Our Meetups

Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks: 
Business Growth
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Technology Innovation
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Business Optimization
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Networking
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

Meetup #80: Financing and Funding - What Are Your Options? Ask The Experts

June 2016 - Investing

June 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | Halton Hive

We’ve invited a panel of experts to help us understand the range of options available to us to help us finance and fund our new and existing businesses. This meetup’s presenting sponsor is BDC. The format is a Q&A style panel and will be moderated by Chris Herbert.

The lineup of panelists include those experienced in: early stage investing, equity crowdfunding, government funding, cashflow financing, venture capital and small and midsize business loans. Two additional panelists are being confirmed so stay tuned!

 

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About the Panelists

Chris Herbert Avatar 150x150Chris Herbert, Co-founder of Silicon Halton and Head Dude at Mi6 Agency (Moderator)

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Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency is a B2B technology marketing and customer development firm located in Oakville.

 

 

Rubson-Ho Rubsun Ho, Chief Crowdpleaser, Crowdmatrix Inc.

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 Rubsun Ho is Chief Crowdpleaser at Crowdmatrix Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform that gives accredited investors the opportunity to invest in leading Canadian  growth companies alongside professional venture investors. A portfolio company of Extreme Venture Partners, Crowdmatrix plans to launch in summer 2016.

 Prior to Crowdmatrix, Rubsun was a co-founder and partner of Cognition LLP, a virtual law firm that was created to address the rising costs and inefficiencies of  corporate legal services. Earlier this year, Cognition was sold to Axiom Legal, a global player that is predicted to be the largest legal services company in the world  in the next 5 years. Rubsun began his career as a securities lawyer in the Toronto and New York offices of Stikeman Elliott. He left Bay Street to join Wysdom Inc. as VP of Business Development in 1999, where he helped raise US$57 million in financing for the wireless Internet startup. Rubsun has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

 

Tony-Gopaul

Tony Gopaul, Director, Growth and Transition Capital, BDC

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 Tony is a Director, Growth &Transition Capital with BDC Capital, a division of BDC.  BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution  dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.  BDC’s mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect  Financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.  

 Tony’s specific role in Growth & Transition Capital is to provide highly-tailored capital solutions to companies  to help fund ambitious growth projects, acquire  companies, or change ownership. Using a mix of subordinate debt, mezzanine, quasi-equity, and equity he can customize a financing package that provides the  necessary capital injection while maintaining control and managing cash flow.  Industry focus is diverse including technology, manufacturing, services, and many  others with deal sizes ranging from $500k - $35M.  He has been with BDC since 2000 and in his current position for the past 8+ years.

 

Richard KunRichard Kun, Business Development Manager, RDP Associates

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Richard has assisted a wide variety of growth-oriented firms that are focused on technology improvements to seize and maximize opportunities that will increase cash and profits.

Core areas of expertise are Innovation Management, New Product Development and Funding from Tax Credits and Various Government Incentives. Richard is a sponsor of a technology accelerator group, angel investor and business consultant to early stage companies

 

John-Breakey  John Breakey, CEO at Fivel Systems & Promys Enterprise

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 John Breakey is an Angel investor and the CEO of Fivel Systems Corporation and GeNUIT Inc makers of PROMYS PSA software. He      was the founder and CEO of  UNIS LUMIN from 1990 to 2012 which was acquired by Softchoice for $17M.

 

Ian Harvey, General Manager HARCAP

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Ian is the General Manager of Harcap. HARCAP manages a discretionary investment pool that is designated for promising investments. Target investments are typically some form of debt, equity or hybrid ranging in size from $200,000 to $2,000,000. Investments are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and not necessarily limited by industry or stage of corporate development. However, the company should be beyond the proof of concept stage and preference will be given to companies currently achieving in excess of $500,000 in annual revenue with at least one full year of results and 3rd-party accountant-prepared financial statements.

 

Peter-Waugh Peter Waugh, Managing Partner at Mercana Growth Partners

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Peter has been advising businesses for over 30 years in the areas of business development, leadership and organizational effectiveness, corporate finance and  governance, in a     wide range of industries. He is a consummate connector, always looking to match the needs of the business with the right resources to unlock  growth potential, usually involving   uniquely talented people and specialized forms of financing.

 

 

Format

Each panelist will be asked to answer three key questions by the moderator during a five minute window each to kick start the panel and audience interaction. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged through the presentations and panel discussion!

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Join The Discussion Online 

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup converstion with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 

 

Venue

Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington
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Meetup #81: Hack The Props

July 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Ivy Bar+Kitchen, Burlington

Summer is here and so are the patios. Join us on Tuesday, July 12 - 7:00 pm at The Ivy in Burlington for an engaging outdoor networking meetup.

Normally at networking events, we get a bit too worked up coming up with a perfect elevator pitch each time we meet someone new. This time it's going to be a little different. 

We are introducing a new segment called “Hack the props" - a 30 minute super fun mind hack session. This will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow members in the community and see them in action. 

Participants will form groups who will then be given props to come up with a story line for a new futurist product. The props could be keywords hinting at a type of product or type of customer or type of problem. The finished storyline must contain all the props to form a story. The groups will present their story in a 30 second story format.

So come have fun and let your imaginations go wild! You’ll definitely take home more than a business card to remember.

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About the Facilitator

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Vinutha Shanmukharadhya, Design Strategist

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Vinutha is a passionate designer at the core of her work. She has worked with city administrations, grassroots organisations, startup ventures and architectural firms.

