Startup Weekend Peel

    Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Peel

Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016

Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Sheridan College Davis Campus
7899 McLaughlin Rd
Brampton, ON L6Y 5H9

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Startup Weekend Peel

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active community leaders and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. This year Startup Weekend is happening again in Peel and this is your chance to start a company in 54 hours! 

  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.
  • Teams form organically around the ideas and those that have the most popular votes or team members carry on past Friday night. Each team must have at least three people.
  • What follows is a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The event culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders which presents another opportunity for critical feedback.
  • Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or simply learn a new skill that stretches them beyond their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

First and foremost, Startup Weekend is about experiential education. Participants don’t just listen to theory. They get their hands dirty and put theories to the test by collaborating with like-minded, passionate individuals from a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

Participants also receive invaluable one-on-one time with the movers and shakers from their community, as local tech and startup leaders who take part in Startup Weekend as mentors and judges. It’s important to remember that it’s not just about the idea—it’s about the team.

Startup Weekend attracts each community’s best makers and doers, and by spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, our participants build long-lasting relationships and may even walk away with a job or an investor.

Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone with whom you can actually launch a startup! Quite possibly the most valuable aspect is that not only will participants be integrating with their local community, they will be joining a global community of over 100,000 Startup Weekend alumni with a common mission to change their community and world.

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Friday February 19th

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 February 20th

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 February 21st

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!

Event Judges

Ash Menon
Angel Investor & Serial Entrepreneur

Having accumulated business experiences encompassing almost 20 years, Ash started advising companies 5 years ago, helping startup to large organizations navigate the nuances of local and international landscapes.

His prior experience has seen him lead an event management company focusing in the golf industry, engaged in over 30 annual events across Ontario, raising over $300,000 for charities; He has also created a global distribution channel for one of Canada's largest East-Indian music labels, with a reach of over 60 countries.

Steve Sheils
Angel Investor & Serial Entrepreneur

With over 25 years of Operational, Business Development and Board experience in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Steve provides expertise in leveraging global resources, capabilities, 
and relationships to gain advantage in local country markets.

Asides from having worked with Vivendi Universal Studios Senior Management team, Steve has been an entrepreneur and investor across a broad business base including internet marketing with clients like 
Heinz Foods, Fuji Film & Maple Leaf Foods, engineering testing & certification, and an executive producer of a Sundance Film Festival movie.

Janet De Silva
President & CEO at Toronto Region Board of Trade

Janet De Silva is President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, a role she assumed in January 2015. As President & CEO Ms. De Silva leads the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, representing the business interest of 12,000 members and 200,000 business professionals across the Toronto region.

Prior to joining the Board, Ms. De Silva was Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School, with responsibility for the school’s programs, overall development and expansion in Asia.

Kulvir Gill
Board Chair at Seva Food Bank

Kulvir Singh Gill has more than ten years of experience in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and post-merger integration. He is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a growth strategy consultancy based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and with Barrick Gold Corporation in their organizational effectiveness practice. He has also managed several post-merger business integrations and annual strategic planning cycles.

Among other key roles in the community Kulvir is also a co-founder of Mississauga's Seva Food Bank and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation.

Linda Jeffrey
Mayor of Brampton

Mayor Linda Jeffrey has an established track record in public service both at the municipal and provincial levels. During her 20-year tenure in the political field, she served as a Brampton City Councillor for four consecutive terms from 1991 2003. 

Her Ministerial appointments from 2010 to 2014 honed her leadership skills and experience across important sectors of the economy.  She served as Minister of Natural Resources (2010-2011); Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Seniors (2011-2013); and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Chair of Cabinet (2013-2014).

Coaches and Mentors

Michael Hofweller
Director of Growth at OK GROW!

Michael founded two accelerator programs where he helped scale a number of startups as well as being a mentor at Startup Weekend. He formerly worked at Toronto’s top innovation firm Kinetic Cafe and has international experience working as an executive for BaseKit, a UK startup.

Rosy Rumpal
The Lean Lawyer

A lawyer by day and techie by night. She can help you spot legal road blocks, connect you to other entrepreneurs and put agreements together. 

Ahmed Saleh
UX/UI Designer at Sampler

Ahmed uses his design powers to get user to love your product. Ahmed can help you quickly get to a prototype, implement feedback from customers and get around big challenges without comprising design.

Jason Lavigne
Founder & CEO of Black & White Logic Inc.

Jason is the CEO and founder of Black & White Logic Inc., an internet software development and technology company located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada that focuses on leveraging the power of cloud technology to generate new opportunities in the entertainment industry. For over 25 years, Jason has been working on building technology with organizations of various sizes from startups to large enterprises, from private sector to government. Most recently, Jason has been developing a couple new startups called revvly and AzureTickets with a strong focus on working with the entertainment industry to embrace new and emerging technology. Jason is also an active member of his community and dedicates several hours a month as an advisor to several startups and technology businesses in Peel Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

Deepa Tailor
Principal Owner, Lawyer at Tailor Law

Startup Lawyer, Tailor Law

Karl Danninger
Senior Developer & Lead Designer at OK GROW!

Karl is a full-stack developer & designer with a keen eye for details. Focusing on a user-centered design, he crafts beautiful and functional interactions that are both fun and easy to use. Being both developer & designer, Karl benefits from the understanding between good design practices and the underlying tech that drives it making for fluid and fast implementations.

Christopher Pyper
Founder & CTO of Blockthrough

Founder and Software Developer with 15 years of professional experience delivering innovative and  robust applications. Chris is highly experienced in current web and open source technologies, API  development, building virtualization clouds, processing pipelines, large scale systems, and building and leading teams.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Peel 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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Harpreet
  • Sravanti
  • Harman
  • Beverly
  • Tanya
  • Holly


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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