Made in York Region: The Future of Tech Event Recap

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On Thursday, November 7, York Region’s tech ecosystem came together on a massive scale to execute Made in York Region: The Future of Tech! Presented by ventureLAB, and in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, this event brought tech titans, entrepreneurs, and government representatives together to show the pure talent that makes up our tech ecosystem.

With a goal of showcasing York Region-based companies building transformative solutions, Made in York Region: The Future of Tech started off with a guided ecosystem bus tour, taking guests to three companies making monumental impacts in the tech ecosystem.

Mircom, a global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of intelligent building and life safety solutions, opened its doors as the first tour location and took attendees on an in-depth tour of the facility and factory. We then traveled to Compugen, a company that works with mid-to-large-sized organizations to provide strategic IT planning, infrastructure products and services, as well as complete as-a-service offerings to governments and corporations.

While on-site, attendees were shown the head office and lab and given the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their global expansion! We ended the morning by coming back to ventureLAB, a leading technology hub that has supported over 2000 tech entrepreneurs and small businesses. Here, we were able to showcase our newly minted Hardware Lab, home to the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Canada’s first hardware, and silicon focused incubator.

Pitch Competition

New this year, we hosted a pitch competition that awarded a grand prize winner $10,000.00. Nine semi-finalists were selected for the pitch competition, and five finalists were selected to pitch to a live audience!


This year’s pitch competition winner was TROES, a Canadian advanced battery energy storage systems company, specializing in smart distributed energy storage solutions that integrate TROES’ proprietary battery modules, battery management systems (BMS), enclosures and power conversion system (PCS).

For more information about ventureLab and the Make in York Region event, read about the original article here.

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