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Fueling Ottawa's Entrepreneurial Fire

Panache Ventures Invest Ottawa

What is
AccelerateOTT ?


Now entering its seventh year, AccelerateOTT rallies hundreds of founders, innovators, industry veterans, investors, tech giants, and a host of entrepreneurial partners from Canada’s Capital Region, across Canada and around the world.
This one-day entrepreneurship conference hosted by Invest Ottawa strives to equip, connect and create new opportunity for entrepreneurs and firms, helping to catalyze their growth and commercial success.

Are you seeking actionable information you can put to work in your business? Sage advice and funding to propel your growth? Tech and market insight for a competitive edge? Connections to prospective investors, customers, partners and mentors? Whether you are launching, ramping, or scaling, AccelerateOTT has you covered!

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PROGRAM


Debbie Weinstein and Mike Weider

The Entrepreneurial Journey to Success

In two decades Michael Weider has built three software companies in Ottawa. All a success. All acquired by tech giants (ever heard of Akamai or IBM?) Over three decades, Debbie Weinstein has helped hundreds of startup close 200+ deals. Weinstein is the M&A Lawyer who worked on BelAir’s $250 million sale to Ericsson!

Watch Debbie Weinstein interview and unpack Mike Weider’s entrepreneurial journey to success – next it could be yours!

Mark Roberge

The Sales Acceleration Formula

An unorthodox background: Mark Roberge started his career writing code. So naturally, he views the world through a lens of data, science and tech. Turns out, his lens and his timing are exactly what you need to succeed in 21st century sales! Former Chief Revenue Officer of Hubspot, Roberge took on building the sales team and scaled the company’s annualized revenue from $0 to $100 million, grew the customer base from 1 to 12K+, and, expanded the sales team from 1 to 450.

Learn the science behind modern sales and how to develop your winning formula!

Alex Peh, Jason Flick, Kim Kaplan, Matt Mickiewicz, and Jess Joss (moderator)

Scaled in Canada: Strategies from the Veterans

Canada is big, our startups can be too! Kim Kaplan helped scale Vancouver-founded Plenty of Fish’s revenue tenfold to $100 million, propelling its $575 million acquisition by Match Group. Jason Flick, a veteran Ottawa entrepreneur who founded multiple successful startups, recently closed $23 million in growth capital for You.i TV, his latest venture. A proud global citizen, Alex Peh led the market development and mobile for PayPal and was instrumental to its growth in Canada. And Matt Mickiewicz, a serial entrepreneur since the age of 14, has facilitated the sale of more than $200 million in assets, for one of his startups alone.

Learn the unique strategies for scaling your business in Canada from founders who have done it before.

Chris Yeh

The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Chris Yeh is the co-founder of the Global Scaling Academy, a company that teaches how to plan for and execute on hypergrowth. Chris has started, advised for, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups since 1995, including 9-figure firms like Ustream. With eight exits under his belt, Chris has the title of Co-Founder & General Partner of Wasabi Ventures. He knows speed and how it can serve as an advantage.

Don’t miss his survival guide: Chris will tell you all you need to know about adapting for speed-to-scale entrepreneurship.

Isa Watson

5 Lessons on Conquering Your Own Path

Isa Watson chose the entrepreneurial path from her executive positions with two of the world’s largest multinationals, JPMorgan Chase and Pfizer. Today, Isa Watson is the Founder and CEO of Squad, a VC-backed Squad tech company based in New York City. Squad is an invite-only app designed to connect Millenials and Gen-Z looking for a human connection, with like-minded peers. This social community platform was named to the Inc Magazine 30 under 30 list in 2017 and has achieved high double-digit month-over-month growth with a lean team.

Curious about why Isa made the transition and what contributed to her success as a startup CEO? Listen to Isa Watson’s 5 lessons on conquering your own path.

Melissa Kargiannakis, Monique Woodard, Vicki Iverson, and Jill Earthy (moderator)

Pressing Forward: Female Founders and Funders 2.0

Jill Earthy is an equity champion, empowering leaders across North America to shape the future of investing as the head of Female Funders. A former 500 Startups Venture partner and co-founder of Black Founders, Monique Woodard is committed to guiding entrepreneurs to scale with impact. Melissa Kargiannakis empowers consumers by replacing jargon with plain language through her Canadian AI startup, Skritswap. And Vick Iverson, Ottawa’s own female founder, has led the development of 100+ published apps and a portfolio of 15+ original IP games as the CTO of Iversoft, her latest venture.

Join this high-impact session to feel inspired, empowered and equipped to drive female founders and funders 2.0.

