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  • September 20, 2018 - Featured Sessions: Spotlights on Canadian Success Stories

    CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2018 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones.

    Hear from the CEO's and Founders of Coinsquare, Bridgit, Rubikloud, Weathsimple and Vidyard. Get the scoop on their company's journey and what's next on the horizon.

    Mallorie Brodie

    Mallorie Brodie
    Co-Founder
    Bridgit

    Cole Diamond

    Cole Diamond
    CEO
    Coinsquare

    Lauren Lake

    Lauren Lake
    Co-Founder
    Bridgit

    Kerry Liu

    Kerry Liu
    Co-Founder and CEO
    Rubikloud

    Michael Litt

    Michael Litt
    CEO
    Vidyard

    Michael Katchen

    Michael Katchen
    Co-founder and CEO
    Wealthsimple

    Click here for the full agenda

  • September 19, 2018 - Calling for Speakers

    Women in Tech Discussion at CIX: Advice for My 22-Year Old Self

    There can be no dispute that there are not enough women in tech roles, let alone women who rise to senior levels or are founders in tech. At CIX this year we will share stories from successful women and men and advice for their 22-year-old-self. Combination of pre-recorded video and on site discussion.

    We are looking for CEO's, founders and key players, both women and men, who are willing to add their voice to this discussion. Please contact swhite@brunico.com.

  • September 17, 2018 - Featured Session: Insights From Asia: What Are The Opportunities For Canadian Startups?

    What are Asian investors looking for in Canada? How can Canadian entrepreneurs and investors work with Asian investors to help them expand into Asia? With political tensions south of the border, what are the opportunities?

    Alison Nankivell

    Alison Nankivell
    Vice President, Global Expansion
    Business Development Bank of Canada

    Winston Fu

    Winston Fu
    Partner
    LDV Partners

    Fanglu Wang

    Fanglu Wang
    Managing Director
    CITIC Capital

    Nan Zhou

    Nan Zhou
    U.S. Representative
    Baidu Changcheng Investment

    Click here for the full agenda

  • September 13, 2018 - Agenda Announced

    In its 11th year, CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange), is Canada's only national curated investment conference for the most promising early and growth stage tech companies. CIX is a curated room of founders, CEOs and global investors who are decision makers. Deals get done at CIX.

    CIX takes place over two days, Oct 22-23 in downtown Toronto. The agenda is now posted and highlights include:

    • CIX 2018 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation;
    • Opportunities in Blockchain;
    Women in Tech: Are We Moving the Dial?;
    • How Human-like Robots will Impact our Lives;
    • CIX Top 20 Live Showcases;
    Debt Financing and what Founders Need to Know;
    • Candid Conversations about Partnering with Banks;
    • Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories;
    VIP Investor only Lunch;
    • Failure Is Your Friend: Lessons Learned from a VC;
    Non-traditional Financing Strategies for Startups;
    Meeting Exchanges - investors who are interested in participating in face to face meetings with founders, please contact llinton@brunico.com.

    Check out the rest of the agenda!

  • September 12, 2018 - Investment and Partnership Strategies of the Tech Giants

    The world's biggest tech companies are constantly changing the game with disruptive technologies that become tomorrow's industry standard. Increasingly, partnering with startups is an important innovation strategy for the tech giants. This panel will investigate what they are looking for in startups: What kinds of companies are they interested in working with? What are the pain points they are hoping to solve? And how can startups be better partners?

    Deborah Conway

    Deborah Conway
    Business Development Specialist
    Samsung NEXT

    Matt Garratt

    Matt Garratt
    SVP, Managing Partner
    Salesforce Ventures

    Samir Kumar

    Samir Kumar
    Managing Director
    M12

    Elana Lian

    Elana Lian
    Investment Director
    Intel Capital

    Rich Osborn

    Rich Osborn
    Managing Partner
    Telus Ventures

     

    Click here to view the rest of the agenda

  • September 6, 2018 - CIX Top 20 Announced: Canada's Most Innovative Technology Companies.

    CIX Top 20

    Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada and the selection committee, made up of industry experts and investors, have narrowed it down to 20 companies to induct into the annual CIX Top 20 program for 2018.

    Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model. The 2018 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):

    Borrowell (Toronto, Ontario)
    • Canvass Analytics (Toronto, Ontario)
    Clearbanc (Toronto, Ontario)
    Coconut Software (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
    Delphia (Toronto, Ontario)
    Dialogue (Montréal, Quebec)
    eSight (Ottawa, Ontario)
    inkbox (Toronto, Ontario)
    Intuitive (Vancouver, British Columbia)
    IRYStec (Montréal, Quebec)
    Island Water Technologies (Stratford, Prince Edward Island)
    Kiite (Waterloo, Ontario)
    Klue (Vancouver, British Columbia)
    Myant (Toronto, Ontario)
    Roadmunk (Toronto, Ontario)
    Skritswap (Waterloo, Ontario)
    Smooch (Montréal, Quebec)
    Validere (Toronto, Ontario)
    Vendasta (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
    Zighra (Ottawa, Ontario)

    The CEO/Founder of each CIX Top 20 company will present at CIX 2018 on Oct 22-23 and share their story and unique innovation to a crowd of over 800 investors and peers in the North American technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be dynamic sessions led by Canada's top tech business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.

  • August 29, 2018 - The Honourable Navdeep Bains will present CIX's 2018 Innovator of the year Award.

    Navdeep Bains

    Navdeep Bains
    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
    Government of Canada

    The Honourable Navdeep Bains is Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. A major focus of Bains' mandate is to spur innovation and economic development in Canada.

    In December 2016, he launched Connect to Innovate, a program that will invest $500 million to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities across Canada. In 2018, Bains announced $950 million for a variety of national superclusters of innovation across the country. To date, Minister Bains has supported 37 projects, investing $389 million, leading to nearly $4.1 billion in total investments.

    He also launched Canada's first-ever Intellectual Property Strategy.

    CIX 2018 Innovator of the Year: ecobee

    Stuart Lombard

    Stuart Lombard
    Founder and CEO
    ecobee

    Founded in 2007, ecobee Inc. introduced the world's first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of consumers live better and save more. ecobee has since captured more than a third of the smart thermostat market and experienced 100 per cent year-over-year growth, demonstrating strong market demand.

    Stuart Lombard will accept the award on behalf of ecobee and share his story and insight as the opening keynote speaker at CIX on October 22.

  • August 23, 2018 - CIX is proud to partner with Universities Canada to be part of their 2018 National IDeA Student Competition.

    IDeA

    This national competition inspires students to develop solutions to accessibility-related issues. The winning teams will showcase their ideas at CIX. Join us in October to meet the winning teams and see what ideas they came up with to help make Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities.

    For more information: www.univcan.ca/accessibility

  • August 23, 2018 - Is the Future of Fintech in the Back End?

    While less sexy than consumer-facing products, the financial consumer's experience is flawed and the infrastructure requires more work. Are back-end improvements the next wave of opportunities? Hear from founders who are riding that wave.

    Monique Morden

    Monique Morden
    CEO
    Lendified

    Caitlin MacGregor

    Caitlin MacGregor
    Co-founder and CEO
    Plum.io

    Frederick Townes

    Frederick Townes
    Co-founder and CTO
    NestReady

    Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf

    Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf
    CEO
    Flinks

    Check out the rest of our speaker lineup!

  • August 15, 2018 - CIX is the Exclusive Canadian Regional Competition for Startup World Cup.

    Startup World Cup

    Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley.

    CIX is Startup World Cup's only Canadian partner and the 2018 CIX Top 20 companies will be recognized as the finalists for Canada. Startup World Cup judges will be at CIX and will select one finalist, who will be awarded the Startup World Cup for Canada on Oct 23 at CIX. The winner will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in 2019 and will compete alongside 35+ other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a US $1,000,000 prize in investment.

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  • August 15, 2018 - Look who's joined the 2018 CIX speaker lineup:

    CIX welcomes Jeff Booth, Taylor Thoen, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Juwan Lee and Nan Zhou.

    Jeff Booth and Taylor Thoen sit down together and discuss Lessons Learned from the Co-Founder of BuildDirect. Dr. Ann Cavoukian, who leads the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson U, will give a Keynote on Privacy. Juwan Lee, Founder and CEO of Nexchange, will talk about Blockchain in the Financial Services Sector in Asia. Nan Zhou, Investment Director at Baidu, will share Baidu's North American investment strategies.

