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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 Founder Sessions , external link, opens in new window

April 12 | 12 - 1:30 PM

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This session will feature various government organizations to highlight the available funding opportunities.

In the first part of the session each organization will present their funding sources (~5 mins each). In the second part of the event each speaker will be placed into a breakout room. The attendees will be able to move through the breakout rooms as they please to ask relevant questions.

This will be facilitated virtually through Microsoft Teams. A meeting link will be updated closer to the event.

Guest Speakers:

  • Protein Industries Canada - Karra-Lee Gerrits
  • Angel Investing - Bryan Watson
  • IRAP - Mahmood Hossain
  • OCE - Mandhir Kalia
  • NSERC - John Jackson
  • Magnet SWPP - Anica Vasic
  • Mitacs - Leslie Bone
  • SR&ED - Ahmad Atoui
  • Ontario Genomics - TBD

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For more information and to register, click below. 

SDZ's First Look Showcase , external link, opens in new window

March 31 | 12 - 2 PM

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Join us on Gather.Town for an insider look into what some of our startups are working on!

If you are interested in entrepreneurship, how the SDZ supports those who wish to learn more about the startup ecosystem, or simply want to know more about what creative problem-solvers at Ryerson are working on, you won’t want to miss this!

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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.