Startup Next Toronto 2014

    Friday, November 28 - January 16, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Facilitating Team
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Startup Next
Toronto

Friday, November 28 - January 16, 2015



Friday, November 28 - January 16, 2015
Program starts at 6:00 pm

The Working Group 425 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON

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Startup Next is the #1 startup pre-accelerator in the world

Our program has helped graduates get accepted into Techstars, 500 Startups, Imagine K12, AlphaLab and many other top accelerators. If you are looking to apply for and get accepted into an accelerator, we can help. Startup Next will get your team focused on the progress needed to stand out from others applying through our framework of top-quality mentorship, content, and referrals to accelerators or investors.

During Startup Next, teams will:
  • Test their startup idea and team 
  • Get weekly hands-on mentorship & pitch coaching
  • Be held accountable and held to focus on important growth metrics
  • Grow their network of startup experts and other founders
Startup Next is an intense mentorship program consisting of 3 hour weekly (once a week) sessions for five weeks. Teams are expected to hustle outside the sessions and complete a small set of reporting deliverables each week in preparation for the mentorship.

What happens after the program finishes?
Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will have access to a number of value-added resources from the Startup Next global team.

The value-adds for alumni will be:
  • 2 day trip to Silicon Valley, that includes investor pitch events, networking events and learning sessions
  • Exposure through demo days & special events
  • Introductions & referrals to accelerators or investors partners of Startup Next
  • Continued mentorship from successful entrepreneurs or domain experts in the startup space
  • Connections to potential customers looking to work with high quality and scaling startups
What is the cost to participate if accepted?
  • This program does not take any equity
  • There is a program fee of $300 per team member. Teams will only need to make a payment only after being accepted into the program
  • The program fee helps us cover the local logistics and support of volunteer mentors & facilitators. 
What are the application requirements?
  • Well Rounded Teams
    • 2-4 founders on team  (No solo founder teams accepted)
    • Teams must have a hacker/hustler combination
  • Big & Unique Idea
    • Startups must be working on a unique technology-enabled startup idea and attacking a big market
  • Progress or Current Traction
    • Evidence of execution - Some proof of an MVP needed as we want teams at more than just an idea stage
    • Problem/solution fit - Some level of previous customer validation already done and usage validation (users, revenue, LOIs, etc). We want teams we can help focus on getting closer to product/market fit
  • Team video
    • Video submissions are a good indicator of startups looking at this as an opportunity and will be willing to invest the time needed during the program




Program Schedule

Friday November 28th


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


7:00 pm
Team Pitches
Teams presenting their elevator pitch and get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


7:45 pm
Guest Speaker


8:15 pm
Networking

Monday December 1st


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday December 8th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday December 15th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - MVPs, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday January 5th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday January 12th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Friday January 16th


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks + Welcome


6:15 pm
Final Presentations
Teams will present a 3-5 minute pitch + answer questions from the crowd


8:00 pm
Networking and Celebration


Speakers and Mentors


Sean Power
Co-Founder, Repable

Sean is the Co-Founder of Repable. Repable powers athletes and entertainers with data to help them better understand their public interactions. 

Sean's work is about building and releasing products quickly and intelligently, or scaling with less pain and more insight. As a result, he has worked directly with many startups to help them in their initial launch or growth strategies. 

Sean has spoken about marketing or data at countless events both private and public, including Velocity, Web 2.0 Expo and eMetrics, and has written about data in the past for O'Reilly.


Alison Gibbins

Alison is a startup junkie and customer development expert with wins at Startup Weekend (Griflens; babySIMPLIFY). She is a Data Geek and CRM Marketer, and the Founder of Toronto Moms Group.


Tom Walsham
Director of Product, TWG

Tom Walsham is an experienced product manager, marketing engineer, and analytics grandmaster. He is Director of Product at The Working Group (TWG), Chief Email Herder for PostageApp, and an active mentor for startups.    Tom specializes in driving product decisions through the lens of user research and analytics. With PostageApp he has helped clients send millions of emails and has evolved the service from a basic email management tool into a complete solution for companies wanting to design, deliver, and analyze email. With TWG, he can be found leading software product strategy for clients in a wide array of verticals and is currently doing customer development with businesses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. True story. 


Bart van de Kooij
Co-Founder, Minibrew

Co-founder of Minibrew, a hardware startup focused on creating a global network of tastemakers and here to democratize the beer space. Bart leads product development and growth strategy as well helped raise $1 million to grow last year.


Marco Petkovski

Marco is an an analyst and data crafter, passionate about what's hidden beneath the surface. 