    Jeff Booth

    Jeff Booth
    Co-Founder
    BuildDirect

    Taylor Thoen

    Taylor Thoen
    CEO, Executive Producer
    BTV-Business Television

     

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian
    Distinguished Expert-in-Residence
    Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence

    Juwan Lee

    Juwan Lee
    Founder and CEO
    Nexchange

    Nan Zhou

    Nan Zhou
    Investment Director
    Baidu Changcheng Investment Partners

  • August 2, 2018 - Announcing Adam Nanjee as our 2018 Master of Ceremonies

    Adam NanjeeAdam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global technology leader. As the former Head of Fintech at North America's largest innovations hub, MaRS Discovery District, and currently as Senior Vice President for Zafin, one of North America's top financial technology companies, Nanjee has experience in the technology sector like few others. His areas of expertise include financial technology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. He brings his considerable background and expertise to all his talks, speaking on the future of financial technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and infusing his presentations with the forward-looking approach he's known for.

  • August 2, 2018 - Entrepreneurs with Money

    These founders didn't just bask of their successes. As angel investors, these serial entrepreneurs are bringing their experience, insights and capital to a new generation of Canadian innovators. Get the inside scoop on why they've chosen the angel route, what they look for in a company and their lessons learned along the way.

    Dan Debow

    Dan Debow
    Co-founder and CEO
    Helpful.com

    Katherine Homuth

    Katherine Homuth
    Founder and CEO
    Sheerly Genius

    Eva Lau

    Eva Lau
    Managing Director and Co-founder
    Two Small Fish Ventures

    Gerry Pond

    Gerry Pond
    Chairman and Co-Founder
    Mariner Partners Inc.

  • July 5, 2018 - Meet the CIX Top 20 Founders: Lauren Lake and Mallorie Brodie of Bridgit

    Lauren Lake and Mallorie BrodieFor the past 10 years, CIX has identified Canada’s most innovative and promising tech companies with the CIX Top 20. Selected companies get the chance to present in front of an audience of leading Canadian and global investors, corporates, tech industry peers and potential customers.

    Meet Co-founder Lauren Lake and CEO Mallorie Brodie of Bridgit, a 2014 CIX Top 20 company. Kitchener, Ont.-based Bridgit is a software company that builds end-to-end project management tools for construction sites, and has been used for 7500+ projects across North America.

    What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

    Entrepreneurs have to be able to embrace failure. Things are moving so quickly in a new business that you need to be able to make decisions quickly and learn from trial and error. It’s better to fail and learn from it than to do nothing at all, and this is something that entrepreneurs need to constantly live by.

    How do you foster a positive culture at your company?

    The biggest way we've been able to foster a positive culture is through hiring amazing people. We've been able to build an incredibly diverse team of people from all different backgrounds. Having a team that brings many unique perspectives to the table has built a supportive and collaborative working environment. In startup companies, there’s often immense pressure to grow your team quickly, but being strict and hiring people who embody your company’s values is extremely important to building a lasting culture.

    What was an important lesson learned through running your company?

    One important thing we've learned through building Bridgit is the importance of understanding your users. Bridgit was started by talking to hundreds of people in the construction industry and asking people what their pain points were. Nobody will understand the problem you're solving better than the end user, so being able to put yourself in their shoes is extremely important.

    What was the experience like to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company (and/or how did it benefit your company)?

    We were thrilled when Bridgit was selected as a CIX Top 20 Company in 2014. It was an honour to be included among the many great companies and CIX alumni. Being recognized as a CIX Top 20 company helped build a strong network of fellow entrepreneurs and tech investors. After winning CIX Top 20, Bridgit began expansion in the U.S. market and raised a $2.2-million seed round of financing.

    Think you've got what it takes to be a CIX Top 20 company? Apply now.

  • July 4, 2018 - First Wave of Speakers at CIX 2018

    CIX is Canada's most exclusive startup investment conference. Invited participants are founders of Canada's most innovative early- and growth-stage tech companies and global investors and corporates, advisors and media.

