Techstars Fintech Startup Weekend Peel Region 2019

    Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Fintech Startup Weekend Peel Region 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019



Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
41 George Street South
Brampton, ON L6Y 2E1

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Your #Fintech idea to MVP in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “tswbrampton@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 8th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking - Ice Breaker
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome
Official Kick Off - Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker
Paul Birkness, Co-founder & CEO of Pungle - Story of Pungle – Our Entrepreneurial Journey


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


8:40 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas - 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


10:00 pm
Wrap up for the Day
You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help. Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


5:00 pm
Speaker Session:
Dave Kapil – Kapil Financial - mBusiness Planning and Business Thinking (Q & A Session included)


5:30 pm
Dinner


6:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday November 10th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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, pitch prep, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:30 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Keynote
Keynote – Sara Masson: Loopio


5:45 pm
Final Pitch Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Celebration & Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Paul Birkness
Co-founder & CEO

Paul Birkness is Chief Product Officer of Berkeley Payment Solutions, which recently acquired Pungle Inc..  As co-founder and CEO of Pungle Inc. Paul led the successful acquisition of the company. Paul brings an extensive background in the payments industry.   Prior to starting Pungle, Paul led the merchant acquiring and prepaid issuing businesses for Home Trust Company. Before Home Trust, Paul was the Vice President, Strategy & Innovation for Moneris Solutions and Director of Strategic Marketing at Moneris. Paul has background skills in​ strategy, finance, marketing, business development, and consulting.   Paul has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Innovation Professionals, and as a Director of the Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), a not for profit organization focussed on providing a collective voice of the open-loop prepaid payments industry in Canada.   Paul ​received his Masters Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business in 1995, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1992. Paul was certified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.


Dave Kapil
Founder - Financial Advisor

President of Kapil Financial Services, Community Builder


Sara Masson
Director of Customer Success

Sara Masson is the Director of Customer Success at Toronto Tech company Loopio (they're hiring!). In the past, Sara worked with the Customer Community at FinTech company Wave Financial. 

Sara is passionate about authentic, human-first communications, and driving value for those she works with. Sara has a Masters in Professional Communication, and experience speaking on topics including Customer Advocacy, Customer Community, and even writing better emails! She's excited to share her passion for the Tech Community with all of you.

Event Judges


Declan Ramsaran
Managing Director

Managing Director passionate senior leader motivated by building & executing national scope, client-centric mandates containing a core wealth planning focus.


Sara Masson
Director of Customer Success

Sara Masson is the Director of Customer Success at Toronto Tech company Loopio (they're hiring!). In the past, Sara worked with the Customer Community at FinTech company Wave Financial. 

Sara is passionate about authentic, human-first communications, and driving value for those she works with. Sara has a Masters in Professional Communication, and experience speaking on topics including Customer Advocacy, Customer Community, and even writing better emails! She's excited to share her passion for the Tech Community with all of you.


Emil Sylvester Ramos
CEO

Co-Founder at IRIS Group


shauna-Kay Jones
Founder


Shauna is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Sheridan College in Legal Studies and Software Development & Network Engineering. She was the Valedictorian for the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology. Shauna is the Founder of Motify, a student success platform, that uses data analytics to build unique profiles to create pathways for students to achieve their highest potential both inside and outside the classroom.    Shauna is a Senior Technical Subject Matters expert at PointClickCare where she runs large scale, multi-departmental technical projects. Her experience ranges from Web and Mobile Development, Design Thinking, Process Development, Data Analysis, and Research and Development. Shauna is involved in a variety of outreach and initiatives to support getting more girls and women into STEM programs all across Canada.


Coaches and Mentors


Italo Andrade de Souza
Sócio/Diretor – DIPOTO

An operations specialist engineer, Italo founded and volunteered in the Jerimum Valley, one of Brazil’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Additionally, he was partner in a handful of startup projects, founded the first startups accelerator in the NE Brazil, and was the partner responsible for the expansion of SGS Solucoes, the fastest growing business consulting company in Brazil, averaging 175% in yearly growth for the last 7 years.


