Startup Next Toronto

    Monday, April 4 - May 9, 2016


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Toronto

Monday, April 4 - May 9, 2016



Monday, April 4 - May 9, 2016
Program starts at 6:00 pm

TWG 425 Adelaide Street 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C1


Applications have closed

Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world.

Startup Next Toronto, powered by Techstars, will prepare eight startups for markets, accelerators and seed investment by providing high-quality mentorship through a global network of investors and founders. The intensive five-week program gives startup founders the tools they need to navigate the early stages of building their companies, including a customer development strategy, completed market and competitive analyses, a minimum viable product and an investor-ready pitch deck. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken.  

The spring cohort will also accept later-stage startups that are looking for critical feedback on specific feature designs, go-to-market channels, team building and scaling. It will be the first Startup Next program to include both later-stage and early-stage founders.   Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will also have access to resources from the Startup Next global team, including access to the Techstars network of mentors, entrepreneurs and investors.   Startups interested in applying for Startup Next Toronto should visit the Startup Next Toronto website.   To learn more, attend the information session on March 14, 2016, at MaRS. RSVP here.  

Quotes
“The most beneficial part of my Startup Next experience was having all of these mentors expecting me to deliver new and quantifiable results each week. I was part of one of the lucky teams that realized early on that this is an important process and I’ve been rewarded over and over again for fully embracing it.” Marie Chevrier, founder and CEO of Sampler and Startup Next Toronto 2015 alumna  

 “The City of Toronto is proud to partner with Startup Next. As part of the city’s goal to make Toronto the best place globally to build and grow a business, we focus on ensuring entrepreneurs have access to the best resources for starting their businesses. Startup Next and resources like startupheretoronto.com are key parts of that plan.”    – Chris Rickett, manager of entrepreneurship services in the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division    

Startup Next has helped more than 50 startups get into top accelerators and raise more than $40 million dollars in funding. See our success stories and case studies.

Check out the program overview to learn more, and read FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to toronto@startupnext.co with other questions.




Program Schedule

Monday April 4th


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


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


6:55 pm
Team Pitches
3 minute (CN tower sized) elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


7:55 pm
Networking

Monday April 11th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday April 18th


5:00 am
Podcasting for startups


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday April 25th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday May 2nd


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday May 9th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day


Program Judges


Chris Eben
Managing Partner, TWG

Chris is a Partner at The Working Group, a digital products agency in Toronto, and has helped to bring Startup Weekend to Canada, running some of the biggest events amongst the global Startup Weekend community. He's a product manager and tech entrepreneur. Chris has worked for 13 years in software, with startups and larger organizations focused on Business Intelligence and Performance Management technologies. His career has taken him all over the world and allowed him to live and work in San Francisco and London as well as Toronto which he currently calls home. Chris holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and sometimes gets teased about it by his techie friends and colleagues.


Michelle McBane
Investment Director, Investment Accelerator Fund

Michelle is passionate about working with amazing entrepreneurs in Ontario.  As a Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, she leads investments in early-stage companies digital media and technology companies. Michelle is a skilled business professional with over 22 years of combined operational and venture capital experience.  Her background includes 12 years of venture capital investing early-stage companies, managerial and product development experience as well as sales and marketing roles in both engineering and scientific industries.  Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from McMaster University and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.  Michelle is currently an Observer on the Board of Directors of several companies including Sampler, OMX, gShift Labs, Magniware and  Matter and Form.  She has also made investments in companies including Figure1 and Rubikloud.  Recent exits include Cytochroma (acquired by OPKO) and Locationary (acquired by Apple).


Speakers and Mentors


Alan Smith
Co-Founder, Strategyzer

Alan Smith is co-founder and product guy at Strategyzer, makers of the world famous Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas. He works to create content, training and tools that help make business strategy tangible, practical, and accessible to anyone and everyone.


Michael Lieberman
Co-Founder, Trialfire

Michael Lieberman is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for product. He is the co-founder and CEO of Trialfire, which has recently launched its game changing customer intelligence analytics platform. Previous to founding Trialfire, Michael spent time at Autodesk after they acquired his last startup Datastay, in 2011. 


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


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.


Chris Kay

By day, Chris is a Financial Analyst working with entrepreneurs and angel investors on their personal financial affairs. 

By night, 
Chris is a Co-founder of Multiplicity, a not-for-profit group supporting education and thought leadership in the Toronto Start-up community. 


Kevin Smith
Chief Story Architect | Impact Assured Business Services

Kevin Smith is a Story Architect.  In his career in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, and politics, Kevin has done over 10,000 pitches.  As the Chief Story Architect for TheStoryArchitect.com, Kevin helps start-ups, small businesses, and social enterprises unleash their story to secure customers and investors, by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market.  His services include branding, messaging, marketing strategy, SEO, Content and Social Media marketing, presentation and pitch design, web design, lead generation, sales coaching and business development.  Kevin is also an educational workshop facilitator at MaRS, a volunteer advisor at the RIC Center, HumberLaunch, and UTM i-CUBE, as well as a frequent speaker at Small Business Enterprise Centers.  He previously worked at Dell for 14+ years in enterprise sales and marketing.


Jonah Brotman

Jonah Brotman is a serial social entrepreneur who has built a 'backpacking with a purpose' company for students, pitched for $1M USD from President Clinton, scored a deal on Dragon's Den for StashBelt from David Chilton, helped structure an impact investing fund, and participated in the Hult Prize and Startup Chile accelerators. Jonah's theory of change focuses on the integration of profit and purpose and the idea that "nothing works as planned, but everything always works out."


Holly Knowlman
Founder & Editor, Stupid Magazine

Holly is the founder and editor of Stupid Magazine: A print-first media company about pop music. Alongside building Stupid, Holly curates a weekly newsletter about media business models, is a writer at TWG and and faffs about on Medium sometimes.


With a background in PR and community management, her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, Mashable, Huffington Post, TNW, Poynter and on CBC’s Spark. Her music industry experience includes work for publicity agencies, artists, promoters, and major music festivals NXNE and WayHome. She is an advisor to #Paid (the best platform for connecting brands with social media influencers) and Small Rooms, Canada’s leading podcast for technology entrepreneurs.



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. 


Craig Follett
Co-founder & CEO, Universe

Craig is Co-founder & CEO of universe.com - the social marketplace for events. Universe was acquired by Live Nation Entertainment NYSE:LYV (Ticketmaster) in 2015, where Craig currently serves as Vice President. At Universe, Craig raised over $2.75 million from angel and VC investors, led the company's strategy, executed a successful pivot (from sharing economy marketplace → event marketplace), oversaw the company's acquisition of its universe.com domain name, led product development resulting in (among other innovations) the launch of four iOS & Android apps and the company's embeddable widget, and defined and grew the marketplace's LTV:CAC ratio, bringing Universe from concept → launch → growth. Craig is a classically trained software engineer and business analyst, with hands on experience at BCG, Credit Suisse and in product development and software engineering roles. Craig advised tech companies on M&A and corporate finance while at Credit Suisse's technology investment banking group in San Francisco. At BCG, Craig advised tech companies on strategy & operations, in Canada, US, Italy and Austria. In 2008, Craig graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School, earning the distinction of Ivey Scholar, and concurrently graduated with a BESc in Software Engineering from Western University, with Distinction. Craig is an avid rock climber and world traveler.


Marie Chevrier
CEO & Founder

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, 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 promotional offers.


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.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Toronto 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.


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Facilitating Team

  • Nathan
    Monk
  • Alison
    Gibbins
  • Oksana
    Salamaszek


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