TiE Institute - Mar 28 - Meet the Accelerators

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Toronto M5H 2T6
Meet the Accelerators:
How to get into an accelerator program and what they look for?

Registration links for this session are below: Registration is mandatory

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Topic: Meet the Accelerators: How to get into an accelerator program and what they look for?
A special session meant for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and learn from a Panel of Angel Investors
Individual presentations will set the stage and panelist will share insights and experiences, tips and advice in a moderated panel session.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00pm (dinner provided)

Venue graciously hosted by: Fasken Martineau LLP, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, 24th Floor, Toronto M5H 2T6 

Registration - Registration is mandatory.

Matthew Leibowitz, Partner, Plazacorp Ventures (Moderator)
Creative Destruction Lab,UofT, Nilay Goyal, Associate Director
DMZ, Ryerson University, Pinoo Bindhani, Director
Extreme Startups: Sunil Sharma, Managing Director
Communitech Hyperdrive: Chelsea Prescot. Progeam Manager
INcubes: Bryan Watson, Director, Connector INresidence.

Session Overview:
Each Accelerator will make 15 minutes presentation to showcase help, support, advice and seed funding offered, followed by networking dinner. Post dinner panel discussion moderated by Matthew Leibowitz. The evening will start with contextual opening by the moderator followed by extensive moderated Panel discussion and audience Q & A.

Topics discussed would cover following among others:
What is an accelerator & what do they offer?
Difference between seed capital and other investors
Size of the investment, time frame and extent of involvement
What is the environment like here in Ontario for accelerators? What is their achievement?
What are the International trends?
What they"re looking for- how do they choose cohort?
Why should you consider an accelerator?
How to capture their attention?

The accelerators will showcase their offerings. Panelists will offer informative insights to the future entrepreneurs.

You won"t want to miss the presentation and Panel discussion with accelerators as they provide informative insights about this important catalyst for success of startups for those in attendance.


Matthew Leibowitz

Matthew joined PlazaCorp Ventures as Partner in 2012. Throughout his career, Matthew has been involved in all aspects of the investment cycle having completed dozens of transactions of early stage technology companies. Matthew was formerly a Principal with an institutional investment firm inToronto. Matthew focuses on origination, vetting, due diligence, negotiation and deal structuring of investments and private equity financing agreements across technology sectors, as well as the refining of business concepts, selecting appropriate business plans for investment and monitoring and enhancing the performance of portfolio companies.

Matthew is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events relating to Private Equity, Venture Capital and Clean Technology. Matthew is a guest lecturer at Ryerson University"s Rogers School of Business and York University"s Schulich School of Business. In addition, Matthew sits on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of numerous companies and charities. Matthew is currently the Investor In Residence for VentreLab Markham.

Matthew holds his Masters of Law from the University of Oxford and the University of Kent, a Master of Science degree in International Sustainable Development and Investment from the University of New South Wales and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Creative Destruction Lab:UofT

The Creative Destruction Lab is a venture lab housed within the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

The Creative Destruction Lab facilitates the creation and growth of massively scalable, technology-based companies from the University of Toronto community. The goal of the lab is to create a dynamic learning environment for university-affiliated entrepreneurs through the provision of a program that generates $50m in equity value every five years as measured by financing and liquidity events associated with the family of Lab ventures. The Creative Destruction Lab leverages the leading faculty and industry network of Canada"s best business School - the Rotman School of Management, and the innovations and talent from the world-class, technology-oriented faculties at the University of Toronto such as Engineering and Computer Science, Applied Sciences, and the University Health Network.

Ryerson University"s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is represented most distinctly by the Digital Media Zone, a place for students to collaborate and bring their digital ideas to the marketplace. The Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is Canada"s largest incubator and multi-disciplinary co-working space for young entrepreneurs. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, and infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both startups and industry solution-providers. The DMZ leads the way in experiential learning and business success by creating a unique ecosystem of education and entrepreneurship. Emerging leaders fast-track their product launches and grow their companies in this supportive community by connecting with mentors, customers and each other.

About Extreme Startups
At Extreme Startups, you will have access to the resources needed to compete in today"s market. Leading industry partnerships combined with mentorship from some of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in business today give our cohorts an advantage you won"t find in any other accelerator program.

Program details:
Five (5) teams will be chosen per cohort. Each cohort will run for twelve (12) consecutive weeks.
Each team selected will receive $50,000 up front and up to another $150,000 upon completion of the program from BD.

We primarily fund technology-oriented companies with a focus on web or mobile-based software, but we are open to companies in any space with compelling ideas and solutions. Teams with the best chances of acceptance will present a combination of market knowledge, technical expertise, and a demanding audience hungry for their solution along with founders who aren"t put off by the challenges that launching a successful startup presents. We are looking for tenacious, fast-moving teams to participate in Extreme Startups.

Relationships are vital to every successful entrepreneur. All cohort companies will participate in a Demo Day at the end of their 12-week program, where they will be introduced to potential investors and industry partners who can help their companies rise to the next level of success.

About Communitech Hyperdrive:
Communitech HYPERDRIVE is a $30-million-plus tech startup incubator program with a global focus to seed, fund, and grow new businesses. The program features leading investors, world-class mentors, international soft landings and full lifecycle support. HYPERDRIVE"s goal is to grow early-stage tech startups from seed to Series A-ready VC funded companies in 24 months.

HYPERDRIVE is open to all early-stage technology startups from any geographic location. During the three-month sprint portion of the program, participating companies must move into the Communitech Hub in Waterloo Region, Ontario.

