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TELUS Ivey Venture Forum


As a global telecommunications leader, TELUS offers a wide range of communications products and services. At TELUS, our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is a cornerstone of our award-winning culture. Embracing different perspectives, experiences and ways of thinking allows us to deliver better insights, decisions, and solutions. Simply put, we recognize and leverage the value of diversity for our business, our team, our community and our customers. 

Strategy and values – We deliver future friendly services and solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move. 

Diversity and inclusiveness – Our vision is to foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and sparks innovation for our customers. 

TELUS Ventures – We connect people, companies and communities via the most advanced and innovative technologies. 

TELUS Health – Improving healthcare through digital innovation, we help patients get better care while easing the burden on the healthcare system.


Miller Thomson LLP

Miller Thomson is built to provide the most comprehensive Canadian business and legal help.  The scale of your project is never an issue.  We help businesses of every size, entrepreneurs and individuals.  We work with not-for-profit organizations as well as financial institutions and governments.

Our mastery of Canadian law is available to domestic and international clients alike.

We are close to 550 lawyers, deeply rooted in communities across Canada. Some would call that “mid-sized” but in truth, we are perfectly Canadian-sized, with 12 strategically placed offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Montréal.

Our enthusiasm for Canada and Canadian law shows in everything we do.

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Hurt Capital Inc.

Founder Centric™ investment and venture capital platform.

For almost a decade, Hurt Capital has leveraged research on founder centrism™ to power a highly scalable investment track record in the capital markets that rivals those of the world’s greatest investors. In expanding this theory’s real-world applications to new ventures, the company promotes Founder Centric™ best practices in innovative companies. 

Hurt Capital actively engages with governmental and regulatory agencies, the academic and corporate governance community, and the innovation ecosystem with a view to enhancing the efficiency of global capital markets and advancing the future of the global economy. 

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Ontario, Canada: Where the world is going

The best places to do business are those that are forward-thinking. They invest in educated workforces, champion quality of life for all and welcome the best talent to bring their ideas and energy from anywhere in the world. These values are what matter to the companies of tomorrow — and they are Ontario’s strengths. 

Ontario Investment Office (OIO)

The Ontario Investment Office (OIO) is making it faster and easier to grow your business with our Business Concierge Service, a one-stop source for tailored insight and intelligence on business and market opportunities, incentives, talent, immigration and more.

The OIO helps businesses in Ontario adopt advanced technology that makes it easier to scale up and compete globally. Our Business Advisors, located across the province, maintain close relationships with companies and deliver customized advice. Our account management team builds enduring relationships with leading companies — newly arrived or long-established — that are creating the economy of the future.

Ontario is where opportunity lives.


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MaRS Discovery District

Occupying 1.5 million square feet in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District, MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub, a place where today’s moonshots become tomorrow’s breakthroughs.
It’s a launchpad for startups, a platform for researchers and a home to innovators. MaRS houses 150 organizations—from startups to scaleups and large multinationals—that together draw 6,000 entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, business experts and venture capitalists to work every day. By connecting people from many fields and every place, across sectors and specializations, we help entrepreneurial networks advance the world together.
MaRS is not just about creating billion-dollar companies, but helping build global ventures that can change the world. We support over 1,000 ventures in four key sectors – health, work & learning, energy & environment, and finance & commerce — providing them with expert advice, access to critical early-stage capital and cutting-edge research facilities, as well as connections to talent, customers and partners.

Velocity a leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo startup incubator


Velocity is a leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo and the most impactful startup incubator in Canada. From idea to product development to commercialization, Velocity provides the knowledge, tools, space and network that startups and entrepreneurs need for success. The Velocity program includes a student dorm, workspaces in Waterloo region, events, mentor programs and more.


National Angel Capital Organization

The National Angel Capital Organization supports Angels, incubators, and accelerators as they help entrepreneurs turn good ideas into great businesses. As the only national industry association for Angel investors in Canada, NACO represents over 40 networks comprised of over 3000 Angel investors across Canada. Members assist Canadian startups in every region and industry to execute their vision and compete on the global stage by providing them with patient risk capital, expert advice, and professional networks when traditional financial and other institutions cannot.

By connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing, NACO accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem. NACO provides intelligence, tools, and resources for its members, facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries, and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.

