FEBRUARY 21st, 2019 - NOON - 10:00 PM64 University Avenue West, Waterloo ON. Room LH3101
Join us for an afternoon of informative and thought-provoking breakout sessions at DRIVE, exclusively available to tech execs.
Tickets are only $150 and will give you access to all Tactics for Tech Scaling breakout sessions, as well as lunch and access to the HARD DRIVE Networking Party taking place at Shopify’s historic downtown Waterloo office.
The Lazaridis Institute is also sponsoring the first 50 attendees to this event — use promo code “techexec” at checkout to claim your free ticket!
AGENDA12:00PM - 1:30 PM: Catherine Mahugu Lunch KeynoteCatherine Mahugu is the founder of Chiswara, an e-commerce platform that provides specialty, premium Kenyan coffee to the international market, and works in favour of rural Kenyan farmers. Catherine will talk about the role she continues to play in revolutionizing how money and goods are exchanged between developing world producers and global consumers.
1:30 - 2:15 PM: New Government Funding Programs for Scaling CompaniesPresented by Eric Fournier, Jeremy Laurin, Matthieu Foreman, and Chris Padfield
Government can play a major role in accelerating scaleups. In this workshop you'll hear from three new programs including Innovation Solutions Canada's $100M procurement fund, and a new interest-free loan program from FedDev for projects between $500k - $10M.
2:15 - 3:00 PM: Blitzscaling and the Global Scaling AcademyPresented by Chris Yeh and Jeff AbbottWhy are most of the world’s unicorns located in the Valley? Chris Yeh will share insights and examples from Blitzscaling, the best-seller he co-authored with Reid Hoffman. Jeff Abbott will explain how the Global Scaling Academy turns these principles into practices for growth-stage tech companies. Come to this session to understand the business models and management innovations that have driven the success of the world’s most iconic technology companies.
3:00 - 4:15 PM: Managing Your Board WorkshopPresented by the ScaleUp Nation TeamScaleups pursue high-risk, innovative strategies and drive in the fast lane. ScaleUp Nation’s experts will walk you through proven practices to manage board dynamics and operations. You will leave this session with a thorough understanding of tactics to put into play right away.
4:15 - 5:00 PM: EdTech RoundtablePresented by Eilif TrondsenWhat is more central to the human experience than learning? For a world in crisis, what could be more important than education? Edtech companies use technology to improve teaching and learning. Add your voice to this roundtable discussion as we explore the challenges, changes and best practices in edtech today.
5:00 - 5:45 PM: Public, Private, Profit: Perspectives on CapitalPresented by Darrell Pinto (COO of CVCA), Natalie Fratto (Silicon Valley Bank), and Jim Valerio (ISED)
Take a closer look at the different types of capital with Darrell Pinto, Chief Operating Officer at the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. With the economy expected to slow down in the next few years, get insight on how startups can weather the economic storm and continue to scale.
5:45 - 6:45 PM: Keynote and Cocktails: Joanna Rees. Brought to you by GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADAEndeavor works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide. To do this, the organization draws on an unrivalled network of seasoned business leaders. Joanna Rees is one of those business leaders. Managing Partner at West, the San Francisco-based venture studio, Joanna is an investor, entrepreneur, advisor, educator and mentor with deep expertise in defining markets and building powerful brands.
7:30 - 10:00 PM: HARD DRIVE Networking Party at Shopify’s Uptown Waterloo HQ
Continue the day’s conversations with Shopify, the Canadian e-commerce giant, in their stunning, carefully renovated 19th-century distillery space in Uptown Waterloo. Expect food, music and Canadian whiskey.
Tactics for Tech Scaling is part of the inaugural DRIVE conference, Canada’s new global conference on scaleup ecosystems taking place in Waterloo, February 20-22.
*The Lazaridis Institute is sponsoring the first 50 attendees to this event — use promo code “techexec” at checkout to claim your free ticket!*