She has hands on experience in designing for the communities in the areas of program design & community engagement. Vinutha leverages her expertise in design thinking methods, collaboration techniques and research. She has the right skills to activate community participation and create engaging programs.

 

Join The Discussion Online 

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup converstion with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 

 

Venue

Ivy Bar+Kitchen - 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

IVY PATIO LOUNGE     IVY PATIO DINING     IVY PATIO BAR

 

 

 

Software Peer 2 Peer #1

SoftwarePeer2PeerMonday June 27th at 7pm | Symposium Cafe, Oakville

This is the first meetup for theresurrected Software Peer2Peer group. There won't be a specific topic for this initial meetup; this will be an opportunity for us to meet and discuss various interests, and get an idea of topics for future meetups. If you're planning on attending please let me know by leaving a comment, so I know roughly how many people will be attending. Hope to see you there!

For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:  

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Location: 1500 Upper Middle Rd W, Oakville, ON L6M 3G3 [map]

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Spark The Change - 2016 Conference

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June 9 + 10, 2016  |  Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

A conference for the whole organization, Spark brings together Agile, HR, Organizational Development and Change Management practitioners under one roof!

Trying to introduce change in an organization can be a frustrating and lonely pursuit. Come to Spark. Talk to others who are doing it. Learn from the leading-edge experiments of radical companies. Hear inspiring examples and practical advice for taking action and overcoming obstacles. Develop skills and plans and return to work ready to make change happen.

REGISTER TODAY - Get the Silicon Halton member price with discount code: siliconhalton (10% off any ticket)

 

 

The 3D Printing Revolution

Friday May 6, 2016, 12noon - 1pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | Partner Lunch & Learn

Can’t Find What You’re Looking For? Make It Yourself With 3D Printing

The 3D printing revolution is here and has the potential to turn each of us into designers and innovators rather than just being consumers of standardized, off the shelf products. Join LIL 3D Printing/Memorables for an interactive presentation and discussion on the evolution of 3D printing and photogrammetry as it moves beyond prototyping and niche manufacturing.

You will learn the evolution of 3D Printing technology and its use and highlight the revolution it is creating by unlocking the world’s creative potential. 

Learn how 3D printing companies are:

  • Promoting design democracy by empowering users to identify and create solutions to address their specific needs or desires, outside of the standard box.
  • Combining 3D imaging and printing to improve product quality, reduce production times and create personalized custom products.
  • Enabling entrepreneurship among artists, designers, architects, engineers and craftsman.

Presenters

Mark Sherman, owner, LIL 3D Printing is an independent 3D printer located in Milton. Currently they are working on product prototypes, tooling, harsh environment coatings, artistic models, toys, games, one of a kind gifts as well as their our own product line of tech inspired gadgets. www.lil3dprinting.com

Michelle Hawco, owner, Memorables Inc., uses photogrammetry to produce 3D images of people and pets; which can be printed as keepsakes, used to produce custom fitted prototypes, assess body shape and extract measurements, or produce digital assets for animation and video games.

About MEVIC

Every month the Innovation Centre hosts informal, and free, presentation on a topic of interest to the residents, members and friends of the Centre and the Milton business community. It is being held at the same time as the monthly Silicon Halton Day where Silicon Halton members come to cowork as our guests for the day.  It’s an open-drop in session, and all Milton entrepreneurs are welcome to attend. You bring your lunch, we’ll bring dessert.

Date: May 6, 1016

Time: 12noon - 1 pm

Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. L9T 5E1 [Google Map

Cost: N/A - BYOLunch, desert provided

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TGIF Tech - June 2016

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June 24th 2016  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

 

Ben Baljet is a young entrepreneur trying to change the way innovation is treated. He is one of the Co-Founders of IdeaPrairie and hates seeing good ideas go to waste.

A few years ago Ben was spinning his wheels at school and working in the summer for one of the major retail banks. Last year he decided enough was enough and set out to pursue an idea from high school that could make the ideation process more efficient and at a lower cost.

IdeaPrairie is a relatively small community with 120 users but has already had some success stories to show the power of an idea.

At this event, Ben will share his story of dropping out and returning to school while trying to balance the demanding schedule of running a start-up. He will highlight the difficulty he has had in educating people about a different mindset when it comes to developing intellectual property.

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About TGIF Tech

Held once a month on a Friday afternoon, these informal meetings are a way to build the connections among Oakville’s technology ecosystem. We offer an informal touch point for business development, sharing knowledge and information in a relaxed environment. Consider coming out and joining us if you are involved with a digital media business or organization in Oakville. Our broad definition of technology includes video, gaming, wire-less, animation, podcasting, online communications, software programming and consulting, etc.

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Location: Taste of Colombia (Bronte BIA) Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QPTi1 

 

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #21

WomenInTech Peer2PeerJune 21, 2016  |  7 pm  |  The Ivy, 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

Topic: Member Spotlights

It's time to put the spotlight on our amazing members!  This month Reema Dugal will be speaking about inventory managment and ecommerce and Vanessa Greenblatt will talk about her role as a profiling and deception analyst.

This session is open to all Silicon Halton members.  Come out, meet our talented group.

The Women in Tech Peer 2 Peer group’s goal is to empower women in business by examining the unique gender based challenges of working in and with technology to effect progressive change within our working and community environments. 

Meet ups are generally for women only who work or live in Halton.  Non-Silicon Halton members are welcome.

Each month we'll have a topic for debate, and an opportunity for individuals to share challenges and successes with the group in a safe, supportive setting. 

Meetup formats may include dinner discussion meetings, guest speaker presentations, or workshops - depending on the topic.

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