The Entrepreneurship Society Founder Breakfast (Invite Only) Montreal
555 Boulevard René-Levesque O., 12th Floor, Suite 1230
Montreal, QC, Canada
The Entrepreneurship Society is hosting a special Founders Only breakfast for entrepreneurs and founders in Montreal.
(If you're a founder and looking for an invite or chance to attend, feel free to request one from firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is the The Entrepreneurship Society?
The Entrepreneurship Society (TES) focuses on quality, curated events for a variety of stakeholders in the tech ecosystem. Our invite-only guest lists are thoughtfully designed to ensure we create a synergistic environment to maximize networking and engaging conversation.
Each and every Founder Breakfast attendee is hand picked so that both you and the TES network of founders will benefit from your presence.
There are a few rules at our Founder Breakfasts: No small talk. Make it clear what your agenda is. Understand others' agenda. Do everything you can to help others in the room accomplish their business goals.
TES partners use our Founder Breakfasts and Founder Dinners as both a retention tool/value add with existing clients to develop new relationships with potential clients. Founders appreciate the more relaxed environment as opposed to the typical pitch environment where the clock is ticking.
Check out our blog post (here) from the Founders Dinner in November at Brassaii in downtown Toronto.
Tentative (Evolving) Schedule:
8:30 AM: Registration & Deal Making
9:00 AM: Sit for Breakfast
9:15 AM: Introductory Remarks from The Tech Society's Bill Hennessey and partners
9:30 AM: Fireside Chat: Scaling Your Business On with Andrew Sider and Julien Smith
10:00 AM: Intros from all Founders
10:30 AM: Deal Making
11:00 AM: Conclusion of the breakfast
Venue directions here: https://brt.hr/r/Vn361HfAeiU
Julien Smith, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Breather
Julien spent the past 10 years riding waves of technology as they have grown in importance. His current venture, Breather, is an on-demand space company he built from the ground up starting in 2012. It has been covered by CNN, Fast Company (twice), TechCrunch, The Verge, and a ton of other publications, all unanimously positive. Breather have raised over $73m USD from some of the best investors in the world, and is growing fast. Prior to Breather, Julien was (and still is) a New York Times bestselling author of business and marketing books. His co-author and himself were among to the first to write books about social media as a phenomenon, and many of the best practices you see in the field were first put on paper by them first.The first book, Trust Agents, was written with Chris Brogan, was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won awards including Amazon and 800 CEO-READ's best books of the year. They also collaborated on another book, The Impact Equation, published in 2012.Julien's second book, The Flinch, was edited by Seth Godin has been read by 100,000's of people. It was published through his experimental Domino publishing project, a partnership with Amazon, and has remained one of the top downloaded / highlighted books on Kindle since the day it was published.
Andrew Sider, Entrepreneur and Founding Partner, Union Capital
Andrew is a repeat entrepreneur and investor. Previously he founded Bandpage (acquired by Youtube) and Bunch (Acquired by VarageSale), before becoming CEO at VarageSale (acquired by VerticalScope). Through his career Andrew has raised over $50M in capital. Today Andrew is a Founding Partner at Union - a micro VC fund started by Toronto founders for Toronto founders. A long time mentor and angel investor, Andrew and a couple other founders decided to scale their support of the Toronto tech community by starting Union to offer ambitious Toronto founders early stage capital along with peer-level and tactical mentorship from experienced founders and operators.
Jean-Michel Domard, Director, Espresso Capital
Jean-Michel Domard (JM) has been involved in technology financing and venture debt for more than seven years, during which time he has advised or financed over 100 companies. Prior to joining Espresso, JM was with BDC Technologies Group for four years. He started his career at PME-MTL, the Economic Development arm of the City of Montreal, where he was an advisor to young startups.
Karl Theard, Investment Manager, Technology Innovations at Desjardins Capital
Karl Théard has been working in the banking sector since 2008. Prior to joining Desjardins, he was a senior manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where he worked with large companies in a multitude of sectors, eventually specializing in technology. Over the years he has supported the growth of numerous companies by developing financing solutions and helping them streamline operations.
Topher Kingsley-Williams, Co-Founder and CEO, Porpoise
Topher Kingsley-Williams is the CEO and Co-founder of Porpoise. He was born and raised in the UK, and emigrated to Canada at age 11, although is neither British nor Canadian #identitycrisis (ask him about that). Topher got started in the technology industry in 2008 working for one of the largest open source software companies in the world, Red Hat, doing channel development. This opened his eyes to the software scene and how big companies were using corporate culture to attract, and engage the next generation of workers. Post Red Hat, Topher went on to work at a number of startups wearing multiple hats from channel development to sales. In 2014, while volunteering at a local community project, he met his two co-founders. Inspired by their collective community work, they launched Porpoise – An employee engagement platform for companies to enable their people to participate towards corporate culture and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Startup life is certainly one of the most exciting experiences in his life, but there have been some notable others including a 4 year Olympic campaign for the 2012 Olympics in Sailing, and the most rewarding experience, becoming a proud father to two “sleep destroying humans”.
Dov Amihod, Chief Architect, Autodesk’s Forge Platform
Dov Amihod is Chief Architect for Autodesk’s Forge Platform. Dov joined Autodesk with the acquisition of Lagoa 5 years ago, a company he co-found as its CTO. Dov’s mission at Autodesk is to unlock the decades of technology and IP we’ve accrued, making it accessible broadly within the organization as well as to new categories of consumers. As an Angel, Dov invests in teams, focusing on the Montreal area, or domains where he can provide value add.
Bill Hennessey, Founder & CEO, The Tech Society
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