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Over two days, CIX 2018 will include a lively mix of global keynote speakers, panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops and debates, tackling some of the most pressing topics facing founders and investors in the Canadian tech community.

The CIX Top 20 Showcases are always highlights of the conference, featuring the 20 most innovative early and growth-stage tech companies as selected by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee. The CIX program will also include our popular "Spotlight on Canadian Success Stories” series, where successful founders share their experiences and lessons learned in a fireside chat format. As well, our “Conversation With” series gives attendees the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the most in-demand investors and corporates in a more casual, interactive setting. CIX’s popular Meeting Exchanges help connect companies and investors.

Some of the topics being discussed on stage at CIX this year will include:

  • The wide range of opportunities in blockchain, from banking to cybersecurity to manufacturing to government to gaming
  • Raising capital and venture debt
  • The IPO and M&A landscape
  • The implications of AI
  • Trends in healthcare tech: AR, big data, wearables, blockchain, machine learning in drug discovery
  • Cybersecurity and digital identity protection
  • Quantum computing
  • Sales and marketing strategies
  • Growth and scaling
  • Investment strategies of US and Asian CVCs and VCs
  • Plus much more!

Tuesday, October 23

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM The Intersection of Cloud and Machine Learning in the Real World Rocket Pitches
9:30 AM Save Yourself the Cost of a Privacy Breach and Damage to Your Reputation: Embed Privacy, by Design
10:00 AM Failure Is Your Friend: Lessons Learned from a VC U.S. Growth Equity Investors
10:30 AM Meeting Exchanges #3 Insights from Asia: What are the Opportunities for Canadian Startups?
Debt Financing: What Canadian Founders Need to Know Networking with the Regulators
11:00 AM CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #3
12:00 PM Investor-Only Networking Lunch Lunch
1:00 PM CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4 Conversation with Amazon Web Services and AWS Partner, Slalom
2:00 PM Thoughts on Opportunities for Blockchain In The Future and How It Will Change The World AI is the Future of Sales
Non-traditional Financing Strategies for Startups
2:30 PM Special Announcement: Winner of Canadian Regional For Startup World Cup
2:35 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Women in Tech: What Advice Would You Give Your 22-year-old Self? Beyond the Border: How to Grow Your Business Internationally
Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories
3:30 PM Successfully Navigating Open Source Software and Cybersecurity Issues in Transactions
4:00 PM Meeting Exchanges #4 From the Lab to Patients: SickKids' Strategy for Commercializing Healthcare Innovations
Lessons Learned with the Co-Founder of BuildDirect
4:15 PM Life-saving Innovations: AI in Healthcare
4:30 PM Is the Future of Fintech in the Back End?
5:00 PM The Institutionalisation of Crypto Hedge Funds
5:15 PM Closing Reception


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