Start-up,
Technology,
Innovation.

Events to foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

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June 27, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Event cost: $10 on Eventbrite and at the door.

What we are all about:

This is a perfect event to network with fellow entrepreneurs, startup founders, tech enthusiasts or to just meet new people.

Who are our members:

Our events are great for Startups and businesses of all stages of growth our members range from the following tech circles:

• RealTech • MarTech • CleanTech • FinTech • MedTech • EdTech • Wearables •AR/VR •IOT • Big Data and so much more.

Our structure is we host an informal fireside chat with a featured speaker, Q & A session and open networking. We will have more information coming in the next few weeks on who the speakers will be and the venue.


Featured Speaker: TBD

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Companies presenting

TBD


Plus we will have an open mic opportunity so that everyone will have 30 sec to introduce their business and tell us about whatever service they want to promote!


The structure of the event is below:

6:30 pm: Doors open, registration start’s and open networking till 7 pm

7:01 pm-7:15 pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed

7:16 pm-8 pm: Interview & Q&A session with our featured speaker.

8 pm- 8:30 pm: Open networking.

8:30 pm: Closing remarks.

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Bonus: Free pizza & door prizes.

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Sponsors:

We would like to thank all our sponsors for helping make the StartupTech Unleashed events possible

ClauseHound: Is a legal tool geared towards entrepreneurs, early-stage businesses and small businesses alike to help draft legal documents that make businesses more productive.

Conference Cloud: Is a next generation virtual attendance platform specifically designed for conferences to scale audiences and monetize their content. ConferenceCloud gives you a simple way to stream your conference live and help recover foregone revenue. Provide a truly unique digital attendee experience and with ConferenceCloud.

Skyphone: SkyPhone is a smartphone number in the cloud that manages all incoming calls into your business and directs them to the right person on your team regardless of their location or what type of phone they’re using.

Arvuu Inc.: An interactive marketing company focusing on Augmented Reality and traditional marketing. The launched their own augmented reality viewer called ARenginePRO so that anyone can create their own projects.

Upside Foundation: We provide a unique platform for corporate philanthropy: donate options or warrants, not cash. We understand that cash is scarce, as is time, so the Upside Foundation makes charitable giving quick, easy and cash-free.

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Disclaimer: By signing up for Any STU meetup event, you agree that StartupTech Unleashed may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness, voice and any guest you bring), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes. By attending, You consent to the recording and photographing and grant StartupTech an unrestricted, perpetual, non-exclusive and sublicensable license, to take, use, display, perform, distribute or exploit for any lawful and commercial purpose any recordings or photographs.


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March 28, 2017 brian prokopowich0

What we are all about:

This is a perfect event to network with fellow entrepreneurs, startup founders, tech enthusiasts or to just meet new people.

Who are our members:

Our events are great for Startups and businesses of all stages of growth our members range from the following tech circles:

• RealTech • MarTech • CleanTech • FinTech

• MedTech • EdTech • Wearables •AR/VR

•IOT • Big Data and so much more.

Our structure is we host an informal fireside chat with a featured speaker, Q & A session and open networking. We will have more information coming in the next few weeks on who the speakers will be and the venue.

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Our speaker for the event will be:

Amir CEO of Coosha

COOSHA is a FREE calendar that offers a unique way to share, organize, plan and manage everyday life with family, friend’s and colleagues. He will be discussing how a personal need helped create his product, the importance of not giving up and flexibility in business.

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The structure of the event is below:

6:30 pm: Doors open, registration start’s and open networking till 7 pm

7:01 pm-7:15 pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed

7:16 pm-8 pm: Interview & Q&A session with our featured speaker.

8 pm- 8:30 pm: Open networking.

8:30 pm: Closing remarks.

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Bonus: Free pizza & door prizes.

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Sponsors:  

We would like to thank all our sponsors for helping make the StartupTech Unleashed events possible

Conference Cloud: Is a next generation virtual attendance platform specifically designed for conferences to scale audiences and monetize their content. ConferenceCloud gives you a simple way to stream your conference live and help recover foregone revenue. Provide a truly unique digital attendee experience and with ConferenceCloud.

Skyphone: SkyPhone is a smartphone number in the cloud that manages all incoming calls into your business and directs them to the right person on your team regardless of their location or what type of phone they’re using.

Arvuu Inc.: An interactive marketing company focusing on Augmented Reality and traditional marketing. The launched their own augmented reality viewer called ARenginePRO so that anyone can create their own projects.

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Disclaimer: By signing up for Any STU meetup event, you agree that StartupTech Unleashed may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness, voice and any guest you bring), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes. By attending, You consent to the recording and photographing and grant StartupTech an unrestricted, perpetual, non-exclusive and sublicensable license, to take, use, display, perform, distribute or exploit for any lawful and commercial purpose any recordings or photographs.


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January 18, 2017 Meg Marshall1

2017 is well under way. Treat your home or office to some new life with some art from Partial Gallery. Online magazine called The Guardian reports on how some big international companies how by having art in the office boosts staff productivity.

“…being distracted at work is not always a bad thing. If the object of your distraction is a work of art, it can actually boost productivity, lower stress and increase wellbeing.” The Guardian

Partial Gallery, a Toronto based startup, is making artwork more accessible to everyone, and it doesn’t have to come at an extremely high price point either. We got the chance to chat with one of the co-founders, Tammy Yiu, to discuss this unique concept.

Q: What is Partial?

A: Partial is an art rental platform for local artists to connect with creative thinkers who want to bring original artwork into their homes or workspaces. Users can browse the catalogue and choose to rent-to-own or rent-and-rotate original artwork on their walls.

