The Entrepreneurship Society Raising Capital Event [Invite Only] Toronto
100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9, Canada
We are hosting an invite only Raising Capital Conference (for Emerging Tech Founders, Investors and Venture Debt Funds), an Investor Lunch (Fund of Fund / HNW / Family Offices meet VC & Venture Debt Funds)
(If you're a founder, lender or investor and looking for an invite or chance to speak, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is the The Entrepreneurship Society?
The Tech Society facilitates transactions among emerging technology Founders/C-Suite, investors and service providers. The Tech Society owns The Entrepreneurship Society, The Cannabis Society, The Blockchain Society, The PropTech Society, The E-Gaming Society, and The Collective (Women's Only). The Tech Society creates, markets and executes 120+ emerging technology conferences and hackathons annually in the USA, Canada, and Europe with expansion planned for Asia in 2019.
Join The Entrepreneurship Society on June 6th in downtown Toronto for our [Invite Only] Raising Capital Conference. The Conference will include speaker presentations, panels, and a roundtable discussion designed to connect you to investment opportunities / sources of capital while learning from business experts and thought leaders.
Raising Capital Conference @ BMO Highlights
75+ high growth founders (post seed / series A stage) + CFO's who are Raising Capital
40+ Sources of Capital
5 panels: Accelerator & Incubator, Going Public, Family Office, Debt Panel, VC Panel
Here and Here are blogs posts to past Raising Capital Conferences hosted by The Entrepreneurship Society
*Tentative (Evolving) Schedule*
8:00AM: Registration & Deal Making, Opening Remarks from TES & sponsors8:15AM: Accelerator and Angel Panel8:40AM: Founder Pitch8:55AM: Going Public Panel9:20AM: Founder Pitch9:35AM: Family Office Panel10:00AM: Founder Pitch10:15AM: VC Panel10:40AM: Founder Pitch10:55AM: Roundtable Discussion w/ Capital Providers and Founders who've raised 5MM+11:20AM: Founder Pitch11:35AM: Venture Debt Panel12:00PM: Deal Making & Conference Conclusion
*Schedule subject to change
Jonah Midanik, Founder, CEO Limelight Platforms
Jonah, Limelight Platform’s founder and CEO, drives the company’s growth and strategic vision to disrupt the live marketing industry. To date, the Limelight Platform has raised $10M CAD. An entrepreneur from an early age, he launched his first company, Casino Media Group, while in high school. The online gaming agency evolved into Immersion Media Group, an experiential marketing agency with millions in annual revenue, servicing Fortune 1000s across North America (since exited). Jonah has also held senior marketing roles at Virgin Gaming and The Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Marek Jasinski, Founder & CEO, AI-GTS Inc.
Marek is a scientist at heart. He’s the inventor of new genetic activation method for plants and fungi. He’s skilled in genetics, biology, quantum mechanics, particle physics, artificial intelligence and other scientific fields. His proven track record of over 20 years with multiple companies and over $80 million in revenue generated.
Eva Lau, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Two Small Fish Ventures
Eva is a well-respected entrepreneur-turned-investor in Canada. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale the Wattpad community from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. With a sharp focus on investing companies with strong network effect as their defensibility, Eva has created the “ASSET” framework that many entrepreneurs and accelerators have adopted in their developing business strategies. Eva is regarded as an expert in this area. Eva currently serves as a mentor in Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management. She is also involved in many Canadian incubators and accelerators, such as University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Ryerson’s DMZ, University of Waterloo’s Velocity, and TechStars. She also serves on the board of Branksome Hall and a number of startup companies.
Robert Cook, Senior VP Market Development, Canadian Securities Exchange
Mr. Cook is the Senior Vice President, Market Development of the Canadian Securities Exchange and is primarily responsible for the development of a range of services to applicants and companies listed on the CSE, and for the composition and maintenance of the CSE Composite Index. He has been a member of the executive management team of the exchange since 2002. He currently serves on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprise Advisory Committee.Immediately prior to joining the CSE, he held the position of V-P Market Surveillance, Market Regulation Services Inc., which was created in 2001 by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA) to regulate Canadian markets.
Rob had a 19-year career at the TSE where he held a number of positions in listed company regulation including Director, Original Listings, followed by six years as Director, Market Surveillance. Before that he worked in the mining industry for three years as a mineral economist for a major mining company and an international consulting firm.
Lawrence Wilder, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Canadian Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital for a wide range of Canadian and International clients. Clients include public and private technology and real estate operating companies, REITs, financial institutions, and investment dealers. Lawrence is currently focusing on financing blockchain companies and am leading Miller Thomson's partnership with the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium.