An experienced mentor in 3 Startup Weekends, Italo has a solid background creating, implementing, and improving processes, controls, and organizational culture, in alignment with clients’ finance plan and strategy.


Gurpreet K. Mann
Founder

Coming from a family that owns multiple businesses in Canada and the US, I always found myself providing HR support to them. This is when I realized the gap between SME's and HR. I also saw first hand how SME's can truly benefit from having a strategic HR support, i.e. increase business growth and profits. As SME's grow and increase revenues, they in-turn create more jobs, which benefits the entire economy and the job market.  For this very reason, I started my HR Consulting firm, HR Superhero to become the backbone of SME's success.


Daniel Bishun
Business Advisor

Daniel is a Business Advisor in the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and now responds to established small business issues and consults with clients to determine their needs, progress and appropriate strategies for business success. He advises clients on all aspects of business, including feasibility and risk assessment, business model development, market research and financial planning. He conducts analysis and applies conclusions to diagnose issues that inhibit business growth in Brampton.  

Daniel is assisting with creating the innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem in Brampton, working with various stakeholders, partners and businesses to build the foundation of continuous learning within the community



Alauddin Ahmed
Managing Consultant

Entrepreneur and mentor by heart, passionate about organization development with data, knowledge and intelligence. With rich global experience across industries, founded consulting firm in Mississauga, helping fortune 500 companies in value chain alignment and operational excellence.


Alvin Jin
CTO

Graduated from the University of Waterloo with my Master degree in AI and Big Data.
Before joining IRIS, I worked in the AI and Big Data industry for 10 years as the Director of Data Science, Team lead, etc.
At IRIS, I oversee the research innovation and product development on Computer vision projects, e.g. Object detections, Facial Recognition, etc.



Sahib Singh Sapra
Co-Founder

Sahib Singh Sapra, is a serial Enterpreneur, consultant and a growth hacker. Co-Founder of ROFL Inc and a think tank. As an IIBA certified Business Analyst as well as Google certified Digital marketer, he has a strong background in solving complex problems, analysing information, building growth strategy and market analysis. A Creative and strategic thinker who graduated with a Masters in marketing from Manchester Business School , UK. 


Kahini Sheth
Solution Consultant

Kahini is based out of Toronto and works in the customer development domain as Solution Consultant at Tatvic, North America.

She has more than 6 years’ of experience across diverse domains including Research & Content Curation, Business Development, Event Management, Startup Ecosystem and Digital Marketing. She is extremely result-driven, dedicated and peoples’ person.

Previously, she has worked as an Ecosystem facilitator for almost 3 years with a Technology Business Incubation Center in India. During her role, she was responsible for managing both digital as well as offline presence of the organization. Alongside she was also handling various startup programs and partnerships. Provide feedback to startups and help them refine their pitch. She has also worked as a Business development associate for packaging industry and a php developer in the initial phase of her career.

Her passion for designing garments led her to start her own venture, Paahini that she was handling along with the full time job.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Diploma in International Business Management.

Off work, she enjoys cooking, traveling to different places and socializing with friends and family.



Supan Shah
Data Analytics Professional

Supan Shah is an Analytics professional, currently working as a Manager, HR Analytics with RBC I&TS from past 3 years. He has 6 and half years of experience in total varied across Data Science, Data Analysis & Visualization, Data Mining& Segmentation, Predictive Analysis, Data Strategy, Agile Practices, Process Improvement, Automation and Management Reporting. Before joining RBC, he has worked with Fidelity investment in retirement Analytics domain for a year. Prior to that, he had worked with IQR Analytics for 2 and half years in credit card domain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer engineering and MBA with major in finance. He likes to keep himself updated with current affairs and innovations happening in tech industries. Off work, he enjoys traveling, playing cricket and socializing with friends and family.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Fintech Startup Weekend Peel Region 2019 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 Peel is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Melloney
    Campbell
  • Tennile
    Cooper
  • Anmol
    Dhalla
  • Mark
    Campbell
  • Chirag
    Barot

Facilitators


Edwin Frondozo
CMO & Co-founder



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