He applies his love of philosophy and consumer behaviour to his work for the purpose of building a bridge between the qualitative and quantitative, siblings who often refuse to admit they're from the same family.

His goal is to continuously refine the connection between all channels (online and offline) to unearth the discreet objective relationships that drive consumer actions and return on investment.
Marco is Measurement Lead at Teehan & Lax and the Founder of Angel Analytics.



Rajen Sanghvi
Chief Operating Officer - Shoplocket

Rajen Sanghvi is a startup sales and business operations specialist. As COO of ShopLocket (recently acquired by PCH International) and their newly launched brand TheBlueprint.com, Rajen is responsible for all of the company’s day-to-day operations and business execution.  

Rajen's passionate about building companies from the ground up. His experience spans everything from getting your first handful of customers, to defining a scalable sales process and figuring out how to build a team along the way. Sometimes a product manager, other times an operations manager, and most often a growth manager, Rajen likes to get his hands dirty in every aspect of building a business.  

Previously, Rajen has held senior sales positions at ScribbleLive, NetSuite and IBM. He also holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. In his free time, you can find Rajen trying new personal growth/productivity hacks and blogging at rajensanghvi.com.  


Rob Kenedi
Chief Product Officer, Impressed Interactive

Rob is passionate about building technology companies, creating successful business strategies and relationships, architecting top tier product experiences, and working with brilliant people who want to change the world with emerging technology.

He has held a number of senior roles in various companies due to his multifaceted skill set and proven track record.

Rob is the host of Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, a weekly broadcast dedicated to sharing startup founder stories from the trenches.


Daryna Kulya

Daryna works in the Digital Innovation group at Deloitte where she develops digital strategies, experiments with pre-enterprise technologies and advises practitioners and firm leadership how to benefit from them. Outside of the firm, Daryna mentors startups on business development and user acquisition. She has mentored teams at Startup Weekend Toronto since 2011 and is the organizer of the Product Hunt Toronto Meetup. 

Her areas of expertise as a Startup Weekend Mentor include business model generation, customer validation and crafting a killer pitch.


Marcus Daniels
Co-Founder/CEO, HIGHLINE.vc

Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and innovation platform architect.


Adam Jarczyn
VP, Product & Sales Engineering at Slyce

Adam was co-founder and CEO of HOVR.IT before it was acquired by Slyce Inc in late 2013. Currently he oversees product development and supports onboarding of new customers at Slyce in a sales engineering capacity. He has a background in actuarial science, math and stats, and has been involved in everything from raising money, to product development to acquisitions to intellectual property evaluation and strategy.


Jason Silver

Jason is an entrepreneurial business and product development leader. He’s an expert in lean startup and business strategy with a focus on leading teams to translate customer and market data into clearly defined product requirements and development strategies. He’s founded two of his own companies and spun out a third from its parent organization. Jason focuses on all things consumer web, B2B SaaS, digital health and med-tech and is always on the lookout for entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to go after huge opportunities by solving seemingly unsolvable challenges


Jeff Goldenberg
Head of Growth, Borrowell

Jeff Goldenberg is a growth hacking guru and serial entrepreneur. He is currently the Head of Growth at Borrowell, a FinTech startup based in Toronto. He is a sought after expert and speaker in the areas of digital marketing, growth hacking and business development for innovative, high-growth companies. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MaRS Discovery District as well as a mentor at the TechStars/Startup Next accelerator.   Find him at www.jeffgoldenberg.net


Mark Evans
Principal: ME Consulting

Mark helps startups and fast-growing companies tell better stories (aka marketing).

As principal of ME Consulting, he drives marketing by developing messaging, strategic roadmaps and content.

His clients include venture-based startups such as Rubikloud, Atomic Reach, Horizn, Nudge Rewards and Fusebill. Before starting ME Consulting, 
Mark worked for three startups and spent more than 10 years as an award-winning technology reporter.


Marie Chevrier
Co-Founder & CEO, The Sampler App

Marie Chevrier is a young entrepreneur originally from Montreal, Canada. Marie started her career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in Toronto. From there, she had the chance to work at a venture capital firm in New York City. After a few years there, Marie came back to Toronto to merge her passion for marketing and technology. Marie started Sampler with a vision to transform the way Consumer Packaged Good companies distribute product samples. Sampler was the winner of the inaugural NEXT Toronto in April, 2014.


Facilitating Team

  • Nathan
    Monk
  • Chris
    Eben
  • Holly
    Knowlman


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