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Discover the secrets to scaling a business to US$100M ARR with Andrew’s gritty insights and actionable strategies!

Hey Founders,

Dreaming of scaling your business to US$100M ARR? Join us for your exclusive opportunity to hear directly from a CEO who has achieved this extraordinary milestone, and get personalized advice from a leader who has navigated the path you’re on.

Event Highlights:

  • Hear Andrew’s Journey: Andrew Waitman, CEO of Assent, will share how he took a leap of faith by joining Assent when it had less than $1M in revenue and led it to over US$100M. Expect gritty, real stories and practical advice.
  • Do a Deep Dive into Success: Discover the challenges, learnings and breakthroughs that enabled Andrew to translate his vision into a US$100M reality. Learn about the tough decisions, unique approaches, and steps that fueled Assent’s growth post-Series A.
  • Gain Actionable Advice: Learn proven strategies and tactics that you can implement immediately to accelerate your growth and scale your business.
  • Ask Your Burning Questions: Sean Silcoff, Tech Reporter at The Globe and Mail, will interview Andrew and address questions from fellow Ottawa startup and scaleUp founders like you. Submit your questions via Eventbrite when registering!

Key Themes:

  • Mindset & Fundamentals: The core beliefs and practices that set the foundation for success.
  • Strategic Direction & Product Vision: How to steer the ship.
  • Building & Leading Teams: Cultivating a team that scales with you.
  • Customer Engagement: Keeping your customers at the heart of growth.
  • Mastering Execution & Operational Agility: Staying nimble while scaling.
  • Strategic Financing for Sustained Growth: Securing and utilizing funds effectively.

Why You Need to Be There:

This is a golden opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s tech success stories. Andrew’s authentic, no-BS approach will leave you with actionable takeaways to push your business forward.

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Where Innovation Meets Intensity! Join us on Thursday, June 20 for a pitch finale summer slam startup smackdown.

Join us for an intense evening at the Summer Slam Startup Smackdown! Witness the most innovative startups from IO Ignition’s Cohort 23 go head-to-head in a high-energy, WWE Summer Slam-themed pitch finale. This isn’t just a pitch event—it’s a battle for tech supremacy! 

We’re excited to welcome you to Bayview Yards on Thursday, June 20 from 5:00 to 7:00pm ET to see who will dominate the ring…or stage.  

Watch as these 17 inspiring startups present their groundbreaking ideas in a fast-paced, high-stakes pitch smackdown to vie for the best pitch award and the Crowd Favourite. The two winners will walk away with an extra six months of one-on-one mentorship from our leading advisors and office space here at Studio7. Additionally, we’ll be announcing the winner of the IO Ignition grant – $5,000 up for grabs!  

Get ready to network, mingle and be blown away by talented tech entrepreneurs from the IO Ignition Program from industries including Digital Health, Fintech, EdTech, SAAS, Wearables and more! 

Don’t miss out on the tech event of the summer! Whether you’re a startup enthusiast, an investor looking for the next big thing, or just love the thrill of competition, the Summer Slam Startup Smackdown is the place to be. 

Join us to cheer on these awesome founders: 

BEAMRA, Mahmoud Al Jaroud, Founder 

CuraCare, John Adewale, Founder 

D2D Analytics, Amir Ketata, Founder 

Fertender, Nick Coleman, Founder 

Giftyf, Ini-Abasi Ekanem, Founder 

Gokidu, Karanveer Singh, Puja Pachchigar & Pranay Dixit, Co-Founders 

Guffet Technology Inc., Sudheendra Rajagopal & Di Zou, Co-Founders 

Harmony Physiotherapy, Richa Rehan, Founder 

IntelPro Inc., Delia Pop, Founder 

Inclusive Leader, Oumy Bah, Founder 

Mementos Photography, Maria Mejia & Sergio Diaz, Co-Founders 

Questonaut Academy, Julien Dionne & Jingjing Fu, Co-Founders 

Rosset, Camilo Castro, Founder 

Sova AI, Nenad Nevajda, Founder 

Swibe, Cedric Osaigie-Ogunbor & Eshan Betrabet, Co-Founders 

The Bliss Group, Krunal Dave, Founder 

The Trained to Help Project, Erin Patchell & Sarah Allison, Co-Founders 

UИIVERS, Safia Elmi, Founder 

We’d also like to extend sincere congratulations to Independence Robotics and DAV20 Tech who are also graduating from Cohort 23 but unable to attend the event. Be sure to check them out! 

