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Are you always wondering how to start your own business? You can start with just a few hours a week — even if you have a job. And best of all, you get to pick projects you find exciting and meet interesting people. Getting started isn’t hard. You don’t need an LLC, a fancy storefront, or employees. You just need the right system to bring you into the world of entrepreneurship. Startup Weekend Oakville is here to help you!

A mentor’s support and motivation can be invaluable. Starting a business idea and running a business will never play out exactly as you planned. When you hit a roadblock, you don’t have to be alone. Mentors with business experience tend to have come across something similar before and know strategies to move forward. Mentors offer you the opportunity to draw on this experience right away. StartupWeekend Oakville is a social network platform that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect.

All of these professionals are dedicating their time at the startup with a goal: to share their knowledge and help you build that business! Come and take advantage of these great resources!

Meet your Mentors!

Frank Goehner

Frank is an experienced Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in ArcGIS, Analytical Skills, Databases, ArcObjects, and Geography. Strong professional with a GIS Speciality Program focused on GIS from McMaster University.

Stephanie Mazhari 

Stephanie Mazhari is the Manager of Entrepreneurship Services at the Region of Halton. Stephanie oversees the Region’s Small Business Enterprise Centre which supports Halton entrepreneurs to start-up, manage and grow their businesses. Stephanie also manages Halton’s new Global Business Centre which provides export support services and programming for Halton businesses who want to scale-up and go global.

Yang Yu

Yang has been creating products since he was 15 years old with a passion for problems that affect the quality of life for everyday people.  He is the founder and CEO of KitchenMate, building a Smart Cooking solution to make great food easy and accessible.  Before founding KitchenMate, he was the CPO at Opencare, where he designed products to connect patients with the best healthcare professionals.  He is a University of Toronto alum where he studied computer science.

Ajay Malhotra 

Ajay is the chief technology officer at a quant fund. He’s an active mentor/advisor to startups at the Toronto Business Development Center. He is also an involved STEM parent helping kids develop skills in IoT, robotics, math, and programming. He’s been a co-founder/angel investor / mentor-advisor in tech companies like Plum, Fruit Street, Better Half, Maaxframe, Real Work Canada and others. He also grew and sold a technology consulting practice with over 200 engineers. read more

Devin Ramphal 

Devin is an intrapreneur by day as the Innovation and Technology Sector Manager at the City of Brampton and an entrepreneur by night as the co-founder of CleanAir.AI. He is dedicated to balancing prosperity while building a cleaner, healthier planet. Devin is an MBA and P.Eng with strong work ethic, leadership skills, a creative mind, and a freethinker. read more

Having this exciting list of coaches guiding you at Startup Weekend is an opportunity not to be missed! Come and join the growing community and get work with experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals and get advice specific to your business. Startup Weekend is a great way to network and build meaningful relationships with people who may help you in the long run.

Grace Wang