AccelerateOTT brings together the city’s innovators, creators, and inventors. Work in tech? Starting a business? Just want to dip your toes in the proverbial entrepreneurial waters? You’ll be surrounded by founders, mentors and venture capitalists (some from as far as Silicon Valley) providing strategic and sage advice.
Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has ignited the Accelerate series in Ottawa, providing a conference that truly fuels the entrepreneurial fire. The day is packed with world-class speakers, power networking breaks, and an epic after party!
Who will be there?
Students, entrepreneurs, makers, techstars, startups, mentors, founders, funders, wildcards and pretty much anyone with an interest in what it takes to build a business.
The Program (More speakers are being confirmed and will be added)
Fireside chat with Mike Weider: The entrepreneurial journey to success
In two decades Michael Weider has built three software companies in Ottawa. All a success. All acquired by tech giants (ever heard of Akamai or IBM?) Over three decades, Debbie Weinstein has helped hundreds of startup close 200+ deals. Weinstein is the M&A Lawyer who worked on BelAir’s $250 million sale to Ericsson!
Watch Debbie Weinstein interview and unpack Mike Weider’s entrepreneurial journey to success – next it could be yours!
Mark Roberge: The sales acceleration formula
An unorthodox background: Mark Roberge started his career writing code. So naturally, he views the world through a lens of data, science and tech. Turns out, his lens and his timing are exactly what you need to succeed in 21st century sales! Former Chief Revenue Officer of Hubspot, Roberge took on building the sales team and scaled the company’s annualized revenue from $0 to $100 million, grew the customer base from 1 to 12K+, and, expanded the sales team from 1 to 450.
Learn the science behind modern sales and how to develop your winning formula!
Scaled-in Canada: Real talk with Kim Kaplan and Jason Flick
Canada is big, our startups can be too! Kim Kaplan helped scale Vancouver-founded Plenty of Fish’s revenue tenfold to $100 million, propelling its $575 million acquisition by Match Group. Jason Flick, a veteran Ottawa entrepreneur who founded multiple successful startups, recently closed $23 million in growth capital for You.i TV, his latest venture.
Learn the unique strategies for scaling your business in Canada from founders who have done it before.
Chris Yeh: The lightning-fast path to building massively valuable companies
Chris Yeh is the co-founder of the Global Scaling Academy, a company that teaches how to plan for and execute on hypergrowth. Chris has started, advised for, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups since 1995, including 9-figure firms like Ustream. With eight exits under his belt, Chris has the title of Co-Founder & General Partner of Wasabi Ventures. He knows speed and how it can serve as an advantage.
Don’t miss his survival guide: Chris will tell you all you need to know about adapting for speed-to-scale entrepreneurship.
Women founders and funders panel with Jill Earthy, Melissa Kargiannakis, and Monique Woodard
Recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 most powerful women, Jill Earthy is a equity champion, empowering leaders across North America to shape the future of investing as the head of Female Funders. South of the border, as a former 500 Startups Venture partner and co-founder of Black Founders, Monique Woodard has guided entrepreneurs to scale with impact. A success story, Melissa Kargiannakis empowers consumers by replacing jargon with plain language through her Canadian AI startup, Skritswap.
Join this high-impact session to feel inspired, empowered and equipped to succeed.
AccelerateOTT Pitchfest finale: $150,000, winner takes all
The competition has been fierce, and after two qualifying rounds, our entrepreneurial finalists will take the AccelerateOTT stage to close out the show. In a face-off in front of a panel of leading VCs and a live audience, startups will fight for the largest investment ever awarded in an Ottawa ptich competition.
Cheer on your founders, accelerator mates, friends and family; meet the most promising startups in the city; and soak up the entrepreneurial energy: Be at AccelerateOTT 2019.
Why should I go?
You get to exchange high fives with industry leaders that have proven track records of growing incredible businesses. You’ll also get to rub elbows with Ottawa startup elite. It’s a chance to devour and learn best practices, tricks of the trade and how to scale a business.
Ottawa is on fire! We’re home to hundreds of startups with nearly 68,000 people working in some of the world’s best technology companies. And we have a pretty solid lineup of speakers that want to share their experiences. We want to bring all these people together to celebrate and exchange ideas, free of limitations. We know; it’s sorta cheesy but we truly believe it.
And did we mention we have the food and drinks covered? Because we totally do.
Get your tickets now!
Early Bird Catches the Deal (EB)
SOLD OUT in less than 3 days!
Get it while it’s HOT (promotion ends 11:59 PM, Tuesday, May 7)
Missed the early bird? Don’t worry, we have set aside special ticket pricing for those who can commit early. First come, first served…limited quantities available!
Missed the GIWIH and EB? Don’t worry, we will save you a seat, but don’t wait too long, last year we sold out!
- $129 for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small-to-medium sized businesses
- $129 for not-for-profits, academics, government
- $209 for corporate, investors, service providers
Exclusive Lyft deal for participants of AccelerateOTT
Get $8 off your ride to and from the National Arts Centre with Lyft! Use promo code IOPITCHFEST19. The offer is open to both new and existing Lyft riders!
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and partners for helping make this event possible!
The small print
We get it – sometimes we make plans and something comes up.
Should you require a refund, please send a request for full refund by May 10, 2019. Regrettably, we will be unable to process any requests after this date.