Events

Sep
18
Wed
#PitchItYork @ YSpace, York University
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Open People Network and YSpace on Wednesday, May 22nd for #PitchItYork from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Join us as we bring together entrepreneurs, investors and potential investors and create a community of sharing and collaboration. That’s why OPN and YSpace have partnered up to make #PitchItYork a staple in the York Region ecosystem!

Each event will consist of;

  • 4 startups pitching for 7-9  minutes to 2 angel investors, 1 business leaders and an audience that is comprised of entrepreneurs, angel investors, partners and business leaders.
  • Elevator Pitches
  • Networking, light fare and beverages
  • Giveaways!
Sep
26
Thu
Scotiabank x Change Connect Lunch and Learn - Networking for Success @ YSpace, York University
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Small Business Advantage. When choosing Scotiabank for your Small Business banking, you benefit from a team of experts dedicated to your success. Our Small Business Advisors can assess your needs and provide relevant tools, resources and leading products to support your business activities.

We’re excited to present to you our upcoming Lunch and Learn with Scotiabank! The topic of the presentation is Networking for Success. Networking and "word of mouth" advertising together are 7 times more likely to bring in business than all forms of traditional advertising and direct mail combined. It's taking place on Tuesday, September 24th from 12-2:00pm! Sign ups are live and limited spots are available so make sure to register fast!

Sep
27
Fri
The 6 INITIATIVE Presents: #SALESETTER - Attracting the Right Clients @ YSpace Markham
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Explore • Educate • Elevate
About this Event
The 6 INITIATIVE Presents: #SALESETTER - Attracting the Right Clients

Whether you’re a business owner or working within a team, you’ve got to sell. Your ideas, products, services and most often, your point of view. Being able to effectively communicate the value of what you’re offering (or suggesting) is a vital skill in business and life. It can mean the difference between success and failure in your career, non-profit, fundraiser and even your most precious relationships.

Unfortunately, many of us have no idea what we’re actually selling and it’s holding us back from making the difference we’re here to make. Even if you already have an established offering that’s proven itself to bring value to new or existing customers, there’s always the opportunity to take your business to the next level. If you're ready to step up your game, join us on SEPTEMBER 27 to learn from a panel of local entrepreneurs on how to book yourself solid with not just clients that pay the bills, but clients who allow you to charge more and build your reputation as a leader in your industry.

How do you identify your target customers?
How do you create trust with your clients?
How can you make your brand unique from everyone else?
How can you make your clients hungry for your services?
What do you do when the struggle is real with sales?
We will have interactive presentations from the speakers throughout the night to allow you to apply what you learned. Then the event opens up for networking - a great opportunity for you to meet like-minded folks! Pack a notebook, charged smartphone, and an A-grade attitude! See you all there!

AGENDA:

6:30PM - Registration & Mix/Mingle

7:00PM - Welcome Remarks & Introductions

7:10PM - First Speaker Presentation

7:25PM - Second Speaker Presentation

7:40PM - Third Speaker Presentation

7:55PM - Q+A

8:15PM - Audience Group Pitching Competition

8:35PM - Sponsors + Closing remarks

9:00PM - Networking + Food & refreshments

Oct
3
Thu
Lunch and Learn: Government Funding for Manufacturers and Technology Companies – SR&ED Program @ YSpace Markham
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

About the Presentation

In this Lunch & Learn workshop, we will discuss the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) incentive program, which is the biggest source of Canadian government funding for both technology companies and manufacturers in a variety of industries.

Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program provides small and medium-sized CCPCs (Canadian controlled public corporations) with an annual fully refundable 35% tax credit on up to $3 million of qualifying expenditures related to scientific research and experimental development in a variety of industries.

In all, the program pays out more than $3 billion in tax credit incentives to over 20,000 claimants annually.

Speaker Dmitry Brusilovsky is a founder of SRED Unlimited, a boutique consulting company specializing in securing SR&ED tax credits and refunds.

About the Presenter

Dmitry Brusilovsky - Founder and SR&ED Technical Director

Dmitry has a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science, and prior to the founding of SRED Unlimited —and to his work in the field of SR&ED in general—gained many years of software engineering experience. Since then, he has worked for over 14 years on SR&ED applications. In addition to administrative duties, he also personally works on SR&ED applications for many of SRED Unlimited’s software and technology clients.

Oct
4
Fri
Lunch and Learn: Sales Essentials for Startups with Change Connect @ YSpace Markham
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

About the workshop

Sales is ultimately about helping other people solve problems. By understanding how to do this—as well as how to navigate the overall sales process—you'll be better positioned to close deals. In this course, instructor Vyona Ma shares what sales means in a startup. Vyona explores the keys to customer avatar and market landscape, understanding a client's needs, and prescribing a value based solution. She also discusses how revenue targets and resources go hand in hand in planning, explores ways to find efficiency in sales, and takes a look at metrics to drive success.

What you’ll learn
Understanding your customer avatar
Finding out a customer's needs
Prescribing a solution
Sales Planning and Resource Planning

Presented by Change Connect https://www.changeconnect.ca/

Oct
22
Tue
Lunch and Learn - Small Business Month Celebration @ YSpace, York University
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Small Business Advantage. When choosing Scotiabank for your Small Business banking, you benefit from a team of experts dedicated to your success. Our Small Business Advisors can assess your needs and provide relevant tools, resources and leading products to support your business activities.

We’re excited to present to you our upcoming Lunch and Learn with Scotiabank! Let's celebrate small business month. It's taking place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 12-2:00pm! Sign ups are live and limited spots are available so make sure to register fast!

Nov
13
Wed
Lunch and Learn: Sales Planning and Resource Planning with Change Connect @ YSpace Markham
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

About the workshop

Truly successful sales professionals are able to focus on efficient and profitable ways of increasing sales to develop their business. They manage the sales process by diligently staying in tune with opportunities and actively monitoring account activity throughout the sales cycle. In this seminar, learn about proper sales pipeline management, to become more skilled at organizing leads, cultivating opportunities, forecasting outcomes, and closing sales. Learn how to manage your sales and how you can better resource plan to meet your target.

What you’ll learn
Organizing, planning and tracking
Understanding activity budget
Forecasting sales and why is it important
Maintaining the sales pipeline
Analyzing and making decisions with data

About the Presenter - Agnes Lan

For Agnes, there is nothing greater than seeing her fellow peers and small and midsize businesses succeed. She believes that everyone has something valuable to share in the business, which is why she founded the #SmallandMighty movement and started her company, Change Connect, as a way to shake up the consulting industry.

As a firm believer that change management is the key to success, Agnes wants to help businesses transform for the better and succeed in this ever-changing market. With experience in the assessment, strategy, design, and implementation of business transformations in various industries with a focus on sales (customer-focused business strategies, organization design, sales efficiency and transformation), she has a knack for breaking down complex strategies into tangible business tactics, specializing in leadership training and sales transformations.

Nov
20
Wed
#PitchItYork @ YSpace, York University
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Open People Network and YSpace on Wednesday, May 22nd for #PitchItYork from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Join us as we bring together entrepreneurs, investors and potential investors and create a community of sharing and collaboration. That’s why OPN and YSpace have partnered up to make #PitchItYork a staple in the York Region ecosystem!

Each event will consist of;

  • 4 startups pitching for 7-9  minutes to 2 angel investors, 1 business leaders and an audience that is comprised of entrepreneurs, angel investors, partners and business leaders.
  • Elevator Pitches
  • Networking, light fare and beverages
  • Giveaways!