Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte - High School
Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Event starts at 4:30 pm
Generation Z - this one's for you!
This Startup Weekend is completely for you. Engage, connect, collaborate, compete and CELEBRATE! Meet new people with ideas, creativity and the drive to make something happen. Come with your own idea OR with the desire to be part of a team that turns an idea into a real business in just three days!
Learn what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know. The only way to learn is the experience of trying.
Social Researcher Mark McCrindle writes, “they (Generation Z) don’t just represent the future, they are creating it.”
If you are in high school, register to be part of the FIRST EVER Startup Weekend in the Bay of Quinte and start creating the future!
Startup Weekend™ is a 54-hour weekend event, during which participants pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of December 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend is a Techstars Startup Program and is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Friday June 2nd
Saturday June 3rd
Sunday June 4th
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Executive Director Trenval Business Development Corporation
Post Graduate work in Urban Renewal/Environmental Studies·
Extensive Real Estate Development experience·
Previous Self Employment Multi-Unit Restaurant owner/operator·
Not for Profit Board Governance in Community and Economic Development, Startup Programs and job creation
Coaches and Mentors
I moved from Belleville to Montreal at 3 years old with my mother and lived there until I was 10 when we moved to Brampton Ontario. I went to a high school Mayfield Secondary School of Theatre arts as a Drama Major, while in high school I got my first taste for business when I was selected for a pilot program for the peel board of education. There were a total of 5 students from across the region selected we spent one semester of co-op working directly with community business professionals. The goal was to complete a business plan with the help of lawyers, accountants, and other required professionals. Once our business plan was completed and approved we were given office space and access to fund to start the business. My business was an import business. I worked with a manufacturer from China and we tried to bring in a new version of the Frisbee. Using the connections provided to us and community business networking meetings I attended I was able to set up a meeting with one of the buyers from Zellers who spent 30 min trying to figure out how I got the meeting and 5 minutes explaining why they were not interested in the product. Great learning experience.
Although I was at best a 60% student for most of high school in my OAC year I decided I wanted to go to university. I told my counselor who nicely suggested I have a backup. I ended my OAC with a 90+ average and attended Queen's University where I studied Economics and Politics.
While I was going to Queen's I developed a strong interest in technology. University was not the best place to learn this trade so in my free time I went to St Lawrence and got a diploma in computer Networking. I also wrote the LSAT just in case (however I quickly realized a law career was not in my future)
I graduated in the spring 2000 and started my first business within a few weeks. Net Sync Solutions which specialized in IT services for car dealerships. It started with a small dealership in Orangeville Ontario and quickly grew to manage over 100 dealerships from Durham to Niagara Fall and The GTA. Along with the dealerships I worked closely with Toyota / Lexus Canada and Honda Canada and the sub brands.
In 2008 I sold Net Sync Solutions and moved to Belleville for Family reasons. I spent a few years working for a local business and quickly realized that working for others doesn't work for me.
My partner and I started Accelerated Media at Star bucks at the Quinte Mall because we couldn't afford an office. Once we felt we had over stayed our welcome there we moved on the the belleville library. We spent our time developing our main products and services and the business process that would form the main structure of our current business. Currently Accelerated Media employs 10 people and we manage almost 200 businesses digital marketing programs across eastern Ontario.
Accelerated Media Solution is not your typical marketing company. Our main focus is to ensure that our clients businesses are found online when and where prospective clients are looking for them. Businesses use to have yellow pages to accomplish this in local markets now they need the internet and thats where we come in.
Community Relations Officer
Cloud Bookkeeper Evangelist
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte - High School team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Studies - Business Launch Program (ESBL)
Techstars Startup Weekend Belleville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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