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Over two days, CIX 2020 will include a lively mix of presentations from Canadian founders who are trailblazers, global keynote speakers, workshops and debates, tackling some of the most pressing topics facing founders and investors in Canadian tech community.

CIX is all about connections - both making new ones and solidifying long-time relationships. CIX provides a wide range of programs and tools to find your next deal.

We will post the detailed agenda in a couple of weeks, here is an overview of topics and program highlights you can expect this year:

  • Debate on Canada’s Policy on Big Tech
  • Crypto for the Masses
  • Investing & M&A Strategies of the Tech Giants
  • Canadian Companies Post Acquisition
  • Big Brands Monetizing Data and Adapting to Privacy Regulations
  • Emerging eCommerce Landscape
  • Later Stage Funding: Later-Stage Venture Versus Private Equity
  • Open Banking
  • InsurTech
  • Alternative Funding Options
  • Health Care Tech & Commercialization
  • Training Talent in Growth-stage

CIX 2020 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. On June 19 2020 CIX named Lightspeed as CIX’S 2020 Innovator of the Year. Dax Dasilva the Founder & CEO of Lightspeed will accept the award on behalf of Lightspeed POS and share his story and insight as the opening keynote speaker with Chris Arsenault, General Partner at Inovia capital, an investor in the company, on October 16 at CIX in Toronto.

CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth Showcases

In 2020 we expanded our awards program to include later-stage companies! The CIX awards program is a 5 month-long process of selecting Canada’s most innovative early and growth-stage companies. This year over 430 companies applied from coast to coast. Investors wait for these showcases all year. In each of the 6 Showcases, 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators. These companies will be announced on BNN on September 4th 2020.

Rocket Pitches

More opportunities to hear from another 30+ curated Canadian founders of highly ranked Canadian startups. They each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting!

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

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. This year some of the companies spotlighted will include Ritual, Wattpad and Intergrate.AI.

Founders Share

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

Conversations With

CIX’s “Conversation With” series gives CIX delegates the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the most in-demand investors and corporates in a more casual, interactive setting. Participants this year include senior leaders with M12, OMERS Ventures, Google and many more to be announced.

Meeting Exchanges

CIX Meeting Exchanges are our 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 to be Meeting Exchange Hosts. The investor’s bio and investment preferences are included in profile and these meetings are pre-booked in advance of CIX. Investors who are interested in participating, please contact

Investor Only VIP Lunch

Back by popular demand, all registered capital providers are invited to the CIX VIP Investor lunch. Find co-investing partners or just catch up with investor colleagues. Invitations will be sent in early October.

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 companies, and do deals.


Again in 2020, CIX is the exclusive Canadian Regional competition for Startup World Cup. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. There are 40+ regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US 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, who represents Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco in May. The Canadian winner will be announced the afternoon of Oct 17 at CIX.


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