    These industry leaders have joined CIX's speaker line-up:

    Nan Zhou

    Nan Zhou
    Baidu Capital

    Tim Draper

    Tim Draper
    Draper Associates

    Deborah Conway

    Deborah Conway
    Samsung Next

    Glenn Gore

    Glenn Gore
    Amazon Web Services

    Elana Lian

    Elana Lian
    Intel Capital

    Samir Kumar

    Samir Kumar
    M12

    Eva Lau

    Eva Lau
    Two Small Fish Ventures

    Fanglu Wang

    Fanglu Wang
    CITIC Capital

     
  • June 27, 2018 - Meet the CIX Top 20 CEO: Caitlin MacGregor of Plum.io

    Caitlin MacGregorFor the past 10 years, CIX has identified Canada’s most innovative and promising tech companies with the CIX Top 20. Selected companies get the chance to present in front of an audience of leading Canadian and global investors, corporates, tech industry peers and potential customers.

    Meet Caitlin MacGregor, CEO of Plum.io, a 2015 CIX Top 20 company. Waterloo, Ont.-based Plum.io combines artificial intelligence with advanced industrial/organizational psychology to help companies hire people with the greatest potential for succeeding in any role.

    What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

    The number one piece of advice I give to anyone just starting off on their road to entrepreneurship is to constantly ask yourself the question: 'If I wasn't doing this, what would I be doing instead?' If you can't imagine doing anything as important or fulfilling, then you're going to have what it takes to survive in the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.

    How do you foster a positive culture at your company?

    We measure where everyone in the company thinks the culture is today, and where everyone wants it to be in the future. We use these gaps to create a data-driven culture roadmap. For example, one culture element that is important to everyone at Plum is team orientation. So we make sure that we're planning consistent professional development and team-building events that we participate in together.

    What was an important lesson learned through running your company?

    Building a business will take a lot more time and resources than you could have ever anticipated. That's why it’s so important to start a company that you really believe in. You need to be able to wake up every day, confident that this is the best thing you could possibly be doing.

    What was the experience like to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company (and/or how did it benefit your company)?

    It's been an honour to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company. It has truly given Plum incredible exposure and credibility in the CIX community.

    Think you've got what it takes to be a CIX Top 20 company? Apply now.

  • June 21, 2018 - Meet the CIX Top 20 CEO: Gregory Levey of Figure 1

    Gregory LeveyFor the past 10 years, CIX has identified Canada’s most innovative and promising tech companies with the CIX Top 20. Selected companies get the chance to present in front of an audience of leading Canadian and global investors, corporates, tech industry peers and potential customers.

    Meet Gregory Levey, CEO of Figure 1, a 2014 CIX Top 20 company. Toronto-based Figure 1 is a digital platform that enables healthcare professionals to share and discuss clinical cases. More than two million healthcare professionals now use their network to learn from one another.

    What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

    Figure 1's story is still very much in motion - that is to say I don't think I'm a successful entrepreneur yet - but one of the things I'm sure about is that resilience is a key quality. When things are good, you have to recognize it won't always be that way. When things are bad, that too shall pass.

    What are the pros and cons of building a company in Canada?

    We have a very supportive community here, with good universities, healthcare for employees, and increasing amounts of capital. It's a great place to start a company, but as a company begins to scale, Canada can be somewhat limiting. There aren't as many people here who have firsthand experience leading large-scale growth.

    How do you foster a positive culture at your company?

    Diversity of people and diversity of thought. We try to only hire interesting people who bring unique perspectives to the community that we're building. Also, 50 per cent of our team, and 50 per cent of our senior leadership team, is made up of women.

    What was an important lesson learned through running your company?

    The importance of saying no. Figure 1 could go in so many exciting directions that literally every day we are approached with opportunities. But, 'the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do' (Michael Porter).

    What was the experience like to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company (and/or how did it benefit your company)?

    At the time, we had really just scratched the surface of what we could offer healthcare professionals. The recognition helped us to improve our product and grow our community.

    Think you've got what it takes to be a CIX Top 20 company? Apply now.

