Startup Weekend Toronto

    Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Toronto

Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016



Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Bitmaker Labs
220 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1K4

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The place Toronto comes to build skills, meet incredible people, and launch successful startups.

We're excited to bring you Startup Weekend in Toronto.  It is brought to you by Startup Toronto, a Startup Canada community.  Our goal is to connect people and to encourage and promote entrepreneurship regardless of discipline and background. 

We look forward to seeing the different types of innovative ideas that can come to life when people branch out and connect with those around them with different skill sets and areas of expertise. 

How does it work?
We begin on Friday night with open-mic pitches, where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room! Teams form around the most exciting/viable ideas, and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday) is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your idea. The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their startup to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. At the end of it all, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks and gets a chance to network before saying goodbye!

Get Involved 
We are putting spotlight on an issue that is in need of ideas. Come join us if you are a programmer, designer, environmentalist, developer, marketer, researcher, student, engineer  or an entrepreneurial spirit. If you already have an idea, this is your opportunity to move forward with it and form a team. If you don't have an idea but want to get involved, then come and join someone else's team!

Prizes include:
  • One full tuition credit in the next Founder Institue (FI) Toronto or Waterloo program, valued at US$1,000, contingent on the team member(s) being accepted by the FI Admissions team.
  • Ticket to Traction Conference 2016 in Vancouver, Canada's largest Startup conference focusing on early stage growth (airfare and accommodations not included).
  • Focus Framework by Justin Wilcox from CustomerDevLabs to help you on your validation journey to find product/market fit.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 22nd


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:50 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 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 April 23rd


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
CustomerDev Workshop
Justin Wilcox will run a 30 min workshop on how to find and interview customers


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


6:30 pm
Dinner
Mandatory Dinner and check-in


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 April 24th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Pitch Tips
Quick 15 minute workshop on what to include in your pitch and to answer any questions


11:00 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


4:30 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Theresa Laurico
Founding Partner/ CVO

Theresa Laurico is an award-winning entrepreneur, media producer, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally.

Her annual SociaLIGHT Conference is called "A Mecca for Emerging Entrepreneurs” and brings together over 1,500 innovators. Past contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh, Tonya Surman, Bob Proctor and more. SociaLIGHT focuses on business as a force of good and the embodiment of the triple bottom line "People. Planet. Profit."

Laurico is the first female Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as "Startup of the Year" and a recipient of a leadership award from the former Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Honourable Hilary Weston. She is an international speaker and has been on stages for conferences like the S.H.E. Summit in New York, Junior Achievers National Leadership Conference, and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIN. Seen as an expert in the startup/ innovations space, Laurico has consulted to major brands and clients like IBM Canada and PwC.

Laurico and her startup have been featured in media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, TechVIBES, PROFIT, and YOU Inc. Laurico’s greatest passion is to source others greatness and combine media, systemic leadership, and entrepreneurship for positive global impact.



Justin Wilcox
Founder, Customer Development Labs

Justin is a frequent mentor for TechStars & Startup Weekend, speaker at the Lean Startup Conference, author of The FOCUS Framework and founder of Customer Development Labs.

Justin doesn't talk about Lean Startup theory; he talks about how to apply it. Via a hands-on, step-by-step approach, he shows entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs how to find your Product-Market Fit.

More about Justin - and how to apply Lean Startup - on his blog: www.CustomerDevLabs.com.

Event Judges


Stuart Browne
CEO of Pycap Venture Partners

Stuart Browne: CEO of Pycap Venture Partners and Managing Partner of the Pycap group of companies. He is also an Expert Reviewer on four Technology Investment Funds for the Ontario Government and a Board of Advisors member for Startup Toronto. Stuart's well-rounded background in Marketing, Finance and Strategy includes work within North & Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He has been an advisor for a national angel investor association, a finance and marketing manager for a publicly traded company and a corporate advisor for an international investment media company. Stuart has been featured on Bloomberg TV and Business News Network (BNN), and writes articles regularly for Techvibes. He has been a roundtable advisor on VC Industry policy for the Federal Economic Development Agency and Immigration Canada and a frequent public speaker for events such as the China (Beijing) International Tech Transfer Convention, Mongolia Entrepreneurship Summit, Cambridge House Investment Conference and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Stuart holds an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business.





