The Impact Centre is dedicated to making a global impact. Our research programs, startup support and entrepreneurship training all look beyond our borders for new and exciting opportunities.
Over the past few months the Impact Centre has hosted a number of international organizations at the University of Toronto, including Expo 2020 Dubai, CoCoon, the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, and Garage+. Looking to connect with local startups, these organizations provide opportunities in expanding the company’s presence, financing, manufacturing, or other opportunities.
Earlier this month, the Impact Centre hosted Ranya Saadawi of Expo 2020 Dubai to speak about their work to support innovations that matter. The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Program aims to fund novel and innovative solutions around the themes of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. With up to $100,000 USD available to support the growth of social enterprises, startups, and other grassroots projects, this is an excellent opportunity for startups looking to make a difference.
In September, Taiwan-based Garage+ came to the University of Toronto to promote their Startup Global Program. This soft-landing program provides international opportunities to meet with manufacturing and other partners in Taiwan. iMerciv, an Impact Centre supported company focused on assistive devices for the visually impaired, participated in their 10-day program. During the event Arjun Mali, a co-founder of iMerciv, spoke about their experience and how they have been continuing to work with partners in Taiwan.
Rounding out the global tours, the Hong Kong-based CoCoon entrepreneurship network and the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund visited the University of Toronto this past spring. CoCoon is focused on building community of entreprenrus, delivering entrepreneurship training programs and investing in startup companies through their CoCoon Ignite Ventures fund. While the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund is a not-for-profit initiative of Alibaba Group that provides entrepreneurs and young people with investment capital, strategic guidance and internship opportunities to help them better achieve their goals. Both of these groups were able to present their programs and meet with University of Toronto startups.