  • June 19, 2018 - Meet the CIX Top 20 CEO: Rob Douglas of BioConnect

    Rob DouglasFor the past 10 years, CIX has identified Canada’s most innovative and promising tech companies with the CIX Top 20. Selected companies get the chance to present in front of an audience of leading Canadian and global investors, corporates, tech industry peers and potential customers.

    Meet Rob Douglas, Founder, Chairman and CEO of BioConnect, a 2017 CIX Top 20 company. Toronto-based BioConnect provides an enterprise biometric authentication and security platform to establish stronger trust in verifying a person's identity across physical, IoT and digital applications.

    How do you foster a positive culture at your company?

    Firstly, it is fostered in a deep-rooted commitment. I will fight for, protect and develop our culture at all costs. There are employees in the world, and then there are BioConnectors - they are not the same. I don't believe in the employer/employee model because it is restrictive to the self-actualization of every one of us. I think there is a better way to engage, grow and learn skills to become more successful and enjoy the journey at a greater level than you would as an employee.

    What are the pros and cons of building a company in Canada?

    I am pleasantly surprised, as a Canadian who for many years had not worked in Canada. I never saw governments or ecosystems as a key enabler for tech companies, and that has proven to be surprisingly positive while building a company in Canada. I don't have many cons. If I had to stretch my head to think, I think that Canadians are still learning how to compete on the global stage and understand that global competition is working and operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    What qualities make you a good leader?

    I am a learned leader, not a natural born leader. Learned means I had to watch others. And in my learning, I noticed you need to have very good vision skills to see the future you seek. You need people skills and you have to lead by example. You must be willing to sacrifice yourself at extraordinary levels in favour of your team or your company, and your team needs to see that. Your team will follow leaders that are willing to put their personal agenda aside for the good of the company as a whole.

    What was the experience like to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company (and/or how did it benefit your company)?

    We were surprised, delighted and felt honoured. We had no idea that it was coming and to get that recognition really meant a lot not only for our company but for each BioConnector. We have customers and partners all around the world, and to see that recognition gave strength to the mission that we are on.

    Think you've got what it takes to be a CIX Top 20 company? Apply now.

  • June 15, 2018 - Meet the CIX Top 20 CEO: Lisa Shields of FI.SPAN

    Lisa ShieldsFor the past 10 years, CIX has identified Canada’s most innovative and promising tech companies with the CIX Top 20. Selected companies get the chance to present in front of an audience of leading Canadian and global investors, corporates, tech industry peers and potential customers.

    Meet Lisa Shields, Founder and CEO of FI.SPAN, a 2017 CIX Top 20 company. Based in Vancouver, FI.SPAN is a cloud-based API services management platform that allows banks to use APIs to connect to customers and fintechs.

    What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

    Integrity, domain expertise, and innovation stewardship are all table stakes; intestinal fortitude is the quality that separates entrepreneurial wheat from chaff. Building a great company means being able to operate under the constant, wearing mantle of uncertainty. Intestinal fortitude is the practice of maintaining one's long-sight vision, yet extracting kernels of actionable insight from every encounter – including the 'stinging rebuke' ones.

    How do you foster a positive culture at your company?

    At FI.SPAN we have several 'structural' elements designed to develop and reinforce a positive culture, including an open-concept office, daily coffee runs, weekly team lunches (with a strict 'no shop talk' clause), and an equity ownership program. The most important element, though, is our weekly all-hands. Every member of the team speaks to their projects & activities – this means that over time engineers can contribute to sales pursuits, HR is able to develop a nuanced recruitment and onboarding program, and everyone is able to 'explain to mum' what we do.

    What qualities make you a good leader?

    Aside from intestinal fortitude (see above), respect for my colleagues and confidence in their ability to make good decisions is the best asset I bring to FI.SPAN. Since this isn't my first fintech startup, I don’t have to conquer leadership or industry 'legitimacy' challenges that first-time CEOs often face. I'm able to implement what worked and (hopefully) avoid pitfalls from my first run, and I’m more apt to delegate.

    What was the experience like to be selected as a CIX Top 20 company (and/or how did it benefit your company)?

    At the CIX Top 20 event in 2017, we garnered 1:1 exposure to the whole 'who's-who' of Canadian tech investors in a single day. CIX exposure also accelerated our sales process with banks, which was a bonus surprise. As a startup founder, you need to guard your time and involvement, and CIX was absolutely time well spent.

