Startup Weekend Halifax

    Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Halifax

Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014



Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Killam Memorial Library, LINC Room 2600, Dalhousie University
6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H8

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No Talk, All Action. Launch A Startup in 54 Hours!

Startup Weekend are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 26th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 27th


10:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee (Revised time)


10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend (Revised time)


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 28th


10:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee (Revised time)


11:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions (Revised time)


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hour of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Final Presentations


5:30 pm
Judging & Awards


6:00 pm
Wrap Up & Go Home



Speakers


Peter Karlson
CEO - NeuEon Inc.

Peter’s day job is being the President/CEO of the technology consultancy NeuEon Inc. that specializes in providing strategic guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and established organizations looking to create and use technology more effectively. Peter is a serial entrepreneur with experience in bootstrapping, strategic investments and angel financing. As a former chief technology officer for two Massachusetts based technology services firms, Harrison & Troxell, Inc. and Inforonics BTS, Peter has gained diverse industry expertise in healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and publishing. He has been involved with developing Internet technologies since 1991 with the creation of the first Internet browser, the InterNavigator™. Peter has a bachelor of science in computer science from Northeastern University. He speaks regularly at business and technology events, seminars and workshops. In 2009, Peter received of a scholarship from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to attend the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT and currently serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cape Cod Chamber. In addition Peter has successfully completed the Lean LaunchPad for Incubators/Accelerators program by NCIIA. Peter is a past chairman of the board of directors for the Cape Cod Technology Council and remains on the board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board. Peter is currently on the advisory board of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) and the Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Peter is also a certified facilitator for Startup Weekend and a former lead organizer for multiple events.

Event Judges


Stephen Duff
President and CEO of Innovacorp

Stephen (Steve) Duff is president and CEO of Innovacorp, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this role, Steve oversees Innovacorp’s work in helping early-stage Nova Scotia technology companies succeed in the global market. Joining Innovacorp in April 2013, Steve arrived with 30 years of experience as a business and product development professional in the private sector. For the past 25 years, Steve held senior roles at Precision BioLogic Inc., which develops, manufactures and markets innovative blood diagnostic products. The Dartmouth-based company grew significantly in recent years, and now markets its products throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. With Steve’s assistance since 1987, Precision BioLogic transformed from a struggling start-up with a modest market in Atlantic Canada, into a profitable, 60-plus employee company with internationally recognized products. Through his roles leading the company’s business development and product innovation, Steve was instrumental in establishing Precision BioLogic as a trusted partner with leading health care organizations and developing over 30 new products through the company’s research and development process. In his recent position as co-CEO in 2011 and 2012, he helped achieve double-digit sales growth and an award for being one of the best places to work in Canada. Before joining Precision BioLogic, Steve worked for five years in sales and promotion with Organon Teknika Canada, a division of the Dutch diagnostics multinational Akzo. Steve was an Innovacorp board member from 2005 to 2013 and an investment committee member from 2011 to 2013. He is also past-president of BioNova, the Nova Scotia life sciences industry association. The New Brunswick native has a bachelor of science and an MBA from Dalhousie University.


David Upton
Co-founder of Common Good Solutions Inc.

David has been using entrepreneurship as a tool for change for over 30 years. He has worked with Aboriginal groups in Canada’s North, youth and business development organizations, and all levels of government to develop sustainable entrepreneurial projects in recreation, the arts, environment and business sectors. David has a special passion for working with young entrepreneurs. As a key member of the Students in Business program, creator of the Innovative Ideas Competition and co-creator of the Youth Social Enterprise Boot Camp, he has worked with hundreds of post-secondary students throughout Nova Scotia to develop student-led enterprise and social enterprise projects. David is an active volunteer, having been a member of the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network Subnode, which focused on food security in the Atlantic Provinces. He is the founding and current president of the Atlantic Council for Community and Social Enterprise, and sits on a number of provincial and national committees to further develop the policy environment for investment and capacity growth in the sector. He is a regular panelist and presenter at conferences and symposia on entrepreneurship and community development in Atlantic Canada. David can be reached directly at david@commongoodsolutions.ca or 902.790.2600.


