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Emily CalandrelliContributing Writer - TechCrunch - Emmy-nominated TV host - Correspondent - Bill Nye Saves the World - Host and Executive Producer - FOX's Xploration Outer Space - MIT Engineering Grad - Author - Ada Lace STEM Books - San Francisco, CA
Code CubittManaging Director - Mistral Ventures - Ottawa
Saalim ChowdhuryPartner - 500 Startups - UK
David DufresnePartner - Panache Ventures - Montreal
April DunfordFounder - Rocket Launch Marketing - Toronto
Eli FathiCEO - MindBridge Ai - Ottawa
Jennifer FrancisHigh Tech Mentor - Advisor and Investor - Ottawa
Shavonne Hasfal-McIntoshInclusion and Employee Experience Lead - Shopify - Toronto
Chris HeivlyEntrepreneur in Residence - Techstars - Durham, NC
Ryan HooverFounder - Product Hunt - San Francisco, CA
Robleh JamaProduct Lead - Shopify - Toronto
Michelle KilloranAssociate - OMERS Ventures
Michelle McBaneManaging Director - StandUp Ventures - Senior Investment Director - MaRS IAF - Toronto
Janice McDonaldAward Winning Serial Entrepreneur - President - The Beacon Agency
Chris NeumannEarly-Stage Investor - San Francisco, CA
Nick QuainVice President, Venture Development - Invest Ottawa - Ottawa
Susan RichardsChair of the Board - Invest Ottawa - Founder and CEO - NumberCrunch and Givopoly - Ottawa
Suzy RyooPartner - Cross Culture Ventures - Venture Partner & VP of Technology & Innovation - Atom Factory - Los Angeles
Sonya ShoreyVice President, Marketing and Communications - Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards - Ottawa
Michael TremblayPresident and CEO - Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards - Ottawa
Franco VarrianoFresh Founders - RareLogic Inc (or Rare.io) - Hack To Start
Nicole VerkindtFounder & CEO - OMX - Director- CryptoGlobal - Toronto
Andrew WaitmanCEO - Assent Compliance - Ottawa
Elizabeth YinCo-Founder - Partner and Startup Investor - Hustle Fund - San Francisco, CA
PROGRAM STEERING COMMITTEE
WHEN IS IT?
Wednesday June 13, 2018
WHERE IS IT?
Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
July 13, 2018
It’s a fact: we know that diverse companies breed better products, better service and more resilient businesses. And still, barriers to entry remain, and inequality persists, preserving cultures that perpetuate inequity in the workplace. This reality is particularly true in STEM sectors…
June 26, 2018
Chris Heivly is known as the “Startup Whisperer,” but it was his stage presence and inspiring message that made him so memorable at AccelerateOTT 2018: Scale or Fail. During his keynote speech, the audience was locked-into his every word…
June 23, 2018
Her presentations are more commonly described with the fire emoji 🔥 – and did she ever bring the heat! June 13, April Dunford took over the stage and won over the crowd with her high-value talk “Wind at Your Back: Making Your Marketing Category Work For You”, which she…
June 22, 2018
At AccelerateOTT, the Early-Stage Investor Panel was so popular, during the talk you could hear a pin drop! Attendees walked away armed with the knowledge of what to look for in an Angel or VC, how to pitch, when to seek investment, how to discern between a good and bad investor and more…
June 22, 2018
Before taking the stage at #AccelerateOTT: Scale or Fail, Ryan Hoover and Robleh Jama decided to change things up. Turning the dial to chill, these two entrepreneurs shifted their keynote fireside chat to a conversation between two like-minded, long-term friends, who happened to be successful entrepreneurs. They invited the audience into their world…
June 22, 2018
Keynote speaker Saalim Chowdhury, Partner at 500 Startups, took to the stage at AccelerateOTT to deliver Going for Growth: 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth but We Don’t Talk About. What he really shared were lessons he learnt the hard way…
June 22, 2018
Starting our program bright and early, Andrew and Franco woke up the crowd of 500+ with inspirational tales of serendipity and success. There was so much quality content it was a challenge to isolate our favourite top take aways, but we did it…
February 2, 2018
Ottawa-based Intellectual Property (IP) firm Marks & Clerk today announced a partnership with Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital Region, to support AccelerateOTT 2018, the flagship annual entrepreneurship conference that…
March 30, 2017
When the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, everyone gets excited. Not only does this mean retiring the winter clothes, but it’s also an opportunity to freshen up your business strategies. Looking to give your biz a good spring cleaning? You need some fresh ideas. You need…
April 5, 2017
Growing a business is not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, and time. But take a quick look around and you’ll find entrepreneurs and their successful startups all over the place—especially if you’re looking around Ottawa…
Ottawa-based Intellectual Property (IP) firm Marks & Clerk today announced a partnership with Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital Region, to support AccelerateOTT 2018, the flagship annual entrepreneurship conference that...
When the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, everyone gets excited. Not only does this mean retiring the winter clothes, but it’s also an opportunity to freshen up your business strategies. Looking to give your biz a good spring cleaning? You need some fresh ideas. You need...
Growing a business is not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, and time. But take a quick look around and you’ll find entrepreneurs and their successful startups all over the place—especially if you’re looking around Ottawa...