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Alstari, RBC & Invest Ottawa are delighted to present the launch of Entrepreneur: Heretic or Hero of Innovation by Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima.

Join us for a special luncheon event to celebrate the launch of Entrepreneur: Heretic or Hero of Innovation by Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima, CEO of Alistari.

Kindly supported by Alstari, RBC & Invest Ottawa, this event will feature an insightful keynote talk, led by the author, Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima. Focusing on topics such as AI Safety and Security, the talk will also feature key lessons from Entrepreneur: Heretic or Hero of Innovation, drawing on Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima’s 40 years of expertise in AI and two successfully exited Ottawa AI startups (AmikaNow! and Amika Mobile) to NASDAQ companies.

The Agenda:

12:00 PM – Registration, Networking Lunch & Refreshments

12:40 PM – Opening Remarks

12:45 PM – Keynote Talk by Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima on AI, Safety and Security

1:15 PM – Audience Q&A with Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima

1:25 PM – Closing Remarks

1:30 PM – Networking

Special Notes:

  • We look forward to offering printed and signed copies of Entrepreneur: Heretic or Hero of Innovation, for sale at the event, with the opportunity to receive a personalized note from the author. Electronic funds transfer and cash will be the accepted method of payment.
  • A complimentary light lunch and refreshments will be served from 12:00-12:30 PM. We look forward to offering an array of choices that will cater to all dietary needs and restrictions.

Navigating Your Way to Bayview Yards, Invest Ottawa’s Innovation Hub:

  • Cycling: Located beside the Ottawa River Pathway and many other routes, Bayview Yards is easily accessible via bicycle. We offer ample bike racks at the front and back of our building throughout all seasons.
  • Parking: 50 spaces along Bayview Station Road offer 2 hours of free parking, and 27 spaces along Stonehurst and Burnside offer 1 hour of free parking.
  • Transit: Bayview Yards is 600m away from Bayview Station, which serves multiple routes. It is also the O-Train stop.
  • Driving: 50 spaces along Bayview Station Road offer 2HR free parking, and 27 spaces along Stonehurst and Burnside offer 1HR free parking.
  • Parking: Complimentary parking is available onsite.
  • Inclusive & Accessible: Should you have any specific mobility requirements, please contact Audrey Willsey at [email protected]. Our team will be pleased to work with you to make all the arrangements required for a great experience.

By registering for this event, you accept that:

  • You may be photographed or video recorded as we capture special moments during this event and share memories with our community via our website and social media.
  • You will receive event-related emails and an invitation to subscribe to our mailing list.

About Alstari Corporation

Alstari is a private corporation launched to save lives by addressing safe and secure Artificial Intelligence (AI) deployment. Its focus is on AI safety and security. The goal of the company will be to initially advise and deliver services for regulatory compliance with AI safety requirements globally. The company is co-founded by Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima as Co-Founder CEO and Ken Grigg as Co-Founder CTO. Both had co-founded Amika Mobile which exited to Genasys in 2020 in critical and emergency communication to save lives. Both had also exited together as Founder CEO and CTO/CIO of AmikaNow! Corporation which focused on automatic content analysis for regulatory compliance to Entrust in 2004.

About Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima

Sue is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of Alstari Corporation, her third AI company focussed on safety and security. Sue is a rare woman tech entrepreneur with a reputation for excellence and innovation. As a successful three-time start-up entrepreneur, she has formed a series of Boards, Advisors and directed Business Strategy, ensuring products and services match customer needs.

Her second startup Amika Mobile was focussed on critical and emergency communications. She transitioned that AI exit to Genasys as VP. Her first start-up, AmikaNow! spun from NRC government R&D labs, focussed on AI and automatic content analysis. Its Compliance Business was acquired by Entrust and she transitioned it as VP Content Technology.Her 38+ years in technology have resulted in an exemplary record as an Industry leader, employer, and pioneer. Sue holds over 45 International patents in AI, security, content analysis, emergency & mobile messaging. As many as 35 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents including Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Ford, etc. She has over 100 publications and respective speeches on AI and tech.

