What a summer! 💃 💃

Sanchi Illuri

September 30, 2019

If you can’t believe the summer’s at an end, you’re not the only one. Let us ease you into the fall months with a recap of this summer’s highlights, and what to look out for in the remainder of the year.

In this post:

  • Q3 Highlights
  • Meet our new team members!
  • Coming up in Q4
  • and more!



Summer Highlights


We launched three new programs!


This summer, we announced the Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI) and Tech Undivided (TU). We also launched our Pre-Accelerator Support Program (PSP), aimed at earlier stage startups. PSP allows earlier stage startups to work with our team to refine and solidify their value proposition and business model – and prepare them for one of our later-stage growth programs.

Beyond these new programs, we continue to run a series of programs dedicated to helping you grow and scale your business. Learn more about PSP and our other programs.

Also: Applications for the Hardware Catalyst Initiative open tomorrow!



Introducing the Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI), Canada’s first hardware and silicon-focused incubator

June 27, 2019

This competitive program supports silicon and hardware companies to scale their businesses in southern Ontario and compete globally. With a  $5 million investment by FedDev Ontario, HCI will strengthen our region’s existing deep tech expertise and support hardware and silicon-based companies to accelerate commercialization, growth and globalization.

Read more.



Bridging diversity gaps in the tech sector with Tech Undivided

August 7, 2019

Tech Undivided is a new initiative led by ventureLAB, to bridge gender and diversity gaps in the tech sector to support women in tech: female founders, women working in technical roles, and women leaders in tech companies. The program will focus on two core activities: cohort-based programming, and the development of a strategic mentor network where entrepreneurs, investors and executives will advise companies, offering sector and domain expertise.

Read more.



We launched our new website!

June 24, 2019

Over the past year, we have strengthened, refined, and re-defined our mission and values to reflect the growth of our organization: at ventureLAB, we grow globally-competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada. Our new website reflects that.

Read more.



We welcomed 9 companies into ventureLAB programs


Our new entrepreneurs work in a variety of sectors including Hardware and Enterprise Software, Health, and Fintech! This year alone we have helped our companies raise $5.7M in public and private capital.

Interested in tenancy at our innovation hub? Wondering if one of our programs is the right fit for your company? Check out how we help entrepreneurs at various stages.



Meet our new team members!

We’re excited to welcome new members to our team – and welcome existing team members to new roles!

  • Avinash Persaud, VP, Hardware Catalyst Initiative
  • Frank Spagnuolo, Director, Hardware Catalyst Initiative
  • Harman Grewal, Director, Partnership Operations
  • Kristie Kiatipis, Coordinator, Programs
  • Debbie Lim, Director, Finance – Special Projects



Coming Up!

Three months until 2020, and we have so much more planned for you! Check out upcoming events and stay tuned via social media and our weekly newsletter for the latest news and updates.


Made in York Region 2019: The Future of Tech


Join ventureLAB on November 7, 2019 for the second annual Made In York Region: The Future of Tech event, presented in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York. Experience the innovative and technological prowess of York Region’s top tech companies as well as up-and-comers. New this year, Made in York Region: The Future of Tech will feature a guided tour of two globally renowned tech companies, in addition to showcasing over 30 start-up and scale-ups. This year’s event also features a pitch competition, an engaging panel, and keynote on the future of technology.

Buy your tickets today!



Small Business Week 2019

Keep your eyes out for a series of features of ventureLAB companies this Small Business Week, October 20-26! A BDC initiative, this year’s theme is showcasing the people behind the business. We’re asking our entrepreneurs: What does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur today?

Stay tuned on our social media!



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