TiE, one of the largest networks of entrepreneurs and business people in the world, is bringing its legendary networking conference, TiECon, to Canada for the first time ever next week. I’ve been to a couple of TiECon events in Boston and am looking forward to the combination of inspirational speakers and full-contact networking when TiECon Canada rolls into Ottawa on Thursday and Friday.
More than 45 speakers will make presentations over the two-day event, with Thursday’s activities taking place at City Hall in downtown Ottawa and Friday’s at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata, nicely catering to the two main centres of entrepreneurial activity in this city. Headlining the list of speakers are keynotes Vivek Wadhwa from Singularity University; Paul Singh, a venture partner at 500 Startups (and doubtless less profane than his colleague Dave McClure); TiE Global chairman Ashok Rao; Bluecat Networks founder Michael Hyatt; Brad Loiselle, Author of Keep Moving 4ward; and Montreal’s Julien Smith, founder of Breather.com, who will speak at the closing gala Friday evening.
Three streams of breakout sessions covering social connections, starting startups and the future of technology will take place on Friday, which will also see five companies compete in a pitch fest for $50,000 in cash and business services. Some of my favourite local entrepreneurs and founders will be sharing their wisdom and hard-won knowledge, including folks like CanvasPop’s Nazim Ahmed, Jennifer MacKinnon of Fenix Solutions, Fluidware’s Aydin Mirzaee and Vinod Rajasekaran of HUB Ottawa.
Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 and originally embracing entrepreneurs of Indus, or south-east Asian, origin, TiE now boasts a multinational membership of 11,000 people in 60 chapters across 17 countries, including Canadian chapters in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education.
We are media sponsors of TiECon Canada, and I will covering much of the event. If you are interested in attending, you can still register.