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.  

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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


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