    Think you've got what it takes to be a CIX Top 20 company? Apply now.

  • June 13, 2018 - Ecobee Named Cix 2018 'Innovator of the Year' Recipient

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  • May 24, 2018 - Canada's Most Innovative Early- and Growth-Stage Tech Companies Invited to Apply to CIX Top 20

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  • CIX Top 20 company, Automat, wins Canada Regional for Startup World Cup

    Toronto, October 19, 2017 – Montreal-based startup, Automat, was awarded the Startup World Cup Canada Regional, at CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange) yesterday.

    Startup World Cup partnered with CIX to host its first ever Canadian regional competition. This regional competition was held on October 17th and 18th, 2017 as a part of the annual CIX event in Toronto at the Hilton Hotel.

    Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. There are 30 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley. This is the first ever event of its type, organized by Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm.

    SWC judges selected Automat, from the final CIX Top 20 companies, and Co-founder and CEO, Andy Mauro, accepted the cup on Oct 18 at CIX.  Automat will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on May 11th, 2018 and will compete alongside 29 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a US $1,000,000 prize in investment. 

     

    Startup World Cup Grand Finale
    May 11th, 2018
    San Francisco Marriott Marquis
    https://startupworldcup2018.eventbrite.com

    Founded in January 2016, Automat helps companies use AI to talk to their customers, fans, and followers, to understand and serve them better. Automat is the first Conversational Marketing Cloud platform powered by proprietary artificial intelligence which enables brands to have a personalized one-on-one conversation with every customer. www.automat.ai

    Startup World Cup Grand Finale will feature keynotes, panels, and a pitch competition among regional champions from all around the world. It will be held on May 11th, 2018 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Startup World Cup 2017 featured top industry experts, including Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple), Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder of Reddit), Guy Kawasaki (Former Chief Evangelist of Apple and distinguished author), and Daymond John (Star of ABC’s Shark Tank & CEO of FUBU).

  • Oct 19, 2017 - CIX Keynote, Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, UBER interviewed by The Globe and Mail

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  • Oct 19 2017 - BNN’s The Disruptors at CIX!

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  • Oct 18 2017 - CIX Keynote, Dominic Barton interview at CIX ‘I feel badly’: Morneau’s top advisor throws support behind finance minister

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  • CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange) Brings Startup World Cup to Canada

    Toronto, September 29, 2017 - Startup World Cup is partnering with CIX to host its first ever Canadian regional competition. This regional competition will be held on October 17th and 18th, 2017 as a part of the annual CIX event in Toronto at the Hilton Hotel.

    Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. There will be 30 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley. This is the first ever event of its type, organized by Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm.

    In its 10th year, CIX is Canada’s largest innovation investment conference, bringing together tech entrepreneurs and capital providers with a mandate to foster business collaborations through both structured and informal networking opportunities, and to provide inspiring and informative high-level keynotes and panel discussions. At CIX, connections are made and deals get done.

     On Sept 7, CIX announced the 20 innovative Canadian technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program http://cixsummit.com/2017/cixtop20/ . These game-changing companies on the rise are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology industry experts and investors from across the country.

     As part of the Startup World Cup program, there will be secret judges at CIX who will attend the CIX Top 20 presentations and select one finalist, who will be awarded the Startup World Cup for Canada on the afternoon of Oct 18 at CIX.  The winner will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale and will compete alongside 29 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a US $1,000,000 prize in investment. 

    Startup World Cup Grand Finale will feature keynotes, panels, and a pitch competition among regional champions from all around the world. It will be held on May 11th, 2018 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Startup World Cup 2017 featured top industry experts, including Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple), Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder of Reddit), Guy Kawasaki (Former Chief Evangelist of Apple and distinguished author), and Daymond John (Star of ABC’s Shark Tank & CEO of FUBU).

    Through this global event, CIX Summit will be giving the Canadian startups exposure and access to some of the top VCs and tech entrepreneurs in the world, creating funding and partnership opportunities.

