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AccelerateOTT: Founders, Startups and Communities
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AccelerateOTT: Founders, Startups and Communities

Chris Heivly is known as the “Startup Whisperer,” but it was his stage presence and inspiring message that made him so memorable at AccelerateOTT 2018: Scale or Fail. During his keynote speech, the audience was locked-into his every word.
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AccelerateOTT: Finding Your Marketing “Spicy Spot”
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AccelerateOTT: Finding Your Marketing “Spicy Spot”

Her presentations are more commonly described with the fire emoji 🔥 - and did she ever bring the heat! June 13, April Dunford took over the stage and won over the crowd with her high-value talk "Wind at Your Back: Making Your Marketing Category Work For You."
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AccelerateOTT: Inside the Mind of an Early-Stage Investor
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AccelerateOTT: Inside the Mind of an Early-Stage Investor

At AccelerateOTT, the Early-Stage Investor Panel was so popular, during the talk you could hear a pin drop! Attendees walked away armed with the knowledge of what to look for in an Angel or VC, how to pitch, when to seek investment, how to discern between a good and bad investor and more.
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AccelerateOTT: The Rise and Impact of the Maker Culture – Empowering the Next Entrepreneurial Generation
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AccelerateOTT: The Rise and Impact of the Maker Culture – Empowering the Next Entrepreneurial Generation

This blog is part of our AccelerateOTT: Scale or Fail Speaker Series. View the full series here.  Speakers: Ryan Hoover, Founder, Product...
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AccelerateOTT: Going for Growth – 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth But We Don’t Talk About
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AccelerateOTT: Going for Growth – 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth But We Don’t Talk About

Keynote speaker Saalim Chowdhury, Partner at 500 Startups, took to the stage at AccelerateOTT to deliver Going for Growth: 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth but We Don't Talk About. What he really shared were lessons he learnt the hard way. After Saalim slapped the Scale or Fail audience with the honesty stick, we selected five top takeaways from his talk. Here they are:  
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AccelerateOTT: Startups at the Speed of Unicorns – Tales of Serendipity and Success 
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AccelerateOTT: Startups at the Speed of Unicorns – Tales of Serendipity and Success 

Starting our program bright and early, Andrew and Franco woke up the crowd of 500+ with inspirational tales of serendipity and success. There was so much quality content it was a challenge to isolate our favourite top take aways, but we did it. Here's our top five from our first fireside chat, the spark that ignited AccelerateOTT 2018:
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Investor Day: Ottawa Startups Take Center Stage
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Investor Day: Ottawa Startups Take Center Stage

When you are a startup in full-blown raise mode, running the gauntlet of investor meetings can be overwhelming. It feels like an endless cycle of research, one-on-one's, demo days, elevator pitches, "tire-kicking" and more pitches. Founders understand this process is necessary, however it can be a very inefficient one; draining time and energy from entrepreneurs.
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Scale or Fail: Hunting Hundreds at AccelerateOTT on June 13 at Lansdowne Park
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Scale or Fail: Hunting Hundreds at AccelerateOTT on June 13 at Lansdowne Park

Only seven days left to purchase your ticket to Invest Ottawa’s flagship entrepreneurial conference: www.accelerateott.ca The venture development world is founded on risk and reward. As the President and CEO of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, I am inspired by the many entrepreneurs and founders who are charting their destiny and taking a courageous gamble on new products, markets and business models where the winner often takes all or nothing.  This is the quest of the $100 million company.
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Canada’s First Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology and Innovator Directory Announced
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Canada’s First Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology and Innovator Directory Announced

In celebration of National Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Day on May 31, 2018, the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) is pleased to announce the development and launch of Canada’s first Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Innovator Directory in collaboration with Invest Ottawa and the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). The first of its kind, this unique and valuable resource will provide a comprehensive overview of the growing number of contributors to the Canada’s AV ecosystem. This will include innovators, companies, post-secondary institutions, and other organizations with AV technologies, solutions, and knowhow. 
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Age Diversity: A powerful boost for NCR’s expanding economy
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Age Diversity: A powerful boost for NCR’s expanding economy

“Diversity and inclusion is a major area of emphasis for Invest Ottawa,” says Sonya Shorey, the firm’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Together with our community, we strive to help create an even stronger, more integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem with future-ready companies led by female and male founders with a rich mix of attributes, backgrounds and experiences.
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OttawaInc: MindBridge Ai: Disrupting Financial Audit with AI Innovation
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OttawaInc: MindBridge Ai: Disrupting Financial Audit with AI Innovation

Invest Ottawa has been instrumental for MindBridge Ai’s growth, especially during our incubation phase. This support allowed us to attract and build an excellent and dedicated team. It also helped us to raise critical seed funding that provided a jump-start to our solution, driving a much-needed change in the fintech industry.” Eli Fathi, CEO, MindBridge Analytics
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Ottawa Creates Integrated Autonomous Vehicle Test Environment – North American First
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Ottawa Creates Integrated Autonomous Vehicle Test Environment – North American First

Today, the Ontario Centres of Excellence  (OCE) announced that the Ottawa Region will receive up to $5 million through the Autonomous Vehicle...
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Invest Ottawa Announces Nick Quain as Vice President of Venture Development

Serial Entrepreneur Will Leverage Two Decades of Experience to Help Catalyze the Growth and Success of Local Firms  Ottawa, Ontario,...
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Mission to China 2017Invest Ottawa and fellow delegates explore new R&D, business and investment opportunities for Ottawa firms
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Mission to China 2017

Invest Ottawa and fellow delegates explore new R&D, business and investment opportunities for Ottawa firms

In early December, Invest Ottawa joined Premier Kathleen Wynne and a provincial business delegation on a five-day mission to China...
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Work in Ottawa: Marketer Extraordinaire by Day, Mom and Entrepreneur by Night

Work-life balance, what is it to you? A phrase, a goal, a far-off notion? While your story may feel like...
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Summer Report 2017
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Summer Report 2017

My oh my, do we ever have a lot to share with you. Ottawa sure has lacked its traditional sunny...
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Bayview Yards Announces Eight Founding Sponsors Contributing $1.3 Million

Bayview Yards Announces Eight Founding Sponsors Contributing More than $1.3 Million to Ottawa’s One-Stop Business Acceleration Shop and Innovation Community...
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Les Cours Bayview annoncent les huit commanditaires qui verseront une contribution de 1,3 million

Les Cours Bayview annoncent les huit commanditaires qui verseront une contribution de 1,3 million de dollars au guichet unique d’expansion des...
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Hazelton Innovation Group Selected to Support the Development of Invest Ottawa’s New Five-Year Strategic Plan

At this critical juncture in our evolution as an economic development agency, and more broadly as a city, Invest Ottawa...
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Startup accelerator GrindSpaceXL now accepting applications for Fall 2017 program in Kingston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 24, 2017, Kingston ON – Queen’s University and Launch Lab announced today that they are accepting...
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