More than a competition
#CanadianDream + #Cooperathon is an opportunity to pitch your your idea to Canada’s most prominent investors.
Amplify your reach within the innovation ecosystem. Attract the resources you need to build your business.
#CanadianDream + #Cooperathon
Do whatever works.
This is entrepreneurship at its best.
Show your passion. Let your personality shine.
Go viral. Post your pitch on social media.
Who are you? What are you working on?
What are you trying to achieve?
Pitch your vision of the future.
CALL TO ACTION
Think of your closing statement as a call to action.
Ask for social media or community engagement.
Post online by: November 30th, 2018
Share your vision. Post your video to social media
Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
Hashtags: #CanadianDream #Cooperathon
The most inspiring videos will be featured at Canadian Dream Summit 2019.
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Current & Past Judges
Christophe Bourque | Principal
White Star Capital
Christophe has been working with and investing in technology, media and telecom companies for over a decade. His experience ranges from personal angel investments to growth equity.
In his previous role as a Principal at Tandem Expansion Fund, a $300m late stage venture capital fund, Christophe identified, executed and managed investments in numerous software, digital media and digital consumer companies. He also has a track record of helping entrepreneurs build shareholder value through operating roles such as CFO and Advisor. He began his career in Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity and BMO Capital Markets where he advised TMT clients.
He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Kinova Inc., a leading robotics platform provider, and is a Director of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. Christophe graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He was born in Canada, has lived in London and now shares his time between Toronto and Montreal.
White Star Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund that backs exceptional entrepreneurs with global ambitions, leveraging extensive experience and networks to help them scale their businesses internationally.
Ajay Gopal | Principal
Framework Venture Partners
Ajay is a Principal with Framework Venture Partners. Based in Toronto, Ajay comes to the firm with close to 10 years of investing and capital markets experience. Ajay’s responsibilities with the firm include deal sourcing, due diligence and assisting portfolio companies with operational and strategic initiatives.
Prior to Framework, Ajay most recently worked in venture capital as an Associate Principal at the BDC IT Venture Fund in Toronto. Prior to this, Ajay worked with a variety of investment platforms including direct private equity and hedge fund strategies while initially starting his career in investment banking at Citigroup, straddling both New York City and Toronto.
Framework Venture Partners was founded in 2018 with the mission of helping founding teams and CEOs build world-class companies. Led by its Founding Partners who together bring more than 35 years of domestic and international VC experience, Framework invests in companies re-imagining how AI and Machine Learning can be delivered to and consumed by large addressable markets.
Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs | Director, Tech Finance
Business Development Bank of Canada
Jasmin is Director Tech Finance at the Business Development Bank of Canada. Jasmin works extensively with emerging technology, innovation, knowledge based companies, and women entrepreneurs.
Jasmin provides both financial and consulting solutions to entrepreneurs. She serves as a Champion for both the technology industry and women entrepreneurs. As such, Jasmin is a frequent industry guest speaker.
Jasmin is well known in the market, and has successfully worked with many of the best and brightest companies. Much of her success lies in her astute ability to determine the credibility of a business's management team, and the potential for commercialization and success. She has consistently earned top ranks at BDC, and is currently providing analysis on “Beyond the Deal” for Dragon’s Den.
Andrea Drager | Vice President | Azure Capital Partners
Andrea is Vice President at Azure Capital Partners based in their Calgary office and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities across Canada. She works with all Canadian investments and selected consumer investments in the US.
Founded in 2000, Azure is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. Azure Capital Partners has served as trusted advisors to some of the most successful and important technology companies created in the last 20 years, including VMware (NYSE: VMW), Bill Me Later (acquired by PayPal), Calix (NYSE: CALX), Cyan (NYSE: CYNI, acquired by Ciena), Top Tier (acquired by SAP), TripIt (acquired by Concur) and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena) and has helped to generate billions of dollars of value in these companies for our entrepreneurs and investors.
The mission of our partner forums is to promote a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurialism in Canada. These events are hosted by our community partners and provide startups and founders with an opportunity to accelerate their participation in the #CanadianDream #PitchChallenge.
Founder Hotseat with #CanadianDream:
Pitch Your Idea to Toronto Startup Experts.
Have a professional videographer film your pitch.
On Tuesday, October 9th in Toronto – in partnership with the Founder Institute – our team filled the room with over 120 founders and aspiring entrepreneurs in attendance. One of the most inspiring company pitches was a young group of co-CEOs (three siblings with mom helping out!). Startups pitched their companies live with feedback from judges, and others had their pitch filmed by a professional videographer. It was a fun and rewarding experience for all in attendance.
Interested in hosting your own
What is your #CanadianDream?
Online Pitch Challenge
Post online by: Nov 30th, 2018