About

CIX is an annual curation program and conference which showcases Canada’s most promising early stage and scaling startups. Due to the high concentration of curated startups (over 200) CIX attracts North American VCs, corporates, private equity investors and provides the tools to network, build new relationships and increase deal flow.

  

In its 13th year, CIX has grown to become an internationally recognized tech investment conference where connections are made and deals get done.

 

CIX is unique: 

ü  Nationally curated Canadian startups; 

ü  Self-contained and easy to navigate;

ü  Highly concentrated captured audience of decision makers;

ü  High level thought leadership.

 

Attendees include new and established tech founders and CEOs, investors (VCs, angel, corporates, debt providers, etc.), advisors (investment banks, financial institutions, exchanges, accounting, law, recruitment, tech service providers), enterprise, government and media.

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Why you should attend

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor or service provider, you can't afford to miss CIX to find your next deal:

  •        Meet the most active tech investors from across Canada, the US and globally;
  •        Meet the most promising early and growth stage Canadian tech startups;
  •        Meet C-level execs from established corporations who are embracing innovation to drive shareholder value;
  •        Establish new contacts and renew existing relationships;
  •        Learn about new tech trends and opportunities from industry leaders and incumbents;
  •        Meet co-investing partners;
  •        Interested in higher profile at CIX? Contact llinton@brunico.com and ask about partnership opportunities;

CIX is a valuable business development tool for your company

CIX is all about connections for deal flow. CIX provides a wide range of programs and tools to find your next deal:

CIX’s Innovator of the Year

The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is given annually to a Canadian company that disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways.  Lightspeed was named as CIX’S 2020 Innovator of the Year and Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO, shared his story and insight as a keynote speaker.

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Each year, CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories— innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones. Founders in a fireside chat format with a corporate partner or investor.

 

CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth Live Showcases

The CIX awards program is a 5 month-long process of selecting Canada’s most innovative companies. In 2019 433 companies applied from coast to coast. Investors wait for these companies all year. CIX’s selection committee of 65 investors/serial entrepreneurs evaluate and select Canada’s most innovative companies who each presented for 6 minutes, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators. The 2020 Companies will be announced on BNN in early September.  

 

Meeting Exchanges Early Stage and Growth Stage

CIX Meeting Exchanges are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading North American investors who are the hosts. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership. Each year, CIX invites over 50 North American capital providers (angels, VCs, CVCs etc) to be Meeting Exchange Hosts. 

 

Investor Only VIP Lunch

All registered capital providers are invited to the very popular VIP Investor lunch. Find co-investing partners or just catch up with investor colleagues.  Investors must pre-register.

 

Rocket Pitches

More opportunities to hear from another 30+ Canadian founders of highly ranked Canadian startups from across Canada. Fast-paced and exciting!

 

Founders Share

In a smaller closed setting, successful Canadian founders share advice, lessons learned in an unscripted and interactive setting with their peers.

Conversations With

In a smaller interactive setting, entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join high profile corporate leaders or leading investors for a more informal discussion.

Dedicated Delegate Lounge

This is the largest and nosiest room at CIX and where delegates network, pre-book meeting tables, meet the CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth company founders.

CIXchange

All registered CIX delegates have access to CIXchange, CIX’s proprietary custom platform to see agenda, speakers, delegates to send messages, pre-book meetings, search delegates and personalize your schedule.

Pre-CIX Hockey Shiny Funders versus Founders

An annual event, Funders take on Founders in a fun shiny hockey game, followed by drinks and snacks.

STARTUP WORLD CUP

Each year, CIX is the exclusive Canadian Regional competition for Startup World Cup, a global competition that bridges startup ecosystems worldwide. There is 40+ regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley, where the global champion will be awarded a $1 million investment prize. As part of the program each year, Startup World Cup Canada Regional judges attend CIX and select a winner from the CIX Top 20 Early, who will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco.

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