Launch & Grow Your Tech Venture: Validating Your Concept @ Webinar
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

About this event

Part 2 of 2 Workshop Series

Do you have a new or innovative idea for a tech start-up? Whether you are just getting started or looking to build on an existing idea, get the tools you need to get your tech start-up off the ground.

During this interactive workshop, validate your startup ideas and bring a proof-of-concept to life. You'll walk away with the knowledge of:

  • How to assess your idea
  • Validate the business opportunity
  • How to engage with end-users

Participants from this workshop will be invited to further expand their learning by taking part in a peer-to-peer mentorship session on June 29, 2021, facilitated by a representative from the Venture Catalyst program at YSpace.

Register today to cultivate your ideas into a successful tech start-up!

About the speaker

Sisa Lleses is Captain & Co-founder at Design Off The Boat: An all-women product design crew for all women founders dedicated to social impact. Their goal is to accelerate to time-to-impact of tech for good by building smarter with Design Thinking, faster with Design Sprints, and better with No-Code.

Sisa runs the borderless agency out of Toronto but her roots are in The Philippines. There, she assisted in creating The Hub of Innovation for Inclusion, a social enterprise incubator in the heart of Manila. This is where she got started on Design Thinking and moved towards becoming a Design Sprint Facilitator.

Her team has helped women founders build their social impact startups and communities like The [Feminist Enterprise Commons. She is the UX Lead at [NeedsList](NC Tech Awards "Tech For Good" Winner 2019, Canada's Top 100 Recovery Projects – Future of Good).

ELLA Entrepreneurial Insights: Make Your Mark | Designing a Time-Tested Business Through Social Media
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

In today’s digital age, having a social media presence is necessary, but are you making the most out of your online presence? Social media is a great way to connect with your audience, but did you know it’s also a great way to create revenue streams?  

Join us to hear from YouTube sensation, Melissa Maker, President & Founder of Clean My Space, as she walks us through how she built a time-tested business through an active social media presence. Learn which revenue streams you may be missing out on and gather her top tips and tricks that you can implement right away to add another level to your business! 

On Wednesday, June 23rd at 12:00pm EST, Melissa will take the floor for her keynote presentation followed by moderated Q&A with Nicole Troster, ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager. Bring your note taking tools and inquisitive minds and get ready to engage in an active conversation during the audience Q&A.  

About the speaker: 

(Shane Gray Photography)

Melissa Maker is an accidental cleaning expert - because she hates to clean! In 2006, she launched Clean My Space, a cleaning service in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. In 2011, she decided to create digital content to help drive bookings by launching the Clean My Space YouTube channel. Since then, the channel has amassed over 235 million video views and over 1.7 million subscribers along with a healthy Instagram following and busy website. She also founded a microfiber cleaning tools company in 2016, called Maker's Clean. 

While Melissa has delivered her expert advice on cleaning products, tools, and DIY substitutes for over ten years, she wasn’t always a cleaning pro and understands that people are looking for practical, time-saving solutions to everyday problems. 

Melissa’s fans tune in on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest advice on their cleaning needs and follow Melissa’s life as an entrepreneur, foodie and mother of a toddler. 

Launch & Grow Your Food Venture: New Food Development @ Webinar
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

About this event

Launch & Grow Your Food Venture presented by Innovation York & Vaughan Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Whether beverages, to sauces to bakery, get the information you need on what is required for the development of food products starting from concept to commercialization. The latter portion of the presentation will be an interactive hands-on workshop on the steps involved in the development process.

Learn more about:

  • What is required prior to the development stage, during the development stage, and leading up to the finalization of the of the product
  • Nutritional information and label requirements
  • Sourcing of co-packers
  • Packaging
  • Product shelf life

This workshop will be followed by a Q&A period.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with YSpace's York Region Food Accelerator. YSpace is home to one of the first of its kind in the GTA food accelerator program, and is a partnership with YSpace, The Regional Municipality of York Region and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. YSpace Food Accelerator helps promising food and beverage consumer-packaged goods (CPG) ventures build their strategy, grow their network and scale their business.

About the speaker

Phillip Wang Lee, Ph.D, President

Phillip Lee Wing Ph.D. is the President of The Food Development Group located in Richmond Hill since 1996. The Food Development Group provides technical support to the food Industry with a fully equipped Product Development laboratory.

Phillip has been the Past President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology as well as the Past Chair of the Ontario section of the Baking Association of Canada. He manages the group through each stage of the projects and maintains a solid relationship with Industry and the clients.

Raj Verma, Research Scientist

Raj Verma is the Research Scientist at The Food Development Group. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Dairy & Food Industry. Of which 10 years’ experience in leading team for research & development, new product development, process improvement and delivering cost saving.

His expertise in application of dairy ingredients into various food categories including processed food products. He is also experienced in quality control, production, sanitation & product development of Dairy Products, Dairy-by Products, Beverage concentrates, BBQ sauces, Dips, Mayonnaise, alcoholic drinks, carbonated beverages, & spring water. With in-depth knowledge of HACCP, ISO, SQF and Lean manufacturing.