Startup Weekend Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI

    Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI

Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018

Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

10 Dundas St E
Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

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Your idea in 54 hours

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.

What do you need to bring?

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. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

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: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and 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!

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Friday June 22nd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
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 June 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed 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
Coach Meetings
Coaches 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 June 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jill Javier
COO & Co-Founder BitCity Group

Jill attended a Startup Weekend in Toronto two years ago and since then started BitCity, a Blockchain based company, that was recently acquired.

Event Judges

David McIninch
VP Marketing @ Jobber

David has a wealth of growth marketing knowledge having worked for some of the titans of the tech industry and with plenty startup growth experience too!

Sunil Sharma
Managing Partner

Sunil Sharma is the Managing Director of Techstars Toronto Accelerator Program.

He was co-founder of Extreme Startups, one of Canada’s leading technology accelerators. Backed by 5 of Canada’s best venture capital funds, Sunil has co-lead investments into more than 18 companies. Sunil is very active in the technology ecosystem across Canada and particularly in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, where he serves as EIR at Communitech.  Sunil is Co-Director of the Founder Institute, the world’s most global accelerator program.

Sheetal Jaitley
Founder @ TribalScale

Sheetal is the Founder and CEO of TribalScale, a global innovation firm that delivers world-class design, development, and strategy for mobile, web, and emerging technologies. He is a charismatic entrepreneur, an avid investor, and a seasoned veteran in the tech space. Sheetal is passionate about innovation and technology’s potential on both local and global scales. He lives in the future and takes his unique perspective to support and guide brands through their digital transformations. 

Sheetal is a strong believer in the power of community. He regularly speaks and volunteers at industry events. He is on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Food Banks, sits on the SickKids Tech and Innovation Advisory Council, and is a member of Peerscale. Sheetal also advises Ryerson University's DMZ Playbook. Sheetal is committed to growth, diversity, and technological empowerment in Toronto and abroad.

Coaches and Mentors

Fil Varino
Head of Development and Member Engagement @ CVCA

Current Head of Development and Member Engagement at Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and former Business Development Manager at the DMZ. At the DMZ, Fil connected and developed meaningful relationships between the organization, its startups and alumni to industry, government, investor networks, and charitable funding sources. In addition, he worked to ensure greater alignment with the different functions across Ryerson's campus including University Advancement, Ryerson Futures, Inc., the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI), and all Faculties and Zones at Ryerson University.

Adam Bullied
Director, Product Strategy & Innovation @ RBC

A tech PM for almost 20 years, ran two startups, been apart of ~8 in total in TO, Vancouver, Los Angeles. Currently at RBC working on startup innovation.

Rohan Nair
Senior Technology Director @ Highline Beta

Rohan is an entrepreneur, technical leader and polyglot software developer with a deep passion for building useful products. Rohan is currently Sr. Technology Director at Highline BETA where he uses his extensive technical and startup experience to co-create new ventures with big corporations. Rohan has previously lead product and technology teams at Pungle Payments, ObjectiveIQ, Terapeak, and

Nick Seelert
Co-Founder & CTO @

Nick pioneered the Neurocomputing Machine Learning program at Brock University, which provided him with a foundation to solve time-based problems using artificial intelligence. Nick also worked in the mortgage industry, helping lenders optimize their retention process using data science and machine learning.

Kyle Collier
Founder @ Frenzy Rewards

Kyle is passionate about how we interact with new technology and the psychology behind why. He believes in 'psychology over technology' and enjoys exciting others with his unconventional approaches to not only solving problems, but reframing questions with an inverted perspective.

His background: Uwaterloo System Design Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur, Behavioural Engineer, Product Manager, Certified Blockchain Expert (CBE), Project Management Professional (PMP), Blockchain Educator.

Sergey Kalnish
Founder & CEO @

Sergey built SmartHire, a Talent Acquisition Technology company. His Peer Candidate Rating and Recruiting Platform is WAGE, powered by an ERC20 Utility Token allows companies to quickly identify, engage and hire top talent.

Tariq Haddadin
Program Manager @ Techstars Toronto

Tariq is the Program Manager for Techstars Toronto. Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars' first accelerator in Canada. Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada’s most active venture capital fund). Tariq joined Techstars Toronto after working as the Operations Associate with Techstars London.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI 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 Toronto is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Camille
  • Edwin
  • Aqeela
  • Astawa


Shane Reiser

Former COO of Startup Weekend. Facilitated over 100. Doing about 2/year now. Maybe yours?

Event Staff

Armin Majedi
Project Manager

Accomplished and integrity-driven market research professional with a strong concentration and enormous success through understanding customer requirements, program ,project and client relationship management. Recognized as a leader with strengths in leading market research projects for finance, manufacturing and processing corporations, market research firms, management consulting firms, government agencies and advertising and marketing agencies, delivering them on time, under budget and exceeding expectations. Practiced in clarifying business requirements, develop strategies for obtaining research data, such as online and offline surveys, opinion polls, interviews, focus groups and observations. Experienced in optimization of system and organizational business processes and defining measurement factors to increase productivity and reduce costs. Strong interpersonal skills, highly adept at facilitating discussions and negotiations with key stakeholders.

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