Parinaz Sobhani and Solmaz Shahalizadeh

Big Data for Startups: Inside Shopify’s Data Mastermind

More than ever, startups and scaleups must rely on data to help inform business decisions. As the Head of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify, Solmaz has leveraged data and machine learning to reduce the complexities of commerce for close to a million businesses worldwide. Parinaz Sobhani, Solmaz’s fellow data mastermind, leads the development of machine learning solutions at Canada’s top equity firm, Georgian Partners.

Learn from this pair of data masterminds on how you could leverage data to your best advantage.

AccelerateOTT Pitchfest finale

$150,000, Winner Takes All

The competition has been fierce, and after two qualifying rounds, our entrepreneurial finalists will take the AccelerateOTT stage to close out the show. In a face-off in front of a panel of leading VCs and a live audience, startups will fight for the largest investment ever awarded in an Ottawa pitch competition.

Cheer on your founders, accelerator mates, friends and family; meet the most promising startups in the city; and soak up the entrepreneurial energy: Be at AccelerateOTT 2019.

AccelerateOTT Pitchfest Finalists

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE

Masters of Ceremony

Aydin Mirzaee, Founder of Fellow.app
Karla Briones, Founder of Karla Briones Consulting

7:00AM

Registration

8:30AM

Opening remarks

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

8:45AM

Fireside chat

The Entrepreneurial Journey to Success

Debbie Weinstein, M&A Lawyer, Securities Lawyer, Partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP​

Mike Weider, CEO at Shoebox

9:30AM

Keynote

The Sales Acceleration Formula

Mark Roberge​, Former CRO, HubSpot, Professor, Harvard Business School

10:15AM

Networking break

10:50AM

Panel

Scaled in Canada: Strategies from the Veterans

Moderator: Jess Joss, Executive Director, York Angels; Angel Investor

Alex Peh, VP, Innovation & Transformation at RBC

Jason Flick, Co-founder and CEO at You.i TV

Kim Kaplan, Former VP, Plenty of Fish

Matt Mickiewicz, Co-Founder at Hired, Inc, Forbes 30 Under 30

11:40AM

Keynote

The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Chris Yeh, Investor, Writer, Mentor, Entrepreneur ​

12:20PM

Networking lunch

1:25PM

Fireside chat

Big Data for Startups: Inside Shopify’s Data Mastermind

Parinaz Sobhani, Director of Machine Learning, Georgian Partners

Solmaz Shahalizadeh, VP, Data Science and Engineering, Shopify

2:10PM

Keynote

5 Lessons on Conquering Your Own Path

Isa Watson, Founder & CEO at Squad; Inc 30 under 30

2:50PM

Networking break

3:25PM

Panel

Pressing Forward: Female Founders and Funders 2.0

Moderator: Jill Earthy, Head of Female Funders, powered by Highline BETA

Melissa Kargiannakis, Founder & CEO at skritswap

Monique Woodard, Early stage investor

Vicki Iverson, CTO & Co-Founder, Iversoft

4:15PM

Pitchfest finale

Finalists

Blackbox

CybernetIQ

GenM

GoFor

Hoppier

RVezy

5:30PM

Closing remarks

Closing remarks and after-party​

SPEAKERS


Alexander  Peh
Alexander Peh
Vice President, Innovation Tech + Ops, RBC
Aydin  Mirzaee
Aydin Mirzaee
Founder of Fellow.app
Chris  Yeh
Chris Yeh
Investor, Writer, Mentor, Entrepreneur
Debbie  Weinstein
Debbie Weinstein
M&A Lawyer, Securities Lawyer, Corporate & Financing Lawyer, Partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP
Isa Watson
Isa Watson
Founder & CEO at Squad; Inc 30 under 30
Jason  Flick
Jason Flick
Co-founder and CEO at You.i TV
Jess  Joss
Jess Joss
Executive Director, Board Member and Angel Investor; York Angel Investors
Jill  Earthy
Jill Earthy
Head of Female Funders, powered by Highline BETA
Karla Briones
Karla Briones
Founder of Karla Briones Consulting
Kim Kaplan
Kim Kaplan
Former Vice President of Product Management, Revenue Optimization & Marketing with PlentyOfFish
Mark Roberge
Mark Roberge
MD @ Stage 2 Capital, Prof @HarvardHBS; Former CRO @HubSpot; Author of Best Seller ``The Sales Acceleration Formula``
Matt Mickiewicz
Matt Mickiewicz
Co-Founder at Hired, Inc., Forbes 30 Under 30
Melissa  Kargiannakis
Melissa Kargiannakis
Founder & CEO of skritswap
Michael  Weider
Michael Weider
CEO at SHOEBOX Inc.
Monique  Woodard
Monique Woodard
Early Stage Investor
Parinaz  Sobhani
Parinaz Sobhani
Director of Machine Learning, Georgian Partners
Solmaz  Shahalizadeh
Solmaz Shahalizadeh
VP, Data Science and Engineering @ Shopify
Vicky Iverson
Vicky Iverson
CTO & Co-Founder, Iversoft

$150,000

WINNER TAKES IT ALL!

