Announcing Mentors to Your First Startup Weekend Oakville

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.








FAQ #SWOakville

Q: What should I do to prepare?

A: Figure out what problem could be solved relating to the smart city that you can pitch, practice your pitch (60 seconds: no slides, no props), do a bit of research on your idea (are others already doing it? how big is the market?).

Q: Can I pitch my existing business?

A: No. Startup Weekend is a platform for growing new businesses from a seed over the course of a weekend. A key feature of the weekend is the nature of all-embracing teamwork. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix weakens this spirit and relationship, in addition to forming an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level

Q: Can I participate in Startup Weekend even if I don’t have an idea to pitch on Friday?

A: You are ABSOLUTELY Welcome!

As long as you are a person who is interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

Q: How do you start a tech startup as a non-technical person?

A: Any time a tech startup is mentioned, the intuitive guess is that the founders of these businesses are tech experts and indeed hold a degree in Computer Science. If you think you are not a tech person and you shouldn’t be attending this startup event, then you are WRONG! Your lack of technical expertise should not be an excuse for not working on your startup idea. The strength of an entrepreneur is reflected in the strength of his/her network. A successful entrepreneur has a strong vision with creativity and passion and has great business networking skill. We not only want to help people who are passionate about building products that can better improve the communities but also find people who are potentially a strong leader with excellent communication skills to grow an audience. In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what will help make this event successful. Including, graphic designers, programmers, marketers, business developers and anyone looking to learn to help you find the most collaborative way to launch your fantastic idea.

Q: What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? 

A: On Friday night, anyone can pitch an idea to the crowd (not everyone has to pitch). We will begin to vote after the pitches are over. You are not alone as long as you keep yourself motivated, walk around and speak to your fellow participants and then join a team where you can be excited by the idea being worked on and you know your skills can help the team be successful. Trust yourself, and don’t be hesitated to ask for help, you will always find a great fit where you can contribute your knowledge and help the team to go strong! Don’t forget we are here to help!

Q: What if my idea doesn’t get selected?

A: The purpose of the Friday night pitch isn’t to eliminate certain ideas, but simply to underline the most popular/high-potential ideas and end up with a manageable number of teams – ensuring that each team has a variety of backgrounds/skills. If your idea isn’t selected but you have formed a team around the idea, you’re welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organizer, as this may be an issue regarding your teams’ eligibility for prizes.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Your laptop (optional but recommended), power cords, connectors to the overhead projector, lots of enthusiasm.

Q: Will the food be provided?

A: Yes, we got you covered for the full weekend!

Q: Do we have to sleep over?

A: Hacking is until 11 pm. There are Hotels 5 mins away!

Q: What about the prices?

A: The ticket info is available here. Please note that our Early Bird sales end on May 31.

Q: Will we get support after the event with our startup?

A: Yes, Innovation Factory, Haltech, Sheridan EDGE will be helping you build your idea into a life-changing startup!

Q: How do I get more information about the Weekend?

A: Follow us on twitter (@SWOakville), like us on Facebook (Oakville Startup Weekend) and watch the blog for updates over the next few days for announcements.  You can also start practicing your tweeting for the event using hashtag #SWOakville.

Q: I have more questions.  How can I get them answered?

A; More Attendee FAQ is available here or posts them on our Facebook page or tweet at us or email oakville@startupweekend.org








Gearing Up for the 1st Oakville Startup Weekend #SWOakville: Fostering Innovation in Halton

We couldn’t wait to share the good news: Startup Weekend is happening in Oakville!

We’re happy to announce that we are planning our 1st Startup Weekend event here in Oakville. The organizing team is working hard together to make your weekend the best. Our event will take place on June 14-16, 2019 in our newly opened Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters.

MEET THE HOST

Halton Regional Police is hosting the FIRST Halton & Oakville Startup Weekend.  Commanded by Chief Stephen J. Tanner, Halton Regional Police always believed in building trusted relationships between police and the communities. They see a huge potential of police services integrating into a network of regional agencies, division, and connected services, devices, and the data stream that help deliver a better quality of life to residents.

Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or whom to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Our goal is to create an environment to educate people towards smart cities and urban planning technologies where passionate people can come together to drive better lifestyle and create new businesses.

The smart city industry is demanding and developing. The world is driving forward to recognize how smartphones interact with the technologies of IoT, Communication, and IT to transform a city into digitized place. You, as an idea producer, have huge prospects for the invention to encourage urbanization by addressing various critical concerns of cities such as public safety, public engagement, educational challenge. Here, we have created a great platform for you to come out and express your own idea and develop customized solutions.

Follow us on twitter (@SWOakville), like us on Facebook (Oakville Startup Weekend) and watch the blog for updates. You can also start practicing your tweeting for the event using hashtag #SWOakville

More news to come, so stay tuned and SAVE THE DATE!








