The Entrepreneurship Society Founder Dinner (Invite Only) Toronto
40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3S1, Canada
The Entrepreneurship Society is hosting a special Founders Only dinner for entrepreneurs and founders in Toronto.
(If you're a founder and looking for an invite or chance to attend, feel free to request one from email@example.com)
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 Dinner 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 Dinners: 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 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:
6:00 PM: Registration & Deal Making6:30 PM: Introductory Remarks from The Tech Society's Bill Hennessey and partners6:45 PM: Sit for Dinner7:15 PM: Intros from all Founders8:30 PM: Deal Making9:00 PM: Conclusion of evening
Jessie Behan, President and COO, Aux Mode
Jessie Behan is the President and COO of Aux Mode. Aux Mode is a global content network that helps video/audio IP holders with monetization, piracy, and reporting on the YouTube platform. Jessie has been an integral part of growing Aux Mode to 1700+ channels that are generating 2 Billion+ views/month. She has been a key member of the team solidifying the foundation for the business, doubling the client base and aligning strategic partnerships. Jessie is also an Actress, Voice Talent, and former Viral Video YouTube Sensation (Bridezilla) so she is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Aux Mode, she was a leader in the financial services industry for 8+ years. Jessie's business and entertainment background make her a dynamic operations officer and an excellent sales leader who continues to provide exceptional business development solutions. Jessie’s qualifications include: YouTube Certification (2015), Canadian Securities Course & Chartered Investment Manager designation (2015), Graduate of The Second City Conservatory Improvization Program (2010), Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism York University (2008), and Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (2005).
Jeff Brenner, Co-Founder, Couple
In his role, Jeff leads the brand’s development and go-to-market strategy. Jeff conceptualized Couple as a result of his own frustrating, first-hand experience navigating the engagement ring market in 2017. After exhausting the traditional routes - renowned jewelers, independent shops and even the “friend-of-a-friend” - Jeff himself went straight to the source and met with diamond distributors to better understand the nuances of the diamond industry. It was there that he discovered a US-based lab making big strides in lab-grown diamonds, and after seeing how their stones were identical to mined diamonds - but with better quality and bigger carat size - Jeff knew he was on to something. He teamed up with co-founder Alan Shuster in 2017 to bring the idea of a simple, transparent engagement ring shopping experience to life. Couple launched in late 2018 and offers one quality of lab-grown diamond, set in eight timeless ring styles, at an exceptional fixed price.
Prior to co-founding Couple, Jeff was co-founder and CEO at Pressly, a content communications platform boasting notable clients such as Shopify, Salesforce, Time and Conde Nast. Jeff held the title of CEO until Pressly’s acquisition by Vision Critical in 2017. Jeff attended McMaster University where he earned a degree in software engineering and management. While attending McMaster, Jeff co-founded Nulayer, a software development agency.
Vandana Taxali, Founder & CEO, Artcryption
Vandana is an art agent and intellectual property and business lawyer for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. She is a Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP) obtained from York University The Blockchain Hub. She also obtained her blockchain certification from Blockmatics. Vandana is founder of startup, Artcryption, a blockchain platform that protects art assets on the blockchain. Artcryotio is partners with the Toronto Board of Trade.
She has mentored start-ups at various incubators and provides both business and legal strategies to her clients. She teaches intellectual property for creatives as part of OCAD U’s part time continuing studies. She has a passion for protecting artists and defending their rights.
Vandana has been involved with the arts community for the last two decades providing both business leadership and legal advice. She sits on the Board for the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Mural Routes (an organization devoted to public wall art). She is past Chair of the Canadian Art Gala and has also sat on the art committee for the Toronto Art Fair and the Power Plant Gallery. She was Vice-Chair for Artists Legal Advice Service, a legal clinic that provides free legal advice to artists.
Bill Hennessey, Founder & CEO, The Tech Society
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