Canada’s global conference on scaleup ecosystems.

February 20-22, 2019

Lazaridis Hall, Waterloo

 
 
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What is DRIVE?

DRIVE is Canada’s global conference on scaleup ecosystems. In its inaugural year, DRIVE poses the question of how to create domestic value in a global tech economy.

DRIVE will bring together thought leaders from around the globe — policy-makers, researchers, accelerators and successful tech CEOs — to compare best practices and highlight bold ideas.

DRIVE is not just a collection of talking heads: DRIVE is data-driven, providing participants with the evidence they need to make better decisions. DRIVE will make a permanent contribution to the study of scaleup ecosystems by releasing research, data and tools that will live beyond the conference.

 

A global audience.

Attending and speaking at DRIVE will be individuals who are creating value in their regional tech ecosystems. DRIVE 2019 will host thought-leaders from all around the world, including:

  • Canada

  • United States

  • Norway

  • Sweden

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • Iceland

  • Nigeria

  • Kenya

  • France

  • Israel

  • Ireland

  • South Korea

  • England

  • Taiwan

 

Featured 2019 speakers.

DRIVE’s keynote speakers.

 
 

Richard Florida

Thought-leader, author and senior editor at The Atlantic

 
 
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Catherine Mahugu

ICT4D specialist, Forbes & BBC top entrepreneur and founder at CHISWARA & SOKO

 
 
 
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Daniel Isenberg

Investor, author and professor at Babson College

 
 
 
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Deena Shakir

Advisory board member at TechWadi & partner at GV

 
 
 
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Joanna Rees

Managing Partner, West

 

Spotlight speakers.

 
 
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Eilif Trondsen, Ph.D.

Digital education and learning economist at Strategic Business Insights and Silicon Vikings

 
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Dickson Nsofor

CEO and founder at Kora - Nigeria

 
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Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Senior innovation adviser at Nordic Innovation - Norway

 
 
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Menno Van Dijk

Founder at ScaleupNation - the Netherlands

 
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Jim Valerio

Director, research & BDC policy, small business branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada/ Government of Canada

 
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Irene Graham

CEO of ScaleUp Institute - United Kingdom

 
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Bryan Uyanwune

CIO and co-founder at Kora - Nigeria

 
 
 

Featured 2019 sponsors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Featured 2019 media partners.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Waterloo’s reputation as a tech hub continues to expand. DRIVE will enable us to share our ecosystem’s energy and vision with global players — international hubs, founders and policy-makers — and to learn from their diverse perspectives on growth.
— KIM MOROUNEY

Managing Director Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises
Co-Chair of DRIVE

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DRIVE is where data, policy and practice meet in the world of scaleup ecosystems. We’re bringing together leaders from global accelerators, policy-makers, academics, funders and founders to challenge each other and present bold new ideas on building scaleups.
— RAYMOND LUK

Founder and CEO of Hockeystick
Co-Chair of DRIVE

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We can’t wait to see you there.

 

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