Techstars Startup Weekend PEI 2018

    Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend PEI 2018

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Startup Zone
31 Queen Street
Charlottetown , PE C1A 4A4

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Startup Weekend is the world’s biggest learning programme for entrepreneurs!

In just 54 hours, you will experience, the highs, lows, fun and pressure that makes up life at a startup.As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.*Food and beverages will be provided to participants. Learn, Network, Startup.

*Please contact with any dietary restrictions.

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Friday January 26th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams & 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 January 27th

8:30 am
Breakfast Starts
Arrive, continental breakfast

9:00 am
Keynote Speaker
Chris Francis from Receiver Coffee & Co.

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

10:00 am
Mentors Meetings
First set of mentors arrive and help teams one-on-one.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Dinner, Check-In, & Pitch 101

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

Sunday January 28th

8:30 am
Arrive, Continental Breakfast

10:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Check-in and pitch practice.

11:30 am
Practice Pitches & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

12:00 pm

3:30 pm
Final Presentations
Get ready to see what the teams have been working on all weekend long!

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Final awards, along with appetizers and snacks.

6:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home


Chris Francis

Event Judges

Cody Clinton
Investment Officer

Cody Clinton is an Investment Officer with Innovation PEI for the ICT sector. This position involves working with businesses outside of Prince Edward Island to help them establish and expand their businesses interests. He has been involved with multiple startup initiatives as the Founding Director of the Startup Zone, creation of the Ignition program within Innovation PEI and leading initiatives for LaunchPad PEI, a later stage business incubator. Cody has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island which focuses on Physics and Mathematics. 

Martina MacDonald
Executive Director of Active Communities Inc. and the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)

Martina was raised in Cardigan in a very entrepreneurial family of ten. Her father started the Cardigan Feed Service and the business is still running today.Martina is an entrepreneur like her father and started her own business Second Glance Interiors twenty two years ago.After twenty two years in Management of seven retail outlets she moved on and accepted the position of Executive Director of Active Communities Inc. and the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC).  The CBDC has offices in the Rural Action Centres in Montague and Souris.She has a passion and drive to grow the economy in Kings County through rural development. She works with entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses, those who are wishing to expand their business, helps client’s access training opportunities to develop business skills and offers business counselling.

Edwin Jewell
President and CEO

Started farming in 1980 with his father and brothers growing mixed vegetables and raising turkeys.  Owned and operated Jewell's Country Market, a farm market and garden center since 1999.  Started Canada's Island Garden, PEI's first Federally Licensed Producer of Medicinal Cannabis in 2014.  Presently has divested of JCM and is President and CEO of Canada's Island Garden.  

Coaches and Mentors

Maureen Hanley
Head of Operations

Maureen Hanley has 30 years’ business experience and is a self-described “serial entrepreneur.”
She is the head of operations for Navigate Food Safety Solutions, a Montague-based company
she shares with her husband, Alexandre. Navigate was awarded the 2018 Export Excellence
award from the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Maureen has owned and operated several successful businesses and is skilled at product
development, marketing, creating media content and managing growth. She spent 7 years
managing all initiatives related to the brand of Chef Michael Smith at Culinart Limited. As
business lead she negotiated all contracts, managed client relationships and brand alignments.
Maureen has a reputation for recruiting expertise and building enviable teams.
She was recently accepted to the Wallace McCain Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders Program, a
peer group for CEO's, Presidents and Founders growing a business.

Phil Ferraro

Phil Ferraro and his wife, Nancy Willis, founded  The Institute for
Bioregional Studies Ltd. with the mission to help, ‘Restore Community,
Protect the Land and Inform the Earth’s Stewards.” Phil is also a
founding  member of the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network. He is
a board of director for the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and
Gifts from the Heart Inc. and is also an advisor to the Centre for Local

Phil’s masters degree, in Social Ecology, included a thesis on creating
food and energy self-reliance in northern climates with studies in
renewable energy, organic agriculture, community development and social

In 2014, Phil helped create the PEI Farm Centre’s, ‘ Legacy Garden;’ 
Canada’s largest urban farm. The Legacy Garden operates as a social
enterprise with over 150 community garden allotments,  several theme
gardens and a ‘Goodwill Garden;’ from which food is donated to charities
in an effort to help alleviate food insecurity.

Over the past 2 decades, Ferraro has also become an accredited Corporate
Social Responsibility
(CSR ) practitioner. He remains busy helping entrepreneurs turn their
business ideas into commercial realities that address the climate crisis
with social, economic and environmental solutions.

Paul Lypaczewski
Mentor and Angel Investor

Paul Lypaczewski is an IT and graphics industry veteran and is currently one of the Partners at Island Capital Partners, an early stage venture funds focused on high growth potential startup companies. He has managed a broad range of companies over the course of his career, from web and media startups to Fortune 100 companies. Having been on the executive management of firms such as Alias/SGI, Autodesk/Discreet, ATI/AMD and Avid, Paul has been a leader at the major companies in the software and hardware graphics industry, focusing on the team, culture and execution necessary to achieve success. He has received a number of awards and recognitions for his efforts, including being the first Canadian to receive the NASA Space Act Award and also devotes his time to charitable organizations. 

Mike (Hogie) Hogan
Co-Founder and Beer Engineer

Mike (Hogie) is a Co-Founder and Beer Engineer with Upstreet Craft Brewing. He measures what goes in but tastes what comes out. He has a Computer Engineering degree from Dalhousie University and an Audio Engineering diploma. In the past, he has worked in veterinary medical records and telemedicine, offshore weather forecasting, and television post-production. A mad scientist thru and thru.

