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Lila Fertilizer

York Region-based company, VCycene, turns food-waste to fertilizer in seven days

Yin says York Region is truly one of Canada’s key innovation engines and an economic powerhouse. “We gained direct access to a diverse network of government grants, angel investor platforms, venture capital investing, workshops for prototyping and production, testing agencies and support of big multinational corporations,” Yin comments.
Drone Delivery Canada canary drone

Vaughan headquartered Drone Delivery Canada completes first milestone of the canary contract wit the Department of National Defence

The completion of the first milestone of the project involved nine test objectives pursuant to which the Company completed a total of 145 flights with an overall flight distance of almost 800km.
Two building photos

TPG acquires majority of Oxford’s GTA industrial portfolio including a Vaughan business park in new joint venture

The joint venture, which is the first between TPG and Oxford, represents one of the largest private industrial real estate transactions in Canada to date. TPG Real Estate, TPG’s diversified real estate investment platform, is acquiring the properties through its dedicated real estate equity fund series.
OVIN demonstration zone challenges launched

Smart mobility innovators here’s your chance! OVIN Demonstration Zone challenges launch in Markham and Vaughan

It is no secret that the way people and goods move is changing. From the transition to hybrid or fully-electric cars to better the environment or drone delivery to support hospital capacity, there is no shortage of examples of ways innovation is propelling sustainability in our communities and moving us forward.
Mayors and Provincial Minister Fedeli

OVIN demonstration zones in Markham, and Vaughan now open for applications

The City of Markham and City of Vaughan, with funding from the Ontario Government through Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), officially launched the Demonstration Zone and are now inviting businesses to apply to demonstrate their mobility technologies. The first round of selected businesses will pilot their technologies in early 2024.
CARITY app screens

Innovative York Region-based AI company powers car shopping experiences

Most of the team members call York Region home. “This allowed us to centrally serve customers across GTA and beyond, enabling consumers to buy and sell cars with just a click,” Ng explains. “Carity introduced an industry-first profit-sharing car selling program, which allows consumers to share in the profits when Carity resells their vehicle, while also guaranteeing a selling price and offering upfront payments.”
Visiontif founder

Markham company developing AI wearable device to help people who are blind, visually impaired

The most common way for people with visual impairments to navigate outside is through the use of guide canes and raised tactile indicators at intersections. Yu said these devices are more than 100 years old, and there hasn’t been much progress made with alternative solutions, while the Visiontif wearable device is a screen reader for the real world.
Woman in green testing a VR head set at VentureLab's Hard Tech Summit 2023

Revolutionizing healthcare: MedTech start-ups win $50,000 at ventureLAB’s third annual Hard Tech Summit

The summit featured an exclusive Pitch Gala where eight companies vie for a chance to win a collective $50,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes to further advance research and scale operations.

Vaughan headquartered Drone Delivery Canada completes first U.S. demonstration with West Michigan Drone Delivery MMFP pilot project

DDC flew its Sparrow RPA and Workhorse Aero flew its Horsefly RPA to successfully demonstrate the delivery of medical products and handoff to Caduceus Medical Logistics in Holland, Michigan.
Sunset view of the East Holland River in East Gwillimbury

East Gwillimbury makes The 5 Fastest Growing Towns in Canada Everyone is Talking About list

Situated along the East Holland River in the Regional Municipality of York, East Gwillimbury is a town in Southern Ontario and is also part of the Greater Toronto Area. Made up of several villages in the suburbs of the big city, East Gwillimbury is one of the best places to live for families and young professionals.
Inside a brewery

Beloved brewery, Muddy York Brewing Co. is relocating to Stouffville

Echoing others’ sentiments about Toronto’s volatile real estate market, Michalek adds, “we’re victims of this crazy financial economic situation right now where even for a successful business like ours, certain things are just not within grasp, especially in Toronto. It’s hard.”
Panelist on stage at VentureLab's Hard Tech conference with attendees sitting at round tables

ventureLAB’s latest HardTech Summit explores barriers, opportunities facing Canadian deep tech startups

At ventureLAB’s third HardTech Summit, speakers discussed challenges and opportunities facing deep technology startups across the country and offered entrepreneurs advice on navigating them.
telMax groundbreaking in Aurora

telMAX breaks ground to bring new high-speed fibre internet to Aurora

“We know that Aurorans increasingly need more reliable and faster internet, especially with the massive shift we’ve seen in the number of people working from home,” he said at the time. “The reality is that access to high-speed and affordable broadband service is now a necessity not a luxury, especially in today’s economy. And what’s incredibly important for us is that this project will only strengthen the town’s ability to get critical information to residents and businesses, while also allowing us to explore exciting new initiatives like offering free wi-fi at places like Town Park.”

New app from Markham-based startup gives patients remote access to physiotherapy options

Chiropractor Dr. Jim Feng, well-known in York Region for his commitment to healthcare innovation, has recently made significant strides in improving patient access to physiotherapy options. Jim is no stranger to York Region’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, having long been associated with York University’s YSpace, a leading resource hub for entrepreneurs in the region.
Ask the expert

Ask the Expert: Strategic marketing tactics – building your brand in northern York Region

We’re back with another edition of Ask the Expert! This blog series aims to answer the most common questions that we receive from new or prospective entrepreneurs. Joining us this month is Maryam Golabgir, Chief Amazement Officer at Digital Marketing Experts.
Boost my biz contest

Richmond Hill headquartered Staples Canada celebrates small business owners by announcing Boost My Biz contest winners

In June, small business owners across Canada were encouraged to share their story of how their business is making an impact in their community and why they deserve a boost. Staples received an incredible response with submissions from a wide range of businesses in every sector.