Startup and Small Business Events Happening in October 2019

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!


TorontoStarts (formerly Startup Toronto)

Connecting Toronto’s startup community of entrepreneurs, visionaries, hustlers, disruptors, hackers and incurable risk-takers!

Event: Idea Validation Workshop with The Startup Coach
When: Oct 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Workhaus Commerce Court South, 30 Wellington Street West, 5th floor, Toronto, ON
Price: $75.00

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: Meetup
When: Oct 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spaces Queen West, 180 John Street, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00

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: WordPress for Beginners
When: October 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
Price: $249.00

RIC Centre

RIC Centre is a not-for-profit innovation hub and business incubator for Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and other communities in Southern Ontario. RIC Centres’ focus is to be a dynamic catalyst for tech companies. We help our companies grow faster and stronger.

Event: RIC Centre’s Expert Speaker Series: Building Your Brand Pyramid
When: October 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, ON
Price: $20.00

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: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners

When: October 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Canada Learning Code HQ, 129 Spadina Ave. Classroom, Toronto, ON
Price: $55.00

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians.

Event: How Video Can Help Your Business Grow
When: October 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
Price: Free

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 Mornings – The CTO’s Dilemma
When: October 8, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: CIBC LIVE Lounge, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON
Price: Free


MarketingTO brings together the worlds of technology, advertising, and marketing. You will hear stories and learnings about the collisions and collaborations that happen between these three interdependent ecosystems.

Event: MarketingTO October Edition
When: October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: OneEleven, 325 Front Street W, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON
Price: $32.00

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: 10 Marketing Metrics You Need to Be Measuring
When: October 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 41 George St South, Brampton, ON
Price: Free


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: October 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 460 King St. West, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00

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: Ask the Expert – Marketing & Sales
When: October 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 5100 Yonge Street, Economic Development & Culture – Enterprise Toronto Office, North York, ON
Price: $15.00


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 – October Edition
When: October 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC Waterpark Place, 88 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Price: $25.00

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: Digital Marketing + Conference
When: October 30, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Civic Centre – 300 City Centre Dr. Mississauga, 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- Waterloo
When: October 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where: Unit 230, 2nd floor, 100 Regina St., Waterloo, ON
Price: Free


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: Communitech Academy: UX Fundamentals
When: October 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West EBC, Kitchener, ON
Price: $525.00


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 keynote 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: Augmented Reality for Business and for Good
When: October 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: IDYVO Gallery, 100 Bronte Road Unit 10, Oakville, ON
Price: $10.00


HalTech is the leading source of support and personal service for tech and advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs in Halton. They assist Halton’s entrepreneurs and technology companies with developing their ideas, commercializing their products/services and establishing and expanding their businesses

Event: Start Me Up! Clinics Series Fall 2019
When: October 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 5500 North Service Road, Burlington, ON
Price: $20.00


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: Planning for CRM Success
When: October 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 175 Longwood Rd. S., Hamilton, ON
Price: $10.00


Business Centre Guelph-Wellington

The Business Centre of Guelph-Wellington is one of the largest and most prolific business hubs in Ontario. For nearly 20 years, we have added to the wealth and the diversity of our business community, one entrepreneur at a time.

Event: Legal-Ask The Professional Program for Small Businesses
When: October 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Business Centre Guelph-Wellington, 14 Macdonell Street, #Unit 100, Guelph, ON
Price: $25.00


Innovate Niagara

Innovate Niagara is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, a network of regional and provincial not-for-profit organizations that deliver services and programs to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Event: Developing a Successful Sales Plan
When: October 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Beacon Harbourside Conference Centre, 2793 Beacon Boulevard, Lincoln, ON
Price: $15.00

The 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 of marketing your business – we have a seminar for you.

Event: How to Write A Business Plan
When: October 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: 4343 Morrison Street, Niagara, ON
Price: Free

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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in October 2019