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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in May 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!




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: Meetup May 2018
When: May 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spaces Queen West, 180 John Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $15.00

MaRS Discovery District

MaRS is where entrepreneurs get the help they need, where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas, and where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time. The often-free events at MaRS are ideal for start-ups, science, technology and social entrepreneurs looking to make connections and learn more about a particular aspect of business.
Event: MaRS Pitching to Investors Workshops
When: May 2 & 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Collaboration Centre, CR2, 101 College Street, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON
Price: $100.00

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: Intro To Email Marketing With MailChimp
When: May 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
Price: $99.00


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 & Afterparty
When: May 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium, 88 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, ON
Price: $24.00


BrainStation is a progressive educational institution that is powering the next generation of creators. BrainStation is education for the 21st century, where business, creativity, and technology collide.
Event: Search Engine Marketing Fundamentals
When: May 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: BrainStation Toronto, 460 King Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00

DigiMarCon Canada 2018

DigiMarCon Canada 2018 Conference showcases the most audacious and thought-provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns.
When: May 17 – 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON
Price: Virtual Pass – $297.00; Standard Rate – $697.00

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: Build Your Own Chrome Extension
When: May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Canada Learning Code HQ, 129 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Price: $55.00

SalesTO – Women In Sales

Each SalesTO is designed for Toronto technologists to learn how to improve their selling and connect with other industry professionals. Panel discussions consist of a diverse selection of leading sales people from Toronto technology companies, big or small.
When: May 22, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $30.00

TorontoStarts (formerly Startup Toronto)

Connecting Toronto’s startup community of entrepreneurs, visionaries, hustlers, disruptors, hackers and incurable risk-takers!
Event: Social Media Workshop with The Startup Coach
When: May 22, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Workhaus Commerce Court South, 30 Wellington Street West, 5th floor, Toronto, ON
Price: $35.00

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: BEYOND BUSINESS BASICS: How to Use Market Intelligence to Land Customers
When: May 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Caledon Public Library – Albion-Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Caledon, ON
Price: $10.00

Toronto Tech Summit 2018

The Toronto Tech Summit is a day focused around revolutionizing, modernizing, and crafting incredible experiences through technology. With a focus on customer experience, our innovative and knowledgeable speakers will surely give you the scoop about the latest and greatest!
When: May 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium), 101 College Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $35.00

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: Web Presence Boot Camp – May 28
When: May 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4, Toronto, ON
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 May Tech Social
When: May 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Info-Tech Research Group, 888 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Price: $10.00

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians.
Event: Social Media Marketing for Creative Businesses
When: May 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON
Price: Free



Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is an award winning startup accelerator/incubator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive technology firms, commercializing advanced research technologies emerging from academic institutions, and enabling corporation to pursue innovation initiatives in a way that is both effective and efficient.
Event: Compliance by Design: Hardware Innovation Networking Event
When: May 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (Kitchener, ON)
Price: Free

Communitech: Sales Leaders P2P

Founded by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is Waterloo Region’s hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies. Over the years, they have supported and helped build a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30 billion in revenue.
Event: Successful Sales Planning with Joe Gelata from Axonify
When: May 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St W., Kitchener, 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: Startup Business Basics- Kitchener
When: May 16, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: 200 King ST W., Kitchener, ON
Price: Free

True North – Tech for Good

True North is a ground-breaking conference that will bring together 2,000+ visionaries, leading influencers, innovators and policymakers for an honest and critical conversation about how we reaffirm tech as a force for good in the world.
When: May 29 – 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: LOT 42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, ON
Price: $151.00 (Start-up)



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 Meetup – Build Your Futurescope
When: May 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Milton Education Village Innovation Center, 555 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON
Price: $10.00


HalTech is the leading source of support and personal services for tech and advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs in Halton. They assist Halton’s entrepreneurs and technology companies with developing their ideas and commercializing their products/services as well as establishing and expanding their businesses.
Event: Marketing Masters Meetup (M3) – Driving Sales & Cultivating Clients
When: May 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: TBD
Price: $5.00



StartupTech Unleashed

StartupTech Unleashed 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 Hamilton Meet-up
When: May 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 126 Catharine St. N., Hamilton, ON
Price: $10.00

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory helps advance Hamilton’s innovation community and serves as an inspiring expert resource for entrepreneurs that fosters connections across the community and accelerates growth.
Event: Introducing Video To Your Sales And Marketing Strategy
When: May 9, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON
Price: Free



Guelph Business Networking Event

When: May 2, 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: May 30, 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: May 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 4321 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, ON
Price: Free
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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in May 2018