Yes! It’s true! York Region is a thriving hub of innovation and startup energy, with over 4300 ICT companies and approximately 30,630 residents working in tech (but we always encourage more!). Because of our solid tech infrastructure, we have some great co-working spaces in York Region to help support it. We hear it all the time, “Downtown Toronto just has better opportunities and more connections. That’s where everything is happening for startups!” Well, we beg to differ. In fact, we’re so confident in our innovative startup community we’re going to invite you to join a co-working space in your community and see the positive results for yourself.
Of course, we would be remiss to not mention ventureLAB’s own innovation hub! We teamed up with the IBM Canada headquarters last year to put together a tech-based co-working space, offering access to lead IBM business, engineering and technical resources, ventureLAB advisory services and the Venture Services program, and exclusive opportunities and workshops. Other benefits include being co-located with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, NRC-IRAP, York Angels, Markham Board of Trade, Markham Small Business Centre, York University and Seneca College among many innovative startups. We also offer a one year free licence to Watson Analytics software and joint marketing and promotion for participating companies.
Bonus: Free parking!
Just 3 minutes away from Main Street Markham in Markham, The Village Hive is a serene workspace located in a bright and comfortable heritage school house. This co-working space offers hot-desks, meeting rooms, private office & boardroom rental. It’s a membership based space that caters to small business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, wellness professionals and more practicing the core values of co-working – community, collaboration and openness. They provide virtual mail options for businesses and non-profits as well as benefits for members through COHIP.
Bonus: More free parking!
Located in Newmarket, NewMakeIt is a membership-based makerspace and co-working space. Their facilities include access to equipment like 3D printers and CNC Machinery to develop your prototype, a large workspace with tools and experts to help you build and workshops. With monthly and weekly events, NewMakeIt is a very community driven co-working space that innovators can take advantage of. Drop-ins are welcome at $20/day and can access internet, printing/scanning, free parking, a desk and meeting rooms. Other levels of membership can even give your company a mailing address to help you level up your business.
Bonus: You guessed it, free parking!
TechConnex is a paid-membership based organization that supports SMEs and small business in the tech sector in York Region. They also offer permanent desk or office space to tech companies ranging between $250 – $350/month depending on your company’s needs. Members can also take advantage of meeting room rentals for board meetings, offsite interviews or brainstorming sessions with their teams.