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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in September 2017

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).



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: Business Plan Boot Camp
When: September 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: North York Civic Centre 5100 Yonge St. Lower Level, Committee Room 4 North York, 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 Fall Intensive: Launch your startup before the end of 2017
When: September 8 – November 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 101 College Street, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON
Price: $250.00

Toronto Public Library

Event: Small Business Network
When: September 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Price: Free

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 emphasize skills that can be put into practice right away.

Event: Facebook Ads: Creating Your First Campaign
When: September 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
Price: $99.00

Ladies Learning Code

Have you taken their 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: Ladies Learning Code: Code & Coffee
When: September 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: HackerYou, 483 Queen Street West, Floor 3, Toronto, ON
Price: Free


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: September 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium, 88 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, ON
Price: $15.00

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 entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth.

Event: Marketing & PR Workshop
When: September 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: TribalScale, 200 Wellington St West, 9th Floor, Toronto, ON
Price: $25.00

HackerNest Toronto September Tech Social

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.

When: September 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Bioconnect, 109 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto, 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: Women in Tech Toronto | A Panel Discussion with Female Leaders in Digital
When: September 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: BrainStation Toronto, 460 King Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $45.00

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: RIC Centre Startup Boot Camp
When: September 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Xerox Research Centre of Canada (Pake Auditorium), 2660 Speakman Drive
Mississauga, ON
Price: Free


HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo September Tech Social

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.

When: September 11, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Chalk, 71 Victoria St. S, 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
When: September 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON
Price: Free


Silicon Halton

Silicon Halton organizes a number of events throughout the year in the region Halton which including Burlington, Oakville, and Milton. Their monthly meetups and Peer2Peer has three main components: a key notes 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 want to learn more about business best practices.

Event: Silicon Halton Day @ MEVIC
When: September 1, 2017 , 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Drop-in Anytime)
Where: Milton Education Village – Innovation Centre: 555 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON
Price: Free for members


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: She Breaks the Mold – Introducing a new forum for Women in Business
When: September 7, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Haltech Hub @Tech Place, 5500 North Service Road, Burlington, ON
Price: Free (members); $5.00 (non-members)


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: Back To Basics: Sales 101 Peer2Peer
When: September 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON
Price: Free

Software Hamilton

Software Hamilton covers the Hamilton, Ontario technology and startup community.

Event: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners
When: September 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: CoMotion on King, 115 King Street East Hamilton, ON
Price: Free

Lion’s Lair

Lion’s Lair is an annual competition presented by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, which brings together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton. The competition gives 10 companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of our city’s top business experts – the “Lions” – for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources!

Event: Lion’s Lair Gala
When: September 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton, ON
Price: $163.85


Guelph Business Networking Event

When: September 20, 2017, 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


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: Sales and Marketing Seminar
When: September 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, 1 St. Paul Street, 3rd Floor, Suite A301, St. Catharines, ON
Price: Free

St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre provides the information, tools and resources that entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their business. Aspiring and existing entrepreneurs are serviced through many support services, including a number of informative seminars and events.

Event: Innovate Niagara [email protected]: Product Design for New Ventures
When: September 20, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Americana Conference Resort & Spa, 8444 Lundy’s Ln, Niagara Falls, ON
Price: $15.00

Startup Drinks 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 resource and programming. We are entrepreneur-led and committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community.

When: September 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBA (Niagara, 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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