Michael Katchen
Founder & CEO of Wealthsimple

Michael Katchen is the founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, Canada’s fastest growing online investment manager. His vision is to make smart, simple investing accessible to every Canadian, regardless of age or net worth. He was recently listed as an "Industry Mover" by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine and one of the 500 people that will define the next 12 months by Askmen.





Sean Wise
Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University

Dr. Sean Wise is an expert on startups & venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as:   University Professor, bestselling author, international business speaker, and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. Dr. Wise has published five books and more than two dozen peer-reviewed research papers and case studies of high-growth start ups.  Dr. Wise spent five seasons as a consultant for CBC on the mega hit venture reality show Dragons’ Den before moving in front of the camera as the host of the Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network Starting February 1st,, 2015. Dr. Wise has been called the Dr. Phil of Entrepreneurship and in 2014, Dr. Wise was named Entrepreneurial Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada.


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.



Theresa Laurico
Founding Partner/ CVO

Theresa Laurico is an award-winning entrepreneur, media producer, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally.

Her annual SociaLIGHT Conference is called "A Mecca for Emerging Entrepreneurs” and brings together over 1,500 innovators. Past contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh, Tonya Surman, Bob Proctor and more. SociaLIGHT focuses on business as a force of good and the embodiment of the triple bottom line "People. Planet. Profit."

Laurico is the first female Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as "Startup of the Year" and a recipient of a leadership award from the former Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Honourable Hilary Weston. She is an international speaker and has been on stages for conferences like the S.H.E. Summit in New York, Junior Achievers National Leadership Conference, and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIN. Seen as an expert in the startup/ innovations space, Laurico has consulted to major brands and clients like IBM Canada and PwC.

Laurico and her startup have been featured in media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, TechVIBES, PROFIT, and YOU Inc. Laurico’s greatest passion is to source others greatness and combine media, systemic leadership, and entrepreneurship for positive global impact.



Alex Norman

Serial technology entrepreneur.  Managing Director for Tech Toronto, Toronto Technology MeetUp group with 9,500+ members. .

Advisor for Venture Canada and was CEO and founder of Homesav, a leading home furnishing eCommerce company that helps its members discover the right products for their personal style at the right price.


Coaches and Mentors


Cristian Contreras

Cristian Contreras is the founder of Growth Collective, lead marketing consultant, and organizer of Growth Hacking Toronto. He has worked with agencies, tech startups, and main street companies to improve their market reach, strategic positioning, and disruptive potential. An honor graduate of Economics from the University of Toronto, Cristian has complemented this education with studies in Marketing, Product Development, and Project Management. For his work, Cristian has been honored with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and with the Trinity-Spadina Community Appreciation award by Member of Parliament Olivia Chow.





Dan Doherty
Sr Product Specialist

Dan is the Sr Product Specialist at NixSensor and is responsible for Business and Product developmment.


Angelina Fomina
Founder at ParseHub

Angelina Fomina is the co-founder of ParseHub - changing the way people access and interact with data.ParseHub is a completely bootstrapped SaaS company, with a desktop app that anyone can use to turn data from websites into an Excel file or API.  

She also runs a not-for-profit, Cansbridge, that connects students with internships abroad. Angelina worked in Beijing and spent some time traveling and working remotely in Europe. She is passionate about growth, creating beautiful and easy-to-use products, mental health innovations and the outdoors.





Lyndon Johnson
Founder of COMMS.BAR

He is a leading international PR specialist who recently launched COMMS.BAR into the Canadian market. COMMS.BAR helps startups on low budgets develop a lean and actionable PR strategy. He is the first expert to produce and introduce the 'lean PR canvas' and will discuss more at the meetup.





Chad Molleken
Founder & CEO

Chad is a serial entrepreneur, global citizen and paradigm shifter with an authentic focus on delivering true social value and meaningful change. 