Saeed El-Darahali
President and CEO, SimplyCast

Saeed A. El-Darahali serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SimplyCast Inc., a leading provider of self-service multi-channel marketing services empowering small businesses to create, manage and track their own online and offline marketing campaigns. Mr. El-Darahali is the driving force behind SimplyCast's all-in-one marketing solution that has been built from the ground up and today has clients in over 175 countries. He has participated as a speaker at many conferences, including NAWeb, CABI, the 7th World Congress of e-Business, Enterprize Atlantic and ARCN. A part-time lecturer at Saint Mary’s University, he has taught a senior level computer information systems course, System Analysis and Design. He has over seven years of management experience in the IT industry, with an interest in strategic partnering, corporate financing, strategic growth, operations, and sales and marketing management. Most recently, he served as Acting Chief Executive Officer for Saint Mary’s University since January 2009 and mentor since January 2006. He holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Certificate of Human Resource Management and Minor in Economics, all from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


André Boudreau
Assurance Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

André Boudreau is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He 
is the East Coast Energy and the Private Company Services Assurance leader in Halifax. André 
has been providing advice to entrepreneurs for over 30 years with a focus on a variety of 
industries including oil and gas, technology, clean energy, hospitality, mining, manufacturing, 
distribution, construction and not-for-profits. His style is to get very much involved in most 
aspects of his clients' business affairs, giving him a broad-based knowledge and making him a 
valued business advisor. André’s main duties include overseeing the audit engagement process 
dealing directly with the Board of Directors, Audit Committees, owners and management on 
accounting, tax, management, business, financial planning, governance and other matters.
André recently has focused his efforts in assisting clients in preparing financial forecasts, cash 
flows, budgets, business plans, viability assessments, feasibility studies, product cost analyses, 
and in determining costs of facilities and equipment, equity requirements and appropriate levels 
of government funding and bank and equity financing. André is currently a member of the 
Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, the 
Chair of the CAFE Advisory Committee, the Director of CAFE Nova Scotia, a member of the 
Maritime Energy Association and on a number of private company’s advisory committees.
André can be reached at andre.m.boudreau@ca.pwc.com or at (902) 491-7424.



Coaches and Mentors


Rany Ibrahim
Governor at Cape Breton University

Rany brings over two decades of international business experience in private, NGO & public sector strategic management with focus on Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Business Retention and Expansion, International Trade, Government Relations, Workforce and Community Economic Development. He had the opportunity to work as a Management Consultant with several Provincial and Federal Government Departments as an expert on International Trade Relations including working in an international diplomatic environment. Rany served as an Advisor on Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration Advisory Council, Governor on Cape Breton University Board of Governors, Senator on Dalhousie University Senate, Senator on Cape Breton University Senate, Board Member with Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, Advisor, The Canadian Business Strategy Association (CBSA), Advisor, The International Institute of Marketing Professionals (IIMP). Rany presently is a Business Workforce Consultant with the Province of Nova Scotia. Rany was involved as a freelance writer/reporter/analyst/blogger and did interviews with: CNN, BBC, CBC, and CTV and published articles with: The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle Herald, Cape Breton Post. Presently he is working on a book on the MENA socio-political reforms & economic impacts Worldwide. As an academic, Rany’s teaching dossier includes teaching courses in International Business Strategy, Strategy Formulation, Strategy Implementation, and Managing People at Dalhousie University to BCOM, BMGMT, MBA, MPA, and MEC for both Dalhousie and St. Mary’s University students. He presented a wide range of academic papers at international conferences and served as a guest speaker and panelist on Economic Development, Politics, Public Policy, and Immigration topics. Rany’s community and business leadership was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution HYPE Award (Honoring Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs), from Junior Chamber International, 2007, Champion of Development Award from Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, 2007, Young Newcomer GO Award from Fusion Halifax in 2011, and most recently Nationally as the 2013 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.