Hooman Mehranvar, Associate, OMERS Ventures
Hooman Mehranvar is an investor at OMERS Ventures, where he is responsible for research and executing on investment opportunities in the Technology sector. His focus areas include real estate tech, blockchain and fintech areas. Prior to joining OMERS, Hooman was the GM of Toronto at Sonder, a hospitality-tech startup, where he oversaw the operations and business development of the local market. Hooman has also spent 6+ years in management consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to address their strategic priorities. Hooman holds an MBA from Columbia University and completed his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Dalal Zayouna, Account Manager, Technology Group, EDC
Dalal Zayouna is an Account Manager at Export Development Canada (EDC), working with technology companies as they continue to grow and scale globally. EDC is Canada’s export credit agency with the mandate of helping Canadian companies increase their global reach with risk management, financing, and knowledge solutions. Prior to joining EDC, she spent several years working with Not-for-Profit associations helping Canadian companies from various sectors, including technology, expand their footprint internationally.
Estelle Chen, Director, Technology & Innovation Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal
Estelle focuses on industry leading offers that meet the unique needs of technology companies, including venture debt and recurring revenue financing as a financial partner and advisor to help businesses grow fast. Know-how in advanced financial modeling, investment analysis, capital raising and senior debt financing, with a deep understanding of the innovation entrepreneurship ecosystems to help existing and future clients.
Prior to joining the banking industry in the technology sector, Estelle spent several years on the corporate side accumulating experience on both a public level as a Financial Analyst, Investments for public-private partnerships in infrastructure, and a private level as a Corporate Financial Analyst in cleantech to help the C-suite raise capital both in China and North America.
Mark Gilbert, Director, Espresso Capital
Mark Gilbert is a seasoned tech banker who brings 12 years of sales and underwriting experience at financial institutions. Prior to joining Espresso, Mark was at a Tier 1 Canadian Bank, where he was the Regional Market Leader of the bank’s Technology practice for the Greater Toronto Area. He has financed technology companies across Canada, a number of which have been recognized via industry awards for their leadership and growth.
Family Offices & LPs (Fund of Funds Investors) [Invite Only] Lunch
Following the Raising Capital Conference, The Entrepreneurship Society in partnership with Osler Law, will be hosting an invite only lunch for Fund of Funds Investors and VC / Venture Debt Funds.
LUNCH ADDRESS: Osler, First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, Suite 6200, Toronto ONTentative (Evolving) Schedule*
12:OOPM: Registration and Deal Making12:10PM: Opening remarks from The Tech Society and Sponsor Presentations12:20PM: Panel: How LPs & Family Offices are thinking about VC investments12:50PM: Lunch & Deal Making1:15PM: Conclusion of lunch
*Schedule subject to change
Oded Levi, President, Epstein Enterprises Inc
Oded is the President of Epstein Enterprises Inc., a single family office based in Toronto. EEI is a multi-faceted investment company with direct and indirect investments in private and public corporations as well as commercial and residential real estate. EEI’s diversified portfolio includes a focus on technology investments that span pre-revenue through growth stage. EEI looks to support companies as they develop, grow and mature. In the past, Oded has played executive management and CFO roles at a number of EEI’s operating subsidiaries and continues to work closely with leaders of those enterprises. Prior to coming to EEI in 2006, Oded worked at Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and a boutique investment research firm. Oded is a CPA, CA and has a BBA in Accounting and MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He has served on the boards of public, private and not for profit organizations.
Jacqueline Ovens, Portfolio Manager, EDC
Jacqueline joined Export Development Canada’s Investments team in 2016 as a Portfolio Manager for the group’s $2bn of committed capital in direct and fund equity investments. EDC Investments provides Canadian SMEs with equity capital via direct investment and private equity fund investment in the mid-market, venture capital and Cleantech sectors. Prior to EDC, Jacqueline worked in M&A advisory roles with investment banks in London, Montreal and Toronto.
Henry Perren, President, Cidel Bank Canada and Cidel Trust Company
Henry is President of Cidel Bank Canada and Cidel Trust Company, Chairman of Cidel Asset Management Inc. and a member of the Cidel management committee. He is responsible for Cidel’s Canadian operations. Henry first joined Cidel in 2003, then served as chief operating officer of AFL Investments Limited (2005-2008), a Bermuda-based financial services firm, before re-joining Cidel in 2009. Henry is a director of The Mabin School. Henry holds an MA from the University of Cambridge.
Family Offices & LPs (FOFs)$49+HST & Service Fee+ Access to Raising Capital Conference+ Access to Family Office & LPs (FOF Investors) Lunch
VCs & Tech Lenders: EARLY BIRD: $199+HST & Service Fee+ 1 complimentary ticket for a Founder + Access to Raising Capital Conference+ Access to Family Office & LPs (FOF Investors) Lunch
FoundersEARLY BIRD: $59+HST & Service Fee+ Access to Raising Capital Conference+ DOES NOT include access to Lunch
Family Offices/LPs (includes participation in conference & lunch)
Founders (Early Bird)
Investor/Lender (includes 2 tickets; one to invite a founder as a guest and one for investor/lender)
Service Provider (by invitation only)