Techstars Startup Weekend Ottawa - Carleton University Edition

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Ottawa - Carleton University Edition

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Carleton University
University Centre Room 231
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

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Do you have what it takes to participate in Startup Weekend Ottawa?

In just 54 hours, you will get hands on experience with the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up the day to day life of entrepreneurs. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you embark on your journey. This event will help you turn that idea you’ve had in the back of your mind into your very own startup which will be pitched in front of an esteemed set of judges for feedback and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Frank O'Dea, best known for being the Founder of Second Cup, will be the keynote speaker this weekend! He has also launched a number of other successful international businesses and not-for-profits including Pro-Shred Security, Street Kids International, War Child Canada, and Canadian Landmine Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the author of two books, including his best-selling memoir "When All You Have is Hope".

Join us for Startup Weekend Ottawa where we will join 150+ other cities in this incredible celebration of entrepreneurship.For this event, format and timelines will be very similar to past events that we have put on. We hope to see you out there and welcome you to send any and all questions to

There are a limited number of tickets available for the event. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to be apart of the Startup Weekend Community!

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Friday November 10th

6:30 pm
Registration: Porter Hall UC Room 231
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 November 11th

9:00 am
Breakfast at Ollie's
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

9:45 am
How to Build a Business

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 November 12th

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
Keynote: Frank O'Dea
Founder of Second Cup tells his inspiring story.

5:00 pm
Quick grab-and-go dinner before presentations!

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Frank O'Dea

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} As a young man, Frank O’Dea was a homeless person, living on the streets, panhandling for nickels and dimes. Today, he is a celebrated business person. Best known as a founder of The Second Cup, he also was involved in founding a number of other successful international businesses and not-for-profits. These include Proshred Security, War Child Canada, Street Kids International and the Canadian Landmine Foundation. He has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and two Canadian universities have awarded him honorary degrees. This is an inspiring story of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity, which is also recounted in his best-selling book “When All You Have is Hope”. Mr. O’Dea’s most recent projects include YP-IT Data Inc, a remarkable social enterprise that taps into Canada’s widely under-employed youth workforce. He is also founding Chair of “My Idea of Canada” a nationwide initiative that will engage Canadian youth on the occasion of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Event Judges

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. 

Rowland Few
Entrepreneur and Educator

Rowland has been fortunate and enjoyed 30 years’ in merging the worlds of technology and business across three continents. Career started as an engineer based in the UK led to working at Newbridge Networks, West End Systems, Cambrian Systems, Nortel and Tropic Networks. Rowland successfully completing his Queens Executive MBA, he took a position as CEO for a local ISP while simultaneously started a consulting company focused on sales for technology companies. While supporting entrepreneurs at Carleton University’s Lead-To-Win Accelerator the need for "on-demand" sales horse power and training for tech start-up founders and teams was tackled. Is also the instructor for Entrepreneurship courses at the Sprott School of Business. 

Fahd Alhattab
Entrepreneur and Leadership Coach

n enthusiastic and driven professional with 4+ combined years’ experience in business development and executive management. I have a passion for cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with clients and stakeholders with the goal of building successful business ventures. 

Fahd Alhattab is a motivational speaking, creative fundraiser, who's business savy skills and off beat way of doing things had him named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20. Launching a camp for underprivileged kids while he was in highschool, to raising over $190,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation, and Speaking at National We Day in front of 16,000 youth. Fahd has begun leaving an impressive footprint in Ottawa. While helping launch hatch – an entrepreneurship centre at Carleton for students, Fahd is now the President of the Carleton University Students’ Association where he’s been able amplify his impact on the community.

Gabriel Rubio Maldonado
Coordinator at Invest Ottawa

Coaches and Mentors

Ron Gagnier
Principle Consultant, Ron Gagnier Design

Ron Gagnier is an expert in customer experience, product design and research. He has worked in the design studios of IBM, started the design program at Halogen Software, been a design consultant with start-ups and enterprise companies for 20 years and currently acts as the resident design expert at Invest Ottawa. He is an outspoken advocate for design thinking and developed an award winning design education program at IBM known as BestX.When Ron isn’t evangelizing the merits of design thinking he can be found practicing his guitar.

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. 

James Mackenzie
Advisor, Consultant

Nimiety Consulting

Scott Annan
Founder, CEO at

Ludovico Prattico
Lead to Win Council Member

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Ottawa - Carleton University Edition 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

  • Rayhan
  • Rayhan
  • Troy
  • Sophia
  • David
  • Aqeela
  • Renee


Chris Ridenour

Chris Ridenour is a Cincinnati native and serial entrepreneur. He started his first company LISNR on the Startup Bus in March of 2012. As CTO, he led the product team through multiple iterations and funding rounds until stepping down in 2014.

He then started Casamatic, a truly personalized home search that learns more about you the more you browse. After raising a seed round in 2015, Casamatic expanded to seven cities before shutting down in early 2017.

Chris then joined the leadership team at Cladwell to help them launch a new product, Outfits, and continue their already impressive growth so far.

Outside of work, Chris has tried to give back as much as he can to the startup community who helped in his path. He helped bring Startup Weekend to Cincinnati and continues to lead the organizing team as well as facilitating around the region. He also started and organizes the Cincinnati Web/Tech Drinkup and HackCincy, the first open hackathon in the city.

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