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Financial institutions, Ontario academics and tech start-ups to become partners in innovation

OCE and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) will connect companies and institutions in the country’s largest financial services cluster with Ontario’s innovation ecosystem.

Register Now for Discovery

Register for Discovery by March 30, 2015 to take advantage of Early Bird rates.

Apply Now to David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Post-secondary students can win $25,000 for their innovative energy solution. Submissions due February 3, 2015.

Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program

Supporting cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia to solve key industry challenges in both provinces.

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch

The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.

SmartStart Seed Fund

Providing funding, training and development for new start-up enterprises by Ontario’s next-generation entrepreneurs.

Getting Started

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) can help you turn your idea into income. You can access expert talent in Ontario’s research institutions to solve your innovation challenge. You can gain real-world skills and experience in research and development.
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Upcoming Events

  • Collaborating for Innovation at York University

    Developing a Long-term Collaborative Research Roadmap 


    Please join us to:

    Learn How to Foster Long-term Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Partnerships:

    -Advance your research agenda 
    -Enhance your product roadmap 
    -Access government grants
    -Network with academic researchers and industrial partners 


    -Henry Liu, GPI
    -Gerald Audette, York University 
  • Startup Weekend Waterloo Region

    Spend February 6-8 at the Communitech Hub for an experience like no other, as Startup Weekend returns to the region.   

    Whether you’re already an entrepreneur, or looking to experience the chaotic and exciting world of startups, this weekend-long, hands-on event is for you. Come to develop your idea, find a cofounder, meet new people, learn new skills—or all of the above! Trust us, what you gain will be worth the lack of sleep.   

    Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.   

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.  

    The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
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