Start-up,
Technology,
Innovation.

Events to foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

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June 27, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Exclusive free tickets for StartupTech Unleashed: Click here to register for free

With 2,000+ attendees, 140+ learning sessions, and a keynote presentation by Canadian comedian and TV star, Rick Mercer, the Sage Summit Tour in Toronto is an event you won’t want to miss. Get ready for two days of incredible networking opportunities, insightful speakers and technology innovation.

Network with business professionals from the GTA and across Canada

Get inspired by some of Canada’s most innovative thinkers and business leaders

Get advice and training in a personalized, interactive learning environment

Explore the latest technology designed to support your company’s growth

For more details about the event, including the agenda, please click here.

Take advantage of this exclusive offer to register for free and get the insights, tools, and connections you need to take your business to the next level.


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June 20, 2017 brian prokopowich0

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StartupTech is proud to be promoting this event the general admin is free.  However for the VIP tickets use the following discount code: STARTUP75  (Limited tickets available)

 

Big Data Toronto invites you to its 2nd annual conference and tradeshow. Dive into a galaxy of infinite opportunities and Big Data dreams at Canada’s #1 Big Data & Analytics event!

Now more than ever, our world needs Data Heroes to guide us through ever-changing circumstances. With the rise of Deep Learning, AI, IoT, and Digital Transformation, all organizations in every industry are going through a disruptive change. Big Data TO offers you the knowledge, skills and tools that you need to master the data universe and achieve greater success now and beyond.

2017 represents a pivotal year for industry players. This year, Big Data TO is bigger and better alongside the AI Toronto and Connected+ Shows. This 3-in-1 experience is engineered to meet your needs and challenges. Whether you’re an end user, tech provider, corporate executive, or a data scientist, Big Data TO is where you want to be this upcoming June.

Some of our 75+ Speakers:

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Tickets:

General Admission – FREE

Free opportunity to meet exhibitors and learn from the top minds in Big Data, AI and IoT. Includes…

  • Access to show floor for Big Data TO, Connected+ and AI Toronto
  • Includes entry to keynotes, panel discussions, breakout sessions and product demos

Executive VIP – EARLY BIRD $225 UNTIL APRIL 28

Get the best show experience with enhanced opportunities to learn, interact with speakers, and network with the Big Data, AI and IoT communities. Includes all General Admission benefits.

PLUS:

  • Exclusive Entry to Day 1 & Day 2 Executive Networking Cocktail Soirees with food & beverage included – $100 value
  • Breakfast & lunch included on both days – $50 value
  • Priority Q&A opportunities with speakers
  • Priority Seating at all keynotes, panels and demos
  • Exclusive Admittance to strategic executive workshops
  • Exclusive Access to Executive VIP Lounge
  • Exclusive Express badge pickup

Refund & Exchange Policy:

Paid tickets are not refundable. Transfers can be arranged for free before June 6 by contacting CORP Agency by phone or email.

Sponsors:

BDT17 sponsors

Logistics Information and FAQs

Operating Hours

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 20

7:30 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – Show floor opens & keynote seating begins

8:30 am – Opening Keynote begins with Luming Wang, UBER

5:00 pm – Show floor closes

5:00 pm – VIP Networking Soiree at Pearl King (291 King St W.) presented by DXAgents

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 21

7:30 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – Show floor opens & keynote seating begins

8:45 am – Opening Keynote begins with Patrick Surry, HOPPER

5:00 pm – Show floor closes

5:00 pm – VIP Networking Soiree at Pearl King (291 King St W.) co-hosted with TWDG

What is included with Executive VIP tickets?

  • Exclusive Entry to Day 1 & Day 2 Executive Networking Cocktail Soirees at Pearl King
  • Breakfast & lunch included on both days
  • Priority Seating at all keynotes, panels, theater sessions and product demos
  • Priority Q&A opportunities with speakers
  • Includes access to Executive Workshops in room 203D
  • Exclusive Access to Executive VIP Lounge

What is included with General Admission tickets?

  • Access to show floor for Big Data TO, Connected+ and AI Toronto
  • Includes entry to keynotes, panel discussions, theater sessions and product demos
  • Does not include access to Executive Workshops

Sessions Seating

Seating for all keynotes, panels, theater sessions, and product demos are limited. Please arrive earlier than the start time for your favorite sessions.

