The first rule of this community is:
” Create more value than you capture.” – Tim O’Reilly
If you can’t figure out how to add value, then you are doing it wrong. It probably means that you’re ruining the experience for someone else.
- Mentor Mondays – hosted by Howard Gwin of OMERS Ventures. Probably the best networking event for funded and looking to get funded startups. Includes Howard’s network of CEOs, founders, consultants and other crazies that can provide real world advice. This is the best CEO event in the city if you can get an invite.
- Founders & Funders – An invite only event hosted semi-regularly by use here at StartupNorth. It’s designed to bring together the people the start high potential growth companies and the people that fund them. It is invite only, requirements vary if you are a founder or a funder. For funders, we like to see 2 investments of >$100k in the past 12 months, and we try to vette founders to be fundable (and we’re often wrong)
- SproutUpTO – Hosted by Jon Spencely and the Sprouter crew. Roughly monthly meetup that follows the startup demos and a big name keynote speaker. Event is approximately $12 to attend. Has hosted big names like: Daniel Burka, Tony Conrad, Matt Meeker, Sean Ellis, and others. Many of the keynote speakers and the startups are “high potential growth technology companies” but I find that the audience and the networking is mixed.
- TechTalksTO - Great semi-regular series of talks by technologists for technologists.
- StartupGrind TO – Semi-regular access to startup speakers including Paul Singh, Eric Migicovsky, and others
- Ladies Learning Code - focused on teaching development skills to newbies (of all genders).
- DevTO – monthly developer educational events. Broad focus on industry trends and specific development environments.
- Creative Mornings TO – Monthly breakfast series for creative types. Tends to aim more agency side but a great show.
- Pecha Kucha TO – Pecha Kucha is the format that started it all. 20 slides x 20 seconds. It’s another event that tends to be aimed more at designers and agency folks. Presentations are always interesting.
- Third Tuesday Toronto – Primarily for communications professionals (think PR and media types) with a focus on digital media and emerging best practices.
- DemoCamp - I have hosted DemoCamps since 2005. They started as a way for entrepreneurs, developers and designers to get together and share what they’ve been working on. They grew to >500 person networking events. There are currently no plans to host anymore.
Smaller Events & Meetups
- Toronto Ruby Brigade - Great learning series primarily aimed at beginners, but becoming more advanced, includes book club series, hack nights at Influitive, and lessons/lectures about specifics of building and craft in Ruby.
- Rails Pub Nite - Totally a social event. It’s a great way to figure out who is hiring in the Ruby scene and to meet others using Ruby. Hosted by the Unspace crew at the Rhino on Queen Street West.
- Django/Python Toronto