How it works:
Twice a year, up to 15 companies will be chosen from a pool of applicants from all over the world. Successful entrants can expect the following:
An initial three-month "sprint" in which companies will focus on customer and market validation
During the three-month sprint, one week in New York City where companies will meet US funders, partners and potential customers
Hands-on guidance from a world-class network of mentors for up to 24 months
Additional soft landing opportunities in foreign markets
In-kind program support of $100,000 per company, including legal and accounting services
Access to Canada"s top Angels, VCs and other funders and beyond
Demo days and chances to pitch to top tech investors

Nilay Goyal
Nilay is the Associate Director of the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman School of Management, where he works with technology startups from the University of Toronto Community and helps them scale.

Nilay has a background in semiconductor industry and management consulting. He has worked in the semiconductor industry in California and in India. Nilay worked in the Research and Development department at Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA and in the Semiconductors division of eInfochips Inc., Sunnyvale, CA. At Cadence, Nilay focused on building strategic partnerships with startups across the world. He was involved in due-diligence, asset transfer, and technology integration during acquisition of two startups by Cadence.

Nilay previously worked at eInfochips Inc., Sunnyvale, California, where he built and managed a semiconductor Design & Verification-IP product portfolio. This portfolio was later acquired by Cadence Design Systems. For a short time during his MBA, Nilay worked as a management consultant in Toronto, with clients in the fashion and luxury goods industry and healthcare industry.

During his undergrad, Nilay cofounded an industrial automation startup in India, which enhanced the controllability and enabled process automation within small and medium sized manufacturing and processing plants.

Nilay has a Bachelor"s degree in Electronics Engineering from North Gujarat University, India and an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Pinoo Bindhani
Pinoo Bindhani is the Administrative Director of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. She is responsible for the operations of the research institute, personnel development and client relationships. She manages several high-profile multi-stakeholder projects worth several million dollars and is responsible for the overall project management, profitability and research output related to workplace diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, the Diversity Institute has grown rapidly from a three-person organization to a fifteen person institute with a reputation for undertaking high-profile research on workplace diversity in several sectors and industries.

Pinoo has also assumed additional responsibilities under Ryerson"s Research and Innovation department to oversee the development and execution of several large government funded projects that promote entrepreneurship, skills development and job creation for youth and university graduates. She credits her success to the experience she gained from launching, developing and growing the first internship program for internationally educated professionals in Ontario when she was the Director, Market Development at Career Edge Organization.

Pinoo has over twenty years of global experience in advertising, marketing and business development in the information technology, human resources and higher education industries in Canada, US and India. She has worked in the ICT industry in developing outsourced business, marketed programs in Silicon Valley start-ups, and has a deep understanding of the advertising and communications industry.

Pinoo has an MBA in Marketing from India and is certified a Project Management Professional.

Sunil Sharma
Sunil has an eclectic and distinct background. He has served as a diplomat in Canada"s Foreign Service where he has had the pleasure of representing the awesome country of Canada abroad. He has served as the International Director for Canada"s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) - the country"s leading organization representing the alternative investment industry where his work has been focussed on building strategic relationships with venture capital and private equity funds and institutional investors across the world while at the same time positioning Canada"s brand as it relates to investment , innovation and opportunity. Sunil is the skillful ecosystem guy - you will find him actively involved in many of Canada"s most important business, technology and investment networks.

Sunil takes leadership roles within organizations such as the Canadian Innovation Exchange or CIX (Sunil has been appointed as the CIX Evangelist), the Banff Venture Forum, the France Canada Venture Forum, the MaRS Innovation Summit, Global CONNECT, the VerdeXchange, the Quebec City Conference and many other elite programs across the country. Sunil is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and is actively involved with the TiEQuest Venture Competition.

In addition to several Board appointments, Sunil also co-organizes Startup Weekend Toronto (Kauffman Foundation) which has become one of the most successful Startup Weekend programs anywhere in the world.

Chelsea Prescod
Chelsea is a highly-involved, eclectic professional who draws on her background in the startup community, media production, and her deep commitment to community to foster innovation and creativity.

She has been instrumental in the creation and development of a $30 million startup incubator, Communitech HYPERDRIVE, and in the founding of an entrepreneurship program, Blueprints, for youth in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto. Her entrepreneurial spirit, paired with her love for media, lead her to found the Adva Effect, a video production company with a focus on creating uplifting and educational entertainment.

Chelsea credits over a decade worth of civic and youth engagement experience with shaping her mission to help others discover and channel their gifts to make a difference. Most recently, Chelsea was inducted as Vice President of the Zonta Club of Mississauga, an organization that focuses on advancing the status of woman locally and internationally.

Chelsea holds a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo"s Faculty of Engineering and a B.A Hon. Economics, Arts and Business also from the University of Waterloo.

Bryan Watson
Bryan Watson is the Founder and President of EP Enterprises Inc., a successful Canadian consulting company that specializes in assisting high-potential companies grow from inception to exit, entrepreneurial organizations better support commercialization of technology, and investors deploy capital effectively to achieve superior returns on investment.

He has served as Executive Director of the National Angel Capital Organization, the National Angel Organization-Ontario, and CEO Fusion. In addition to these roles, Bryan has been a Director of Precarn Incorporated and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, and an Advisor to the Mississauga R.I.C. Center and many startups.

Most recently he took on roles as Manager, Strategic Projects and Connector in Residence at INcubes and Managing Director (Interim) of CleanTech North while he continues to build his consulting practice.

The workshop is targeted for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start or buy a business and startups. Youth, Students, newcomers to Canada and women are specifically encouraged to participate.