Cassels Brock Pitch Competition

Cassels Brock Pitch Competition
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD U CO and Imagination Catalyst would like to invite you to our new office space at Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts to participate in our
7th annual Cassels Brock Pitch Competition.

The competition will showcase new startups founded by OCAD U alumni who will compete for $5000 in start-up funding.

The event runs from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in our new innovation campus space at Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts building at 130 Queens Quay East and Lower Jarvis.


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Waterfront: City of The Arts. 130 Queens Quay East M5A 3Y5 Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x4258
New Waterfront innovation campus

Apply to Imagination Catalyst Incubator Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 3:15pm to Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 3:15pm

It’s that time of year again! Imagination Catalyst is now accepting incubator applications from 2018 grads and 2015-2017 alumni who want to start a business after graduation and/or are running businesses.

All accepted applicants will be eligible to participate in the Cassels Brock pitch competition to win $5,000 for their venture!

Imagination Catalyst offers a business incubation program that includes: 

-          Mentorship and coaching from professional staff, business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs

-          Business development workshops and networking opportunities

-          Free co-working space and continued access to OCAD U maker labs and workshops

-           Exclusive funding opportunities, access to investors and investor networks

-          A community of diverse entrepreneurs and startups

What are we looking for?

-          Innovative business ideas

-          A viable business model

-          Scalability

-          Need for the services of a design-driven incubator

Students may apply to the Imagination Catalyst incubator here: Deadline to apply is midnight June 3rd.

We encourage students/alumni to meet with a business advisor prior to applying to the incubator. They can contact Ahmed ElBedawy at, or book an appointment directly via this link:


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Imagination Catalyst, 8th Fl, 230 Richmond Street West

Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

You are invited to attend the Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 9am – 6pm at OCAD University

Join us as we share best practices & new ideas, connect a growing community of people with passion for advancing gender equity through the power of enterprise, and those who simply want to connect feminist values to how they run their business.

This will be a unique learning opportunity for entrepreneurs, startup professionals, business coaches (and feminists of all genders) that should not be missed! 

Register HERE

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street
$99 - $125
Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum 2017

Sharifa Khan finalist in RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Vice-Chair of OCAD University’s Board of Governors has been named a finalist in the national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. Sharifa Khan is one of three finalists for the TELUS Trailblazer category of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

President and CEO of Balmoral Marketing Inc., Khan is a pioneer in the field of multicultural marketing with more than 30 years’ experience. In 2013 she joined the OCAD U Board of Governors as an external member.

The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an organization dedicated to advancing women globally. A record-breaking 6,400 women entrepreneurs from coast to coast were nominated for this year’s awards, with 18 finalists named. All nominees are required to submit through applications, which are reviewed and judged by a panel of prominent business leaders. The winners will be announced November 22, 2017 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.