Thursday , March 16
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
Session One | Community Track: Impactful Events
What events make a difference in building community? Top accelerators share their tips and tools.
Tiffany Linke-Boyko , CEO, Startup Edmonton+ see speaker bio
Session One | Programs Track: Startups vs. Growth
Accelerators can support companies beyond the startup stage. How do we help companies as they scale?
Andrew Greer , Program Strategist, Accelerate Okanagan+ see speaker bio
Caffeine, Sugar, and Talking
Connecting Canada over caffeine and sugar.
Session Two | Community Track: Small City and Rural Regional Innovation
Building and growing a tech ecosystem outside of urban areas can be a challenge. What tactics work outside of big cities?
Dr. Lincoln Smith , Executive Director of Innovation Island, Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation Centre+ see speaker bio
Session Two | Program Track: Program Design and Delivery
How do we build programs that entrepreneurs need and want? What tools do we need to keep entrepreneurs accountable?
Session Three | Community Track: Community Building in Big Cities
Urban areas have most of the startups but also many support organizations. What are tactics to rise above the noise and create complementary programming?
Danielle Smith , Community Engagement Lead, The DMZ at Ryerson University+ see speaker bio
Session Three | Programs Track: Unconference
We will hold three crowdsourced roundtables on your top programs issues.
Session Four | Community Track: Diversified Revenue
Generating revenue beyond government funding. Who does it well and how do they do it?
Joe Vasquez , Co-Director, Runway Incubator+ see speaker bio
Session Four | Programs Track: Connecting Companies to Revenue
Customer revenue is the ultimate goal. What role do we play in helping companies fill the funnel?
Session Five | Community Track: Network of Accelerators
How do we actually make the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
Avvey Peters , Vice President, Partnerships, Communitech+ see speaker bio
Session Five | Programs Track: Alumni
We don’t want our relationships to end when companies graduate programs. How do we engage alumni to build better programs, support our community and our current cohorts?
Chris Heivly , Executive in Residence, Techstars+ see speaker bio
Grab a beverage before we wrap up and talk about data.
Session Six | Community & Program Track: Data and Storytelling
What should we measure, how to collect it, does it really matter, how to prove outcomes, reporting to multiple stakeholders, and attribution? Then, how do we capture and tell stories that matter?
Wine Down - 'Network and Chill'
Need we say more? Also, swag swap!