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Fueling Ottawa's Entrepreneurial Fire

WHAT IS
ACCELERATEOTT ?


AccelerateOTT brings together the city’s innovators, creators and inventors. Work in tech? Starting a business? Just want to dip your toes in the proverbial entrepreneurial waters? You’ll be surrounded by founders, mentors and venture capitalists (some from as far as Silicon Valley) providing strategic and sage advice.

Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has ignited the Accelerate series in Ottawa, providing a conference that truly fuels the entrepreneurial fire. The day is packed with world-class speakers, power networking breaks and an epic after party!

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THAT'S A WRAP

Thank you to the hundreds of attendees, speakers and sponsors for making AccelerateOTT 2018 an incredible success. Stay tuned for recaps, pictures, videos and more by subscribing to our newsletter or checking back on our website.

See you in 2019!

PROGRAM AGENDA


Masters of Ceremony

Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh, Inclusion and Employee Experience Lead, Shopify

Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

7:30AM

Registration

8:30AM

Opening Remarks

Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

8:45AM

Fireside Chat

– Startups at the Speed of Unicorns: Tales of Serendipity and Success –

Andrew Waitman, President and CEO, Assent Compliance

and

Franco Varriano, Fresh Founders, RareLogic Inc (or Rare.io), Hack To Start

9:25AM

Keynote Speaker

– Going for Growth: 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth But We Don’t Talk About –

Saalim Chowdhury, Partner, 500 Startups (UK)

10:10AM

Fireside Chat

– The Rise and Impact of the Maker Culture: Empowering the Next Entrepreneurial Generation –

Ryan Hoover, Founder, Product Hunt and Weekend Investor

and

Robleh Jama, Product Lead, Shopify

Networking Break (25min)

11:20AM

Early Stage Investor Panel

– Inside the Mind of an Early-Stage Investor –

Code Cubitt, Managing Director, Mistral Ventures

David Dufresne, Partner, Panache Ventures

Jennifer Francis, High Tech Mentor, Advisor & Investor

Chris Neumann, Early-Stage Investor, CEO & Co-Founder, DataHero

Elizabeth Yin, Co-Founder, Partner & Startup Investor, Hustle Fund

Lunch (60min)

1:15PM

Keynote Speaker

– Wind at Your Back: Making your Market Category Work for You –

April Dunford, Founder, Rocket Launch Marketing

1:55PM

Keynote Speaker

– Founders, Startups and Communities –

Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR), Techstars

Networking Break (25min)

3:00PM

Female Founders and Funders Panel

– The Business Case for Investing in Women –

Michelle McBane, Managing Director at StandUp Ventures & Senior Investment Director MaRS IAF

Eli Fathi, CEO, MindBridge Ai

Michelle Killoran, Associate, OMERS Ventures

Janice McDonald, Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur & President, The Beacon Agency

Suzy Ryoo, Partner, Cross Culture Ventures; Venture Partner & VP of Technology & Innovation, Atom Factory

Nicole Verkindt, Founder and CEO, OMX; Director, CryptoGlobal

4:00PM

Keynote Speaker

– Crowdsourcing Innovation, Told Through Stories of Space Exploration 

Emily Calandrelli, Contributing Writer, TechCrunch, Emmy-nominated TV host, Executive Producer, FOX’s Xploration Outer Space

4:55PM

Concluding Remarks

Susan Richards, Chair of the Board, Invest Ottawa; Founder and CEO, NumberCrunch and Givopoly

His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

Nick Quain, Vice President, Venture Development, Invest Ottawa

5:00PM - 7:00PM

After Party

PAST SPEAKERS


Emily Calandrelli
Emily Calandrelli
Contributing 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 Cubitt
Code Cubitt
Managing Director - Mistral Ventures - Ottawa
Saalim Chowdhury
Saalim Chowdhury
Partner - 500 Startups - UK
David Dufresne
David Dufresne
Partner - Panache Ventures - Montreal
April Dunford
April Dunford
Founder - Rocket Launch Marketing - Toronto
Eli Fathi
Eli Fathi
CEO - MindBridge Ai - Ottawa
Jennifer Francis
Jennifer Francis
High Tech Mentor - Advisor and Investor - Ottawa
Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh
Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh
Inclusion and Employee Experience Lead - Shopify - Toronto
Chris Heivly
Chris Heivly
Entrepreneur in Residence - Techstars - Durham, NC
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
Founder - Product Hunt - San Francisco, CA
Robleh Jama
Robleh Jama
Product Lead - Shopify - Toronto
Michelle Killoran
Michelle Killoran
Associate - OMERS Ventures
Michelle McBane
Michelle McBane
Managing Director - StandUp Ventures - Senior Investment Director - MaRS IAF - Toronto
Janice McDonald
Janice McDonald
Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur - President - The Beacon Agency
Chris Neumann
Chris Neumann
Early-Stage Investor - San Francisco, CA
Nick Quain
Nick Quain
Vice President, Venture Development - Invest Ottawa - Ottawa
Susan Richards
Susan Richards
Chair of the Board - Invest Ottawa - Founder and CEO - NumberCrunch and Givopoly - Ottawa
Suzy Ryoo
Suzy Ryoo
Partner - Cross Culture Ventures - Venture Partner & VP of Technology & Innovation - Atom Factory - Los Angeles
Sonya Shorey
Sonya Shorey
Vice President, Marketing and Communications - Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards - Ottawa
Michael Tremblay
Michael Tremblay
President and CEO - Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards - Ottawa
Franco Varriano
Franco Varriano
Fresh Founders - RareLogic Inc (or Rare.io) - Hack To Start
Nicole Verkindt
Nicole Verkindt
Founder & CEO - OMX - Director- CryptoGlobal - Toronto
Andrew Waitman
Andrew Waitman
CEO - Assent Compliance - Ottawa
Elizabeth Yin
Elizabeth Yin
Co-Founder - Partner and Startup Investor - Hustle Fund - San Francisco, CA

