Toronto is now North America’s fastest-growing tech city, with 2020 promising to be another banner year for the region’s innovation community. From record investment and job growth, to the city’s emergence as a fintech and AI leader, to Canada’s growing role in the world of impact-focused capitalism, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to Toronto.
And the best way to experience Toronto’s tech ecosystem: live and in-person. The city boasts a full calendar of premiere events — perfect for startups, investors, everyday enthusiasts, and everyone in-between. Here are the top Toronto tech conferences and events to look out for in 2020.
March 30 – April 3, 2020
[Note: Since publication, MaRS has rescheduled this year’s Health Innovation Week because of evolving uncertainties related to COVID-19. Learn more at healthinnovationweek.ca]
Health Innovation Week is Canada’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and other ecosystem players. Join thousands of entrepreneurs, health professionals, investors and partners from the industry to secure funding, learn about the latest health inventions, and share your story.
April 21 – 23, 2020
This conference brings together the brightest, most-talented innovators in the fintech and AI space to explore the trends that are shaping — and disrupting — the future of the financial industry. Join event sponsors Framework Venture Partners, BDC Capital and MaRS for three exciting days of CEO and founder talks, pitch battles and workshops.
June 1 – 7, 2020
If you’re a tech entrepreneur in the Greater Toronto Area, you owe it to yourself to attend True North Festival in Waterloo. Powered by Communitech (MaRS partner and one of the country’s most influential tech accelerators), True North brings together more than 2,500 local entrepreneurs in a festival-like setting for a week of electrifying talks, networking opportunities and social events.
June 22 – 25, 2020
Billed as North America’s fastest-growing tech event, Collision is a must-attend for Toronto tech entrepreneurs and innovators. Bringing together Fortune 500 companies, startups and exciting speakers like Justin Trudeau, Kara Swisher and Seth Rogen, the conference attracted more than 30,000 attendees from more than 100 countries in 2019, and 2020’s conference promises to be even bigger.
September 17 – 23, 2020
With a history of attracting global-icon speakers like Michelle Obama, Martha Stewart and Chris Hadfield, Elevate is a tech and innovation event like no other. Bringing together creatives, executives, entrepreneurs and professionals, Elevate takes over all of downtown Toronto — part conference, part festival, and part arts and culture event.
November 4 – 6, 2020
Social Finance Forum is Canada’s leading conference on impact capitalism and social enterprise. Convened by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, the forum attracts more than 600 leading investors, entrepreneurs and finance professionals, as well as non-profit, charity and public policy visionaries who are reshaping markets to use private capital for social good.
Canada has always punched well above its weight when it came to cleantech success. And yet, the country never had a cleantech conference to call its own. That changes this November, as MaRS hosts its inaugural Cleantech Summit to showcase Canada’s stable of incredible companies and most importantly, get deals done. The summit will feature talks on smart cities, Industry 4.0, the circular economy and women in cleantech.
CIX bills itself as Canada’s largest curated startup investment conference, focusing on attracting the country’s most promising early and growth-stage tech ventures. If you’re a promising Canadian company looking to connect with global investors and corporate partners, CIX is a can’t-miss event.
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