Startup Weekend Ottawa

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Morisset Library
65 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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We're excited to bring you Startup Weekend Ottawa hosted by uOttawa! All are welcomed to join this 54-hour event to start up your ideas.Our goal is to connect students across all faculties to encourage and promote entrepreneurship regardless of discipline of study while connecting these students to Ottawa's startup community. This time around, we have four categories in which participants can choose to compete in:

1) General 
2) Social Impact
3) Mobile Health
4) Makers

To find out more information about each of these categories and the event schedule, please visit:

We look forward to seeing the different types of innovative ideas that can come to life when students branch out and connect with those around them with different skill sets and areas of expertise.  In an effort to make the event more accessible to students and alumni, the Engineering department at the University of Ottawa has subsidized the tickets for uOttawa & Carleton students.

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

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


Friday November 18th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Keynote
Event kicks off with a special keynote from Aydin Mirzaee, Founder of FluidReview and University of Ottawa alumnus.

7:00 pm
The Rundown / Weekend Overview
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

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 November 20th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentation | Registration
The general public is invited to watch the final pitches.

5:30 pm
Final Presentation | Welcome & Pitches
Teams deliver their final pitch to the community.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm


Aydin Mirzaee
Director of Product, Survey Monkey

Aydin Mirzaee co-founded Fluidware in 2008 which was responsible for running two very successful SaaS businesses: & The company was bootstrapped and grew to a $12M run-rate and over 90 people in staff. After 6.5 years, Fluidware was acquired by SurveyMonkey (the world's leading online survey company). Aydin currently serves as General Manager of FluidReview within SurveyMonkey.
Aydin is also the co-founder of, a non-profit organization with the vision to create a community of young entrepreneurs in every city around the world. 

Event Judges

Mikaël Charette | General
COO, WEllFunded

Mikael is the COO of WEllfunded - an innovative investment funds and collaborate with incubators in order to bridge China and Canada. In addition, Mikael has been the President of Well Asia Group for the past 11 years.

Mikael graduated summa cum laude in 2002 from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where he completed a License in Civil Law. He then went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Common Law from the University of Victoria and a Master of Law at the City University of Hong Kong.

David Knox | General
Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. David Knox has worked in industry for over 20 years in Engineering Design and management, both in large and smaller start-up organizations.  He has also been an independent contractor and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Algonquin college and Carleton University. 

Katie Miller | Social Impact
Managing Director, Impact HUB Ottawa

Rola Tibshirani | Maker
Learning Partner, Ottawa Catholic School Board

Teaching Junior FLL with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  A Google Certified Educator who is actively involved with the Maker Movement for Education and facilitating professional twitter chats . Passionate about students’ ownership of learning and fostering students collaborative inquiry through Global Partnership.

Frank Bouchard | Maker & General
Co-founder Wipebook

Frank Bouchard is the inventor of the Wipebook: The Reusable Whiteboard Notebook.
Frank combined a prototype, creativity and a entrepreneurship class project and turned them into a company. The idea took off after Frank and his classmate/co-founder launched a $4,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund product development. The result: 7,978 backers and $424 314 to kick Wipebook into overdrive! The team then had the opportunity to pitch on Dragon’s Den where they were offered a deal from Arlene Dickinson for 300,000$. Wipebook now sells its product in 68 countries around the world and can be found in Staples and Wallmart retail stores across Canada.

Natalie Baddour | Mobile Health
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Baddour holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Dr.  Baddour spent some time as a post-doc at both the University of Toronto and also at the University of Bath (U.K) as a Chevening Fellow.  She holds an A.R.C.T. diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.  Currently, Natalie Baddour is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa.She has worked in a variety of areas and applications.  The common theme has always been the development of a model to represent a real-world problem and the analysis of what this model tells us about said real-world problem.  These problems have tended to be dynamics/mechanics/vibrations type problems with a smattering of non-destructive testing or biomedical applications.

Nada Gawad | Mobile Health

Dr. Nada Gawad, a resident in general surgery at the University of Ottawa. She has served on the General Surgery Residency Program Training Committee at the University of Ottawa and has championed the SAED program. 

Liora Raitblat

Coaches and Mentors

Mikaël Charette | General
COO, WEllFunded

Mikael is the COO of WEllfunded - an innovative investment funds and collaborate with incubators in order to bridge China and Canada. In addition, Mikael has been the President of Well Asia Group for the past 11 years.

