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The best remote events for Toronto entrepreneurs this January

January 5

Get insider tips on starting a business, connect with prospective investors and find your next career move at these startup-focused online events this month.

The new year is the perfect time to reassess your personal and professional development.

Whether you have a dream of starting a business from a passion project or simply want to find a new, more rewarding job, these online events will help you reach your goals and connect you with the right investors, mentors and more.

Here are the events to watch for online this month:

How Data and AI Are Shaping Innovation in Industry

When is it: January 12, 12:00 PM

Why you should attend: In this free panel session led by Microsoft Cloud and AI group’s Paul Maher, experts will discuss cutting-edge technologies impacting the industry in 2021 and look at some of today’s most promising ideas in data and automation.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

Build Your Arts Business from the Inside Out

When is it: January 13, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Why you should attend: As an element of a three-part series of workshops from Artscape Daniels designed to support creative entrepreneurs, join this timely session to develop your arts-based business.

Cost to attend: General admission is $39.55; member admission is free. The session will be led by Chris Mitchell, an arts-focused career coach and entrepreneur.  

Learn more and register here.

TEDxToronto Adventures: Fireside Chat with Kofi Hope & Change Makers

When is it: January 14, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Why you should attend: In this fireside chat hosted by the Toronto chapter of TEDx, change makers from the social change community will discuss how individuals and businesses alike can make impactful decisions for the betterments of communities. Attendees will be challenged to examine their own lives to identify areas of improvement and will be given the opportunity to ask questions about impact and measurement.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

Black Career Conference 2021

When is it: January 15 & 16

Why you should attend: Whether you’re a new grad, entrepreneur or representative from a hiring company, this conference provides Black talent the opportunity to connect, network and find new pathways of work. The multi-day conference includes a pitch competition (application details on the event page), panel discussions and keynotes.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

Investor Speed Dating and Open Mic

When is it: January 20, 7 PM

Why you should attend: Hosted by Toronto Starts, this event allows entrepreneurs and founders the rare opportunity to connect in rapid-fire discussions with experienced investors. Attendees will need to submit information in order to register including their company stage, funding goals, traction and a company overview.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

Smash Startup Conference

When is it: January 28, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Why you should attend: Learn to successfully launch your venture and network with industry experts in this virtual conference for early-stage startup founders. Entrepreneurs can use the time to get advice, connect with relevant teams and find potential beta users for new products. This conference is chat-only to curb Zoom fatigue.

Cost to attend: General admission is $32.84.

Learn more and register here.

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