He has built a global network over the last 15 years working across the energy, technology and public sectors in Europe and North America. 

Chad has an impressive track record working with startups, conceptualizing and executing business ideas, developing charitable campaigns, fundraising and sponsorship initiatives.   

Currently the Founder and CEO of AnyCard, Chad just finished raising his first round and is expanding his business in Canada.


Linda North
Founder of NorthPR

Linda North is the founder of NorthPR, a boutique Toronto-based PR agency. Her clients range from global corporations to well-known Canadian startups. Linda started her career at global firm, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, working with Fortune 500 companies like HP, Intel and Motorola, where she helped the company's launch its first ever Android smartphones. She has also worked in at integrated marketing agency, Venture Communications, and was the marketing and communications manager for Toronto startup, ecobee prior to starting her own entrepreneurial venture at NorthPR. You can connect and follow Linda at @NorthPR_Linda.





Jane Wang
Co-founder of Optimity

Jane Wang co-founded Optimity Inc. after spending 8 years across hospitals, pharmaceutical & healthcare consulting. She is passionate about innovation and preventative health. Her expertise in health data management, habit coaching and behaviour change using technology for better organizational culture to drive up productivity and reduce health-related costs.   Optimity's "Dooo Wellness" platform was won several awards in 2015: Top 4 health tech innovation at the World Cup tech challenge in Silicon Valley and People's Choice at MaRS Upstart Competition. Jane serves as a brand ambassador for

Optimity to help "move" organizations for long-term impact of daily habits.






Chris Labelle
co-founder of Mosaic Manufacturing

Chris is a co-founder of Mosaic Manufacturing, and a founding Board Member of The Cansbridge Fellowship. Chris has helped Mosaic establish a new 3D printing technology by launching a 300% funded Kickstarter campaign, and working to deliver products to customers in over 35 countries. Chris is also part of the team running The Cansbridge Fellowship – an entrepreneurial initiative which has seen 250%+ y.o.y growth since 2014.





Antonio Silva
Business Associate, Partnerships at Square

Antonio Silva is currently a Business Associate at Square, working on the partnership ecosystem. 

Antonio has built a career focused on turning data insights into intelligent business decisions at the intersection between technology and business. Antonio initiated his professional life as a fuel cell R&D engineer at Air Liquide before becoming a quantitative analyst at Expert Timing Systems (ETS), a boutique asset management firm, and later a product manager leading an investment strategy tailored at high net-worth individuals.

Antonio came to San Francisco via an MBA at UC Berkeley-Haas with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and venture capital. During this time Antonio has worked in product at Kontagent (now Upsight), a data analytics startup, on the Business Development and Platform Strategy group at Twitter, and sourced potential venture investments for Foundation Capital in the Berkeley area.


Ashley Hobb
Market Development for Startups

Ashley is an independent market development consultant helping startups with their goals to find and acquire customers. She also works with Startup Canada as a Marketing Specialist on their Corporate Relations & Development team.   

Ashley has an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and loves to work with startups that want to grow internationally. 





Linda Montgomery

Linda Montgomery is a strategic marketing and investor relations specialist and a pitch coach.  She has held senior marketing leadership roles with various Silicon Valley and Toronto based technology companies.  She has expertise working with entrepreneurs and C-level executives of emerging private and publically traded compamies helping them craft winning company and investor presentations. She has worked for tech companies around the world and has launched or repositioned 18 companies and over 35 new products/services. Linda has two degrees in business and marketing and has a CPIR (Certified Professional in Investor Relations) designation from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.





Ronald McCormack
Founder of nnSight Analytics

Ron McCormack is the Founder of nnSight Corp., a boutique data analytics firm based in Toronto. A life-long marketer and entrepreneur, he most recently spent 12 years building three companies in the North Eastern United States, and has experienced 20+ industries spanning a 30 year career. Ron enjoys giving back to the community through board participation, mentorship, and volunteer support to emerging companies and groups like Startup Weekend Toronto.





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Armin Majedi

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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