Troupe.AI at IoT GSW Peel Region – November 2 – 4, 2018

Startup Peel Community is pleased to announce Troüpe.AI at this year’s Global Startup Weekend!

Troüpe.AI is the world’s 1st AI platform that is focused on creating meaningful, face-to-face, offline connections. We are proud to be the premier networking partner for Peel Region IoT Global Startup Weekend. We can’t wait to help create connections that matter. Stay tuned to download Troüpe.AI

 








Techstars Global Startup Weekend Returns to Peel Region!

Startup Weekend returns to Brampton City Hall November 2-4.  Don’t miss this IoT Themed Techstars Global celebration of entrepreneurship.

Startup Weekend is coming back to the Region of Peel!  We are excited to host the Techstars IoT Global Weekend Edition at Brampton City Hall November 2-4.  Register today and join thousands of entrepreneurs around the world!  First prize package valued over $5,000.  You can submit your Startup Weekend product as an entry, it may be featured in their Worldwide Network Showcase.

You keep your IP!  It’s your idea and your potential success story!  Techstars, nor organizers will assume ownership. 

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend provides you with the space and resources to turn an idea into a product!  Have you ever seen a new product, business or an app and thought to yourself – “hey! I had that idea years ago!”  Well, a Startup Weekend can help you take your idea from thought to a minimum viable product, but you need to be committed!  A startup weekend provides you with a process to help you arrive at the creation stage.

Learn this process in a matter of days!  In 54 hours you will have been coached and mentored by industry experts.

*What’s in it for you?

This is your opportunity to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to.

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in the Region of Peel,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

 

*Who is Techstars Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including…

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries,
  •  and many more!

*Source:  Techstars website 2018

 








“A Weekend of Your Life That Could Change Your Life”– A Talk with Startup Weekend Toronto ’16s Winner

Summer is fast approaching and so is Startup Weekend Toronto 2018. A few days ago, I had the chance to chat with previous SW6ix winner, Jill Javier. In 2016, her team took home 1st place with an educational product for children. Jill’s most recent venture, BitCity Group, recently signed a multi-year power deal with TransAlta to build a cryptocurrency mining facility.

Jill and I had a quick Q&A session about her experience at Startup Weekend Toronto.

Jill, what made you want to go to Startup Weekend?

I grew up with an entrepreneurial mindset thanks to my parents, but had been working at large Fortune 500 companies for the past 15 years. I had built a solid brand in project management launching other people’s ideas. I was comfortable and it was fun, but I reached a point when I needed to break out of it. After completing my MBA, I was exploring doing my own venture.

Around the same time, one of my close mentors at Capital One had left to set-up his own start-up. Together with my business school buddies, I started attending the entrepreneurship program which they used to have every Wednesdays at MaRS.

I didn’t have an idea for a startup yet, but I wanted to be exposed to the community. I knew a lot of the “theory” by then, but going to Startup Weekend in April 2016 was the perfect opportunity for me to break out of my comfort zone and learn hands-on.

Tell me about your experience during the weekend.

I arrived early when the doors weren’t open yet, and while waiting outside, I struck a conversation with a programmer named Rob who was also early. He had a great idea for kids. Kids these days are always in front of a screen, but are not learning how to build things with their hands anymore. He wanted to build a subscription box called MakerCat focused on solving this problem – each box would give kids the materials and instructions to build their own wearable or own robot. I pitched an idea that weekend as well, but liked MakerCat so much I later decided to join his team. We went out and did customer interviews, then I led the creation of the storyline and pitch deck. We ended up winning that weekend.

After that weekend, I introduced Rob to my mentor, and they ended up working together on my mentor’s start-up. I took MakerCat through the Founder Institute program.

Startup Weekend exposed me to so many talented people from different careers, and you never know what could come out of the connections you make. It was definitely a turning point for me, and I decided to do my own venture a few months later.

How do you avoid the trap of building the next “Uber of…” or the “Tinder for…”?

Stay away from the obvious – start to really force yourself to look beyond your own world by talking to people you would otherwise never talk to. Adopt a problem solver mentality.

54 hours is a demanding time frame to build a startup within. What’s the first thing you tackle?

Focus on the Sunday pitch and forgo any other noise. For us, there were two things we needed: a kick-ass story and a kick-ass deck. You can take forever trying to build the perfect product. Don’t let this be you. Deliver something and learn to tell the story.

What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about going to Startup Weekend?

Ask yourself: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Go ahead and take that one weekend that could change the rest of your life. It’s an investment in yourself. Listen to that pull inside. You have to just take that risk and see for yourself.

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Startup Weekend Toronto 2018 is going to be taking place at Ryerson’s DMZ. DMZ was just named the world’s #1 university business incubator. What better place to experiment with your startup idea?

