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.
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Friday November 2nd

5:30 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
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
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

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

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 4th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

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: to see John and his brother Justin slay the Dragons!              Please visit:, and 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 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. 

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.  

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.

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

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 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.

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. 

Randy Campbell

Randy B.F. Campbell, JD, MBA, MEd, is currently the CEO of 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

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.

Pat Sebastien
Owner, Sebastien Business Development Consulting

Pat Sebastien spends most of his time helping early- and mid-stage startups develop and
execute strong growth strategies. Pat is the Growth Coach at the Startup Zone as has worked
with over 100 entrepreneurs in that capacity. When he isn’t working with startups, Pat helps
small businesses accelerate their sales development and customer success strategies.

Coltin Handrahan

Coltin Handrahan is a 25 year old entrepreneur from Charlottetown. His company, Golden Custom Clothing specializes in merchandising and branding solutions. They offer end to end apparel sourcing and customization to clients across Canada, making it easy to bring merchandise ideas from concept to cotton. They are a former resident company of Startup Zone and a member of the fall 2016 cohort of the Propel ICT build program.

Stefanie Corbett
Associate & Director of Operations with Island Capital Partners

Stefanie is an Associate & Director of Operations with Island Capital Partners, a seed-stage Venture Fund located in Prince Edward Island. She is focused on working with entrepreneurs, advising on strategy and helping founders achieve key milestones. With a background in business banking, financial analysis, and leading high performing sales teams, she has a passion for pushing entrepreneurship forward and helping companies gain easier access to capital. 

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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