Techtoberfest returns to connect high-profile VCs with startups

Waterloo’s Communitech innovation hub is bringing back its annual Techtoberfest on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 to connect startup and investment communities.

The two-day event, which is held in conjunction with North America’s largest Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, will bring VCs from across North America to meet with startups based in Toronto and Waterloo Region. Startup founders will have the opportunity to network with other startups and potential investors.

“You won’t find any other tech event quite like this on the planet,” said Madusha Cooray, the investor relations and startup services group manager at Communitech. “Last year resulted in 160 one-on-one meetings with startups and investors in only four hours. This is investing on steroids.”

This year’s lineup of speakers includes:

  • Troy Carter, the CEO and Founder of Atom Factory, and a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has invested in companies like Uber, Spotify, Dropbox.
  • Kelly Hoey, a strategist and investor who was named one of five women changing the world of VC/entrepreneurship by Forbes.
  • Leonard Brody, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and the current president of the innovation and digital group for the Anshutz Company.
  • Anthony Lacavera, the founder and former CEO of Wind Mobile and founder and chairman of Globalive Holdings.
  • Howard Love, the founder and CEO of digital publishing firm LoveToKnow and an angel investor.
  • Chakameh Shafii, the co-founder and CEO of Tranqool, an online platform designed for people living with mental distress.
Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

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