Executive VIP Seating

Please keep in mind that capacity for all sessions is limited and not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than the start time to be seated. Executive VIP ticket holders will be directed to reserved seats. VIP seating may be forfeited once the session begins.

Registering On-Site

We encourage you to register prior to the event. There is only a limited number of tickets available for on-site registration. Admission is possible but not guaranteed. Late registered attendees can pick up their badges at on-site registration.

Parking

View map page to see locations and directions to the North parking facilities, as well as alternate parking lots close by.

Location

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

255 Front Street West, Toronto – Map

North Building, Hall A

Front Street entrance is most convenient for pedestrians

Wi-Fi

Wifi is only available in the MTCC lobby. Executive VIPs will receive wifi access in VIP lounge only.

Food and Beverage

We will have on-site vendors available for both breakfast and lunch. Executive VIP’s will get breakfast and lunch vouchers inserted in their badge holder.

Hashtag & Event App

The main event hashtag is #BigDataTO. If you are attending AI or IoT related sessions, we encourage you to join the conversation on #AITO2017 and #CPLUS2017. We also encourage you to download our conference app BIG DATA TO on Apple Store and Google Play.

Networking

There are dedicated networking breaks throughout the conference. We also encourage you to network and enjoy the exhibition hall between sessions. Executive VIP ticket holders are welcome to join our Networking Soirees located at Pearl King (291 King St W, Toronto) at 5:00 PM on both days June 20th and 21st.

Event Disclaimer:

I provide full consent to receiving communications from Corp Events IntCan Inc. and its sponsors, exhibitors and partners containing news, updates and promotions regarding Corp Events Intcan Inc. and/or its sponsors’ products and services.

By entering the event premises, I consent to potential interview(s), photography, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, media, or any other purpose by Corp Events IntCan, Big Data Toronto and its affiliates, representatives, partners and media outlets. You release Big Data Toronto (Corp Events), its partners and each and all persons/entities involved from any liability related to the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, television, or other publication and form of media, irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.

All paid tickets are final sale. Purchased tickets can be transferred to another individual but will not be refunded under any circumstances.


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June 6, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Event cost: $15 on Eventbrite and $20 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. Grab a bite and have a great night!

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.


Featured Speaker: Aaron Lyon Phillips, Founder & CEO

Description: AP1’s solutions are designed to enhance the utility of existing mobile applications and can be integrated with other datasets to ensure Business Intelligence are accurate and comprehensive.

Pitch2Peer: The companies below will be pitching the business to the group. Then the group will pick the winner! What better way than to get up in front of people and try your best, you are among your peers where we will support you and will provide valuable feedback. Plus you get to win a prize for your efforts.

1) TBD

2) TBD

3) TBD

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The structure of the event is below:

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

7:01 pm-7:09 pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed & sponsors

7:10 pm-7:39 pm: Interview & Q&A session with our featured speaker.

7:40 pm- 8:00 pm: Pitch2Peer 3 companies will pitch their business to the group

7:40 pm- 8:30 pm: Open networking.

8:30 pm: Closing remarks.

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Bonus: Free pizza and fantastic 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.

Verkspace: One of Toronto’s newest coworking experience in collaborative/community/shared workspaces located in Old Town. The beautiful space features a lounge and great areas designed to get work done and concierge services.

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 or attending any STU meetup event, you agree that StartupTech Unleashed may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness, voice, image and any guest you bring), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes.

The date, time and locations are subject to change without notice. We do not offer refunds however if you are unable to attend we may be able to provide you a ticket to another event. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


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May 29, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Event cost: $15 on Eventbrite and $20 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. Grab a bite and have a great night!

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.


Featured Speaker: Aaron Lyon Phillips, Founder & CEO

Description: AP1’s solutions are designed to enhance the utility of existing mobile applications and can be integrated with other datasets to ensure Business Intelligence are accurate and comprehensive.

Pitch2Peer: The companies below will be pitching the business to the group. Then the group will pick the winner! What better way than to get up in front of people and try your best, you are among your peers where we will support you and will provide valuable feedback. Plus you get to win a prize for your efforts.