Panache Ventures Invest Ottawa

TICKETS


Entrepreneur, Startup, and SME

You are an entrepreneur, startup founder, or work for a company with less than 100 employees.

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT

$69

Catch it while it’s hot! This is your last chance to save. Limited quantities available! SOLD OUT

$99

Buyers, this is your last chance. Get your tickets now!

$129

Non-profit, Academic, Government

You work to further a social, educational or political cause, or to provide a service that people need, without making a profit.

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT

$69

Catch it while it’s hot! This is your last chance to save. Limited quantities available! SOLD OUT

$99

Buyers, this is your last chance. Get your tickets now!

$129

Student

You are a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT

$69

Catch it while it’s hot! This is your last chance to save. Limited quantities available! SOLD OUT

$69

Buyers, this is your last chance. Get your tickets now!

$69

Corporate, Investor, and Service Provider

You work for a professional service firm, a venture capital firm, or a company with 100+ employees (e.g. multination, scale-up venture).

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT

$99

Catch it while it’s hot! This is your last chance to save. Limited quantities available! SOLD OUT

$179

Buyers, this is your last chance. Get your tickets now!

$209

Entrepreneur, Startup, and SME

You are an entrepreneur, startup founder, or work for a company with less than 100 employees.

Non-profit, Academic, and Government

You work to further a social, educational or political cause, or to provide a service that people need, without making a profit.

Student

You are a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

Corporate, Investor, and Service Provider

You work for a professional service firm, a venture capital firm, or a company with 100+ employees (e.g. multination, scale-up venture).

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT

$69

$69

$69

$99

Catch it while it’s hot! This is your last chance to save. Limited quantities available! SOLD OUT

$99

$99

$69

$179

Buyers, this is your last chance. Get your tickets now!

$129

$129

$69

$209

LATEST NEWS


Invest Ottawa Hosts One of Canada’s Largest Pitch Competitions with $750,000 in Seed Investment Awarded at AccelerateOTT 2019

  • June 12, 2019

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – June 12, 2019 – Invest Ottawa, the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, today announced one of Canada’s largest pitch competitions with $750,000 in seed investment awarded to the winners of the AccelerateOTT Pitchfest…

Invest Ottawa Hosts the Largest Pitchfest Ever in Canada’s Capital

  • March 11, 2019

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 11, 2019 Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, today announced that it will host AccelerateOTT Pitchfest, the largest pitch competition of its kind ever in Ottawa, at its flagship entrepreneurship conference on June 11, 2019 at the National Arts Centre…

Invest Ottawa Hosts One of Canada’s Largest Pitch Competitions with $750,000 in Seed Investment Awarded at AccelerateOTT 2019

  • June 12, 2019

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – June 12, 2019 – Invest Ottawa, the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, today announced one of Canada’s largest pitch competitions with $750,000 in seed investment awarded to the winners of the AccelerateOTT Pitchfest…

Invest Ottawa Hosts the Largest Pitchfest Ever in Canada’s Capital

  • March 11, 2019

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 11, 2019 Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, today announced that it will host AccelerateOTT Pitchfest, the largest pitch competition of its kind ever in Ottawa, at its flagship entrepreneurship conference on June 11, 2019 at the National Arts Centre…

SPONSORSHIP


Invest Ottawa extends special thanks to the following AccelerateOTT 2019 sponsors who are helping to fuel Ottawa's entrepreneurial fire this year!
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MNP LLP | Accounting > Consulting > Tax

COMMUNITY BUILDERS


PROGRAM STEERING COMMITTEE


A huge thank-you to the following members for devoting their time and providing incisive content to our 2019 conference:

- Espial -

- The Growcer -

- collectiveIQ -

- Blackberry QNX -

- Panache Ventures -

- You.i TV -

- OneEleven 111 -

- Capital Angel Network -

- Invest Ottawa -

- Invest Ottawa -

- Fellow -

- Wesley Clover -

- Black Founders -

GET INVOLVED


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

WHEN IS IT?

Tuesday June 11, 2019

WHERE IS IT?

National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street, at Confederation Square
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

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