PAST SPEAKERS


Check out some of the awesome speakers AccelerateOTT has had the opportunity to bring together in past years!
Hana Abaza
Hana Abaza
Head of Marketing - Shopify Plus
Janet Bannister
Janet Bannister
General Partner - Real Ventures
Eamonn Carey
Eamonn Carey
Managing Director - Techstars
Harley Finkelstein
Harley Finkelstein
COO - Shopify
Jesse Hertzberg
Jesse Hertzberg
CEO - Livestream
Allen Lau
Allen Lau
CEO and Cofounder - Wattpad
David Lennie
David Lennie
SVP of Data and Analytics - Shopify
Paul Lem
Paul Lem
CEO - Spartan Bioscience
Luc Levesque
Luc Levesque
VP, SEO - TripAdvisor
Tobi Lütke
Tobi Lütke
Founder and CEO - Shopify
Amber Mac
Amber Mac
TV Host, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, President - AmberMac Media
Sandi MacPherson
Sandi MacPherson
Founder - Quibb
Ash Maurya
Ash Maurya
Creator of Lean Canvas and Author of Scaling Lean
Mark Organ
Mark Organ
CEO - Influitive
Chamath Palihapitiya
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder - The Social+Capital Partnership
Jessica Scorpio
Jessica Scorpio
Founder & CMO - Getaround
Angela Tran Kingyens
Angela Tran Kingyens
Associate - Version One Ventures
Allan Wille
Allan Wille
Co-Founder & CEO - Klipfolio

EVENT SPONSORS


Invest Ottawa extends special thanks to the following AccelerateOTT 2018 sponsors who are fuelling Ottawa's entrepreneurial fire this year!

Would you like to contribute to Ottawa's entrepreneurial community, and capitalize on a host of benefits as a sponsor of AccelerateOTT? We have the right opportunity to achieve your objectives! Download our sponsorship package, and contact Kara Eusebio, Partnership Manager for additional details: [email protected]

COMMUNITY BUILDERS


PROGRAM STEERING COMMITTEE


A huge thank-you to the following members for devoting their time and providing incisive content to our 2018 conference:

- MindBridge Ai -

- Invest Ottawa -

- TechStars -

- Mistral Venture Partners -

- Panache Ventures -

- MindBridge Ai -

- You.i TV -

- Keynote Group -

- York Angel Investors -

- L-SPARK -

- Fellow -

- Investor -

- SnapClarity -

- Wesley Clover -

8:00 am – REGISTRATION
9:00 am – OPENING REMARKS
9:15 am – BREAKFAST CHAT
Allan Wille – Co-Founder and CEO, Klipfolio
Alain Goubau – Co-Founder and COO, FarmLead
10:00 am – WTF IS PRODUCT MARKETING & WHEN DO I NEED IT?
Hana Abaza – Head of Marketing, Shopify Plus
10:35 am – NETWORKING BREAK
Brought to you by the Telfer School of Management
11:05 am – ANALOG GROWTH HACKING
Sean Sheppard – Founding Partner, GrowthX
11:40 am – DEMYSTIFYING DATA
Jim Provost – Data Scientist, Machine Learning, Lixar
12:10 am – LUNCH
 1:10 pm – INVESTOR PANEL
David Pamenter – Director, National Angel Capital Organization & Angel Investors Ontario
Neha Khera – Partner, 500 Startups
Code Cubitt – Managing Director, Mistral Venture Partners
Tom Valis – Partner, Celtic House Venture Partners
Jess Joss – Executive Director, York Angel Investors
2:10 pm – NETWORKING BREAK
Brought to you by the Telfer School of Management
2:40 pm – HOW TO TURN AN “OH SHIT” MOMENT INTO A SUCCESSFUL COMPANY
Jessica Scorpio – Founder and CMO, Getaround
3:15 pm – DEVOTION HACKING
EFFICIENT GROWTH THROUGH MOBILIZING CUSTOMER ADVOCATES
Mark Organ – Founder and CEO, Influitive
3:50 pm – NETWORKING BREAK
Brought to you by the Telfer School of Management
4:05 pm – BUILDING PRODUCTS PEOPLE LOVE
LESSONS LEARNED & TIPS FROM RUNNING & INVESTING IN STARTUPS
Eamonn Carey – Managing Director, Techstars
4:55 pm – FIRESIDE CHAT
Harley Finkelstein – COO, Shopify
Amber Mac – TV Host, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, President of AmberMac Media
5:35 pm – CLOSING REMARKS
5:45 pm – AFTER PARTY
This year is all about Growth Hacking, so get your questions ready 'cause we'll have industry experts on the topic who are ready and equipped to answer them.

GET INVOLVED


Looking to get involved with us? Send us a message to get the conversation started.

WHEN IS IT?

Wednesday June 13, 2018

WHERE IS IT?

Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park

1525 Princess Patricia Way
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3

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