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Technology Growth Initiative Eastern Canada Business Bootcamp – Halifax

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (ADT)

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, in conjunction with the Trade Commissioner Service, and its partners Miller Thompson and KPMG would like to cordially invite you to participate in the Technology Growth Initiative (TGI) Eastern Canada Business Boot Camps Spring 2011.

 

How can companies get involved? There are 2 ways to participate:

  • Attend the morning coaching sessions, the networking keynote lunches and observe a select number of company pitches.  Register Above!
  • Participate in the morning session and apply to become one of the select number of Canadian companies who will pitch their technology to an expert panel. The Canadian companies with the highest evaluation scores will be invited to participate in the next phase of TGI, where they will be given access to key markets and decision makers in the United States through a technology pipeline, specially tailored and developed by the Trade Commissioner Service. Register Above!

Stay tuned for speaker updates to the agenda below.  A detailed program will be forwarded to all registered participants.

 

Boot Camp Agenda

8:30   Registration & Continental Breakfast

 

9:00  Opening of the Halifax TGI Boot Camp by TGI partners Miller Thomson and KPMG

Michael Kavanagh, KPMG and Anthony de Fazekas, Partner, Miller Thomson, Toronto, Coby Schneider, Miller Thomson, LLP -  Welcome and brief introductions of participating trade commissioners and panellists.

 

9:10 Panel Global trends from an investment and commercialization perspective

How you can gain access to U.S. and international markets.

What are some key points of entry? Panellist will provide advice on understanding international market access and key technology centres such as Boston and Silicon Valley.

Speakers:

Martin Casstevens, Director of Directed Energy, Business Formation and Commercialization Manager, University of Buffalo;

Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association;

Steven D. Rizzi, Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Maclean, Virginia

 

 

10:10  Panel  2 - Marketing in 2011

Do the old models still work?

What's really persuasive today?

Speakers:

Ken Rutkowski, Partner, Innovation, and Social Media Analyst, Los Angeles;

Mike Grandinetti, Managing Director, Southboro Capital, Boston

 

 

11:00Break

 

11:15 Panel 3 - Getting ready to walk the talk with major players

What is a Google, Apple, Microsoft or RIM looking for? What is the culture of partnership?

Advice on how to research your targets for partnerships and finance and questions to ask before entering international markets

Speakers:

Martin Casstevens, Director of Directed Energy, Business Formation and Commercialization Manager, University of Buffalo;

Robert Writz, Senior Project Leader, Commercialization, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

Pascal Britt-Cote, Senior Associate, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Export Development Canada

 

12:00  Panel 4 - The successful pitch

The successful Pitch - Advice from entrepreneurs who have been there, venture capitalist entrepreneurs who have heard the stories, and research and development  experts who have seen the birth of a company from its laboratory beginnings.

The next stop is the pitching sessions....are you ready?   

Speakers:

Ken Rutkowski, Partner, Innovation, and Social Media Analyst, Los Angeles;

Mike Grandinetti, Managing Director, Southboro Capital, Boston

Pascal Britt-Cote, Senior Associate, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Export Development Canada

Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

  

13:00    Lunch Served

 

14:00  Pitch to expert panellists –  A select number of companies will have 6 minutes to pitch their company and technology to a panel of experts. The presenters will judged (4 minute feedback session with the panel) and scored. This pitch session will be open to observers.

 

15:00   Break

 

15:15   Pitch to expert panellists -  A continuation of pitch sessions. 

 

16:15   Program Wrap-up

 

 

This  initiative  was made possible through funding from the North American Platform Program (NAPP) partnership and

 

Partners

 

 

 

   

 

Comments from last year's version of the boot camp:
 
"The Moncton Boot Camp was a great experience - each speaker provided unique insight into the startup and funding environment in their US region, and their feedback during the pitching rounds was honest and supportive.  I'd encourage other young tech startups to take advantage of these sessions to hone their pitching skills and learn about opportunities beyond our provincial boarders."  - Tim Burke, Tether, Halifax
 
''DFAIT Bootcamp is a must-attend event to showcase your company to top calibre panelists from the business and venture capital community."  - Saeed El-Darahali , Simply Cast, Halifax  
 

''The Bootcamp brought many interesting speakers from the major US centers.  The follow up program organized in California was life changing due to the contacts we made and their perspectives on doing business globally .'' -  Keith McIntosh, PQA, Fredericton

 

 

Have questions about Technology Growth Initiative Eastern Canada Business Bootcamp – Halifax? Contact the organizer

When & Where


St. Marys University - Sobey Building
923 Robie Street
corner of Robie and Gorsebrook
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (ADT)


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