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ScaleupFest is…

an exclusive gathering for founders past the initial seed round, growing the foundational team and ready to take everything to the next level. Share your experience on the startup rollercoaster while ScaleupFest illuminates what is often unaddressed – candid war stories, hard advice, the science and art of startup growth and more.

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2017 Agenda Topics

Come and learn from the experiences of those that have been there before you! Here are some of the topics we’ll be looking at this summer!

– Overcoming the hurdles
– The Talent Gap: What it takes to recruit top notch sales & marketing teams, and C-level executives
– Startups and Corporates; Raising from CVCs vs acquisition
– From the trenches – startup stories of raising a Series A in Canada
– Metrics that matter to achieve growth
– Profitability over raising
– Exponential scale: How to build and maintain your brand in Canada


  • Michele Romanow

    “Dragon”, CBC Dragons’ Den

    Co-Founder, Clearbanc

    Michelle Scarborough

    Managing Director,

    Strategic Investments and Women in Tech,

    BDC Capital

  • Carol Leaman


    Axonify Inc.

    Yona Shtern

    Executive Chairman,


  • Alyssa Furtado

    Co-founder and CEO,

    Frederic Lalonde

    CEO and Co-Founder,


  • Ben Zifkin

    Founder & CEO,


    Mohamed Musbah

    Head of Maluuba Product,


  • Michael Silagadze

    CEO and co-founder,

    Top Hat

    Gian Carlo

    VP Finance and Operations,

    Luxury Retreats

  • Andrew Reid

    Founder & CEO,


    Lylan Masterman


    White Star Capital

  • Matt Roberts


    ScaleUP Ventures

    Kyle Boulay

    CEO + Founder,

  • Andy Mauro

    co-founder and CEO,


    Stéphanie Leblanc

    Partner, Consulting & Deals


  • Tara Akhavan

    Co-founder & CTO,


    Sarah Prevette – MC

    Founder & CEO,


2016 Agenda

Time Session Title Speaker(s)
10:00 AM Welcome! BDC Capital, Sylvain Carle | Real Ventures
10:10 AM A founder's story: growing Shopify in the early days Mitch Joel | Mirum, Tobias Lütke | Shopify
10:40 AM From seed to A: closing a round North of the Border Mark MacLeaod | SurePath Capital, Matt Roberts | BDC IT Venture Fund, Janet Bannister | Real Ventures
11:10 AM Roundtables:
TOPIC 1: What Series A Investors are after John Ruffolo | OMERS Ventures, Robert Simon | BDC IT Venture Fund
TOPIC 2: True growth through customer aquisition Selcuk Atli | 500 Startups
TOPIC 3: Debt vs Equity Win Bear | SVB, Matt Golden | Golden Venture Partners
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM LUNCH Thanks to TWG!
1:20 PM Always be Raising: A Founders Perspective Mikael Cho | Crew & Unsplash, Janice Taylor | Just Be Friends, Daniel Robichaud | PasswordBox, Sylvain Carle | Real Ventures
2:00 PM Getting it together: Mergers, Acquisitions; and timing Jevon McDonald | GoInstant Inc. &, Bryan Bogensberger | Quiver, Michael Weider | Clearwater Clinical, Kelly Friedman | DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
2:40 PM AMA on HR for Startups LP Maurice | Busbud, Maeghan Smulders | True Key
3:20 PM The Board Member—From Prenup to Divorce Julien Smith | Breather, Jason Bailey | East Side Games, David Crow | Danger Capital, Janet Bannister | Real Ventures
4:00 PM Scaling without Failing Anthony Lacavera | Globalive Capital
4:20 PM Closing Remarks!
4:30 PM Special Chain Reaction Panel: The startup life cycle In this unique one-on-one interview format, we'll hear from a successful founder, an angel, an accelerator, and an LP—all interviewing one another to answer the big questions: What's it like, what have you learned, how can we all work together/collaborate, and what would you change?