Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainability Canada Online
June 18th to 20th, 2021

canada@startupweekend.org
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Event Organisers
Patricia Rabel
Facilitator
Patricia is an experienced Project and Event manager that has worked at different multinationals, but truly found her place when she co-founded her first company, KOUWS. This experience brought her to discover the startup ecosystem which fuelled her desire to become an active member of the startup community.

Her ceaseless hunger for knowledge and love for this incredibly supportive ecosystem brought her to her first TechStars Weekend in 2019 and got hooked on the 54-hour concept. She is elated by the possibilities and prospects that Techstarts brings and can't wait to share her excitement and appreciation for this program with others.
Mirela Pirlea
Facilitator
A connector at heart, Mirela is actively building relationships between actors in the startup ecosystem. She is responsible for Pan-Canadian partnerships for Cooperathon, the largest open innovation competition in Canada. As a mentor and a fintech expert, she is supporting future entrepreneurs and startups to evolve in their entrepreneurial journey. Also, she is sitting on different advisory boards.
Dom Blakely
Facilitator
Dominic is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategist at the J Herbert Smith Centre and a Senior Advisor to the President of University of New Brunswick. He is an instructor within the Masters in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship Program.
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
William Lechuga
Tech entrepreneur and product person. Always happy to jump on a call and help out.
Emma
As a female leader working in the B2B tech space, Emma Cimolini is passionate about SaaS and sustainability. She's currently as the Marketing Director at Routific, a route planning and delivery management software for local businesses.
Jonathan Dunnett
Jonathan has extensive experience working with startups from around the globe.
Charlotte Murray
After leaving her corporate career at Procter & Gamble in Switzerland and New York, Charlotte returned to Canada and launched a scuba dive expedition to mobilize local communities to clean up the underwater environment. Following this purpose-driven project across Canada, she co-founded her startup, PACTA in Halifax, which is where her startup journey began.

She has been through the ups and downs of a startup and has participated in a number of accelerators Launch36 and Propel, as well as Founderfuel accelerator in Montreal and Google in Mountainview, California. She has been in founder shoes, bootstrapping a startup, pitching investors in Canada and Silicon Valley ( Google… ), raising money and growing a team, as well as the unfortunate risk and reality of startup life - having to close down. She channels her passion for supporting founders and growing the community by combining her corporate and startup journeys into all walks of life. She is a strong advocate for purpose-driven companies, for thinking bigger, where positive impact and growth reaches beyond the bottom line.
Blair Hogan
Matt Templeton
Matt is a lover of all things tech and a strong believer in building our ecosystem of startups. He has a Masters of Science and holds multiple patents on a range of products. He grew his latest startup to 30 people and is currently vetting ideas for his next project.
Jonathan Ginter
A 25-year veteran of B2B commercial software with 6 years as an entrepreneur and 5 years as a startup coach, Jonathan specializes in business models, product definitions, software architecture, and team management. He has experience in a variety of industries, including education, agriculture, finance, service, government, cosmetics, manufacturing, and more. His past customer list included Fedex, Netflix, France Telecom, StatsCan, and eBay. He has designed and released software / hardware solutions for SaaS, on-premise, mobile, and embedded models. His passion is helping entrepreneurs to find their path and get off the ground.
Mandy Woodland
Blair Ryan
He/Him. Blair is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Bright (Health/Well-being Startup) with two previous startups in Education and Healthcare. Currently leveraging the newly launched BitClout network to make self-care accessible to all.
Maeghan Smulders
Maeghan Smulders is the Head of Ecosystem at Diagram - a venture builder focused on conceiving and launching technology companies with repeat entrepreneurs in the financial services, insurance, and health tech industries. Before joining Diagram, she was an early founding member of Montreal-based startup PasswordBox, which was acquired by Intel in 2014. Before working in the technology space, she was known as "Canada's Super Intern", has been nationally recognized for her entrepreneurial work, written award-nominated academic paper, and published a children's book.
John Hamblin
Mentor, advisor and investor in startups with experience in senior management, startup management and smart technology. Curator Startup Digest Halifax. Board member Community Links Nova Scotia and Aging2 Halifax. Course designer for smart technology in the home.
Quentin Hibon
Innovation facilitator and passionate about emerging technologies. I lead 5G adoption projects with Mitacs and @ENCQOR5G. I also implement strategic partnerships between universities and enterprises to 🚀 innovation in Quebec. But most importantly, I connect innovators, researchers and companies to facilitate collaboration between the research ecosystem and businesses.

Head of partnerships at MTL+Ecommerce, the *1 Hub for eCommerce, startup & Tech, I oversee the partnership team and encourage SMBs digital transformation in Quebec and Canada. Visionary at heart, I help MTL+Ecommerce team to create innovative partnerships and customized activations for Brands, Startups and entreprises.
Hannah Davis
Hannah is the Program Director for Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy based in Boulder Colorado. She is also the co-founder of ClimateRaise, a nonprofit that connects active investors with the leading female-led climate tech startups.

Before working at Techstars, Hannah was the Program Director at MergeLane, an accelerator and fund that invests in startups with at least one female in leadership.

Hannah's passion and professional work is at the intersection of climate, conservation, and community. And she lives by the quote "we must transform ourselves to transform the world" (Grace Lee Boggs).

Hannah earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit
I'm a communications and marketing strategist and storyteller with a talent for strategic, creative problem-solving. I am passionate about sustainable brands and culture and inspired by work that makes people's lives easier by providing them with the right information on the right platform at the right time.
Judges
Florian Villaumé
Florian Villaumé is a bilingual entrepreneurial innovator who creates and grows impact-oriented initiatives. Florian holds a Bachelor in Engineering, a Master in Science and is currently completing a Graduate Degree in Business Administration.

Florian has been the Director of the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) since 2016. Under his leadership, MCE grew from an initial intake of 20 students to more than 300 annually in just over three years. MCE supported companies have attracted $14.4 million in private financing in just four years. In 2019, the MCE was recognized as one of the top five emerging entrepreneurship Centres in the world and in 2020 Florian was named to Atlantic Business Magazine's 2020 list of Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada.

Florian also has nine years of experience in an international incubator of systemic innovations, Engineers Without Borders Canada, that seeks to address the crucial causes of poverty and inequality. Operating in Canada and across sub-Saharan Africa, Florian co-designed and co-managed five international programs and transformed them into influential programs. One of these programs was an $8 million program supporting small and medium enterprises to be ready for a $50 million investment fund. Three entrepreneurs he supported were officially recognized as leaders by former United States President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2015.
Paul Lomonossov
In the meantime, Paul serves as a Mentor at the New Ventures BC, helping start-up companies to identify strategic business opportunities and shape their value proposition for the market. Paul started new multi $M business and worked as a Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Omnicomm – Fleet Management Software vendor. During this time, he created the business structure and opened new sales offices in EU, Brazil, Mexico and India. Prior to Omnicomm, Paul launched from scratch and managed a new regional Healthcare IT business unit for GE Healthcare in Russia and C.I.S. countries. Earlier Paul worked for Fluke Networks as a business development manager for the region Eastern Europe-Middle East and Africa, building and growing up the channels network across the territory. Paul is an eMBA graduate from London Business School (U.K.), a Master of electronics engineering from the National Research University of Electronic Technology of Moscow/Russia and he holds multiple IT certifications from Microsoft, Cisco etc
Event Schedule
April 16-18, 2021
Friday
Kick off session Link here
Saturday
Livestream link
Sunday
Add livestream link
Add Demo Day link
Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Canada team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.


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