Accelerate OTT 2021 Hybrid logo Different delivery. The same epic event. October 27, 2021 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EST

AccelerateOTT 2021

We. Are. Back.

It has been a year of grit and grind for entrepreneurs. But it’s time to celebrate resilience and gains. To get real about ongoing challenges. And to accelerate the growth of diverse and visionary ventures.

AccelerateOTT 2021 has women founders and funders leading from the stage and airwaves. Our speakers are changemakers and ground-breakers. And they’re pushing through the She-Cession. At this epic one-day conference, you can expect:
• Authentic and actionable insight from the tech and entrepreneurial trenches
• Secrets of success and lessons learned during the pandemic
• Scale-up, revenue gen, customer, and funding strategies to accelerate your growth

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Get Ready – We're Going Hybrid

Different Delivery. Same Epic Event.

Now in its ninth year, our annual flagship entrepreneurial conference is going hybrid. That’s right. Live and online real talk, pitches, and networking are taking place from two fantastic locations.

Bayview Yards, Ottawa’s one-stop business acceleration shop
• Wherever you are on planet earth – streaming live in real-time

Don’t miss this if you’re a founder, aspiring entrepreneur, investor, or a business owner.


All are welcome. And it's all free.

That's right – there is no cost to tickets.

So, what does your free ticket include?

• Live and online networking
• 6 inspirational sessions
• 5+ hours of content
• 25+ speakers
• 1 pitch competition landing founders $200,000 in investment
• $0 from your bank account
• A chance to join in-person
• A few surprises… to be unveiled!

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The chance to join us in-person

Craving some elbow bumps and safe, socially distanced networking? For all those dreaming of attending AccelerateOTT in person, you have a chance to win a seat at our venue.

We’re hosting a lottery! An approved number of AccelerateOTT-ers will land onsite tickets.

Your health and safety are our top priority. We are staying close to health authorities and will finalize details this fall. We’ll be ready with masks and sanitizer galore.

World Class Speakers – Check

Stay tuned as we unveil our incredible roster, including:
Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas

Special keynote speaker, Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist from CBC
Bobbie Racette

Bobbie Racette

Founder & CEO, The Virtual Gurus; askBetty Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year 2019
Esosa Johnson

Esosa Johnson

Founder of Black Women Talk Tech (USA)
Janet Bannister

Janet Bannister

Managing Partner, Real Ventures
Rachel Bartholomew

Rachel Bartholomew

Founder & CEO, Hyivy Health

Christophe Bourque

Christophe Bourque

General Partner, White Star Capital
Candice Matthews Brackeen

Candice Matthews Brackeen

General Partner at Lightship Capital
Karla Briones

Karla Briones

Immigrant Serial Entrepreneur, Business Strategist for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs, Small Business Columnist, TEDx Speaker
Bethany Deshpande

Bethany Deshpande

CEO & Co-founder, SomaDetect
Julia Elvidge

Julia Elvidge

SheBoot Co-Founder, High Tech Advisor, Member of the Capital Angel Network Board, Co-Founder and Former President, Chipworks

Judy Fairburn

Judy Fairburn

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the 51
Jennifer Francis

Jennifer Francis

Chair of the Capital Angel Network, high tech mentor, advisor, investor and Director of the Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards Board
Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh

Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh

Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader
Amber Mac

Amber Mac

President, Ambermac Media Inc.
Julie MacDonell

Julie MacDonell

Co-Founder and CEO, Heirlume; inaugural SheBoot Pitch Competition Winner

Jamie Petten

Jamie Petten

President & Executive Director of the Kanata North Business Association
Sem Ponnambalam

Sem Ponnambalam

Co-Founder and President, xahive; Author; Online Cybersecurity Governance Instructor
Nick Quain

Nick Quain

Vice President, Venture Development, Invest Ottawa
Susan Richards

Susan Richards

Founder and Managing Partner, numbercrunch Inc.; Co-Chair of the Board, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
Jana Rieger

Jana Rieger

Founder and CEO, True Angle

Erin Seegmiller

Erin Seegmiller

Manager of Early-Stage Programs, Invest Ottawa
Manjula Selvarajah

Manjula Selvarajah

Journalist, Producer and Syndicated National Tech Columnist
Sonya Shorey

Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O
Michael Tremblay

Michael Tremblay

President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
Heather Ward

Heather Ward

Co-Founder, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hyperion Global Energy

SheBoot Kicks It Up a Notch

Don't miss the second SheBoot pitch competition when ten amazing women founders from nine companies compete for $200,000 in investment.

Join our own Erin Seegmiller, Manager of Early-Stage Programs, and Nick Quain, Vice President, Venture Development, Invest Ottawa, as the following Sheboot entrepreneurs take our stage to pitch:

Anu Bidani

Anu Bidani

Founder and CEO of STEM Minds (Aurora)
Alida Burke

Alida Burke

Co-Founder and COO of The Growcer (Ottawa)
Suzanna Ersoy

Suzanna Ersoy

Co-Founder and CEO of Collabofide (Ottawa)
Simone Godbout

Simone Godbout

Co-Founder and CEO of Marlow (Ottawa)
Keren Moynihan

Keren Moynihan

Co-founder and CEO of Boss Insights (Toronto)

Natalie Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Orula/Fortress.Legal (Ottawa)
Jennifer Raoul

Jennifer Raoul

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Orula/Fortress.Legal (Ottawa)
Vanessa de Waal

Vanessa de Waal

Founder and CEO of Flöka (Ottawa and Vancouver)
Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Co-Founder and CEO of TakuLabs (Toronto)
Sophie Wyne

Sophie Wyne

Co-Founder and CEO of Ariglad (Vancouver)

Sponsors and Partners

Would you like to help fuel AccelerateOTT 2021 and the entrepreneurial community it supports? Contact partnerships@investottawa.ca to learn more.

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa, the Government of Ontario, and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Government of Canada for your generous support of the founders and firms we serve.

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