Startup Weekend Ottawa | June 2017

    Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Ottawa | June 2017

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Canada HQ
56 Sparks Street
Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A9

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Limited spots available for this special edition of Startup Weekend Ottawa!

Startup Weekend Ottawa is back for the 11th time!

This one is a special edition Startup Weekend to celebrate and inspire the next generation of ideas that will shape the next 150 years for Canada. There are a limited number of tickets for the event.

For this Startup Weekend, attendees can compete in four categories:
  • General
  • Health Tech
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Maker/Hardware
The categories represent some of the key themes of innovation that are poised to set Canada apart.Canada, and especially, Ottawa has amazing entrepreneurs, innovators, and talent with great ideas. This event will help you turn that idea into a startup with the help of mentors, resources and a team. On Sunday, June 11, teams will pitch in front of an esteemed set of judges for feedback and a chance to win the prizes. Check out videos from 2015 and 2016's events!

In terms of format and timelines, the event will be very similar to the events in the past that we have put on. We hope to see you out there and welcome you to send any and all questions to


Startup Weekend Ottawa Team


Friday June 9th

6:00 pm
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
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 June 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 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

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

Sunday June 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 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
Move to Inspiration Village

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Cornelius Rachieru

Cornelius Rachieru (if you need a pic, you can use the one from my twitter profile)
Cornelius is the founder of Ampli2de Inc., a small UX consultancy, where he explores his fascination with the politics of design while tackling large scale experience and service design projects. Over the past 15 years, he managed large experience design teams as UX Practice Leader at Deloitte Canada and Shaw Communications, and has consulted in a wide range of industries, from technology to financial services, healthcare, enterprise risk management and law. He is also the founder, co-chair and creative director of the popular CanUX conference, Canada’s largest and longest running annual UX event. A self proclaimed night owl (he is originally from Transylvania), Cornelius loves red eye flights and is a nomad at heart. You can reach him on twitter @corneliux.

Event Judges

Patrick Charlton
Senior Advisor - Sales & Startups, Wellfunded Enterprises

Patrick shares his passion for Sales Execution Strategy, Client Engagement, Business Management & Marketing as a professor for The School of Business at Algonquin College. As an entrepreneur, Patrick helps professionals feel more comfortable with connecting with their ideal customers so that they can build better business results.

Jason Daley
Managing Partner, Axia Strategists

Jason is a serial entrepreneur with a unique talent for the Art of the Startup, his canny is how he manifests all the business essentials around a great idea and brings it to market by leveraging his business acumen, strategic connections, and his exceptional talents. 

Eli Fathi
CEO, MindBridge Ai

Eli Fathi is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits launching innovative technologies in North America that served a global customer base. 

Nilufer Erdebil, MBA, PMP
CEO, Spring2 Innovation

Nilufer is CEO of Spring2 Innovation, an innovation and commercialization consulting firm. She  has over 17 years of experience in innovation within various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management and IT management. For large corporation she helps create processes, teams and metrics around innovation as well as provides training on innovation and collaboration. For smaller organizations she creates messaging and marketing strategies, especially for technology companies – bridging technology and business.
Throughout her career she has always had a passion for technology, business, commercializing technology and navigating change. Having worked in a number of international organizations and lived on three continents, Nilufer has a global mindset.

Nilufer is a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa 40 Under Forty award.

Coaches and Mentors

Marco Janeczek
Director Accelerator + Incubator, L-Spark

Marco Janeczek’s currently serves as a director to L-SPARK, 
an Ottawa based SaaS accelerator and is the Managing Partner of Infinite Ventures, 
where he invests, advises and creates early stage startups. 