Mikael graduated summa cum laude in 2002 from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where he completed a License in Civil Law. He then went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Common Law from the University of Victoria and a Master of Law at the City University of Hong Kong.

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.

Stephen daze

Stephen is a long-standing award winning member of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Canada. He keeps his fresh as a part-time professor teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Ottawa while working with entrepreneurs to launch their new ventures. 
Previously, Stephen led the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation's (OCRI) Entrepreneurship Centre as the Executive Director. 

Catherine Geci | Business Mentor
Program Manager, Startup Garage

Catherine is the Program Manager at Startup Garage - a 3-month accelerator program to foster and support youth entrepreneurship in the Ottawa area. Since 2011, she has worked with Innovation Support Services at the University of Ottawa where she is responsible for assessing new technologies, and develops and implements commercialization plans. 
Catherine holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science from McGill University and a law degree from the Universite de Montreal.

Nolan Beanlands
Startup Garage Coordinator & Technology Partnerships Associate, University of Ottawa

Nolan studied engineering at the University of Waterloo the heart of Canadian entrepreneurship. He now works as the coordinator for the Startup Garage program. Startup Garage is an accelerator run out of the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office at UOttawa. Through Startup Garage Nolan has works with dozens of startups helping them grow from early ideation all the way to product sales. Nolan’s energy and outgoing personality helps him push student entrepreneurs to take risks and get out of their comfort zones.

John Fielding | Business Mentor
Regional Director - Business Development, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Currently, John is the Regional Director of Business Development for Eastern and Northern Ontario. He heads a team of Business Development Managers responsible for industry and academic engagement, support for the Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), OCE program delivery and overall business development.John has over 24 years experience in the high technology industry with Nortel, Mitel and Bookham Technology, dealing with many aspects of semiconductor and optical components fabrication including Life Cycle Management, cost analysis, new product / technology introduction and process engineering.He has held senior management positions dealing with strategic relationships as well as mergers and acquisitions ranging from small, less than 100 persons, to large several billion dollar investments.

Hanan Anis
CEO, Pear Data Corporation

Andrew was most recently the CEO of Gigataur. Prior to that, Andrew spent 15 years as part of the Wesley Clover investment team. During this time, he started, operated and grew new ventures in multiple vertical markets and geographies, drove revenue growth and investor confidence with positive returns for all shareholders. Andrew has an academic background in economics, computer science and engineering and is an honors graduate from the University of British Columbia.

Luc Lalande | Hardware / Maker Mentor
Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub, University of Ottawa

Luc Lalande is the Executive Director of the University of Ottawa Entrepreneurship Hub.  As an Ottawa-based innovation practioner with extensive experience in academic-industry-government sectors, Luc specializes in the design and execution of custom programs that build innovation capacity for communities. These grassroots innovation programs are crafted to work with local partners (corporate and institutional) and volunteers in both the private and public sectors, foundations and venture philanthropists.  Current focus areas include the establishment of makerspaces in schools, libraries and community centres that deliver youth programs.  He has recently raised funds to acquire 3D printers as a means of engaging youth in disadvantaged communities.

Danielle Taillon | Hardware/Maker Mentor
Maker Mobile Instructor, University of Ottawa

Danielle Taillon works at the UOttawa Makerspace where she is creating a wearables program to engage girls in STEM.
She also works with the Makermobile to bring 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics and programming to schools in the Ottawa region.

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

Iman Ghader | Design Mentor
Designer, Shopify

Vineeth Sampath | Design Mentor
Growth Specialist, CanvasPop

Vineeth is the growth specialist at Workshop X - an Ottawa-based company dedicated to creating remarkable web-based businesses such as CanvasPop, DNA11, Crated and PopKey. With a passion for marketing, Vineeth uses design to engage in creative problem solving and visualize brands. As a designer (who can't draw), Vineeth's go-to tools include Sketch, Photoshop, and Invision. Talk to Vineeth about marketing, design, branding, start-ups, hip-hop and donuts. 

Masha Krol | Design Mentor
Co-Founder & CPO,

Velko Tzolov
Industrial Advisor, NRC-IRAP

Velko is an Industrial Advisor at NRC-IRAP - providing business and technology advisory services, and funding to eligible small and medium Canadian technology firms. He is a seasoned executive with solid track record in business development, sales, marketing and technology leadership roles.

Specialties: Technology sales, marketing, business development, channel & partnership management, strategic business, marketing & technology positioning.

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The Startup Weekend Ottawa 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.
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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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