1) TBD

2) TBD

3) TBD

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The structure of the event is below:

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

7:01 pm-7:09 pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed & sponsors

7:10 pm-7:39 pm: Interview & Q&A session with our featured speaker.

7:40 pm- 8:00 pm: Pitch2Peer 3 companies will pitch their business to the group

7:40 pm- 8:30 pm: Open networking.

8:30 pm: Closing remarks.

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Bonus: Free pizza and fantastic 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.

Verkspace: One of Toronto’s newest coworking experience in collaborative/community/shared workspaces located in Old Town. The beautiful space features a lounge and great areas designed to get work done and concierge services.

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.

Infotech Union: The free private community for professional {tech} Freelancers and Contractors to share new Opportunities, Projects, and Contracts.

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Disclaimer: By signing up or attending any STU meetup event, you agree that StartupTech Unleashed may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness, voice, image and any guest you bring), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes.

The date, time and locations are subject to change without notice. We do not offer refunds however if you are unable to attend we may be able to provide you a ticket to another event. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


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May 26, 2017 brian prokopowich0

An event that focuses on Customer Experience, Always-On Voice, Innovation, IoT, Virtual Reality, and more! Come join our rapidly growing Toronto Tech Summit community for a day focused around revolutionizing and modernizing ideas that give us the ability to craft incredible experiences through technology.

Register for tickets here


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May 2, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Event cost: $10 on Eventbrite and $15 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. Grab a bite and have a great night!

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.


This Months Speaker Lineup!

Featured Speaker: Marc Milgrom , CEO of Newzulu Limited

New Zulu: Platform helps you gather, organize and broadcast social content at scale, live or on demand. At Newzulu, we make live eyewitness reporting, digital asset management (DAM), community building and mobile applications effective and easy to use. Get more content from more sources, more devices, more formats and more people with Newzulu crowdsourcing technology.

Other companies presenting:

Julie Kaye – Telecom by Design

Stanislav Kojokin – KASE Insurance – with a strong focus on insurance for startups

Brendan Stennett – Think Data


The structure of the event is below:

6:30: Doors open, registration starts & open networking till 7 pm

7:01pm-7:15pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed & 3 min presentations with our 2-3 featured startup companies.

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

8pm- 8:30pm: Open networking.

8:30: Closing remarks.

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Bonus: Enjoy some snacks to munch on!

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Sponsors:

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

Verkspace: One of Toronto’s newest coworking experience in collaborative/community/shared workspaces located in Old Town. The beautiful space features a lounge and great areas designed to get work done and concierge services.

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 or attending any STU meetup event, you agree that StartupTech Unleashed may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness, voice, image and any guest you bring), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes.

The date, time and locations are subject to change without notice. We do not offer refunds however if you are unable to attend we may be able to provide you a ticket to another event. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


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April 4, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Event cost: $10 on Eventbright and $15 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 with a 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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Featured Speaker: Rajah S. Lehal CEO of Clausehound

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. Our $10 per month DIY Legal Library is the most highly annotated legal library on the internet.

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We will also have the following companies presenting their business:

– BoostHQ: Your useful content is no longer lost in an endless stream of emails and messages; with BoostHQ everything your team shares is automatically indexed in topic-specific channels and made available exactly when it’s needed.

– TBD

– TBD

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The structure of the event is below:

6:30 pm: Doors open,  registration starts, and open networking till 7 pm

7:01 pm-7:15 pm: Introductions to StartupTech Unleashed & 3 min presentations with our 2-3 featured startup companies.

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 and fantastic door prizes.

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Sponsors:  

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

Verkspace: One of Toronto’s newest coworking experience in collaborative/community/shared workspaces located in Old Town. The beautiful space features a lounge and great areas designed to get work done and concierge services.

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.

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. Our $10 per month DIY Legal Library is the most highly annotated legal library on the internet.

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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 6, 2017 Meg Marshall0

Welcome to the Toronto Waterloo Corridor. And guess what? Startup Tech Unleashed is certainly right smack in the middle of it. Both of our current Ontario monthly meetups are a part of this integral concept.

What is the TOWR Corridor?

It is a geographical segment of Ontario that stretches from Toronto and surrounding area to the Waterloo and surrounding area. According to Google Maps, the distance is 114 kilometers from city centre to city centre. Driving by car, it is a reasonable 90 minute trek down the 401.

