Breaking into the Canadian startup ecosystem – How to break into the tech scene in Toronto, Canada 

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Last update 15-Aug-2021

Authors:

Erik Torenberg twitter.com/eriktorenberg

Daryna Kulya [DK] twitter.com/darynakulya

Mohammed Asaduallah twitter.com/heymosef

Paul Krajewski twitter.com/salesenablement

Kamil Rextin [KR] twitter.com/kamilrextin

Mustefa Jo’shen twitter.com/mustefaj

1. Toronto Tech Scene FAQs

Q: What word best describes Toronto’s tech/startup scene?

[DK] Breakthrough. With so many great companies in the city, a lot of support networks for entrepreneurs and, hopefully, more funding for local companies, feels like Toronto is about to have its breakthrough moment.

[KR] Diversity & Openness. Both in terms of backgrounds, gender, ethnicity & cultures but also the type of companies from marketplaces to financial technology, commerce, marketing technology & many more. There’s no ‘right’ kind of founder or company, they come in all shapes & sizes. The TO community is open, welcoming and embracing to anyone who wants to get involved.

Q: How does someone break into Toronto’s tech/startup scene?

[DK] Depends what you’d mean by “breaking in”. If it’s just about finding a job at a startup, section 4 with a list of some startups that are hiring could be a good place to start. However, if you’d like to get involved in the community, meet future co-founders and make friends, I’d have a different answer.

I believe that creating value for others is the best way to “break into” any industry, including tech. Based on your skills and talents, find a way to help someone with what they are working on. Don’t ask for anything in return. Repeat. Keep doing it until people start reaching out to you for help (this means you’re creating value). Same people will be much more willing to help you after you’ve helped them.

Volunteer at an event, design / redesign someone’s logo, build something people in the community want / need, step up to host a meetup, write and publish a thorough product review, connect two people who should know each other, find an answer to the question someone has, do research nobody volunteered for.

Don’t forget to share your story. If you have a compelling story, strangers will go out of their way to help you. Thanks to Ruben Harris for sharing this important point in his post.

[KR] Don’t ask for permission. You own the community as much as anyone else. As long as you aren’t rude or an a**h**** you will be welcome and embraced. Get involved by going to meetups, asking people out for coffee, writing about your experiences and being active on Twitter & relevant Facebook Groups.

2. Where should I meet Toronto’s Tech Community?

Meetups

https://ti.to/techtoronto/

UXResearch|TO — meetup.com/UXResearchTO/

UX Lightning Talks Toronto

TORONTO TECH: Wearable, IoT, Big Data, 3D, Energy, AI, Robot

(UXD / UX) User Experience Design Toronto — meetup.com/uxtoronto/

Product Hunt Toronto — producthunttoronto.com For all of you makers, hunters and early adopters.

#ProductTO — meetup.com/productto/

Tech Toronto (Meet & learn from Toronto’s tech founders) techto.org

#BotTO — meetup.com/Bot-TO/ (Get your bot on)

#DesignTO — meetup.com/DesignTO (Toronto’s monthly Design Meetup)

#DevTO — devto.ca

Girl Geeks Toronto — http://girlgeekstoronto.com/

LEAN Coffee Toronto — meetup.com/leancoffeeto/

MaRS Entrepreneurship 101 — Canada’s largest live & online entrepreneurship course — marsdd.com/entrepreneurship-101/

Startup Grind — meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Toronto/

SalesTOtechtoronto.org

Subscribe to the feed from startupdigest.com/digests/toronto from your own Google calendar to automatically see it filled with a good portion of events in the city

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Job opening – Manager, Sales Enablement – HUB International (Chicago, IL)

Manager, Sales Enablement
HUB International (Chicago, IL)
Date published: 2-Feb-2018

The Manager, Sales Enablement plays a vital role in the growth and development of our sales culture. The Manager, Sales Enablement reports to the Assistant Vice President, Sales Enablement and assists Corporate and Regional HUBs in achieving their goals. This individual will be working out of our corporate headquarters in Chicago to deliver ongoing sales initiatives to HUB region locations.

Seeking an individual who enjoys working in an entrepreneurial environment—someone who enjoys bringing forth and implementing new ideas and solutions. At HUB International, we are a decentralized firm that prides itself on our unique culture and doing what’s right for our employees and clients. This role is for someone who thrives in a self-starting setting with a drive for creative deliverables—content, design, videos, training and more. An ideal candidate can take a project and run with it while adding in their own innovative solutions and ideas.

The Manager, Sales Enablement will work closely with the Sales Enablement Leadership Team and the regional Strategic Resource Management Team (SRMs) to ensure that major initiatives are clearly communicated, well understood and executed. This role will work to establish relationships with the SRMs, and will identify and leverage best practices in sales enablement through leadership.

Responsibilities
Sales Enablement, SRMs, Event Planning & Training
• Advise Sales Enablement team of trends, issues, and conditions that impact effective execution of the sales enablement role;
• Collaborate with team to brainstorm new products, enhancements and processes;
• Assist in planning annual SRM conference and other training/orientation sessions throughout the year;
• Train regional SRMs on sales and marketing tools/resources that are critical to sales enablement;

+ Lead in-person and webinar hosted training sessions for SRMs and office locations
+ Work with local regions to assist in providing materials to improve onboarding of new Producers and acquired locations to enhance their joining HUB;
+ General problem solver and navigator for employees looking for HUB resources.

Content Creation and Management

+ Mange content and pages of our intranet and content management system (HUB Today – SAVO);

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