    For any inquiries regarding Startup World Cup, please contact:

    Chris Abshire
    Executive Director, Startup World Cup
    chris@startupworldcup.io

  • CIX and CIX Top 20 Opened the Toronto Stock Exchange

    TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Lauren Linton, Executive Director, CIX, joined Michael Kousaie, Head Business Development Technology, Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange to open the market to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the CIX Conference. Launched in 2008, CIX is a technology innovation conference where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators meet to drive economic growth and accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas.

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    Video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz1rYeROU9g

    Hi Res Photo; https://www.tsx.com/news/market-opens?page=2

  • CIX Top 20 Announced:
    Canada’s Most Innovative Technology Companies

    Today, CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange) announced the 2017 roster of innovative Canadian technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. Companies are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology experts and investors from across the country.

    Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.

     

    The 2017 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):

    Aspect Biosystems, Vancouver

    Automat, Montreal

    BioConnect, Toronto

    Clio, Burnaby

    Cloud DX, Kitchener

    Dot health, Toronto

    Elucid Labs, Waterloo

    FI.SPAN, Vancouver

    GBatteries, Ottawa

    Hubdoc, Toronto

    integrate.ai, Toronto

    Jaza, Sackville

    Litmus Automation, Toronto

    MindBridge Analytics, Ottawa

    Pyrowave, Montreal

    SecureKey Technologies, Toronto

    SomaDetect, Fredericton

    StackAdapt, Toronto

    Tealbook, Toronto

    Top Hat, Toronto


    "The CIX Top 20 Program had a record number of applications this year, with a high proportion of early-stage companies with less than $100k in revenue,” said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. “It is exciting to see so many young tech companies with such great potential to contribute to Canada’s success as a global innovation leader.”

    The CEO of each CIX Top 20 company will present at CIX 2017 on Oct 17-18 and share their story and unique innovation to a crowd of over 750 investors and peers in the North American technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be interactive sessions led by Canada’s top tech business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.

    ‘These businesses join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies that have made up the CIX Top 20 over the past decade’ added Lauren Linton. Past Top 20 alumni include Achievers, Axonify, BlueJLegal Breather, Busbud, CareGuide, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, League, Nuology, ScribbleLive, Thalmic Labs, Unata, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad, and Wealthsimple, to name just a few. 

    CEOs and Founders of the CIX Top 20 companies will be invited to open the TMX market on Sept 20, alongside other key players in the CIX community.

     

  • Special Announcement: Uber's Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at CIX 2017

    CIX is very excited to announce that Bozoma Saint John is CIX’s closing keynote speaker!

    Bozoma Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber, where she is tasked with telling the stories of our millions of riders and driver partners across 600+ cities.

    Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Most recently, Boz was the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. In the role, she spearheaded campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. Boz stole the show at Apple’s keynote World Wide Developers Conference when she introduced the new interface for Apple Music. Following the presentation, Buzzfeed called her the "coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.”

    Before Apple, Boz was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio by engaging tastemaker-consumers. Prior to Pepsi, Boz served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, as well as managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's SpikeDDB.

    Boz was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington DC, and Accra Ghana, before immigrating to Colorado Springs CO when she was 12 years old.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council).  ?

  • 2017 CIX Advisory Board Co-Chairs

    Michael Hyatt & Michelle Scarborough

    Michael Hyatt is and entrepreneur and investor. Michael is the Co-founder of BlueCat. He is a weekly business commentator on CBC News Network and one of the new “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab, and on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners. Michael also co-founded Dyadem, a highly successful software company that was acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS). He is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award, and an active speaker & investor. Michael also chairs the Hyatt Family Foundation, which focuses on health and education issues.

    Michelle Scarborough is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $70M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead.

    Michelle has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurs and investor across various industries and sectors. Before joining BDC, she was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, where she was responsible for the growth and management of its fund of funds and direct investment activity in Western Canada including venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and energy technology investments. Previously, serving as Managing Director of the Invest Ottawa Regional Innovation Centre, she founded one of the first technology accelerators in Ontario, a model that was replicated in 13 accelerators across the province. She also structured and launched the $250M Ontario Emerging Technology Fund, and was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Ventures—an oil and gas technology venture fund. She has served as CEO of Smart Seed Ventures Management Inc., and of Scarborough Associates Management, and she was Interim CEO of Solflex. Michelle has been a founder or co-founder of various private and public companies including Roll Up Capital Corp., Rodeo Capital Corp III, Metropolitan Energy Corp., and Bonita Capital Inc.