It has been adopted by mayors of all cities, which include John Tory of Toronto, Berry Vrbanovic of Kitchener, and Dave Jaworsky of Waterloo. In fact, all 3 mayors visited Silicon Valley in April 2016 to entice American companies to expand operations in the Toronto Waterloo Corridor. The Toronto Star reported that Tory talked up, “…maternity leave, healthcare and Toronto being a safe city with mention of the diverse politics currently embroiling the US contrasted to Canada’s barrier-breaking and down to earth political leaders”.

What to Expect?

Innovation lives here in the Toronto Waterloo Corridor with 16 colleges and universities producing top talent.

All cities involved have created many programs and resources for startups and small businesses. In Toronto, the City has launched Enterprise Toronto and Startup Here Toronto. In Waterloo, hubs called Velocity and Communitech exist embracing talent and innovation.

The talent pool is enormous, diverse, and extremely well educated. Thecorridor.ca notes that 6 million people make up this talent pool. With a total of 16 colleges and universities in the Toronto and Waterloo cities, the studies and programs of graduates is quite broad yet also very specialized. Many companies introduce themselves to schools and student before graduation to scoop up some amazing graduates. Alternatively, many people with fantastic work experience also reside in these areas.

Join in the movement like that of big organizations like Google, Facebook, Shopify, Amazon, Sales Force or begin the journey of building a startup here. This is where you want to be!


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February 27, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Welcome To StartupTech 2017 Winter Roadshow: Toronto

We invite all tech enthusiasts and business founders to come out to our StartupTech 2017 Winter Roadshow in Toronto. This is an intimate event that will give you a chance see some great startups in all different fields, to learn from other founders, partake in great speaker sessions, demos and much more. We don’t want you to just attend the event but be part of it and get value! So come out to network, learn about some great companies and meet some great people.

Our 2017 tour is designed to highlight and showcase innovative talent in the Toronto & Waterloo Startup and Tech communities. We help bring local founders, tech enthusiasts, and investors together to enable opportunities to showcase talent, new ideas, and foster innovation. This is StartupTech’s inaugural launch of roadshows and summits as we are on a mission to promote and help foster growth and support talent in the North American tech eco-system. StartupTech Unleashed started out as a simple group to help share ideas, foster support and help fellow business owners. It has evolved from a small business group to a large organization with members and events in multiple cities.

What We Offer During The Roadshow

Keynote Speakers: We have a full day of speakers planned that will provide expert advice, education from founders and top professionals in their field. Covering topics such as navigating the funding ecosystem, scaling your product, marketing and so much more.

Demos: Get a chance to see some great products, get an opportunity to connect with the founders and learn why they do what they do!

Startup Showcase: This is a list of local startups that will be showcasing their business for all to see.

Open networking, craft beer sampling, and light snacks

Get involved and be part of our mission of inclusion & support for our startup community!

Speakers:

Dr. Bradford Britton: Business Development, OCE

Discussion Topics: TBD

Bio: Business Development professional at OCE specializing in solutions which enable technology commercialization.

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Samiksha Khanna: Consultant

Discussion Topics: Sales & Marketing, laying the foundation and metrics for early startups. From revenue and lead generation, knowing what to measure, to how to build your go-to-market strategy.

Bio: With over 15 years of experience in building metrics for sales to running operations at technology companies Samiksha, has been instrumental in helping companies increase their revenue and customer satisfaction. She’s worked for a broad range of companies and has been the second-in-command to many Senior VP’s and Executives. Working closely with Marketing, Finance, Sales and Product Samiksha knows how to work inter-departmentally to avoid the internal struggles that occur from rapid growth.

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Nira Lall: Founder, Leadership Coach & Speaker at BD Transformational Services

Discussion Topics: Retaining and inspiring millennials. This session will take you on a journey of understanding how to engage and motivate millennials to become your company’s ambassadors.

Bio: Nira can be likened to an interpersonal Swiss Army knife for leaders and their teams. She transforms behaviours in the 6 fundamental categories that hinder leaders, teaches new leaders how to lead, enables communication excellence for maximum efficiency, and moves beyond “training” into creating lasting success habits.

