Coming to online audiences from April 20 to 22, global tech conference Collision will bring together tech CEOs, investors, journalists and celebrities for a multi-day virtual event covering a range of topics from building successful pitch decks to the importance of brand purpose. Startups are being offered discounted rates — learn more and apply here to qualify.

These are the top recommended talks, masterclasses and breakout sessions for Toronto entrepreneurs:

2021: The year of the customer

What: This quick sidebar discussion with Ada CEO Mike Murchison will cover key trends to explore when exploring customer experience for your business in the coming year.

When: Thursday, April 22 at 1:30 PM

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How to future-proof your business with a generalist mindset

What: This centre-stage discussion between two high-level executives at Facebook and Goldman Sachs will dive into the necessary mindset for building resilient businesses. Stay on top of consumer and industry trends and learn how to be flexible when it comes to planning with their tips for earlier-stage entrepreneurs.

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 12:20 PM

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Pro tips for pitching, with Dragon's Den investor Michele Romanow

What: Join this breakout room with renowned Dragons Den investor and entrepreneur Michele Romanow as she gives personalized feedback to several startups pitching during the Collision conference. Having the chance to listen to a seasoned investor’s expertise and advice can help you to better form your pitches when it comes to fundraising.

When: Thursday, April 22 at 12:00 PM

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Q&A with the mayor of Toronto, John Tory

What: Learn more about Toronto’s position in the global innovation economy, hear about local tech companies and ask questions about the future of business in the city in this 45-minute Q&A period with City of Toronto major John Tory.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 9:15 AM

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Brand as a competitive advantage

What: Brand-building is becoming an increasingly appreciated and measured approach to business in the early stages. Join marketing executive Amy Fuller and CEO of Landor & Fitch, Jane Geraghty, in this moderated discussion on the power of brands in the modern tech marketplace. 

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 AM

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Grow and scale your most important asset: culture

What: Hosted by CEO and founder and Freshworks, Girish Mathrubootham, join this 10-minute explainer on how to assess company culture and build an engaging model for employees to thrive. 

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 12:45 PM

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Startup masterclass: Make go-to-market work for you

What: This 30-minute masterclass for entrepreneurs teaches the basics of go-to-market strategies, frameworks and models.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 AM

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Pledge 1%: Business as a force for good

What: Focusing on the importance of social impact in business, this panel discussion led by four global business leaders will discuss the business benefits and impact of an altruistic company model.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 1:35 PM

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How to approach valuation when raising a seed round

What: Hosted by Amazon Web Services, this 30-minute masterclass teaches the framework of raising money for a pre-seed or seed round of financing. Learn the basics of valuation, how to talk to investors and more.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 AM

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The power of online communities

What: With the recent announcement of a new Toronto office coming from Reddit, this centre-stage discussion on the importance of online connection is especially relevant to a local audience. See the COO of Reddit, Jen Wong, and VP of YouTube, Chris Jaffe, talk about how an increasingly digital world needs strong virtual community presence.

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 11:15 AM

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