Marco’s entrepreneurial journey began with the creation of Gables Medical Billing System and 
His early passion for startups has given him the possibilities to be part of great teams and products,
in a variety of roles including CEO, VP Sales,  and Product Development, as well as advisory roles in 
companies such as Yostro, OnTab, Pat Group, TOWNHILL Software, Gbatteries, hatchbrands, Pcsso, Responsa, Zikera, Zooppa, DomainsIncome, Ottawa Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 
Planet Domains and Decisyon. Marco experience ranges from idea creation, product development,
customer development, M&A and partnerships. When possible, Marco commits time to StartupWeekends and FounderInstitute.

Walter Knitl
Founder and Principal, Praxiem

Walter is a Product Manager with deep experience in all phases of the product lifecycle from concept, through definition and feasibility, development, general availability to end of life. His expertise includes market and competitive analysis, customer needs discovery, product requirements, business case development, product strategies and roadmaps, investment rationalization among other product success necessities.  This is augmented by roles in Account Management and Commercial Management.  His business acumen is supported by solid hands-on software and hardware development and systems engineering experience. Walter’s achievements range from introduction of market leading products at global telecom vendors, to assisting smaller Ontario companies to become more competitive through adoption of new technologies in their products.  Today he offers product consulting through Praxiem to help clients reduce their risk and time to deliver the right product and strengthen their return on investment. Walter’s special passion these days includes Internet of Things  @iotXottawa.

Shawna Tregunna
Founder & CEO, ReSoMe

Shawna is the Founder and CEO of ReSoMe, Ottawa's leading social media company - making social media relevant for your business. She is social media guru and community builder. 

Patrick Donohue

Pat is an experienced accountant and business strategist. 

Carrie Anne
Founder & CEO, Connected Accelerated Marketing

Carrie Anne is a seasoned marketing professional with almost 20 years experience in strategic marketing management. Focused on accelerating revenue and increasing market share. Specialization in global go-to-market plans, sales operations, market development, client acquisition, lead generation, brand development, client relations and product marketing. 

Michael Lachapelle
Analyst, Advisor, Speaker on business design and business models

Michael Lachapelle works with founders and senior executives of organizations to design, communicate and change the way they do business. Michael is a certified coach and trainer in working with the Business Model Generation (BM canvas) and Value Proposition Design tools and methods.

Matthew Nelson
Strategy, You.i TV

Matt Nelson is Head of Strategy at You.i TV where he synthesizes market and technology dynamics to help guide investments and new business opportunities. Before You.i TV, Matt led product marketing at Wind River (Intel) along with various marketing roles at N-Able Technologies & Corel

Blair Kilrea
President, Collab Space

Blair is the President of Collab Space. He has background in technology and is passionate about creating unique spaces to connect entrepreneurs. 

Bruce Fischer
Investor & Co-Founder, Fischer Group Inc.

Entrepreneur with 15 years of corporate experience from small entrepreneurial environments to international conglomerates.

Justine Boudreau | Hardware/Maker Mentor
Makerspace officer/Makermobile instructor, University of Ottawa Makerspace/Makermobile

Justine Boudreau works at the UOttawa Makerspace where she is developing various programs to promote engineering and science with girls. She also works with the Makermobile to introduce 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics and programming to schools in the Ottawa region. Her hobbies include tinkering, robotics and crafting with pop tabs

Shahzad Khan

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Ottawa | June 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Renee
  • Aqeela
  • Issam
  • Abtin


Krissie Harrigan
Organizer, Operations Lead

Proud to be geeky. Unhealthy obsessions with the internet, data, marketing, and customer experience. Spent a decade working with enterprises like Google, American Express, and Chase Bank on demand gen and marketing campaigns, then took a leap of faith with an early stage tech startup (acquired in 2013) and have never looked back.

Currently Co-Founder of TenStartups - A community-based accelerator program (Alpha), and JustReply - A performance reporting platform that prompts employees to report things back by simply replying to an email. (Beta).

Passionate about helping startups and entrepreneurs with growth and marketing strategies and execution. Unofficial Startup Weekend, Ladies Learning Code, and Code for Kids ambassador.

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