TiECon Canada 2016

Disruptive Entrepreneurship

November 3-4, 2016 in Ottawa, Canada

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About TiECon Canada

Disruptive Entrepreneurship

We are all aware of the power of disruptive technologies and business models. Small startups with limited resources are challenging industry leaders and leaving them with only one option - Innovate or Die. While disruptive models are threatening the incumbents, they are opening up endless possibilities for innovative entrepreneurs. In November 2016, Canadian entrepreneurs will gain an edge in the world of innovation and Disruptive Entrepreneurship. Join us for a day and half of immersion into the latest innovations and disruptive business models across multiple industries, delivered by the successful entrepreneurs and leading experts in the field.

What is TiECon Canada?

TiECon Canada is TiE's flagship conference for entrepreneurs, SMEs, industry veterans, investors, and other members of the Canadian business community. Organized in partnership with Canadian sister chapters in Toronto and Vancouver, and global TiE chapters in Silicon Valley and Boston, TiECon Canada is the largest event of its kind in the region. It features industry leaders, technology gurus and investors from different sectors and all spheres of business. It will build directly on the success of the past TiECon Canada conferences that we held in Ottawa in years 2013, 2014, and 2015, each of which assembled more than 300 participants, and featured more than 50 speakers, dozens of investors, and over 25 partners.

Why Attend TiECon Canada 2016?

TiECon Canada 2016 aims to help entrepreneurs - and their private and public partners - to appreciate and understand the power of Disruptive Entrepreneurship by providing:

  • Insights on new disruptive technologies and business models that are threatening to shake multi-billion dollar industries
  • Rare access to entrepreneurial leaders, angel investors, VCs and government funders, and opportunities to increase deal flow
  • The opportunity for start-ups to pitch for seed funding and business support
  • Inspiring speakers from our backyard and from around the world
  • Insights on emerging domestic and global innovations, business trends, and competitive intelligence
  • Opportunities to connect with mentors and find co-founders
  • Networking with potential clients, investors, and fellow enterpreneurs from Ottawa and around the globe
  • Why Become a TiECon Canada Partner?

    Ottawa is historically recognized as a government town and Canadian high-tech centre. Like many ICT hubs around the world, Ottawa's booming technology sector suffered significant losses during the economic downturn. Following a challenging recovery, our resilient city is thriving once again as entrepreneurs launch new companies. TiECon Canada aims to fuel and accelerate this development. As a partner, you will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve this objective. TiECon Canada creates an opportunity to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs and in our community. To explore TiECon Canada partnership opportunities, please contact Jasvinder Obhi at:ed (at) tieconcanada (dot) org





    2016 speakers

    Shiv Khera

    Shiv Khera

    is the author of 14 books including the international bestseller "You Can Win", which sold over 3.3 million copies in 21 languages.

    Shiv Khera

    International Best Selling Author
    Gabe Zichermann

    Gabe Zichermann

    is the world's leading expert on gamification, user engagement & behavioural design.

    Gabe Zichermann

    CEO, Gamification Co & Dopamine Inc.
    Jim Orlando

    Jim Orlando

    is responsible for leading investment activities in the North American market focusing on high-growth companies in tech, media, and telecom sectors.

    Jim Orlando

    Managing Director, OMERS Ventures
    Roopa Unikrishnan

    Roopa Unikrishnan

    is a true achiever and an accomplished entrepreneur. She is a former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, a published poet and a world-class athlete.

    Roopa Unikrishnan

    Innovation Consultant & Sports Shooter
    Helge Seetzen

    Helge Seetzen

    is a successful multimedia technology entrepreneur. Before TandemLaunch, he co-founded Sunnybrook Technologies and BrightSide Technologies.

    Helge Seetzen

    CEO, TandemLaunch
    Michael Garrity

    Michael Garrity

    is the Founder & CEO of Financeit, a cloud-based point-of-sale financing platform that allows merchants to offer flexible monthly payment plans.

    Michael Garrity

    Founder & CEO, Financeit
    Ram Raju

    Ram Raju

    is the Chairman & CEO of Kivuto. He has over 25 years of experience in the software license management industry.

