11 Canadian innovation hubs partner with SingularityU Canada Summit


Eleven innovation hubs have joined the SingularityU Canada Summit as community partners, opening up the Summit to startups across Canada.

“When we made the decision to bring SingularityU to Canada, it was with a vision of creating a dynamic, diverse and engaged community of innovators and change-makers across the country,” said Oren Berkovich, CEO of SingularityU Canada Summit. “By collaborating with this amazing group of strategic partners we will be able to build an inclusive community that reflects and amplifies the incredible diversity and creativity of Canadians. We are on a mission to inspire and enable leaders and entrepreneurs from across the country to change the future of Canada by solving some of the world’s biggest problems.”

A number of community partners will host satellite events in their communities on October 11 and 12 that will host a Summit livestream, and enable students and young entrepreneurs to participate. The Summit is also working on building a national movement by working to expand its network of local SingularityU chapters in Canada by working with the Canadian SingularityU alumni community.

“Singularity University is a community of leaders who have the vision to change the world for the better,” said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. “We’re excited to support the Singularity University Canada Summit, and help bring Canadian technology to the forefront of global innovation.”

The Summit is continuing to look for innovation hubs, academic institutions, and NGOs to work with. The full list of community partners includes:

  • BC Tech – Vancouver
  • Communitech – Waterloo
  • District 3 – Montreal
  • DMZ – Toronto
  • entrepreneurship@UBC – Vancouver
  • Innovate Calgary – Calgary
  • NEXT Canada – Pan-Canadian
  • MaRS – Toronto
  • OneEleven – Toronto
  • Start Up Zone – PEI
  • Wavefront – Vancouver
  • SingularityU first announced that it was coming to Canada in April, and plans to include sessions on the future of technology, energy, mobility, and healthcare, while exploring emerging tech like AI and nanotechnology.

    “The BC Tech Association, like Singularity U, believes that innovation through technology will drive the exponential change needed to solve our world’s most urgent challenges,” said Rocky Ozaki, VP of Community at BC Tech. “The inaugural Singularity U Canada Summit is a place where people and organizations will gather to share, inspire and partner on breakthrough solutions. It is impeccably aligned with our spirit of collaboration.”

    The inaugural SU Canada Summit will take place on October 11 to 12 at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, and will move to different cities every year. Tickets to the Summit are available here.

    Jessica Galang

    Jessica Galang

    Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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