Why Y2?

The cornerstone that fosters youth innovation, Y2 is a 2-part startup conference where students learn to bring a business idea from concept to customer validation to presentation. The third edition of Y2 just happened in Februrary - scroll down to learn more!

See past Y2 successes! Watch past Y2 pitches!

Upcoming Y2

Our next Y2 conference is quickly approaching on October 14th and October 21st 2017!

Participant registration is now open for October Y2, click the link below to register on Eventbrite!

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Its never too early - our participant registration is open for our Y2 2018 as well!

Date: February 24th and March 3rd 2018 Register here for Y2 2018!

Schedule

The schedule for October Y2 coming soon, until then look at what some people are saying about Y2!

Saturday, Oct. 14th:
9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks Y2 Team
9:45 AM Speaker Presentation
10 - 10:30AM Pitch Explanation and Open-Mic Pitches Participants
11:30 AM Short-list and Team Formation
12 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Mini Workshop: What is Design Thinking? Future Design School
1:20 PM Work Time! Participants
2:45 PM Mini Workshop: Interpreting Needs Future Design School
3:00 PM Work Time! Participants
5:00 PM Building an Investor Pitch Workshop: Kevin Smith, The Story Architect
6:00 PM Dinner Participants
9:00 PM End of Y2 Day 1!
Saturday, October 21st:
9:30 AM Breakfast and Opening Remarks Y2 Team and Participants
9:45 AM Effective Public Speaking Workshop: Marlon Shaw, Speak and Grow Your Business
10:30 AM Work Time! Participants
12 PM Lunch and Final Team Presentations Submitted
1:15 PM Speaker Presentation
1:30 PM Final Presentations Participants
5 PM Wrap-up and Awards Ceremony Judges
5:30 PM Dinner Participants
7 PM End of Y2!

  • 96 participants, 36 volunteer entrepreneurs and professionals who served as coaches, mentors, speakers, workshop facilitators, judges, and prizes
  • 30 open-mic pitch ideas 14 shortlisted ideas
  • 2 winners: Seconds (app that will help redistribute local food surplus to provide city-dwellers with quality meals at discounted prices) and Tess (redesigned compost bin that makes composting easier and less messy)
  • The participation of Seneca College President David Agnew, Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger, Associate Deputy Minister of Science, Innovation and Economic Development Kelly Gillis, and YRDSB Trustee Billy Pang the excitement at the finals.
  • Ideal Incubator’s team was present to video-record on both days, and over the coming week or so will share the videos with us, to be shared on YouTube
  • These were the ideas shared in the final presentations:

  • Bottle Bounty: Produce "reverse vending machines" that will collect plastic bottles in exchange for credits (think bottle return services) to improve recycling rates.
  • EatMar: ordering and payment platform for the restaurant industry.
  • Enigma: The Affinity will create a virtual space that allows people to make social and emotional connections through music.
  • Flexwear: clothing powered by electricity to heat the person wearing it.
  • Glide: soundless, efficient and lightweight vacuum cleaner.
  • HOAP (Help over Alexa Platform): Alexa-based and voice-activated personal assistant that serves users with the goal of reducing stress and anxiety in youth.
  • I.V.V.I. (Integrated Vision for the Visually Impaired): A device that will help the visually impaired navigate various environment by providing directions, and auditory and tactile feedback to incoming obstacles.
  • Kinected Co: movement-powered phone charger and case.
  • Müla: that helps high-school students reach their short and long term financial goals through gamification and rewards. Müla’s ultimate goal is to educate students on the importance of financial stability for their future, while having fun.
  • Opus: Tool to help users minimize disruption from social media and other online distractions.
  • Seconds: App that will help redistribute local food surplus to provide city-dwellers with quality meals at discounted prices.
  • SPACr: Platform to allow people to better use the spaces (recreation, work, meeting) available in their communities.
  • Tess: Redesigned compost bin that makes composting easier and less messy.
  • Tunnel Vision: club for low-income children.
  • Interested in getting involved?

    Feel free to check out our sponsorship package and contact us if you have questions.