Sue has a B.Eng. from McGill University and honours AI M. Eng. in Explanation and honours AI Doctorate in Diagnosis from Carleton University. She has been active on Boards of Directors for 38+ years. She served for 8 years as Director & Vice Chair for Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), for 6 years on the Private Sector Advisory Board for National Centers of Excellence (NCE). She served on Dalhousie’s Big Data Institute and McGill’s Innovation Board. She also served on the ENCQOR 5G board.

In 2024 she was awarded the Legends award by the Universal Women’s Network who also awarded her in 2021 with a Global Impact Women of Inspiration award. Sue was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011 and honoured with Queen Elizabeth II Medal for Service to Canada in 2012. Sue has been named to the Top 25 Women of Influence. She was also honoured twice as a Top 100 Most Powerful by the WXN in the Trailblazer Category. Her startups have won over 25 awards including 6 US GOVIES and ASIS Judge’s Choice and Security’s Best in emergency communications and Top 10 Angel Backed company Nationally. Often an invited speaker, she has spoken at GSX, ASIS, RSA, Inbox, NetSeC, CTIA, Start-up Canada, & Global Affairs on entrepreneurship and technology. Sue is also an avid hockey fan!

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Social Impact 101 (Virtual)

About the workshop

What’s your impact? How do you measure it? Why is it important?

In this webinar, you will learn about the benefits of social impact measurement and various frameworks/methods to help you measure it (i.e. B-Corps, SROI, Theory of Change, etc.). You’ll learn how to integrate social impact into your business model and why it’s important. You’ll also look at the strengths and weaknesses of different hybrid models through international and local examples.

Join us at Social Impact 101!

About CSED

The Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) offers a continuum of support for social enterprises in the Ottawa area, including access to technical expertise, coaching, learning communities, training, and cross-sector partnerships. CSED works with its clients to develop their social enterprise plan and provide them with the tools, strategies and support to perpetuate positive social change and grow profitably.

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By: | May 29, 2024

Getting Started with Intellectual Property – Understanding Industrial Designs (Virtual)

About the workshop:

Have you designed a uniquely shaped product or packaging?

Learn more about what industrial designs may protect, how to use design elements to increase the attractiveness and value of your business, the importance of designs and other IP rights and their relation to the consumers’ purchasing habits and the building of a reputation.

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Collinson has worked with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for more than 20 years.

While working with CIPO, Elizabeth has held various positions including a Trademarks Examiner, a Business Development Officer, a Project Manager and now as an IP Advisor.

Elizabeth has successfully passed the Trademark Agent examination and is listed as an inactive Trademark Agent on the Canadian Patent Agent and Trademark Agent (CPATA) register.

About CIPO:

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a special operating agency of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. We deliver intellectual property (IP) services in Canada and educate Canadians on how to use IP more effectively.

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By: | May 24, 2024

Starting Your Business Information Session (Virtual)

Note: This event page is for the virtual option of our hybrid model. Click here to go to the in-person event page.

About this workshop:

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Attend this information session to learn the basic rules and regulations you will be required to follow and how Invest Ottawa can assist you in starting and growing your business. This beginner level seminar acts as an introduction to entrepreneurship.

We will discuss the basic information needed from the municipality (business licensing), the province (business structures) and the federal government (HST and Business Numbers). We will also be discussing funding programs as well as community resources.

About the speaker: Paula Hopkins

Paula Hopkins is a passionate entrepreneurship advocate. She is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Team, and has worked with Invest Ottawa for over 10 years to help people start and grow their businesses.

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Starting Your Business Information Session (In Person)

Note: This event page is for the in person option of our hybrid model. Click here to go to the virtual event page.

About this workshop:

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Attend this information session to learn the basic rules and regulations you will be required to follow and how Invest Ottawa can assist you in starting and growing your business. This beginner level seminar acts as an introduction to entrepreneurship.

We will discuss the basic information needed from the municipality (business licensing), the province (business structures) and the federal government (HST and Business Numbers). We will also be discussing funding programs as well as community resources.

About the speaker: Paula Hopkins

Paula Hopkins is a passionate entrepreneurship advocate. She is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Team, and has worked with Invest Ottawa for over 10 years to help people start and grow their businesses.

REGISTER HERE