Toronto Mayor John Tory yesterday launched a new city website and strategy to champion the region as a centre of startups, innovation and growth, in partnership with City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.
The two mayors will participate in a dual city mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley in April, 2016, where they will communicate the region’s strengths, encourage investment and promote the Toronto-Waterloo regional corridor as an important home to talent and innovation.
The City launched a new website StartUp HERE Toronto to support the growing startup community in Toronto and the broader Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor. The StartUp HERE Toronto website was built and will be managed in partnership with Toronto start-ups, incubators, accelerators, funders and educational institutions.
The Mayor launched the new site following a working group with private and public sector leaders and city staff on Thursday focused on four key items related to the city’s innovation agenda: talent attraction and retention; civic engagement, developing Toronto’s reputation as a digital testing ground, and creating an innovation friendly regulatory and procurement environment. These initiatives are part of “From Concept to Commercialization: A Startup Eco-system Strategy for the City of Toronto”, which was endorsed by City Council in May 2015.
Mayor Tory will also be travelling to Kitchener-Waterloo on March 23 as part of his work with Mayor Vrbanovic to promote increased collaboration and improved connections between the regions.