Startup Weekend Peel

    Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 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 November 4th

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 5th

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 6th

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!


Harpreet Zingh
Community Builder

Harpreet is the co-founder of LAB B, the first arts and entrepreneurship community hub in Brampton. He helps to oversee day to day operation, programming and building of relationships with external organizations to help foster an entrepreneurial and artistic ecosystem in Brampton. Harpreet is also a member of Mayor Linda Jeffrey’s Blue Ribbon Committee for establishing a university in Brampton as well as a board member of the downtown BIA.

Linda Jeffrey
Mayor of Brampton

Mayor of @CityBrampton. Proud of#BramptonYouth

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.

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).

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.

Mohan Nadarajah
CEO & Cofounder

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Deepa Tailor
Principal Owner, Lawyer at Tailor Law

Startup Lawyer, Tailor Law

Shaun Ghulam
CEO and Creative Director of Digital-Minded Inc

Shaun specializes in branding, design and building a successful agency.  Shaun can help you position your startup in the market place, identify first customers and focus your pitch. 

Andrew Degroot
Master Sales Guy, working in insurance

For the last 20 years, Andrew has helped early-stage companies grow in new markets. He can help you solve big technical problems, build a sales funnel and bring a global perspective to your idea. 

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.

Jaipaul Massey-Singh

Jaipaul works with healthcare providers to develop new innovative products. Jaipaul can help you think through medical startup ideas, bring diverse groups together and connect with the world of healthcare.

Drew Delaware

With dealerships all around the GTA, Drew leads Performance Auto Group's marketing teams. He can help you find new channels to reach your customers and articulate your marketing strategy. 

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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Home of Brampton's Creative Economy!



Community Partners


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Peel is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Sravanti
  • Harpreet
  • Priya
  • Harman
  • Tanya


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