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Solving real world challenges with venture and design thinking

HELIX is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial mindset. We accomplish this by providing knowledge, mentorship, sessions, workspace, access to like-minded peer community, and experiential opportunities. HELIX focuses on two important outcomes:

  1. The development and launch of successful, scalable and sustainable, young entrepreneur-led ventures.
  2. Nurturing the entrepreneurial mind set to allow participants to become intrapreneurs and innovate from within companies.

The HELIX space is physically located at Seneca’s Newnham campus but it runs programs at the other Seneca campuses, as well as in the broader Toronto and York Region community. There are no fees to the programs HELIX runs and it does not take any equity from startups.

The two stage HELIX program begins with the INNOVATION Strand, which is a series of entrepreneurial workshops and sector-specific support activities. The next step is the ACCELERATION Strand, providing further opportunity for dedicated enrolment in HELIX incubation activities and mentorship. Learn more


Seneca HELIX receives $1 million from TD Ready Challenge

Toronto, Oct. 24, 2018 – Seneca has been named one of ten winners of the inaugural TD Ready Challenge presented by TD Bank Group.

Seneca HELIX will receive a $1-million grant from the TD Ready Challenge to deliver the TD-HELIX Transformation Initiative, which will focus on re-skilling mid-career professionals at risk of job loss due to disruptive changes in the labour market. Seneca is the only GTA-based postsecondary institution to receive the grant.

Click here to view full Announcement Release from TD Bank Group. 



Chris Stoikos, founder of Dollar Beard Club and Shark Pond alumni, visits Seneca

Chris Stoikos, founder of Dollar Beard Club and Shark Pond alumni, spent time mentoring HELIXers & then electrified the crowd with a uplifting, passionate & thought provoking talk. The crowd was still buzzing an hour later.

Seneca HELIX Shark Pond at the Business Open House

Sharks Pond - Seneca HELIX

On May 28, 2018, more than 250 prospective students, their families and friends visited Newnham Campus on Monday for Seneca’s Business Open House. A highlight of the evening was HELIX Sharks’ Pond event (Seneca’s version of Dragons’ Den). The audience heard pitches from entrepreneurial startups Beaut, Ripple Farms, Emerge ER and NAUTILUS Innovation Lab. The Sharks (judges) included Jess Joss,Executive Director York Angels, Neil Spivak from Knewsales Group, as well as Nick Toritto, District Vice-President with Scotiabank.

Click here to watch the segment.

View past HELIX success stories.

For general inquiries about Entrepreneurship/HELIX, please contact Kate Collins at or 416.491.5050 ext. 24081.

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