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Welcome to this year's exciting lineup of activities, sessions, keynotes and speakers as they collaborate to provide an interactive experience for all attendees. Continue to check back for daily updates and follow us on Twitter @Invest_Atlantic for more information! Use and follow hashtags #investatl18 and #ia2018 for more.

Please note the agenda and speakers are subject to change, without notice.

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PitchCamp Workshops for Startups - TUESDAY, September 18th

Startups from across Atlantic Canada may apply to attend these workshops to learn the basics of pitching while honing their pitching skills and learning what investors and customers need to hear. Pitchers will quickly see how they can gain support for their idea sooner than later. Limited seating available so apply early.

9:00am

10:30am

12:30pm

1:00pm

2:30pm

4:30pm

6:00pm

PITCHCAMP101 

BREAK (10 min)

LUNCH BREAK

PITCHCAMP201

BREAK

PITCH RECEPTION

INVESTOR DINNER

Space for up to 20 startups APPLY HERE

 

 

Space for up to 20 early to mid-stage startups APPLY HERE

 

(for Pitchers and Investors)

(for Investors)

 


Day 1 - Wednesday September 19, 2018

The following is a colour-key legend to differentiate the rooms for each of the conference sessions and their locations. You will find colour-coded icons on the adjacent map to show the location of each room.

A: Memorial Hall and Studio 1 (Confederation Centre) 

B: Dunes/Beach and Oceans (Holman Grand) 

C: Guild Gallery (The Guild) 

D: Startup Zone 

7:30am
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


REGISTRATION OPENS

PARTNER WORKSHOPS
Invest Atlantic 2018 features the following Partner Workshops between 8:30am & 11:30am on Wednesday, September 19th which are proudly hosted by our event partners. These workshops are subject to change.

8:30am
A: Studio 1 (Confederation Centre)
B: Dunes/Beach (Holman Grand) 
C: Guild Gallery (The Guild) 

9:30am
A: Studio 1 (Confederation Centre) 
B: Dunes/Beach (Holman Grand) 
C: Guild Gallery (The Guild) 

10:30am
A: Studio 1 (Confederation Centre) 
B: Dunes/Beach (Holman Grand) 
C: Guild Gallery (The Guild) 
D: Startup Zone

11:30am
A: Studio 1 (Confederation Centre)

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Springboard Atlantic: Leveraging Funding
SYNAPSE: Universities and Startups
NACO: Intro to Making Your 1st Angel Investment

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Stewart McKelvey: Legal 101 - What You Should Know When Starting Your Business
SMU: Venture Grade
NPC: Seizing the Multi-$B Opportunity in Natural Products

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Emergence: Atlantic Startup Ecosystem Entrevestor Report
ISC+BCIP: New $100M Federal Funding Program for Canadians SMEs
BDC: Valuations
StartUp Zone: Opportunities for Startups

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Island Advance: The Magic of Launching a Startup in PEI

Founders Forum:
Deirdre Ayre – Other Ocean Interactive
Melanie Wildman – Nutracelle
John Rowe – Island Abbey Foods (Honibe)
Jordan Sampson - Island Aquatech

B: Dunes/Beach (Holman Grand)
C: Guild Gallery (The Guild) 
D: Startup Zone 

ICP: Pros & Cons of Having a Board of Directors
CIPO: IP101
NRC: The In's and Out's of Government Funding

12:15pm

A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


LUNCHEON BUFFET OPENS

12:45pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


OFFICIAL WELCOME: Premier Wade MacLauchlan

1:15pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


OPENING LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

MattSpoke

 

MATT SPOKE on AION: Canada's fastest growing Blockchain Tech Co.
More on Matt and AION.

2:00pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)

2:30pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


NETWORKING BREAK


PITCH101

The 5 startups have traction or paying customers and seeking angel investment. The pitches are in front of the live audience as follows:
- 1 minute pitch
- 2 minute Q&A with judges
- 2 minute critique session with judges
Judges:
David Brennan, Investor/ECOBEE (ON/PEI)
Paul Lypaczweski, Investor/Island Capital Partners (PE)
Amy Pollard, Strategic Investments, BDC (QC)
Garry Chan, Investor, (ON)

3:30pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)

4:00pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


NETWORKING BREAK


PITCH201

The 5 startups are generating revenue or in the research stage and are or will be moving from angel investment to include venture capital rounds of investment. The pitches are in front of the live audience as follows:
- 2 minute pitch
- 2 minute Q&A with judges
- 2 minute critique session with judges
Judges:
Gerry Pond, Partner, East Valley Ventures (NB)
Alex MacBeath, CEO & Managing Partner, Island Capital Partners (PE)
Marat Mukhamedyarov, Managing Partner, Good News Ventures (ON)
Randy Thompson, Chairman & CEO, Valhalla Private Capital (AB)

4:45pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)

7:00pm


KITCHEN PARTY
(to 6:30pm)

SPONSOR & INVESTOR DINNER

 


Day 2 - Thursday September 20, 2018

8:30am
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


KEYNOTE: "Meet the Angels"

Interact with 5 guest angels from outside the region as they join 2 local angels sharing what they look for when investing in startups. An interactive session with the audience.
FEATURING:
Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, Northern Ontario Angels (ON)
Gerry Pond, Partner, East Valley Ventures (NB)
Suraj Gupta, CEO & Pres, Rogue Insight Capital (ON)
David Brennan, CFO, ECOBEE (ON/PEI)
Alex MacBeath, CEO & Managing partner, Island Capital partners (PE)
Randy Thompson, Chairman & CEO, Valhalla Private Capital (AB)
Moderator: Claudio Rojas, Managing Director, Hurt Capital (ON)

