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News & Events

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all of our programming has been moved online so that we can continue to support your goals and success. Below, you'll find a list of all upcoming SDZ events! 

Upcoming

SDZ's Holidays of Fun

January 18 | 12 - 1 PM

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These fireside chats bring experts together to share key lessons with early stage entrepreneurs.

Learn from their journeys, the mistakes they've seen, and the successes they've had to propel your company to the next level.

This is a bi-weekly virtual series, featuring different guests each time.

Expert Line-up

  • Alex Gill - Director, Social Ventures Zone (SVZ)
  • Emily Smiley - Manager, Partnerships & Investor Relations, Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
  • James Shen - Managing Partner, Pioneer Ventures

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For more information and to register, click below. 

SDZ's Holidays of Fun

January 19 | 2 - 3 PM

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In this sub-series of, "COVID-19 as a Disruptor", we will discuss topics ranging from education to travel, addressing what moving forward could look like, for all of us.

The topic for this panel is identifying how we could reimagine the retail experience for consumers as well as how we might enhance current supply chain systems.

Panel Line-up

  • Gail Rodwell-Simon - Strategic Retail Advisor, The Poirier Group
  • Dr. Hong Yu - Associate Professor (Ryerson Retail Management) and Associate Dean of TRSM Graduate Studies
  • Thea Earl - Lead Product Marketer, Shopify

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For more information and to register, click below. 

SDZ's Holidays of Fun

January 21 | 2 - 3:30 PM

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This interactive workshop helps you build and refine your problem solving skills using part of the design thinking process.

This session will begin with an introduction to part of the design thinking process. We will then do a group exercise using Mural that will dive into how problems can be thought through and how to organize ideas. This Think Tank will follow up from our panel discussion about challenges in the healthcare industry.

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For more information and to register, click below. 

About Our Programs & Events

Skills-building
Skills-building Workshops

Tailored to develop 21st century skills, these workshops provide an easy avenue to try something new.

Arduino, 3D printing, laser cutting, improv, & more.

Socials
Socials

Our socials create connections that last far beyond us, and has created one of our most valuable assets: our tight-knit community.

Ice cream socials and mixers.

Startup-focused
Startup-focused

These workshops help get your startup from the lightbulb moment to being ready for a pitch competition.

How-to series, pitch for your meal, and topical tutorials.

Courses
Courses

Learning is done best outside of the classroom–there, we said it. The SDZ facilitates three courses at Ryerson:

Innovation Prize
Innovation Prize

Our Steve Naraine Early Innovation Prize, opens in new window provides $2000 and SDZ support to a selected winner for their project's development.

The winner of the May 2020 prize was, Vahid Safar, a fifth year Biology student at Ryerson! Stay tuned for a highlight on his story!

Student Skills-training Program
Student Skills-training Program

Similar to an internship, this program pairs students with SDZ startups. Through this 4 month collaboration, students can build industry-relevant skills and startups can gain operational support and fresh perspectives.