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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


Pitching for Portugal

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Last week, six HELIX entrepreneurs competed in a Dragons’ Den-style competition for the fourth annual EuroPITCH event at Newnham Campus. The prize: an all-expense paid trip to Cascais, Portugal, to participate in the European Innovation Academy.

The two winners were Kisha Bolton, CEO of shoe retailer, Kiss These Feet; and Chris Navarro, co-founder of Nautilus Innovation Lab.

Kisha Bolton and Chris Navarro

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Seneca HELIX Shark Pond at the Business Open House

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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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