Waterloo Region is home to world-renowned startups and the world’s second largest Oktoberfest.

Techtoberfest is where they meet!

October 16 & 17

Join Communitech for two days dedicated to startups and lined with a bit of Oktoberfest charm (sausages, beer and—yes— sauerkraut).

A focus on Venture Capital

From keynotes and workshops to mingling and one-on-one meetings with North American investors, this year’s program will focus on getting your startup VC-ready.

@ the Communitech Hub

Because it just wouldn’t make sense to hold it anywhere else. Come to get valuable insight, tips and tricks, get your startup in front of investors and mingle with the tech crowd.

Speakers

Razor Suleman

Razor Suleman

Founder & Chief Achiever, Achievers
Keynote

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Mike McDerment

Mike McDerment

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks
Keynote

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Tracey G. Riese

Tracey G. Riese

Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Investor Panelist

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Roseanne Wincek

Roseanne Wincek

Associate, Canaan Partners
Investor Panelist

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Jonathan Ehrlich

Jonathan Ehrlich

Partner, Foundation Capital
Investor Panelist

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Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Partner, SV Angel
Investor Panelist

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Marissa Campise

Marissa Campise

Partner, SoftBank Capital
Investor Panelist

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Jaafer Haidar

Jaafer Haidar

Serial entrepreneur & Communitech EIR
Investor Panel Moderator

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Joseph Fung

Joseph Fung

CEO, TribeHR
CEO Panelist

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Jen Moss

Jennifer Moss

Co-Founder, Plasticity Labs
CEO Panelist

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J Paul Haynes

J. Paul Haynes

CEO, eSentire Inc.
CEO Panelist

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Adam Belsher

Adam Belsher

CEO, Magnet Forensics
CEO Panelist

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Stephen Lake

Stephen Lake

CEO, Thalmic Labs
CEO Panelist

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Choose from five learning sessions

Due diligence

Dan Mathers, IronSpan Executives Inc.

Due Diligence: Accelerate your time to money by doing your homework before your investors do theirs. An industry insider's view to successfully navigating the due diligence process'. About Dan: Dan has over 28 years of experience building and leading technology businesses, and has led all sizes and stages of businesses from large divisions of multi-nationals, to involvement as part of the leadership team for multiple successful start-ups. These businesses have created more than $1 billion in shareholder value. In 2013, Dan along with his business partner Cameron Hay, launched IronSpan Executives, a boutique firm providing management services to high growth public and private companies.  Together with Cameron, Dan has also launched a startup focused on creating more intimate relationships between Brands and Consumers. He has spent much of the last decade coaching and mentoring a wide variety of early and late stage technology start-ups across multiple industry sectors.

VCs are like buffalo

Michael Litt, Vidyard

Most people try to raise money before they, or their company is ready. Join Michael as he talks through raising his own venture rounds (> $10MM to date) as well as what he looks for when investing his own money in companies at the earliest stages of private financing.

About Michael: Michael Litt is the CEO and co-founder of Vidyard, a video marketing platform that helps marketers manage and measure the impact of their video content. Thought leader, surfer, and serial entrepreneur, Michael is passionate about the power of content marketing and online video. The recent winner of the Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Executive Leadership, Michael is a member of Communitech’s Board of Directors and works with fellow entrepreneurs and startups as a mentor. Connect with Michael on Twitter @MichaelLitt or LinkedIn http://ca.linkedin.com/in/michaellitt to learn more about the most innovative video marketing tool available.

Pitch coaching

Frank Erschen

Pitching is an art. Making an investment decision is more like science: hypotheses, observations, calculations, and conclusions are all part of an investor's decision process. In this session, Frank will share how art meets science. He's used his Artful Science of Pitching (TM) approach with hundreds of companies across Canada and has recently updated it to include a particular focus on the relationship among four critical pitch elements: problem, market sizing, go to market and projections.

About Frank: Frank is an active angel investor, mentor and entrepreneur. After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University’s business program it took him only 25 years in the corporate world (IBM, BMO) before entrenching himself in the startup ecosystem. He is a Charter Member, Selection Committee Member, and 2011 Angel of the Year at the Golden Triangle AngelNet. Frank is an Executive-in-Residence specializing in pitch coaching for companies in HYPERDRIVE and other programs at Communitech.

The 11 principles of applied analytics

Justin LaFayette & Chris Matys, Georgian Partners

Georgian Partners has developed a thesis that software and information services companies can increase their value, to both shareholders and customers, by leveraging the convergence of three key capabilities: deep domain knowledge around a business process, exploitation of Big Data software platforms and the information rights to use relevant data; they call this “Applied Analytics”. The purpose of this session is to introduce a framework and maturity model that brings structure to a complex and often misunderstood topic, and to provide participants with an important tool in the execution of an Applied Analytics strategy.

About Justin & Chris: Justin is a Managing Partner at Georgian Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. His current investments include Silanis, Syncsort, Kony, Shopify and Polar. Chris has more than 20 years experience in the technology industry and a deep expertise in analytics, data warehousing and software development. Chris works closely with portfolio companies on the development and delivery of Applied Analytics strategies.

Raising venture captial

Damien Steel, OMERS Ventures

Ever wonder why VCs choose to invest in the companies they do? Ever wonder if your idea or company has what it takes to raise millions of dollars from a venture fund? This will be a frank discussion on what it takes to be venture fundable. Geta better understanding of what VCs are looking for and what motivates a VC. Damien will provide an overview of how a venture fund operates; what type of businesses a venture fund looks for; the different types of VC funds you will run across; a high level overview of deal structuring and what you need to watch out for; and a frank discussion on pitching to VCs.

About Damien: In his role as Director at OMERS Ventures, Damien Steel is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.

Killer keynotes. Valuable workshops. Time to chat.

Here's a peek at what the days will look like. Agenda is subject to change and update, of course.

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Sign in and mingle

12:30 - 13:15


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Welcome & Opening panel

13:15 - 14:00


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14:00 - 14:05


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Keynote – Razor Suleman, Founder & Chief Achiever, Achievers

14:05 - 14:55


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Break

14:55 - 15:15


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15:15 - 15:20


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Investor Panel featuring Roseanne Wincek of Canaan Partners, Jonathan Ehrlich of Foundation Capital, Kevin Carter of SV Angel, Marissa Campise of Softbank VC and Tracey Riese of Golden Seeds. Moderated by Jaafer Haidar.

15:20 - 16:10


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Tapping of the keg (an Oktoberfest tradition)

16:10 - 16:30


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Refreshments & mingle with attendees and VCs

16:30 - 17:30


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Sign in & morning coffee time

09:30 - 10:00


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10:00 - 10:05


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Keynote – Mike McDerment, Co-Founder & CEO of FreshBooks

10:05 - 11:00


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11:00 - 11:05


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Break & move to session rooms

11:05 - 11:15


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Learning sessions (scroll up for details)

11:15 - 12:15


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Oktoberfest lunch

12:15 - 13:15


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Private VC meetings (apply upon registration)

13:30 - 16:30


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All for a price that can't be beat.

Just $60 gets you in the door.

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