Startup Weekend PEI November 2018

    Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend PEI November 2018

Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018



Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Startup Zone
31 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K7

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Go from Idea to Results in Only One Weekend!

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. Working with other members of your community from startup newbies to hardened veterans, you'll take an idea from concept to pitch all within 48 hours.

What do you need to bring?

ENERGY! 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.

FRIENDS! Bring your friends and colleagues, but know that you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

IDEAS! 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 NOTES: You cannot have worked previously on your idea, and it's important to know that participants are welcome to participate in the entire event working within a team without having to pitch their own idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 6 full (and incredibly 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 “charlottetown@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 2nd


5:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:00 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
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

Saturday November 3rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Team Photos and Begin Work
Teams formed, Photographed, and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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


7:30 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 4th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


3:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Group Photo, Wrap-Up & Go Home


Event Judges


John Rowe
President of Island Abbey Foods Ltd & Founder of honibe

John L. Rowe, as Founder and President of Island Abbey Foods Ltd. (also known as Honibe (“Honey Bee”) – Pure Honey Joy®) and the Timeless Group of Companies, is the definition of a serial entrepreneur.   Honibe’s product lines include pure Honey Candies, Honey Lozenges and Honey Gummies multi-vitamins, supplements and natural health products.  Honibe’s products are sold in over 40 countries in grocery, pharmacy and specialty retailers.  The Timeless Group of Companies (Timeless Technologies®, Timeless Medical System® and Timeless Veterinary Systems™), has been developing advanced software products, integrated hardware and IT systems since 1994 for local Island businesses, the medical and veterinary industries.     John has considerable experience in launching new products: over 20 years of engineering experience in product design, development and successful market rollout including 500 innovations, 5,000+ technology licensees, and 150,000+ end users around the world.  The key to John’s success has always been the team he has surrounded himself with. The Honibe team stands at 85 full time and part time staff, and the Timeless team stands at 45 full time and part time staff, across Canadian and International bases of operation.   John’s keen entrepreneurial endeavors landed him on Dragon's Den in January 2011, securing a ‘TV deal’ for one million dollars for his unique honey and natural health business.  Visit: http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/pitches/honibe to see John and his brother Justin slay the Dragons!              Please visit: www.Honibe.com, www.TimelessMedical.com and www.TimelessVeterinary.com for more details about John’s companies.   John graduated from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, in 1995. 


Kerry Anne MacDougall
Owner & Partner

Kerry Anne MacDougall is the founder and brand manager of Insight Brand and Marketing Studio in Charlottetown.  After starting the company 10 years ago from her home in rural PEI, Kerry Anne has grown her agency to a full service team offering branding, graphic design, web development, digital marketing and video production to clients throughout North America.   With the innate ability to identify the story behind the brand and bring that to life through every point of contact, Kerry Anne works with her creative team to deliver high impact strategies and campaigns to the market. Kerry Anne is a passionate entrepreneur, leader and visionary who consistently produces results for her clients.


Coaches and Mentors


Paul Lypaczewski
Mentor and Angel Investor

Paul Lypaczewski is an IT industry veteran, has been an angel investor/mentor at large and is now one of the four Managing Partners of Island Capital Partners. He has run a broad range of companies over the course of his career, from web and media startups to large NASDAQ traded companies. Having been on the executive management of major firms such as Autodesk, AMD and Avid, Paul has lead many of the preeminent companies in the graphics and media industries, focusing on the product and organizational strategies 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.


Geoff Scales
Entrepeneur

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.  


Andrew Carrothers
Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. Andrew Carrothers is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Business. He currently teaches 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.


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. 


Emma Fugate
Entrepreneur

Emma Fugate is the owner and President of E Accounting Services, taking care of the bookkeeping and tax needs of hundreds of small business, non-profit and individual clients.  After emigrating from the UK, Emma started E Accounting Services in 2006 following her graduation from Holland College where she gained diplomas in Accounting Technology and Business Administration.  In 2016, she partnered with founder Brian Sharp as VP Business Development/CFO for Onset Communication, a tech start-up developing innovative products for the film industry.  Emma is also involved with the local filmmaking community through her accounting clients and volunteer positions with FilmPEI, Charlottetown Film Society and Women in Film & TV, as well as producing her own projects. She lives in Charlottetown with husband Bill and son Zachary.


Maureen Hanley
Head of Operations

Maureen Hanley is a tenth generation islander with 30 years’ business experience, a true entrepreneurial spirit and a keen sense of adventure.  

She is the head of operations for Navigate Food Safety Solutions, a Montague PEI based company she shares with her husband, Alexandre. Navigate is rapidly gaining global traction in the field of food safety training in manufacturing. Working primarily in North America, Maureen & Alexandre design, implement and audit best practices for food manufacturers of every size and production level. Their work spans all certification standards under the Global Food Safety Initiative as well as CFIA and FDA regulations. Their current focus is  designing and delivering online training in the same field.

Maureen is a graduate of the Propel ICT accelerator program, 2016 cohort.

Over her career Maureen has owned and operated several businesses and is adept at product development, marketing and managing rapid growth. She spent 7 years managing all initiatives related to the brand of Chef Michael Smith at Culinart Limited. As the business lead she negotiated all contracts, managed client relationships and brand alignments. She has vast experience in project management, client relationship development and creating media content.


Bruce Matheson
CPA, CMA

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. 


Randy Campbell
CEO

Randy B.F. Campbell, JD, MBA, MEd, is currently the CEO of shoplaw.ca. Shoplaw is an access to justice initiative, and provides Canadians with a transparent marketplace for legal services. It is also the authoritative and free public legal education resource for Canadians. As an entrepreneur, teacher and lawyer, Mr. Campbell works with a team of technologists to make it convenient for Canadians to learn about law, and choose a lawyer.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Campbell earned multiple scholarships to complete a Juris Doctor degree, and worked with Cox & Palmer. Cox & Palmer is a regional law firm with over 200 lawyers across Atlantic Canada. It is a full-service law firm, offering legal solutions for families, start-ups, large corporations, and institutional clients. Mr. Campbell's preferred practice areas included civil litigation, corporate commercial, and municipal law.

Before completing a Juris Doctor degree and MBA, Mr. Campbell completed a Masters of Education. Mr. Campbell's MEd thesis was nominated for the university-wide Governor General's Gold Medal for research excellence. He spent 40-days as the only human-animal on St. Peters Island to research the nature and process of nature connection. He also taught in the Sport and Leisure Management program at Holland College, where he taught primarily Outdoor Leadership and led the annual study tour to Central America.


Phil Ferraro
Director of Bioenterprise Maritimes

Phil Ferraro, is the Director of Bioenterprise Maritimes, an agri-enterprise accelerator. He also works as a commercial and residential property manager and is a Director of the Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. Phil is a ‘Certified Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR),’ practioner and he holds a masters degree in Social Ecology. As part of the Bioenterprise team, Phil coaches agri-entrepreneurs transform ideas into viable business opportunities, respond to emerging issues, and seize new market opportunities.  
He has over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur in the agriculture sector, working with social enterprise NGOs, ‘Green’ builders and teaching ecological approaches to food production. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend PEI November 2018 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 Charlottetown is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • John
    Kimmel
  • Ann
    Higgs
  • Jordan
    Rose
  • Colin
    Young
  • John
    Nabuurs
  • Jordan
    Sampson
  • Shelby
    McDonald
  • Shaman
    Ferraro

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Innovation Manager

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