    Ram Raju

    Chairman & CEO, Kivuto
    Ryan Williams

    Ryan Williams

    is a media strategist and professional speaker who coaches executives and entrepreneurs in how to reinvent their careers.

    Ryan Williams

    Founder, The Influencer Economy
    Rajesh Kumar Tyagi

    Rajesh Kumar Tyagi

    As Vice-President of an India-based FinTech startup, Dr. Tyagi leads efforts in data science, machine learning and operations.

    Rajesh Kumar Tyagi

    VP - Operations & Data, Simplified FinTech Private Limited
    Bryan Haralovich

    Bryan Haralovich

    With over 25 years of public accounting experience, Bryan specializes in providing financial services to entrepreneurs with a focus on high growth, international initiatives.

    Bryan Haralovich

    Partner & Technology Sector Leader- Welch LLP
    Alok Bhargava

    Alok Bhargava

    is an accomplished technology executive with experience in strategy, product development and corporate finance.

    Alok Bhargava

    VP - Product, Cambridge Blockchain

    Who Will Claim TiECon Canada PitchFest 2016? Hear Directly from Some of Canada's Most Promising Start-ups - and See Which Entrepreneur Will Rise to the Top on Friday, November 4, 2016!

    Applications close on Sunday, September 25, 2015 at midnight

    PitchFest targets Ottawa based companies seeking seed funding, expertise and business support to accelerate development and time to market. To be eligible, Pitch Fest applicants are required to:

  • Be an Ottawa based company in the start-up phase of development;
  • Have sold products or services to at least two customers or have engaged two customers; and
  • Have generated less than $5 million in revenue since inception

  • We have assembled a seasoned panel of judges who will select the most promising firm that will benefit from a $25,000 in cash investment and up to $100,000 of in-kind professional and entrepreneurial services from leading companies and organizations!

    Don't miss the opportunity to hear directly from some of Ottawa's most promising start-ups and see which entrepreneur will rise to the top and claim the 2016 PitchFest prize! To make it easier for eligible companies to participate in this once-in- a-lifetime opportunity, we're offering PitchFest applicants a special registration rate of $99 for TiECon Canada. All you have to do is submit your application for your special registration link!

    For your application to be considered, please make sure to complete it in its entirety. Please contact TiEConCanada@investottawa.ca with any questions. TiECon Canada extends an upfront special thanks to all start-ups that will submit applications to the competition.


    The 2016 TiECon Canada conference will be hosted at the Brookstreet Hotel on November 3-4, 2016.

    Brookstreet Hotel,
    525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2K 2W2

    How to get to the conference

    By Road - From Toronto (West)

  • Take Highway 401 East to Highway 416 North
  • Exit at Highway 417 east, exit at 138 for Ottawa 49
  • Take March Road/Ottawa Regional Rd 49 for 3.9 km and turn right onto Solandt Rd and then turn left onto Legget Dr
  • Brookstreet hotel is located at 525 Legget Drive
  • By Road - From Montreal (East)

  • Take Autoroute 40 west to Highway 417 West to Ottawaexit at 138 for Ottawa 49
  • Take March Road/Ottawa Regional Rd 49 for 3.9 km and turn right onto Solandt Rd and then turn left onto Legget Dr
  • Brookstreet hotel is located at 525 Legget Drive
  • Nearest Airport

    The modern Ottawa International Airport serves Canada's Capital with direct daily flights to over 30 North American and international destinations - and it is just a 30-minute drive from the Brookstreet Hotel.

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    Sponsorship Package

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    July 1 - September 14

    • Conference Only (TiE members) - $119 + HST
    • Conference Only (Non members) - $139 + HST
    • Conference & Gala (TiE members) - $209 + HST
    • Conference & Gala (Non members) - $229 + HST


    September 15 - October 31

    • Conference Only (TiE members) - $139 + HST
    • Conference Only (Non members) - $159 + HST
    • Conference & Gala (TiE members) - $229 + HST
    • Conference & Gala (Non members) - $249 + HST

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    For specific questions about TiECon Canada, please send an email to ed (at) tieottawa (dot) org or call (613) 316-2299.

    Brookstreet Hotel,
    525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, K2K 2W2

    (613) 316-2299

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