Startups + investors
Techtoberfest features a mix of awesome speakers and great opportunities to connect. Qualified startups even get a chance to meet one-on-one with potential funders.
October 13 & 14, 2015
Hosted annually by Communitech, Techtoberfest is strategically aligned with North America’s largest Oktoberfest—so there’s sauerkraut, sausage and beer!
Prolific angel investor and venture capitalist
Prolific angel investor and venture capitalistThe self-styled social media marketer has his share of haters for his brash manner, but before you roll your eyes, consider that he’s now on his third successful act: First he built his father’s brick-and-mortar New Jersey wine shop into a $45 million business by bringing it online and creating Wine Library TV, the oddly viral wine-tasting web show. Its success made him a social media marketing guru—which then led to a 10-book deal with HarperStudio. Now he’s focused on VaynerMedia, a digital agency he launched in 2009 that advises the likes of GE and PepsiCo and has grown to nearly 500 employees. Vaynerchuk, an early investor in Twitter and Uber, has also launched a VC fund with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to invest in startups like Birchbox and Medium. @GaryVee may be loud, but his influence is real, and he isn’t going away. —Fortune, November 2014
CEO and co-founder, Wattpad
CEO and co-founder, WattpadAs CEO and Co-founder of Wattpad, Allen Lau leads the company's efforts to transform the reading and writing experience of millions of people around the world. Prior to Wattpad, Allen was the co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was acquired in 2008. In 2001, he co-founded Tira Wireless where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery. Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.
Angela Tran Kingyens
Associate, Version One Ventures
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Angela Tran Kingyens
Associate, Version One VenturesAngela is an associate at Version One Ventures, an early-stage fund investing in consumer Internet, SaaS and mobile entrepreneurs across North America. She is also a member of the Computer History Museum‘s NextGen advisory board. Angela is based in Palo Alto, where prior to joining Version One, she co-launched Insight Data Science, a YC-backed startup designed to help PhDs transition from academic research to careers in industry via a six-week training program. She is an alumna of the University of Toronto, holding a BASc in Engineering Science, and a Masters and PhD in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
CEO, Twenty One Toys
CEO, Twenty One ToysIlana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning social entrepreneur, industrial designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been featured in the Guardian UK, was Independent UK's small business person of the week and winner of C2MTL's emerging entrepreneur award. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for over 7 years at studios in Montreal, Helsinki, London and most recently Toronto, Ontario.
Ilana is most recently known for being the founder, CEO and lead designer of her first startup - Twenty One Toys. She transformed her thesis project into the company’s first product, The Empathy Toy. A 3-D abstract puzzle, the toy was originally designed with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to bridge communication gaps between visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool for empathic learning and creative education for people of varying ages and abilities. Already in hundreds of schools, homes and offices worldwide, it was featured in TIME magazine this September as “one of six new technologies shaping classrooms of the future”.
CEO, MiovisionKurtis McBride is the driven entrepreneur responsible for Miovision’s sales and technical vision. Kurtis attended the University of Waterloo, where he achieved his Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Design in 2004, and Master of Engineering in Systems Design in 2007 where his research focused on vehicle tracking with computer vision. In 2005, Kurtis co-founded Miovision with two classmates and has led the company as CEO for the last nine years. Miovision's core purpose is to use data to improve the transportation experience for everyone.
Prior to founding Miovision, Kurtis held positions in product management, product marketing, product development and software design at Nortel Networks and Cypress Semiconductor.
Founder and President, OpFocus, Inc.
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Founder and President, OpFocus, Inc.David Carnes founded OpFocus, Inc. in 2006 with the goal of helping companies run their businesses better through improved systems, processes, data and reporting. He currently serves as the President of the Burlington, Ma parent company, and its OpFocus Canada subsidiary. David loves whiteboarding out solutions and teaching Salesforce.com administration- he's taught over 1000 people in the nine years he's lead classes. Four years ago OpFocus began providing marketing automation services, and now focuses on consulting and development for Marketo and Pardot. David holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Brandeis University, and worked for three software companies in his formative years: Sybase, Kenan Systems and MarketSoft. He has been active in the Boston chapter of the Entrepreneur Organization for over seven years, and currently serves as its President.
President, Konnekt Digital Engagement
President, Konnekt Digital EngagementAmber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.
Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations.
Ken RutkowskiKen Rutkowski is an ideation, innovation, and collaboration catalyst; he is the connective tissue between change agents and a community architect for doers shaping our future.
Heard daily by millions, his hit syndicated radio show ‘Business Rockstars’ is an insider’s guide to the global business leaders. His weekly METal (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alpha Leaders) events showcase the smartest thinkers and the bravest innovators in the world.
Having interviewed over 10,000 high profile CEOs, founders and executives, Ken is considered a super-connector. He understands the secrets behind building and maintaining relationships. Ken has the unique ability to peek into the future. Using trends, statistical data, and research analysis, Ken knows what to expect in the business world in the next ten years. He uses that insight to better and motivate others and to bank on opportunities.
As a thought leader, networker and influencer across multiple industries, Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, Business Week, Asahi Shinbun, Bangkok Times, Finland Helsingin Sanomat, and dozens of other publications worldwide.
Director of Design and Tech Outreach, Kickstarter
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Director of Design and Tech Outreach, KickstarterJohn Dimatos is the Director of Tech and Design Outreach at Kickstarter, where he helps people, institutions, and companies bring creative projects to life. An alumnus of Makerbot Industries, John also co-created an award winning Disaster simulation game for UNICEF. John was a Resident Researcher at ITP/NYU, and graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Partner, Vast Ventures
Partner, Vast VenturesNikhil Kalghatgi is a Partner at Vast Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on improving worldwide health, sustainability and human potential. Vast's most recent investments democratize access to global financial services to underserved populations, create globally sustainable models for growing foods and materials, and explore space. Nikhil previously led investments at SoftBank Capital, founded Partner 6 hedge fund, and joined the founding team of Localytics building mobile app analytics. Nikhil is a recovering engineer and spent several years in the military intelligence before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.
To help you make as many connections as possible, Communitech is throwing a kick-off party at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events in Waterloo on Tuesday, October 13 from 6-9pm.
Techtoberfest attendees get in free and don’t need to register.
There are a limited number of public tickets available for $20; if you can’t join us for the rest of the fest, reserve your spot today.
Your ticket gets you in, buys you food and a drink (pay bar after your first), live music, games and more.
Techtoberfest is for startup founders / CEOs thinking about, or actively seeking, investment. $80 will get you full access to the conference, including food and drink, great networking opportunities with other startups, speakers and funders and a chance to meet 1:1 with potential investors (please indicate your interest at the time of registration).
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Who’s been here
Take a look at speakers from past Techtoberfest events.Coming soon