Microsoft launches its first Canadian tech reactor in Toronto

Oct 11 2019, 7:32 am

After announcing its collaboration with MaRS Discovery District earlier this year, the Microsoft Reactor has officially launched in Toronto.

The Microsoft Reactor program centers around creating spaces for developer and community groups to attend educational or networking sessions, workshops, and seminars, hosted by Microsoft as well as their community and meet-up partners.

The Toronto Reactor is located in the MaRS Discovery District, which is a diverse community of startups, research, and tech-related companies.

According to Microsoft, the Reactor is a hub for all things developer and startup-related, including its Startups program.

“Our space fosters opportunities for founders, developers, and business leaders to learn, connect, and innovate through a series of community events, technical classes, hackathons, and meetups. Our doors are open to the Toronto tech community (and beyond!) to enjoy and build community in our space,” said Microsoft.

When the collaboration was first announced, MaRS said that Microsoft will host a series of events with the “goal of raising the profile of Canadian entrepreneurs while driving engagement with corporate teams able to offer expertise to help companies grow.”

Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS, said the partnership will help increase Canada’s startup competitiveness.

“The Canadian startup ecosystem is going through tremendous growth, and our talent and inventiveness is attracting attention around the world,” said Wu.

Microsoft calls MaRS “the ideal partner.”

“By fostering a unique community of startups in Toronto, MaRS has created a model that is now replicated around the world,” said Adam Nanjee, Managing Director of Startups, Microsoft Canada. “MaRS is the ideal partner that will allow Microsoft to meet its objective of empowering entrepreneurs and building integrated communities.”

MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub, and it is located in Toronto.