Startup and Small Business Events Happening in August 2016


Every month our team compiles a list of startup and small business events in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario that we’re interested in attending and think will be useful to 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).

Toronto Events

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: Start Your Small Business – The Basics
When: August 04, 2016 , 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga
Price: $13.25

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: Lunch & learn | Liz Couto, Content Marketing Manager | Twitter
When: August 04, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: BrainStation Toronto, 460 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $20.00

Each month, TechToronto Meetup is designed for Toronto technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn something new from one of our 5x5s, or five presentations of five minutes each.

Event: TechToronto Meetup + Afterparty
When: August 08, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium, 88 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto
Price: $12.00

Startup Toronto
Startup Toronto is a grass roots entrepreneur-led community of Startup Canada. We connect our members to the startup ecosystem in Toronto, foster a supportive home for all entrepreneurs, and provide programs and tools that help accelerate business growth.

Event: Startup Toronto Summer Bash
When: August 09, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Marche Brookfield Place (Yonge/Wellington), 181 Bay Street / 42 Yonge Street, Toronto

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 during your business start-up and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows.

Event: Marketing & Sales Boot Camp
When: August 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4, Toronto
Price: $15.00

Toronto Board of Trade
The Toronto Board of Trade facilitates opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, business development, and city building. It is the authoritative voice of Canada’s most prominent business community.

Event: Networking with the World
When: August 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto
Price: Member $40.00, Non-member $60.00

Camp Tech
Camp Tech is a tech skills training hub. They provide half and full-day in-person workshops for adults who want to learn website and digital skills. They create a welcoming environment for those who are hesitant around technology, and we emphasize skills that can be put into practice right away.

Event: Digital Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
When: August 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Price: $85.00

Ladies Learning Code
Have you taken our HTML and CSS workshop? Looking to expand your web development skills? Wonder what all this CSS3 stuff is about? CSS is a powerful language used to create layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be as pretty!

Event: HTML & CSS for Beginners: Build a Multi Page Website From Scratch
When: August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: DMZ, 10 Dundas Street East, Suite 600, (Room 631),Toronto
Price: $55.00

Waterloo Region events

Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre encourages and contributes to the enterprising spirit and economic vitality of our commmunity by assisting entrepreneurs with the development of new or existing businesses.

Event: Startup Business Basics
When: August 09, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 50 Dickson St., Cambridge
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: Badass Pitches: Fierce Founders Finale
When: August 25, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Tannery Event Centre,151 Charles Street West, Kitchener
Price: Free

Hamilton Events

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: Transform your Business into a Digital Workplace
When: June 28, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton
Price: Free

Guelph Events

Innovation Guelph
Innovation Guelph provides educational programs, events, and services to help entrepreneurs, community organizations, researchers and business leaders develop ideas. Here, expert advisors can also help your development.

Event: Start your Engines
When: July 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Innovation Guelph, 111 Farquhar St, Third Floor, Guelph
Price: $125.00 (lunch is included on both days)

Niagara Events

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
Businesses in Niagara are looking for leadership to address the real issues that are facing businesses and communities in Niagara. The goal is that this organization can bring together business leaders who are ready to help position Niagara’s economy for the 21st Century.

Event: Business After Five
When: August 09, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 581 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price: Free

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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in August 2016