In the early stages of starting a business, entrepreneurs can use all the help they can get.

Whether you’re actively seeking out investors for your existing startup, hoping to connect with an industry mentor or are simply looking for a motivation boost to get going on a new idea, these events will help you to succeed in your business journey.

Here are some of the best free or low-cost events for business owners and entrepreneurs in Toronto taking place this March:

Side Hustles & Startups: Is Entrepreneurship For You?

When is it: March 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Why you should attend: Join Ryerson Startup School for their upcoming interactive session to explore the benefits of starting your own business. Led by startup and venture capital expert Dr. Sean Wise, this event will allow you to connect with the personal qualities of being a successful entrepreneur, network with other like-minded people and find out the lifestyle is a fit for you.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

SheEO Summit 2021

When is it: March 8-9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Why you should attend: Focusing on finance, venture, systems and mindset, the SheEO virtual summit looks to gather women and non-binary people in the business community to discuss trends and address issues within the industry.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

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University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Week

When is it: March 8-11, time range varies

Why you should attend: Filled with speaker series, pitch competitions and startup highlights, the university’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship is still serving its audience a packed agenda from home. This event isn’t just for students — it welcomes those who are looking to be inspired, as well as investors, mentors, business leaders and alumni.

Cost to attend: General admission is free.

Learn more and register here.

Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce Global Market Workshop

When is it: March 10, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Why you should attend: In the Ontario edition of this series of interactive workshops, learn how to access the international market for your LGBT+-owned business in the midst of COVID-19. Get insights into the global marketplace, learn about available government resources and organize your company internally to drive success in your expansion.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Toronto Virtual Speed Networking

When is it: March 23, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Why you should attend: In the March edition of this ongoing event series, build business relationships and meet new peers in quick-fire networking sessions online. This event is ideal for those looking to expand their business, find new investors, seek out mentors and more.

Cost to attend: Tickets cost $33.08. 

Learn more and register here.

Amplify: Women’s Pitch

When is it: March 31, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Why you should attend: In their monthly event series, Volition will be hosting a live pitch session on YouTube featuring women-led businesses from across the globe. View rapid-fire pitches from five startups and hear expert feedback on how they can improve — you can even share your own thoughts as well.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

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