Startup and Small Business Events Happening in August 2018

Every month our team compiles a list of startup and small business events in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario that we’re personally interested in attending and think will be useful to anyone in the startup and small business community.
Some of these events may fill up fast, so if you’re interested in attending, please register quickly. Business events are generally free of charge unless a price is listed. If you’re hosting an event or come across one that you think should be included here, feel free to contact us with your suggestion(s). We hope to see you there!




Camp Tech

Camp Tech is a technical skills training hub. They provide half and full-day in-person workshops for adults who want to learn digital skills. They create a welcoming environment for those who are hesitant with technology, and emphasize skills that can be put into practice right away.
Event: SEO: How To Drive More Traffic To Your Website
When: August 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
Price: $99.00

Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre

Whether you are starting or growing a small business, or just thinking about it, the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) can help you.

Event: Starting Your Small Business, The Basics
When: August 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, ON
Price: $13.45 plus tax

Ladies Learning Code

Have you taken their HTML and CSS workshop? Looking to expand your web development skills? CSS is a powerful web development language that’s used to create the layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be as pretty!
Event: JavaScript for Beginners: An Introduction to The Fundamentals of Web Programming
When: August 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Canada Learning Code HQ, 129 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Price: $55.00

StartupTech Unleashed Inc.

StartupTech Unleashed Inc was created by the need of new and existing business startups to help them foster growth and to nurture their idea from the ideation stage to global domination. We will be focusing on Startup, Tech & Social Innovation.
Event: StartupTech TO: Founders Talk Meetup With Roberto Ramesar CEO of WayPay
When: August 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Spaces Queen West, 180 John Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre

Our vision is to contribute to the stability and growth of the local economy by fostering the careful preparation, launch and long-term sustainability of micro and small businesses across all sectors.
Event: Entrepreneurs Connect Series: Unleash the Power of Marketing
When: August 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Gage Park, 45 Main St. S, Brampton, ON
Price: Free

RED Academy Toronto

We’re a technology & design school with an agency-style environment that focuses on real client projects in UX/UI design, web development & digital marketing. More than that, we’re a family. A community. A collection of the brightest minds in the industry, coming together to develop the next generation of digital professionals.
Event: UX Design Workshop: Branding and User Experience
When: August 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 101 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $10.00


Each month, the TechToronto Meetup is designed for Toronto technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn from one of the 5x5s: five presentations of five minutes each.
Event: TechTO August Edition
When: August 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium, 88 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, ON
Price: $24.00


Uberflip is a cloud-based content experience platform that empowers B2B marketers to create, manage, and optimize personalized content experiences at scale so that content can be fully leveraged by all company stakeholders at every stage of the buyer journey. By providing marketers with the tools they need to boost engagement, generate leads, and fuel demand generation, they can better leverage content to meet their goals
Event: The Content Experience 2018
When: August 20 – 22, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $300.00

TorontoStarts (formerly Startup Toronto)

Connecting Toronto’s startup community of entrepreneurs, visionaries, hustlers, disruptors, hackers and incurable risk-takers!
Event: Social Media Crash Course with The Startup Coach
When: August 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Workhaus Commerce Court South, 30 Wellington Street West, 5th floor, Toronto, ON
Price: $50.00


MarketingTO is the newest TechToronto event that brings together the worlds of technology, advertising and marketing. Our goal is to share stories and learnings about the collisions and collaborations that happen when we integrate these three interdependent ecosystems. Attend MarketingTO to be inspired, learn about how to transcend traditional boundaries to encourage collaboration and new partnerships, and uncover strategies to accelerate your business growth.
Event: MarketingTO August Edition
When: August 22, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $30.00

Enterprise Toronto

Enterprise Toronto is a one-stop source to start and grow your small business. Their team of small business advisors can help you make the right decisions for your business start-up and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows.
Event: Social Media Boot Camp Webinar
When: August 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Price: $25.00


HackerNest Tech Socials are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech community. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch), and brimming with Ultra Smart People.
Event: HackerNest Toronto August Tech Social
When: August 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Info-Tech Research Group, 888 Yonge St · Toronto, ON
Price: $10.00

RIC Centre

As the Entrepreneur and Innovation Hub for Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon, the RIC Centre offers a comprehensive range of support services to entrepreneurs for free, including mentorship and advisory services, hands-on workshops, and networking events.
Event: Pitch Practice Workshop
When: August 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: RIC Centre, 2660 Speakman Dr, Mississauga, ON
Price: Free

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians.
Event: Why Startups Fail – Learn How To Focus Your Business
When: August 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON
Price: Free



Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre encourages and contributes to the enterprising spirit and economic vitality of our community by assisting entrepreneurs with the development of new or existing businesses.
Event: Become Your Own Digital Marketer: Boot Camp
When: August 20 & 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 200 King ST W., Kitchener, ON
Price: $175.00



Silicon Halton

Silicon Halton organizes a number of events throughout the year in the Halton region, including Burlington, Oakville, and Milton. Their monthly meetups and Peer2Peer events have three main components: a key note presentation, a ‘get to know a member’ presentation, and time set out for networking. These events are catered to anyone at a startup – especially in the tech industry – that wants to learn more about business best practices.
Event: Silicon Halton Day @ MEVIC
When: August 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON
Price: Free



Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre

Starter Company Plus is a training and mentorship program for businesses. This program offers opportunities for training in Business Planning, Marketing, and Financials.
Event: Starter Company Plus Information Session
When: August 2, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor, Hamilton, ON
Price: Free



Guelph Business Networking Event

When: August 14, 2018 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Fionn MacCool’s, 494 Edinburgh Rd S., N/E corner of Stone and Edinburgh, Guelph, ON
Price: $15.00



Startup Niagara

Startup Drinks is a monthly networking event for Niagara Startups and those interested in the Niagara business community. Startup Niagara is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources and programming. They are entrepreneur-led and are committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community.
Event: Startup Drinks Niagara
When: August 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBA (Niagara, ON)
Price: Free

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

The Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre runs a variety of events geared towards both new start-up businesses as well as existing businesses. Whether you are looking for information about writing a business plan, or perhaps looking at new avenues for marketing your business – they have a seminar for you.
Event: The A to Z Steps to Starting a Business
When: August 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 4321 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, ON
Price: Free
Are we missing any startup or small business events? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.
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