Craig Brown
Founder at Interview Rocket

Craig is the founder and majority shareholder of Interview Rocket, a video interviewing service replacing first round interviews normally conducted by phone. Interview Rocket eliminates scheduling conflicts and provides employers with better insight into candidates’ capabilities earlier in the hiring process. Having received in excess of $250,000 in investment in 2012, Interview Rocket now offers a full range of services surrounding its core technology. Interview Rocket has clients globally, including Amazon Japan and Admiral Insurance UK. Craig’s areas of expertise include product ideation and formulation, process optimization, and sales. He has previously been involved in a number of industries, including advanced manufacturing, transportation, business development consulting, and HR. While Craig is originally from Nova Scotia, he has also lived and worked in France, Japan and the UK. Craig has an undergraduate degree in literature from Acadia, and an MBA from Kingston University in the UK, and can speak French and basic Japanese. Craig is married with three children.


John Hamblin
Transportation and Logistics Systems Specialist at Geode Technology

John Hamblin was the President of Clarke IT Solutions Inc from 2005 to 2013. This company provided IT and Consulting Services to a wide variety of companies throughout Canada. These services include; Server Hosting, Network Administration, Application Development, System Implementation, Project Management and General IT Consulting.   Within Clarke IT, John had responsibility for all aspects of the operations and management including; Financial Management, Staff Management and Company Profitability. His staff included 20+ employees located in two main offices as well as external consultants brought on board as required. John also managed major projects personally and provided high level strategic planning to key clients.   Prior to taking over the presidency of Clarke IT, John had more than 25 years in a variety of IT Management positions primarily in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries. During this time, he functioned as a senior consultant, project manager and application development manager. John has managed a wide variety of IT projects for companies of all sizes. Key strengths include; Project Management, Client Management, Contract Negotiations/Vendor Management, Strategic Planning and Teaching and Mentoring team members. John has successfully managed multi-faceted teams of all sizes.   Mr. Hamblin currently runs a small consulting practice which provides technology and management services to Atlantic Canada companies.    John has long been a strong supporter of Halifax and Atlantic Canada. From 2009 to 2013 John was Vice Chairman of the Halifax Gateway Council, an organization established to promote the growth and prosperity  the Greater Halifax Region and Atlantic Canada, from 2009 to 2013.   Mr. Hamblin is fluently bilingual, has a Business Degree from the University of Montreal and has completed a post graduate Executive Development Program at McGill University.   Several years ago John became involved in business startups and was an initial investor in ERMS Corporation, a Canadian company providing advanced Emergency Notification Systems to Business Enterprises, Educational Institutions and Public Sector Organizations. Over the last few years, John has become a staunch supporter of new business initiatives in the Atlantic region and has both invested in and mentored several startups. John has worked as a mentor with the Dalhousie lean startup program, Volta Labs and CEED. John is also a member of First Angels Network, Atlantic Canada’s largest startup investment group. As well, he is the curator of the Startup Digest for Nova Scotia, a weekly newsletter for the startup community highlighting new funding opportunities and startup achievements and identifying upcoming events of interest to those involved in startups. (see www.startupdigest.com ).  


Dawn Jutla
Professor of Business and Computer Science at Saint Mary's University

Dawn Jutla is the co-ordinator of the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at the Sobey School of Business and an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She teaches technology entrepreneurship, e-commerce platforms, technology strategy and management of information and technology topics. Her research areas span diverse fields: online privacy, e-business, e-government, cloud computing, data management and Big Data, strategy, and standards. Dawn currently sits on the OASIS Board of Directors and the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors.


Colin Melia
Founder/Architect at Ace of Clouds/DreamDigital, Microsoft Regional Director & MVP

Colin Melia is a British company founder, CTO, architect, consultant, international speaker, author, trainer, Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP known for his deep and broad knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies, proven problem solving skills, hands-on solution creation ingenuity and the ability to communicate rich and complex ideas.  He knows how to deliver value quickly and sustainably through productive software solution design.
 
