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Venture North 2016

September 14-15, 2016 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Venture North

Want to learn more about the exciting startups outside Silicon Valley? Venture North to Canada. Yes, you already know about our high-profile Prime Minister and our world-famous Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). But Canada is also the home and native land to cutting-edge innovations in sectors spanning digital health to fintech.

On September 14-15, top innovation hubs in the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor will be curating an exclusive showcase of tech startups for venture capital investors, in collaboration with the Canadian NewCo Festival. It’s a chance for U.S. VCs to see first-hand the momentum of our companies and the sophistication of our tech talent.

Investors will not only network with our top entrepreneurs, they will also have the opportunity to share the TIFF red carpet with some of the world’s top movie entertainers.

Venture North is organized by MaRS, Communitech, OneEleven and C100 – the largest innovation hubs in the region. This year, we have teamed up with NewCo, which will be organizing tours of startup spaces throughout Toronto on September 15, offering entrepreneurs and investors a departure from the traditional conference format.

Both Venture North and the NewCo Festival will run in tandem with the Waterloo Innovation Summit, organized by the Waterloo Region entrepreneurial ecosystem, the University of Waterloo and Communitech. This year’s theme: addressing challenges startups face when “scaling up.” Keynote speakers in Waterloo for this event include Walter Isaacson, Chamath Palihapitiya, Punit Soni and more.

What Our Attendees Had to Say

“I am so inspired by - and proud of - what Canadian start-ups are building!”
Amber Mac @ambermac
“There’s a generation of Female Entrepreneurs about to make a mark, seen many great young female led start-ups.”
Ariel Garten @ariel_garten
“Toronto is good for #startups because it is a top 5 city worldwide for quality of life. @JohnTory speaking @theC100”
Founder Institute Toronto @FoundingTO
“A very big thanks & congrats to @theC100, @MaRSDD, @Communitech & all the Partners for a world class event here in Canada! #C100VentureNorth”
Alexander Peh @AlexanderPeh
“Listening to some inspiring #entrepreneurs like Ted Livingston of Kik @theC100 Venture North. Great elevator pitch: ‘SMS without phone #.’”
Deen Karim @socialstorylab
“@razorsuleman Canada has broken the 4 min mile. Expect dozens more $B exits. @theC100”
Angela Strange @astrange