 

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Maya Medeiros: Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Discussion Topics:

Intellectual Property – Practical tips with big impact

Bio: My law practice focuses on the creation, management, monetization and enforcement of all types of intellectual property assets in Canada, the United States and around the world. I work with a variety of organizations from global enterprise businesses to start-ups, growth ventures, and not-for-profits. I have a background in computer science and mathematics, and am proficient in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, financial and payment system, mathematical, video and image processing, memory management, mobile and wireless, natural language processing, telecommunication, gaming, green, electronic learning, business system, vehicle computing system, healthcare and medical device, wearable and micro-electronic device, cryptography, social and peer to peer networking, energy, building and advertising innovations.

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Adarsha Datta: Startup Lead & Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Canada

Discussion Topic: Bots/AI/Cognitive Services “Create your first bot in 30 minutes!”.

Everyone is talking bots. What is a bot? Is it an App? Is it actually a robot? Well, no & yes to the latter. Let us get together in this session and understand what actually is a bot and how is it changing existing business models, engagement patterns and introducing a new paradigm of AI into our lives. In this session, we will start with the basics of AI & bots and build a simple bot – showing the different parts/components of constructing a bot from scratch and making it go live.

Bio: Adarsha Datta is the National Startup Lead & Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Canada. He is passionate about (and loves talking about) startups and technology, currently focusing on the cloud, machine learning, AI, and internet of things!

As an evangelist, he enables and supports developers, students and startups with Microsoft technologies and services. He considers himself an educator, a community developer and engages through consistent involvement in events/ camps/ hackathons/ conferences and other online/social channel.

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Vito Marchese: President at Whiteboard Studio Inc.

Discussion Topics: Email marketing and best practices

Bio: Vito Marchese is President and Founder of Whiteboard Studio Inc., a creative advertising agency located in Toronto, Canada. The company specializes in all areas of creative work including strategy, creative, production and communication services. Since 2006, the company has served numerous corporate clientèle and non-profit organizations.
Vito Marchese is also an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. He provides resourceful training, seminars and workshops related to topics including: email marketing, social media and event marketing.

StartupTech Toronto Expo List

Arck Innovative: ARCK Innovative Consulting Corporation has been in operation since 2006 and specializes in offering SR&ED tax incentive services to clients all across Canada.

Arvuu: We are all about bringing Augmented Reality products to the masses. At ARVUU we offer a full suite of Augmented Reality services, products and solutions.

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.

ConferenceCloud: Is a virtual attendance platform specifically designed for conference organizers to scale and monetize their events to digital audiences, creating a hybrid conference, and adding a new revenue stream for organizers.

Coosha: Is a FREE calendar that offers an effortless way to share, organize and manage your life with family, friends and colleagues?

MBM IP Law LLP: The process of invention is complete only with the IP protection provided in law. That’s where MBM comes in. We match our clients’ creative thinking with the creative protection needed to achieve their goals.

Microsoft: Bizspark– Software, service, support, and Microsoft Azure cloud services. Your startup qualifies if it is less than 5 years old, is privately held, and earns less than $1 million annually.

Radcon: Is equipped to take concepts from basic design to reality, handling all the technical details while you focus on innovation. Including: Electronic Design, Mechanical Design, Project Management and so much more.

SkyPhone: Is a smart business phone number in the cloud that manages all incoming calls into your startup or small business.

StartupTech Unleashed: Come and learn what StartupTech  Unleashed has to offer startups, founders and tech enthusiasts.

Your KW Host: Are you are recruiting new employees, impressing clients, or entertaining visitors?  Your KW Hostwill create a custom tour that shows the very best of what the Region has to offer.

 

Events Structure:

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Events Structure:

10:00am-10:30am: Registration & Open networking .

10:30am-11:00am: opening session & Dr. Bradford Britton from OCE

11:00am- 11:45am: Speaker: Shamisha Khanna

12:00pm-12:45pm: Speaker: Nira Lall

12:45 -2:00pm Light lunch break out session

Expo opens: 2:00pm

2:00pm-2:45pm: Speaker: Maya Medeiros

2:45- 3:15pm: Speaker: Adarsha Datta

3:15pm-3:45pm: Speaker: Vito Marchese

4pm-6pm: Snacks, Coffee, and Open networking

Sponsors:

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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.