Michael Drake

Michael is a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office, and has been practicing since 2002. He has a particular interest and expertise in assisting start-ups in their initial phases, from organization onward. Michael has mentored a number of PEI start-ups in several cohorts of the Propel ICT program, and offers a full range of legal services to high-potential young entrepreneurs and their companies. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and three daughters.  

Chris VanHorne
President and Founder

Chris VanHorn is the president and founder of Airbly, Inc which creates flight data recorders to facilitate small aircraft management.  He moved to PEI from upstate New York in 2012 and has a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University with over 15 years of experience in several technology fields such as application development, server management and virtualization, network communications, circuit board design and prototyping.  He also holds a private pilots license and co-owns a small aircraft at the Charlottetown airport.  When he is not flying around or developing software, Chris is spends his leisure time with his wife Kristen, two dogs and three cats.

Geoff Scales

Geoff is an active father, teacher, director and business advisor.  He is and has been a multiple business owner, both start-up and otherwise.  A business optimization professional, he’s allegedly wise to the ways of digital marketing, entrepreneurship, turnaround acquisitions and channeling the right money.  Geoff is a registered business consultant with a large U.S. firm that targets the SMB market. He is certified in business intermediary and commercial real estate/business financial intermediary.  Well versed as a manager in both Product Launch and Funnel Optimization, he loves technology and its impact on business. Information junkie with a penchant for quick wit from the occasional libation.   Enjoys either his Bullet-proof coffee, kamboucha or dressed up eggs to start the day.  Purported nice guy that likes to help.  

Scott Gallant
CEO & Co-Founder of

Scott is a product focused CEO who started to improve the web design process. He has been designing and building software for over a decade. Prior to, he was the lead designer at Foursum Golf Inc., he ran a digital design agency and built a management dashboard for WordPress developers. When he’s not working, he loves spending time exploring the outdoors on foot or in his sailboat.

Emily Coffin
UX Designer, Freelance | PEI Chapter Lead, Ladies Learning Code

Emily Coffin is owner and founder of codeAtlantic, a tech education company that teaches tech skills with a hands-on learning approach and a ton of support. codeAtlantic is a resident company of Startup Zone. Emily also leads the PEI chapter of Canada Learning Code - a national non-profit organization with a mission to be the leading resource for Canadians, particularly women and youth, to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology. In the true spirit of working for herself in every facet of her life, Emily also freelances part-time as a User Experience Designer, and keeps her creative side satisfied through playing musical gigs around PEI.

Ian Dionne

Ian Dionne:

With 10+ years experience for revenue management and operations, Ian now helps developers, studios, and publishers build and operate mobile games and apps. Combining a deep background in environmental engineering with  experience in revenue optimization and operations management, Ian entered the gaming industry in 2012. Ian is Co-Founder of RevIQ, a team dedicated to providing studios, developers, and publishers with the tools and experience necessary to compete in the industry, and he has successfully built and managed the growing RevIQ team to bring big-company success to all of RevIQ’s clients.

Jessie Sampson

Jessie works as a manager at Fitzpatrick & Company - a role in which she focuses on corporate reorganizations, pro forma financial statements, tax planning, succession planning, and financial analysis. Outside of the office, Jessie serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice PEI, as Treasurer for Lennon Recovery House Association Inc. and on the Finance Committee for Farmers Helping Farmers. Jessie has also been chosen to be a marker for the 2017 Common Final Examination, which is the CPA profession’s final exam.

Andrew Carrothers
Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Andrew Carrothers is an Associate Professor of Finance at UPEI's Faculty of Business. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of corporate, international, personal, and entrepreneurial finance. He holds a PhD in Finance from McMaster University. His primary research interest is corporate governance, with a particular focus on hedge fund activism and executive compensation. He is also active with research on financial literacy.

Prior to joining UPEI, Andrew gained extensive work experience as a senior manager at an S&P 500 company. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Mikey Wasnidge
Special Events & Marketing Manager

Over the years, Michael has constantly strived to add new skills to his repertoire, be it photography, graphic design, public relations, community outreach, or videography. He began his career in marketing with the Vancouver based company, UsedEverywhere where he helped to double the user base of regional sites, and He later helped to launch popular gift site, into Halifax and Saint John, before moving on to Junior Achievement to manage the non-profit's community engagement. Michael unique voice, creativity, and broad skill set has helped him to create content that resonates with communities here on PEI and throughout the Maritime provinces. 

Michael Good
Food Product Developer

Michael Good is a Product Developer with Canada's Smartest Kitchen and CTO of Idea2Market. Michael's background in BioTech, coupled with his experience in business and design thinking has enabled him to assist food, NHP, and dietary supplement companies across the globe in developing market-driven, innovative products with a strong technical focus. Specializing in beverages, Michael has developed products for companies ranging from juice manufacturers to distilleries, and enjoys leading companies through the entire process from concept to launch. 

Bruce Matheson

Bruce is a native of Prince Edward Island, who has lived in several communities across Canada. 
He has, and continues to serve on numerous non-profit and community organizations, which have included Credit Union, community development, charity, fellowship, sports and agriculture. 

Chelsey Lake
Digital Marketing Strategist

Chelsey is a digital marketing strategist and passionate designer & developer all-in-one. Holding a degree in Science, she has married the analytical aspects of her education with the creative freedom of design to produce effective, high-converting funnels for her clients and her own business. She is motivated by the numbers and what improves conversion rates & revenue for her clients. Chelsey has worked with over 20 entrepreneurs to successfully improve their business and is currently working with a local company, Nutracelle, as their IT and Marketing Manager. In her spare time, she runs her own company, Lake Design, travels the world, and uses her competitive edge to attempt any extreme sport that crosses her path. 

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Charlottetown is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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