You joined us in 2020 as we explored how to navigate the new reality. This year, we’re focusing our efforts on putting Canada on the global map in hardware and semiconductor innovation.  Join 500+ people from across Canada at ventureLAB’s HardTech Conference on June 22 & 23, 2021.


HardTech is Canada’s premiere hardware technology-focused conference, featuring prominent thought leaders in the tech ecosystem that are creating transformative experiences for those around the world. Hosted by ventureLAB in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, our mission is to emphasize the importance of hardware technology and the impact it has on our globe, while making it an enjoyable and immersive experience. 


We believe that a connected tech ecosystem will lead to more inspiration, innovation and opportunities in the hardware and semiconductor industry. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to connect with ventureLAB’s vast innovation ecosystem, including industry leaders, innovators, investors, media, mentors and startup enthusiasts.


Get your complimentary all-access pass, valued at $189.


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Why Attend HardTech?

Premium Content: HardTech brings together industry leaders in hardware technology to discuss the latest developments in the field and share their insights. This year, our thought leaders will discuss how the demand for advanced and smart technologies have led to the global chip shortage, showcase groundbreaking products built through ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative, and inspire the next generation of tech titans.
Build Connections: Connect with 500+ attendees across Canada in various ways; participate in matchmaking, join a group lounge or simply connect one-to-one on the platform! The opportunities are endless, and you never know where these connections will take you.
Expand Your Knowledge: Pick from three simultaneous breakout sessions and join the conversation. These breakout sessions will have you engaging in discussions around the role hardware plays in healthcare, autonomous vehicles and agritech.
HardTech Pitch Competition: Watch the dynamic HardTech Pitch Competition, bringing together 8 Canadian finalists who are developing product-level and chip innovations in electronic hardware. Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes? Apply here.
Team Building: Shared experiences are the key to building stronger teams. Attend HardTech with your colleagues and bring valuable insights back to your desks, and into your business.
Brand Awareness: Get your brand in front of 500+ attendees from North America, including industry leaders, innovators, investors, media, mentors and startup enthusiasts.


Main Stage Discussions

Keynote Panel Discussion – “The Evolution of Hardware Technology”

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As technology becomes more intelligent, the demand for chips that power our devices continues to surge. 2021 began with manufacturers around the world sounding the alarm about a global chip shortage, and in Canada, we’re already seeing the impacts in consumer electronics supply and automotive production slow-down. For us to truly understand today’s market, we need to look at the evolution of technology and examine the increasingly important role that hardware plays. 


Attend HardTech on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as we look back — and progress forward — to examine our digital future.


Want to join in on the discussion? There will be a short Q&A following the keynote to answer some of your most pressing questions.


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Panel Discussion – “Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Titans”

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Navigating complex, unprecedented and sometimes unpredictable challenges is the very nature of building and scaling a company, often filled with hard decisions, visionary transformation and robust personal and professional growth. For founders, sharing struggles is just as important as sharing wins. 


Join us on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as three champions of entrepreneurship discuss the obstacles they’ve overcome and inspire the next generation of founders. 


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Panel Discussion – “Hardware Breakthroughs: Powering our Products of Tomorrow”

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The Hardware Catalyst Initiative was born out of the increasing demand in hardware and semiconductor technologies. These foundational technologies power our products of tomorrow — from smartphones to electric vehicles to agri-tech equipment and beyond. Join our Hardware Catalyst founders as they showcase the groundbreaking products they’ve been building since they joined the Hardware Catalyst Initiative last year. 


Following the showcase on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, there will be a quickfire round of Q&A with the founders.


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HardTech Pitch Competition

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Tune in on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 as up to eight companies pitch for their chance to take home over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizing, and showcase their breakthrough products and innovations in hardware technology.


The HardTech Pitch Competition held in partnership by ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York, is open to small and medium enterprises incorporated in Canada. Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their solution to a broad audience, including industry, investors, government, media, and more! 


The HardTech Pitch Competition will award over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizing, and serve as an application for eligible companies to receive a coveted spot into the third cohort of ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative. 


Applications close on May 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.*


Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes? Apply today!


*Please note the application deadline has been extended to May 17, 12:00 p.m. EST.

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Sponsorship Opportunities


HardTech offers sponsorship opportunities that are tailor-made to fit your brand, marketing objectives and budget. Our partners are displayed at the forefront of ventureLAB’s vast tech ecosystem, and connects you to a broad audience of industry leaders, innovators, investors, media, mentors and startup enthusiasts.


As a sponsor, you have the unique opportunity to support tech start-ups and entrepreneurs within Canada by providing them with access to resources and networking connections. With a focus on the journey and development of start-ups and entrepreneurs, the ventureLAB team strives to guide companies through the processes of business development with a highly-skilled and experienced team of advisors, and programming tailored to the phases of start-ups.


Comparable events in previous years have yielded over 600K+ impression, a total reach of 200K+, and over 2K engagements across platforms.


Contact to get your sponsorship package today. 

Less than a week to apply to win over $50,000 in prizing and a spot in the Hardware Catalyst Initiative