How to take your plan from an idea to a profitable business model? For our fifth @Tech_in_motion we're hosting a startup budgeting panel. Come out to gain some insight into the thought process of venture capitalists, business accelerators, and successful entrepreneurs. The second half of the discussion will be driven by audience questions. As always, food and beer is on us!
6:30-7:00PM - Food, drinks, and networking
7:00-7:45PM - Moderated panel discussion
7:45-8:30PM - Audience driven questions
A. Traviss Corry of INcubes Business Accelerator
Since the birth of internet commerce, Traviss has helped hundreds of ICT business' structure their companies, develop technology, & raise venture capital; from startup to acquisition, from seed to IPO, as well as having directed digital media campaigns as high level as a candidate for Prime Minister of Canada. With deep experience in Web, App, Software Development, and Investor Relations, backed by a Swiss Business Degree, Traviss’ tech ability combines with competitive business instincts.
Traviss is a co-founder and the Managing Director of INcubes, one of Canada's leading early-phase internet business accelerators. At INcubes he mentors startup teams towards product launch and the raising of investment capital. Traviss advises ventures on their business development and technical development plans, as well as the due diligence and other process needed to raise venture capital and other seed financing.
Chris Carder of Kinetic Café
Chris Carder is no stranger to building great companies having Co-Founded ThinData in 1995 and growing that business to become the largest email marketing company in Canada. After TC Media (Transcontinental) acquired ThinData in 2008, Chris continued on to double the company's revenues in only 2 years and grew his team to 110 digital marketing and technology professionals: serving clients such as Aeroplan, Air Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Bell and BMO.
Immediately after leaving TC Media in 2010, Chris teamed up with David Dougherty and Gary Fung to create Kinetic Cafe & Kinetic Startups - where they and their team of 25 amazing innovators, designers and technologists help enterprises and startups conceptualize, design and develop breakthrough new digital & mobile products and services.
Mark Ruddock of Wonga Canada
Mark Ruddock is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits and over 10 years of experience at the helm of VC backed technology startups. Mark was recruited by Wonga in November 2011 as CEO of Wonga Canada. In 2007, after a stint as entrepreneur in residence at Ventures West, he was hired as CEO of Viigo, where he raised $6MM from RBC and Ventures West and went on to build one of Canada's fastest growing mobile startups. When Viigo was acquired by RIM in March 2010, the company had hundreds of partners, won numerous awards, and been downloaded over 3MM times.
Prior to that Mark was Founder and CEO of INEA, a software company focused on the Financial Services Industry. At INEA he helped build a fast growing organization that was a key strategic partner to many of the world's leading financial institutions. After the acquisition in June 2005, by Cartesis, joined the Paris-based management team as Chief Product Officer, and led the successful integration of the two companies.
Vicki Saunders of SheEO and What's Next
Vicki is founder of SheEO, a program for women entrepreneurs that supports the next generation of women-led social ventures to lead from their strengths on their own terms. SheEO is planning on launching in 6 cities in 2014. Vicki is also co-founder of WhatsNext, a global network of leading entrepreneurial talent focused on solving major challenges for business, education, NGOs and governmental institutions.
Most recently Vicki’s passion to create a strong ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in Canada has her advising MaRS (Canada’s leading innovation centre), the Office of Social Enterprise with the Ontario Government and Ryerson University with the aim to drive wealth creation and positive social change in Canada and beyond.
As the Community and Culture Partner at BNOTIONS, and the Co-Founder and Director of The YMC, Mark’s focus is to bring the most efficient and innovative technologies to his clients and to share these tools and techniques to the community at large.
Beyond BNOTIONS and the YMC, Mark has also spent time as a Professor of Electronic and Print Publishing at Seneca College, and Co-Founded LeanCoffeeTO, a weekly Meetup for Entrepreneurs to discuss lean methodologies and efficient business practices.
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