Get your tickets for #SW6ix today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-startup-weekend-toronto-june-22-24-tickets-43404558202








Techstars Global Startup Weekend Local Prizes Announcement

Techstars will provide incredible growth opportunity to the Local winning teams through these great prize packages!

Local Prizes
All winning teams for any Techstars Startup Weekend during Techstars Global Startup Weekend will receive an Alpha Card from F6s.

• InVision – 6 months FREE – Value $90
• LiveChat – 1 Year Free of LiveChat – Value $1,400
• Hotjar – 90 Days of Hotjar Business Analytics – Value $270
• Zendesk – $1,000 in Zendesk Credit – Value $1,000
• 99designs – $30 Off + Free Upgrades – Value $97
• [BONUS for members in North America] American Airlines – 2,000 points (Free Flight)

Source:  http://global.startupweekend.org/prizes








Pangolin takes the 1st place in Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto, powered by INFINITI.

54 hours of action took place during the weekend of October 20-22, in Workhaus Commerce Court in downtown Toronto. Participants from all over the Greater Toronto Area got together to pitch their ideas, form teams and take the first steps to launch their startups. The event was possible thanks to the support of INFINITI Canada, a company that empowers entrepreneurs in different stages, previously with their INFINITI LAB for later stage companies and now through Techstars Startup Weekend, the event where entrepreneurs go to ‘get their start’.  

On Friday night more than 24 ideas were shared in front of the audience, and out of those, 7 were chosen to be worked on by teams during the weekend. On Saturday, the teams were coached by mentors from all over Ontario, including mentors from the Toronto startup community like Oksana Salamaszek from The Working Group, Tariq Haddadin from Techstars Toronto, and Grant Brigden from the startup Rover, which won 1st place in the past edition of Toronto INFINITI LAB. The teams got advice from mentors from the INFINITI Canada team, including Julie Daigle Raphael Huegli and Chris Little. You can see the full list of mentors here.

Some of our Coaches and Jen Riedel, facilitator of the event.

On Sunday the teams presented a 5-minute pitch in front of a panel of 3 judges: Theresa Humphrey, Brand Manager for INFINITI, Angelo Del Duca, Angel Investor, and Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of the Techstars Toronto Accelerator Program.

The top 3 places went to the following teams:

1st Place: Pangolin –  Pangolin helps lower the premium for retailers by mitigating risks for insurance companies using smart IoT devices

2nd Place: Hybernate – Hybernate helps businesses decrease the expenses related to HVAC through IoT

3rd Place: GEM – GEM helps millenials be congruent with how they spend their money and what their values are, using a ‘GEM’ reward system.

Besides taking the top 3 places in the contest, one member of each of the winning teams got a full scholarship to join the January cohort of Founders Institute Toronto, so they can continue developing the skills needed to be great founders.

Techstars Startup Weekend was a great success. Thanks to our signature sponsor INFINITI, Workhaus for being great hosts, and to all the mentors, coaches and judges that helped empower this amazing group of entrepreneurs.

Stay connected to the Techstars Toronto community by following us on our Facebook page here. 








Peel Startup Weekend Joins Global Startup 2017 Competition

Startup Weekend comes to Brampton City Hall November 17-19.  Don’t miss this Techstars Global celebration of entrepreneurship.

Startup Weekend is coming back to the Region of Peel!  We are excited to host the Techstars Global Weekend Edition at Brampton City Hall November 17-19.  Register today and join thousands of entrepreneurs around the world!  First prize package valued over $10,000.  You can submit your Startup Weekend product as an entry, it may be featured in their Worldwide Network Showcase.

You keep your IP!  It’s your idea and your potential success story!  Techstars, nor organizers will assume ownership. 

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend provides you with the space and resources to turn an idea into a product!  Have you ever seen a new product, business or an app and thought to yourself – “hey! I had that idea years ago!”  Well, a Startup Weekend can help you take your idea from thought to a minimum viable product, but you need to be committed!  A startup weekend provides you with a process to help you arrive at the creation stage.

Learn this process in a matter of days!  In 54 hours you will have been coached and mentored by industry experts.

*What’s in it for you?

This is your opportunity to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to.

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in the Region of Peel,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

*Who is Techstars Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including…

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • and many more!

 

*Source:  Techstars website 2017








June 9th SWOttawa 2017 Canada150 Event: What’s Being Built this Weekend?


The following is the list of projects being worked on:

RestAssured: A tool to monitor in real time the medical treatment taken by patients after being prescribed by the specialist. This way it will tell the doctor or the specialist if the treatment is being effective or not.

SmartHat: it’s a sustainable digital apparel like a hat and/or a t-shirt that can be customized to any style for every different event.

21JumpScript: A business connection platform that leverage block-chain technology to establish and build trust between different parties.

AugMe: an augmented reality app that integrate with coupons to make them easier to find, scan and pay at different shopping markets.

Tanali: A shareable digital business card that contains all the professional related data including their social media presence.