As a founder of companies in the UK and Canada he has experience with business in the startup, investment, growth and acquisition modes, communicating at the customer, supplier and board levels.
 
As an architect he has created solutions from client to cloud for major international enterprise brands and apps for major entertainment brands.
 
He is technical author and has served as a speaker, mentor and judge at technical conferences and events locally, nationally and internationally.
 
He’s always looking for great ideas in to which he can invest.


Deb Merry

Deb Merry has over 25 years experience in business that includes a range of leadership roles in large enterprise (15yrs), Startups (7yrs) and SMBs (7yrs). She started and stopped several Startups before her most successful venture that stayed up until she was able to exit in year five during the second round of successful investment raise. Her company won several awards and was featured on the hit TV series Dragon’s Den twice in regular season and aired on the spin-off segment for Game Changers. Her strength lies in leadership, strategy, marketing and being a true grass roots entrepreneur who knows how to build and bootstrap a business from the garage to exit. She believes the key to success is having a great idea that is grounded in the right building blocks. Her vision with her newest venture is to offer affordable coaching with flexible options to help busy young Startups in year one and two structure their business for success and be ready to scale. A tech savvy info junkie and early adopter of all things innovative, she is stoked by the decision making and strategic manoeuvres required to be successful in an evolving, competitive or disruptive environment.


April MacLeod

April has a long history working with businesses in the Atlantic Region. She has helped launch companies by consulting on business strategy, securing important partnerships, and by creating and implementing marketing plans and promotional campaigns. She has experience creating, developing, organizing and promoting projects and events including the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Entrepreneurs in Residence Program, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s High Fliers Program and the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council’s Best Big Idea competition. She is passionate about growing business and loves contributing new and exciting ideas and strategies. 


Michael Sanderson
Manager, Skills Development & Training, Sobey School Business Development Centre

Michael has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, economic development and professional training. He has extensive leadership and project management experience and has been responsible for the development and delivery of varied projects including multi-year employability training programs for recent graduates, employability training programs for priority youth, conference planning and coordination, a variety of research and consulting projects, and professional development training. In addition, he has gained significant entrepreneurial experience. Michael has owned several businesses and is currently a partner in local technology start-up Equals6. He is a part-time marketing and entrepreneurship professor at Saint Mary’s University and a Faculty Advisor for the university’s award-winning Enactus team. michael.sanderson@smu.ca (902) 491-6506


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    Leach
  • Akram
    Al Otumi
  • Mary
    Kilfoil
  • Thomas
    Battle
  • Mary-Margaret
    Bennet
  • Johnny
    Song
  • Kathleen
    Heymans

Facilitators


Peter Karlson
CEO - NeuEon Inc.

Peter’s day job is being the President/CEO of the technology consultancy NeuEon Inc. that specializes in providing strategic guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and established organizations looking to create and use technology more effectively. Peter is a serial entrepreneur with experience in bootstrapping, strategic investments and angel financing. As a former chief technology officer for two Massachusetts based technology services firms, Harrison & Troxell, Inc. and Inforonics BTS, Peter has gained diverse industry expertise in healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and publishing. He has been involved with developing Internet technologies since 1991 with the creation of the first Internet browser, the InterNavigator™. Peter has a bachelor of science in computer science from Northeastern University. He speaks regularly at business and technology events, seminars and workshops. In 2009, Peter received of a scholarship from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to attend the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT and currently serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cape Cod Chamber. In addition Peter has successfully completed the Lean LaunchPad for Incubators/Accelerators program by NCIIA. Peter is a past chairman of the board of directors for the Cape Cod Technology Council and remains on the board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board. Peter is currently on the advisory board of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) and the Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Peter is also a certified facilitator for Startup Weekend and a former lead organizer for multiple events.


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