater Toronto area and North America." #YRtech https://www.yorklink.ca/syntronic-continues-growth-in-greater-toronto-area
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