Global Startup Weekend Peel Region

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Global Startup Weekend Peel Region

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Brampton City Hall
2 Wellington St W
Brampton, ON L6Y 4R2

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Go from Idea to MVP in 54 hours!

Learn, Network, Create and  Build Something Great!

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 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 get started. 

Join us for this special Global Startup Weekend where we will join 150+ other cities in this incredible celebration of entrepreneurship. Techstars will help the winning team to continue growth by providing perks to help them build their startup as well as showcasing in their global channels.  

Don't miss this opportunity of the possibility of being showcased in the Techstars Worlwide Network! 1st place prize package worth over $10,000!

*Please note, all ideas pitched and worked on are owned by the teams. Startup Peel Community or organizers will not assume ownership of your IP.


Friday November 17th

6:30 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 November 18th

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 19th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jahmeelah Gamble

When you’re passionate about your calling, it’s very simple to fall in line with the ideologies that guide you to your vocation. Being a nurturer and someone who can easily tap into personal connections come naturally for some, yet innately for others. Jahmeelah "Jam" Gamble is a community driven advocate for health and wellness and individuals with disabilities, whose charismatic personality, creativity and dedicated years of service in her field, reflect the reason why many say Jam was indeed born to do this.

As a Developmental Service Worker for 17 years, Jahmeelah has been immersed in her specialty within various capacities. As an educator, she was armed with the specifics of providing support and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. Her eagerness to bring awareness to everyone on a larger platform led her to “accidentally” pitch the informative television show A Voice for All to Rogers TV. 

"Jam" is unequivocally a connector of people, ideas and energy. As a consultant for local groups, companies, and entrepreneurs, she is able to assist individuals that always encourages their personality to shine through. And Jam continues to use her knowledge to educate others on the importance of recognition and awareness through A Voice for All and her engaging social media accounts. All of her work and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed, as her ongoing community service and excellence was celebrated as one of the phenomenal 150 women honored during the HERstory In Black project, featured on CBC Canada. 

Advocacy, mental health and wellness, the importance of education and her propensity to be extremely vehement about everything she does propels Jahmeelah forward with A Voice for All, Slayer of the Mic Speakers Program, as an educator and anything else she puts her mind to. Jahmeelah Gamble is the purveyor of truth; the spirited host of your next event; and the fireball media personality that we have all come to love.

Event Judges

Amarpreet Kaur

Amarpreet worked as the Digital Marketing Manager for a technology-focused innovation commercialization hub in the Greater Toronto Area, RIC Centre. At RIC Centre, Amarpreet focused on managing online content, optimizing paid, owned and earned media and inbound lead generation to increase targeted community outreach and brand awareness. She started working at RIC Centre over two years ago as the Communications Officer and Operations Manager. Amarpreet runs a freelance business, Penta Helix Studio, to support small-to-medium sized organizations achieve their marketing objectives by providing web development, graphic design, social media, photography and videography services. Amarpreet is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and has been representing buyer and sellers in the trading of real estate for over 6 years. She is an optimistic and determined individual always looking for challenges and completing them with a smile. Amarpreet is an avid professional photographer and loves the outdoors; she enjoys focusing on the little details and seeing the world from behind her camera lens.

Marc Lijour

Marc Lijour helps organizations capture the benefits of the 4th industrial revolution.  He lead digital transformation initiatives at the government of Ontario, before heading Cisco Education in Canada. He currently develops Ontario operations for Savoir-faire Linux, a system integrator with deep expertise on a wide range of Free/Libre and Open Source Software.Marc serves on a number of boards including ColliderX, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), the Toronto French Business Network (TFBN), TechConnex, Prepr, and Techweek. Marc hold degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, an MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation, as well as several certifications in Education, and in IT Management. He has been an active in Free Software and Open Source for the last 20 years.

Derrick Raphael

Derrick Raphael is a graduate from Princeton University, Duke University School of Law and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Global Professional Master of Laws program.   He has been an advocate for youth since 2000 when he created his first college preparation program working with young people as a junior in high school.  

As a US licensed attorney Derrick has strived to impact policies which impact youth especially those hindered from educational opportunities due to socio-economic barriers.

Derrick loves to invest in his community and currently co-chairs the Brampton Mastermind (BM) program which is a monthly networking session which brings together entrepreneurs in Brampton and surrounding cities for free food and fellowship once a month at City Hall.  

This year Derrick was recognized by the Brampton Board of Trade as a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award which highlights individuals making significant impact on the city of Brampton and beyond. 

David Soo

David is a public sector IT professional and avid community builder within the tech and hackathon environment. He has delivered two Hackathon events on behalf of the City of Mississauga and continually works as a Tech Social Organizer for the global non-profit organization, HackerNest.  
In addition, David is a Designer and Entrepreneur with a cross-pollination of tech, marketing, and design experience.

Coaches and Mentors

Sara Singh

Wearing many hats in the community, Sara Singh is a passionate social entrepreneur, changemaker and activist. She founded Broadening Horizons in 2012, a non-profit organization that uses creative expression to engage youth and raise awareness around a number of social justice issues like bullying and racism. Some of the initiatives that she's championed includes monthly ONE Mic nights to support local and upcoming talent, the PowerofONE project, the Endless Possibilities show and a Sikh Heritage Month showcase at Beaux-Arts. Since conception, Broadening Horizons has received $300,000 in funding for the next three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund Grant to scale their efforts regionally. She's currently pursuing a PhD in public policy from Ryerson University and has been named one of Brampton Board of Trade's Top 40 Under 40.

Lyndon Johnson
Founder of COMMS.BAR

He is a leading international PR specialist who recently launched COMMS.BAR into the Canadian market. COMMS.BAR helps startups on low budgets develop a lean and actionable PR strategy. He is the first expert to produce and introduce the 'lean PR canvas' and will discuss more at the meetup.

Judi Walsh

Sam Gupta

Sam Gupta is an expert at commercializing healthcare technology products ranging from big data, SAAS, and enterprise software. In his career of 15+ years, he has commercialized software products to various industries including Life sciences and Financial Services. He has deep understanding of healthcare ecosystem especially from commercialization and reimbursement perspective. Involved with several startups, he has exposure in setting initial commercialization infrastructure and rolling out execution plans. Sam holds Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor of Engineering in Communication Engineering. Sam is passionate about cutting-edge technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, and Edge Computing.

Maurice Carty

Adarsha Datta
National Startup Lead & Technology Evangelist at Microsoft

Harman Grenwal

Harman is a data-driven, creative entrepreneur who co-founded Brampton's first startup incubator, LAB B after graduating from Western University in 2013. In the past, Harman has volunteered in Nepal, sat on the board of Sikh Heritage Month and organized over 70+ events for the arts, culture, innovation and tech communities in Peel. Today, he works as a Marketing Specialist for Loom Analytics, a legal-tech startup in Toronto and sits on the board of SOCH, a non-profit mental health organization. With the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience, Harman brings an unique perspective to the budding entrepreneurs who are about to embark on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Joy A. Adams

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Peel is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Melloney
  • Shirley
  • Mark
  • Priya
    Kaur Kesh
  • AJ
  • Chirag


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