Q: When was the business started and why?

A: The idea came to me in 2013 when I lent a piece of art I had in storage to a friend. She had just moved to a condo, and while she was creative and independent, she just didn’t have access to the art she wanted. This got me thinking.

After many months of mulling over the idea, and eventually, doing some research into it led me to realize that there was a void in the art marketplace for people seeking quality original artwork for their spaces, but also minimal outlets for artists to share their work. The art market model was, for the most part, still very traditional.

We took the leap, and Partial was established in 2016.

Q: How many artists are represented at Partial and what types of art?

This piece of artwork is called “Pick Up Your Brush” by Carolanne Maclean. Photo is courtesy of Partial Gallery.

A: There are currently about 35 contemporary artists with work on Partial – some or more established on the Canadian art scene, while others are emerging talents. Their work spans across some different mediums including painting (naturally), wood, collage, and photography.

Q: What are some of the challenges you have faced with a startup?

A: Aside from the obvious ones (there never being enough time, or trying to move mountains on a budget), an unforeseen challenge has been trying to stay true to the original intent of Partial while still being open to outside feedback. It can be tempting to pivot for the purpose of more immediate revenue, and it can be difficult to opt to stick it out for a longer-term goal.

Another challenge that we were anticipating, but hadn’t anticipated to be such a journey, has been converting enthusiasm and interest into actual transactions. Spending money on art, and understanding art’s value, is one of the oldest concepts, yet is still a foreign concept for most of our market. Over time, it has been engrained in our minds that art is unaffordable and a luxury item, and we’re trying to change that thinking.

Q: What have some the successes been?

A: Some early successes have been the enthusiasm and active participation from the artist community. It is invigorating seeing how well-received the idea is by the local arts community, and it confirms our belief of Partial being a need for artists. Our recent partnership with Akin Collective, a collective of artists, further reinforced this.

As well, the positive response from people who first hear about the idea has been encouraging – it shows that there is the interest, and we just have to figure out how to tap into it.

Q: What resources or tools help you Partial succeed?

Sandra Brewster is the artist of the piece featured on this wall called “Dancing Girl”. Photo courtesy of Partial Gallery.

A: My co-founder Chris and I use Asana and Bootstrap, and we’ve found that the support of a few good mentors in both the startup and art world has also been very helpful. In the early months, I also sought out a couple of books and series on YouTube on the subject of startups.

Q: Why does art play such a large role in your life?

A: As a graphic designer by trade, I’ve always been interested in art and the opportunities around how to share that with people. Any form of self-expression – be it fashion, the food we choose to eat, and naturally, the art we’re partial to – is intriguing to me. As a child I enjoyed art, and now as an adult, am amazed by the courage and self-awareness it takes in artists to pursue their craft. If there is a way for to offer them a tool to share it with their community, and open up the world of art to more people, who knows how it might grow?

Spice up the office or home the next time a moment of inspiration is needed and turn to Partial and give the gift of art. And if the piece is meant to stay permanently, then the option to own it is there. Follow Partial on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see what great pieces are available.

Featured Image is courtesy of Partial Gallery. The photo features a piece of artwork by artist Carolanne Maclean. 

 


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November 20, 2016 brian prokopowich0

Venture Day Toronto

Mark your calendar and plan to join IE Business School (IE) for IE Venture Day Toronto on November 30th, 2016.

Participating start-ups will present their business elevator pitch in front of a jury comprised of a unique mix of industry experts, venture capitalists, business angels and investors.

Over the past four years, IE Venture Day start-ups that pitched their business raised over €15M + in investments!

Register to Attend!

About Venture Days

International Venture Days showcase and celebrate the best of IE Business School’s entrepreneurial spirit. They are host to international startup competitions where the best startups and investors connect and share experiences. Every Venture Day event is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to raise funds from local investors and for investors to get access to quality deal flow leading to the continued development and empowerment of local and international startup ecosystems.
Since 2013, more than 15 million Euros have been raised in Venture Days. Hosted twice annually in Madrid and in 35 other cities worldwide over the last 2 years, a total of $100,000 in prizes have been awarded.

From Sao Paolo to Shanghai, Venture Days have been bringing together quality deal flow, innovative companies and the IE Alumni network of over 50,000 students and entrepreneurs and investors from the local ecosystems.

Recent participating Venture Day companies have included: Microsoft, Santander, Pearson, Ooredoo, Silatech, DBS Bank, Facebook, Google, Wayra, Beta-I, Endeavor Miami and Colombia Startup.

 

Selection Process & Dates

Send your questions about the competition to Gema Molero: gema.molero@ie.edu and fill the information required in the following link with an Executive Summary http://ie-events.ie.edu/EN/venturedaytoronto2016 by the end of the day on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

November 24th, 2016: Announcement of start-ups selected to pitch at the event.

November 28th or 29th: Pitch Practice Session for Finalists- to be confirmed

November 30th, 2016: Finalists Pitch at IE Venture Day Toronto


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November 12, 2016 brian prokopowich0

This is a great event that we are co-sponsoring with Actively. It looks like a great event to get your creative juices flowing. Prior painting experience not required, just a willingness to try something new and have a great time.

 

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If you’re an entrepreneur in KW, grab a craft brew in one hand and a paint brush in the other! With this event, you’ll learn how to recreate this masterpiece from scratch, network with other awesome people, and get a few hours break from the startup hustle. The ticket price includes a 16×20″ canvas, art supplies, step-by-step instructions, and a drink/food.