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Information Venture Partners

Our team of experienced venture capital investors is intimately acquainted with the FinTech market. Our founding team invested together while at RBC Venture Partners for over a decade. In late 2014, we purchased the remaining companies in that portfolio, with support of leading institutional investors to create our first independent fund. In January 2016, we raised our second fund.

Our philosophy is as straightforward as our strategy – identify disruptive, game-changing opportunities and the entrepreneurs with the passion to make them a reality, and lend our resources and expertise towards that goal every step of the way. We don’t chase trends. We don’t care if what you’re doing is “sexy” – we just care that it will make a difference to the global businesses that you serve.

Canadian Digital Media Network CDMN Communitech


The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), is a network of 26 regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada’s digital entrepreneurs. Designated a federal Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research, CDMN is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in the digital economy.

CDMN also manages a suite of programming including the Soft Landing program, a $4000 travel grant program to assist Canadian tech companies in closing sales and investment abroad.

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Panache Ventures

Panache Ventures will be the most active and best performing Canadian seed stage venture capital fund. Panache is led by a team of experienced operators, with a strong angel investor track record, years of institutional VC experience and a strong network in Canada, in Silicon Valley and worldwide. The fund has a founders-first philosophy, a commitment to diversity and strategically coinvests with smart angel investors and seed stage funds.  If you are going to invest in the best early stage tech startups, better invest with Panache!

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#movethedial is a movement dedicated to increasing the participation and advancement of women in technology.

Raise the profile of women in tech
Help Canadian female owned/led Technology start-ups grow and scale globally
Help ‘board ready’ women with tech experience earn seats on boards.
Provide women opportunities to develop technical and leadership skills (and link to STEM initiatives)

How we #movethedial
Connections - We connect supporters – both women and men alike – with the people, resources and programs that can support, educate and advance women in technology. Amplification - We use storytelling to celebrate success stories, provide role models, engage and inspire the community, and to help spread the word. Partnerships - We partner with like-minded organizations to strengthen and magnify our efforts and make a greater impact. Programming - We build a deep understanding of the existing tech ecosystem, identify opportunities for growth, and develop high-impact programming to fill the gaps.

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The DMZ at Ryerson University

The DMZ at Ryerson University is the leading business incubator for tech startups in North America. We help high-potential tech startups grow and scale their business by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. In six years, the DMZ has grown more than 250 companies that have raised $280 million and created more than 2,500 jobs. Our mission is to put more Canadian businesses on the map.

DMZ startups operate in an environment that cultivates success. From access to investors, target customers, industry-leading experts and community events, our startups have what they need to scale and succeed as global companies.


Anges Québec

Anges Québec a pour mission de permettre à ses membres de réaliser des investissements profitables dans un large éventail de secteurs et dans toutes les régions du Québec. Pour ce faire, l’organisation identifie les meilleurs entrepreneurs en innovation prêts à démarrer leurs activités ou promoteurs immobiliers à la tête de nouveaux projets prometteurs tout en soutenant les anges investisseurs qui misent en leur succès.

Ivey Institute for Entrepreneurship

Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship

Recognized globally as a premiere resource for entrepreneurship research and education, the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship serves new business ventures from start-up to succession. Housed within the renowned Ivey Business School, the Institute provides entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and discipline to thrive in a competitive world.

We work at every level - from helping students develop the skills to launch new businesses, to supporting existing entrepreneurs as they take their organizations to the next level. We are also world-renowned for our research in the areas of high growth and entrepreneurial learning.


ScaleUp Ventures

We are a venture capital firm that supports creative entrepreneurs with more than just capital. We also invest time and expertise to help our investees get to market sooner and scale up faster. This guidance is delivered by our fund’s founders, who have themselves started, funded and managed multiple companies with $1 billion+ exits. They are further assisted by a Leadership Council comprised of some of Canada’s most successful business people.

We were founded in Toronto in 2016 and have raised over $100 million from private investors plus a commitment of $25 million from the Province of Ontario and $5 million from the Province of British Columbia. The fund helps early stage technology companies scale up to the global market, helps drive greater success in the Canadian technology sector, and ultimately contributes to making Canada a stronger and more prosperous economy.

L-Spark Ottawa Accelerator

The L-SPARK Accelerator

The L-SPARK Accelerator is the destination for market ready SaaS and cloud companies to connect with Canada’s SaaS experts. The L-SPARK acceleration model positions companies to propel their revenues to $100k MRR and beyond. Leveraging established relationships with key venture capital firms, angel investors, and the investment community at large, L-SPARK’s goal is to scale Canada’s best in SaaS to 10 x revenue growth and Series A funding.

