Techstars’ Startup Weekend to focus on Canadian entrepreneurs looking to launch climate, sustainability startups

Wind turbines in an open field

Techstars’ upcoming Startup Weekend seeks to help participants “take action” on some of today’s “toughest and most urgent” climate and sustainability-related challenges.

The three-day event, which is part of global accelerator Techstars’ second international online startup series, offers participants networking opportunities and potential cash prizes. Ultimately, it aims to help entrepreneurs take the first steps towards launching their own startups by allowing them to develop and pitch their ideas among a community of peers.

The three-day event is part of global accelerator Techstars’ second international online startup series.

The conference, which begins on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. and runs until April 18 at 9:30 p.m. EDT, is set to involve talks by industry leaders, feedback from local entrepreneurs, and the chance to win cash prizes. Registration for the virtual event is currently open.

“We believe this virtual sustainability-themed Techstars Startup Weekend is the perfect way to bring together community members from across the country in an inclusive and safe way while creating impactful solutions for some of today’s most urgent challenges,” said the Techstars Startup Weekend Canada Organizing Team.

The event is open to entrepreneurs, developers, designers, business professionals, community members, industry experts, and students across Canada, and aims to act as a space for like-minded people to connect, identify key challenges, brainstorm, and build solutions relating to sustainability.

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The Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainability Canada event will include Friday night pitches and brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation workshops, culminating in Sunday demonstrations and presentations before a panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts to win cash prizes.

Techstars called the event “the perfect environment in which to test your idea online and take the first steps toward launching your own startup.”

Techstars Toronto recently announced the 10 companies in its 2021 cohort. Techstars Toronto selected a list that included eight startups that were founded outside of Canada.

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