Startup Weekend Halifax

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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Startup Weekend Halifax

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 4:30 pm

The Collider
Killam 2600
2nd floor, Killam Library
6225 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

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Friday November 18th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 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 November 19th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:15 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

11:55 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 20th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

Event Judges

Patrick Fitzgerald
Partner, Cox and Palmer, Halifax, NS

Patrick is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer.  Born in Toronto and raised in Wedgeport, NS, Patrick was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998, having completed his 
education at Saint Mary's University (B. Comm. 1990), University of Windsor (M.B.A. 1991), 
and Dalhousie Law School (LL.B., 1997).  
Patrick serves on the board of directors for the Canadian IT Law Association.  He is the past chair 
of the CBA - NS Securities Law subsection and former officer and director of Digital Nova 
Scotia (formerly, Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia).
With clients ranging from entrepreneurs and startups to publicly listed companies, Patrick is frequently called upon to advise and assist on all aspects of business law, including issues relating to unlimited companies (ULC’s). His experience includes assisting clients in mergers and 
acquisitions as well as public offerings, private equity transactions and financings. 
Patrick's practice also consists of advising on intellectual property and technology law issues including protection and commercialization. He has significant experience in technology transactions including licensing, acquisitions and sales of intellectual property assets, multi-year IT outsourcing and agreements relating to the internet and cloud based applications and 
services.  He is a Registered Trade-mark Agent (Canada). 

Alexander Christianson
Senior Manager, PWC

As an Assurance Manager in Atlantic Canada I am responsible to manage a wide portfolio of clients and deliver high quality assurance and tax services by thinking strategically about client needs and understanding their key business risks and drivers. I am responsible for the overall 
development and review of each assurance engagement to ensure we meet our clients’ needs while maximizing our relationships and delivering added value. I am also responsible for developing our staff through on the job coaching and career development.

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 or 902.790.2600.

Ben McDade
Investment Analyst

Ben McDade is an investment analyst at Innovacorp. In this role, Ben is responsible for 
identifying and developing seed and early-stage investment opportunities in the information 
technology, life sciences and clean technology sectors. He assists the investment team with market research and investment review, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio 
companies to help accelerate their growth and achieve their milestones.
Prior to joining Innovacorp, Ben worked as an opportunity analyst with the First Angel Network, Atlantic Canada’s largest angel investor association. In this role, he was responsible for conducting due diligence, sourcing new investment opportunities, and managing portfolio performance reports.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Halifax is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Mary
  • Ed
  • Scott
  • Ding
  • Seline
  • Sarah


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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