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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


New Ventures Pitch into ACCELERATION

On April 11, 61 participants of HELIX’s Winter 2019 HELIX INNOVATION Stand became HELIXers by pitching their way into ACCELERATION.

Five of HELIX’s coaches and mentors joined the event adding their expertise in support of the new entrepreneurs.  These HELIXers will start their ACCELERATION Strand activities in April 2019.

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. 



View past HELIX success stories.

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

Partners and Funders

Ontario Centres of Excellence


Ontario Centres of Excellence is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs

York Region



TD Bank

City of Toronto

City of Markham

Richmond Hill