    Ms. Scarborough is a director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is past chair of the National Angel Capital Organization. She is a founder of the Women’s Angel Network in Canada.

  • Keynote: Dr. Marc Teerlink, Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson

    Capitalize on AI: Moving from Startup to Scale Up

    Marc is a recognized business and thought leader, with a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur within corporations. He has been inspiring, coaching and leading organizations to reframe opportunity for innovation, while turning data into dollars. He continues to transform businesses with his no-nonsense execution, even when change seems insurmountable. 

    Along with coaching startups, teaching MBA courses and publishing numerous papers he is an avid sailor, passionate chef, photographer and first and foremost, a proud father.

 

  • REAL MATTERS NAMED CIX 2017 ‘INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR’ RECIPIENT

    Markham-based company wins award for disrupting the mortgage lending industry

    (Toronto, June 28, 2017) - CIX announced today that Real Matters, one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, has been named CIX’S 2017 Innovator of the Year.

    Real Matters is a leading network management services provider for the mortgage lending and insurance industries. Real Matters’ platform combines its proprietary technology and network management capabilities with tens of thousands of independent qualified field agents to create an efficient marketplace for the provision of mortgage lending and insurance industry services. The platform facilitates competition between field agents, such as residential real estate appraisers, to deliver performance-driven services, which brings superior quality, transparency and efficiency to its clients.

    “When we started Real Matters over a decade ago, our goal was to use technology to bring innovation and efficiencies to a segment of the mortgage lending industry where we knew there was a great opportunity for improvement,” said Real Matters founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Smith. “I am extremely proud of the leading market positions we’ve established both here in Canada and in the U.S., and am honored to be receiving this award which recognizes innovation in this country.”

    Real Matters has a strong client base, which has experienced significant growth. In the U.S., Real Matters’ clients include approximately 60 of the top 100 mortgage lenders. Real Matters is based in Markham, Ontario and has offices in offices in Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado and Middletown, Rhode Island.

    The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is given annually to a Canadian company that disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways. “The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is a key component of CIX,” said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. “Recognizing and celebrating Canada’s tech industry successes is hugely important and we are proud to present this award to Real Matters.” Past recipients of the Award have included Desire2Learn, Vision Critical, Shopify and Wattpad.

    CIX is Canada’s leading innovation investment conference destination where tech investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs, and facilitators converge to learn, network, and connect to accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas that drive economic growth. CIX takes place Oct 17-18 in downtown Toronto.

    “Real Matters is one of Canada’s fastest growing and most innovative tech companies,” said Carey Diamond, Partner at Whitecap Venture Partners. “Jason and his team have spent the past decade building this business, and in the past three years, they have more than doubled revenues, with a client retention rate of approximately 95 percent. We’re thrilled Real Matters is being recognized by CIX for its innovation.” Whitecap Venture Partners is a venture investor in Real Matters. The firm participated in eight financing rounds in Real Matters prior to its recent IPO, beginning with a seed investment in 2007.

    Jason Smith, will accept the award on behalf of Real Matters and share his story and insight at as the opening keynote speaker at CIX on October 17.


    Media Contacts:
    Alex Khotsiphom
    Marketing Coordinator
    CIX, Brunico
    416.408.2300 x247
    akhotsiphom@brunico.com

    Lyne Fisher
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    Real Matters
    O: 289.843.3383
    lfisher@realmatters.com

    Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX)

    CIX is the ‘must attend’ event for leaders in Canada’s innovative economy. In its 10th year, CIX attracts 750+ technology industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs and investors (VCs, angels and accredited investors) from across the Canada and the United States. This exclusive event showcases Canada’s most innovative and promising young tech companies and provides the tools to networking, build new relationships and increase deal flow. CIX facilitates hundreds of new relationships and has fostered hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions. CIX takes place Oct 17-18 2017 at Hilton Toronto. www.cixsummit.com #CIX2017



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