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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


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Platinum Sponsors

Karamdeep Nijjar

iNovia Capital   |  

Karamdeep Nijjar is a member of iNovia’s investment team with a focus on software, digital media and e-commerce. He works closely with both existing portfolio companies and potential future investees to evaluate and identify growth opportunities. Prior to iNovia, Karamdeep served as a subject matter expert at RBC on a variety of cross enterprise software architecture initiatives, concentrating on strategies to maximize flexibility and reuse. Karamdeep made the transition to venture capital after completing his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also has a Bachelor of Mathematics in Honours Computer Sciences – Bioinformatics from the University of Waterloo.

Fiona Gilligan

Arranmore Holdings, Inc.   |  

Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker. Fiona\'s passion is entrepreneurship and encouraging others to think differently: To consider entrepreneurship as a viable career option. She mentors, coaches and invests in StartUps that are making a difference. Through public speaking, she shares her story of how she became a successful entrepreneur. (Elle est bilingue). MSW, BA (Honours) with extensive and demonstrated experience in StartUp innovation, business strategy and corporate leadership as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for 12 years of the Trauma Management Group, Canada\'s largest private sector trauma services company. Authored one of Canada’s first trauma response programs titled: Critical Incident Stress Management: From Theory to Practice.

Ron Warburton

BDC Venture Fund

Mr. Warburton is an experienced senior executive with a proven record of building successful software companies over the past 26 years. During the early part of his career, he held progressively senior positions in engineering, product management, software sales and marketing. In 1991, Mr. Warburton became President and CEO of Simetra Inc. after leading a management buyout. Over the following nine years, he grew Simetra\'s software business across Canada and the U.S. and successfully sold it in 2000. In the process, he co-founded a second software business which he helped build and eventually sold. Mr. Warburton has actively participated on the board of directors of a number of IT companies. Mr. Warburton is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Queen\'s University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Gold Sponsors

Andrew Draper

Co-Founder, Gijit (formerly Co-Founder,

Aydin Mirzaee


Harley Finkelstein

Chief Platform Officer, Shopify

Luc Levesque

General Manager / Founder, TravelPod

Matt Roberts

Analyst, BDC IT Venture Fund

Scott Annan

Founder, Mercury Grove

Silver Sponsors
Cheryl Draper
Contributing Sponsors


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