9:30am
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)

10:00am


NETWORKING BREAK

INTERACTIVE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

A: Studio 1
(Confederation Centre)

PREPARING FOR 1st MONEY
Hear first hand from these entrepreneurs and service provider on lessons learnt for preparing for 1st money.
Jan Mertlik, VP, PowerHV (NL)
Brian Sharp, CEO, Onset Communication (PEI)
Josh Ogden, Co-founder, AVSS (NB)

B: Dunes/Beach
(Holman Grand)

IMPLEMENTING BLOCKCHAIN INTO YOUR BUSINESS
Going forward they're saying every business can benefit by incorporating blockchain into their business now, this session will discuss how.
Matar Mukhamedyarov, Managing Partner, Good News Ventures (ON)
Dawn Jutla, CEO, PeerLedger (NS)
Vaughn Murphy, Business Development, Telex AI

B: Oceans
(Holman Grand)

VENTURE CAPITAL: FRIEND OR FOE?
This session talks about the things you should know before you go looking for a VC investor and what they may expect from you after the deal.
Rob Barbara, Partner, Build Ventures (NS)
Daniel Larsen, Co-founder & CPO, Stash Energy (PE)
Stephen Ball, Regional Director, Atlantic Canada, NPC (PE)

11:00am

INTERACTIVE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

A: Studio 1
(Confederation Centre)

CUSTOMER DISCOVERY #1
Hear why customer discovery is critical for today's startups to ensure they are on the right track from the get go and how that impacts what investors see in a business.
Mark Hobbs, Partner, Fundmetrics (NS)
Mary Kilfoil, Lead, Launch Dal and Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (NS)
Peter Gifford, EIR, Propel ICT (NL)

B: Dunes/Beach
(Holman Grand)

GOOD MENTORING VS BAD
Finding the right mentor to work with you and your startup can be a challenge as this panel will explore and also come up with some tips on how to find the right mentor.
Don Ridley, Mentor in Residence, EmerGence & PEI BioAlliance (PEI)
Amy Pollard, Strategic Investments, BDC Capital (QC)
Krista Walsh, Founder, KC Collect (PE)

B: Oceans
(Holman Grand)

TECHNOLOGY IN STARTUPS
Where is the tech sector heading globally and how can small tech startups take advantage of the opportunities in the region to achieve global markets.
Greg Boone, CEO, Dosecann (ON/PE)
Tyson MacInnis, Director of Company & Product Development, Food Island Partnership (PE)
Pat Sebastien, Business Development Consultant (PE)

11:45am
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


Luncheon Buffet Opens

12:30pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


KEYNOTE: SHOPIFY ON PLATFORMS AS GROWTH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR STARTUPS

Jordan Graham, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Shopify for Startups (ON/NB)
Product and Platform companies work together by creating value for shared customers. Whether you sell physical goods or deal in SaaS, understanding the differences between product companies and platform companies, combined with knowing where you fit can lead to incredible discoveries and growth, especially for early stage startups.

1:30pm

INTERACTIVE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

A: Studio 1
(Confederation Centre)

IDENTIFYING YOUR MARKETS & STRATEGIES
Hear from startups that have focused on their markets and strategies as a key to finding success outside of the region and globally.
Josh Ogden, Co-founder, AVSS (NB)
Jordan Graham, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Shopify for Startups (ON/NB)
Chelsey Lake, Founder, Lake Design & Strategies (PE)

B: Dunes/Beach
(Holman Grand)

SCALING A STARTUP
These panelist will provide their experiences and insight on how to scale a business whether that's nationally or internationally.
Sue Siri, Founder, Iris Booth (NS)
Reetu Gupta, CEO & President, the Eastons Group of Hotels and the Gupta Group (ON)
Chris Crowell, VP Corporate Innovation, VOLTA Labs (NS)

B: Oceans
(Holman Grand)

PLANNING FOR AN EXIT- STRATEGIES
Today one of the first things an investor will ask is "what's your exit strategy" and most of us haven't even considered it. This panel will be discussing the reasons you should have a plan and what should in it.
Martin Yuill, Director, Emergence/PEI BioAlliance (SA/PE)
John Kimmel, Founder, ReviQ
Greg Stewart, Partner, GreenSky Capital (ON)

2:30pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


PITCH WINNERS ANNOUNCED

3:00pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


STORYTELLING - INVESTORS & BEER

Join this inspiring group of Investors as they share their "not-so-memorable" investment moments over a refreshment.
David Brennan, CFO, ECOBEE (ON/PE)
Suraj Gupta, CEO & President, Rogue Insight Capital (ON)
Alex MacBeath, CEO & Managing Partner, Island Capital Partners (PE)
Reetu Gupta, CEO& President of  Easton's Group of Hotels and the Gupta Group (ON)
Claudio Rojas
, Managing Partner, Hurt Capital (ON)
Greg Stewart, Partner, GreenSky Capital (ON)

4:00pm
A: Memorial Hall (Confederation Centre)


TAKEAWAYS & FAREWELLS

Alex MacBeath, Startup Zone (PE)
Shane MacDougall Innovation PEI (PE)