Why attend?

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Actionable Practices

You’ll leave DRIVE with vetted approaches, proven strategies, and the data that demonstrate their usefulness. Between talks, debates, presentations and conversations, there will be plenty of learning to go around.

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Human Capital

DRIVE provides a unique opportunity to make new connections, build relationships and create value with high-calibre, high-energy practitioners from every part of the planet. We’ve organized spaces, times, and tools to maximize the potential for collaboration.

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Scholarly and Applied Research

Go beyond the common wisdom. DRIVE will bring new knowledge and insights to the scaleup community. Share your professional expertise and best ideas with policy-makers and program designers in tech hotbeds around the world. Let the best minds and most innovative approaches change the way you think. You need the right data to make the right decisions.  


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

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Sweden

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • Iceland

  • Nigeria

  • Kenya

  • France

  • Israel

  • Ireland

  • South Korea

  • England

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DRIVE will be hosted at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Hall, home of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. This state of the art facility, located in the heart of Canada’s fastest-growing tech ecosystem, was designed with innovation in mind.

Be inspired by the space as well as by the speakers and the sessions. You will also find prime real estate for creativity-inspiring social time with global players in your industry.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Lazaridis Institute

64 University Ave W

Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5


Shuttle and private car services.

Coming from the airport? Here’s a list of shuttle and private car services from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to Waterloo. Depending on the service, you’ll get dropped off right to your hotel or the conference venue.

Airport shuttle services:

Airport private car service:


Find a hotel.

Delta Hotel Waterloo 

110 Erb Street West

Waterloo ON N2L 0C6 Canada

*SOLD OUT during conference dates


Find an Airbnb.

Starting at $45 / night


The Inn of Waterloo

475 King St North

Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 2Z5 Canada

Use Discount Code: University