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Open Angel Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia

Open Angel Canada is an organization dedicated to connecting founders & funders. Our goals are to: connect the early-stage tech angel community across Canada; provide regular regional events where funders & founders can connect and learn about each other; support founder & funder education and resources to help... 


Frontier Foundry - Vancouver, British Columbia

Frontier Platform
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Frontier Platform is an end-to-end solution for creating, investing in, and trading tokenized capital pools in a regulatory compliant manner.

Tokens represent a new class of crypto assets and may or may not be treated as securities depending on local jurisdictions. While tokens issued by startups via ICOs surpassed $2B in 2017, the market for tokenized financial instruments is forecast to grow to $10T by 2027. Frontier will support and help build an ecosystem around tokens that are backed by real world assets and financial instruments - what we call Regulated Tokens, which are a form of Proof of Asset tokens.

The Frontier Platform is an investment platform that allows the tokenization of capital pools and financial instruments such as debt pools, syndicates, and seed funds, in full compliance of regulations.

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Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed. That’s our mission, our mantra, our reason for being. Everything we do ties back to collaboration and helping—values that run deep in our organization.

We were founded in 1997 by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs who wanted to raise the profile of the Waterloo Region tech community. Their vision: more tech talent, a globally-recognized tech sector and better support for companies.
Today, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. We support companies at all stages of growth and development—from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players—and we have fun doing it.
Our team is dedicated and passionate. Regardless of role, we work together every day to help our tech companies overcome barriers to success. Team members can often be found throughout the community at all kinds of events. 

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Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs

Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs is a non-profit incubator dedicated to helping teens and pre-teens learn about entrepreneurship. 
We offer 2 streams to help students: Events ( our signature Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference is a 2-part conference where students learn to bring a business idea from concept to customer validation to pitch presentation), Accelerator (in-school programming and mentorship) and Investments. 

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Startup York

Startup York is a non-profit community of entrepreneurs in York Region.  We host no-pitch events for entrepreneurs to meet and share.  We also connect businesses with organizations who can help them grow.  If you own a small to mid-size business, a tech startup, a solopreneur, or are thinking about starting a business, we'd love to meet you!

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TechToronto is a mission driven organization, working to grow and diversify Canada’s technology ecosystems. Through best-in-class events, insightful research and meaningful advocacy, TechToronto is helping to support the growth and development of the Canadian tech community. TechToronto is a non-partisan advocate on behalf of the tech community, a tireless champion of local entrepreneurs and their companies.

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The York Angel Investors (YAI) are a group of accredited investors with a broad range of professional experience. We focus on superior return on investment for ourselves AND our portfolio companies. We are THE choice for angels in the GTA who are seeking to diversify their portfolio!
Since 2008, YAI members have participated in over 118 deals, and invested about $17.6 million. YAI angels are a diverse group of over 95 members, who come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. Our dynamic angels represent a broad range ages, cultures and styles of investing (passive/dollars to active/board member).
Our collaborative mentorship approach and strategic financing supports entrepreneurs through various stages of early growth. Our investments often represent the bridge between the self-financed or seed stage and the venture capital and/or private equity level of funding. We also work collaboratively with other angel groups throughout the country, as well as regional and national venture capital firms.


Business Wire

For more than 50 years, Business Wire has been the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure.

For the last half century, thousands of communications professionals have turned to us to deliver their news to the audiences most important to their business through the sources they trust most. Over that time, we've gone from a single office with one full time employee to more than 500 employees in 32 bureaus.

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Prince's Operation Entrepreneur (POE)

Prince's Charities Canada

“I established my Prince’s Charities Canada so that I could connect the accomplishments of my charities in the U.K. and across the world with organizations in Canada in order to make a difference in the lives of Canadians.”
– His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales


Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) – is a national program that provides transitioning Canadian military personnel and veterans with the education, tools and resources needed to open their own businesses. It was established in 2012 to meet a previously unmet need of national entrepreneurial supports specifically tailored to the Canadian Armed Forces. POE helps ease the transition into second careers and civilian life and fills a much needed void in the employment landscape of transitioning military members.

“Canadian servicemen and women give so much in support of their country. I am keen to ensure that when their duty is done they have everything they need to make a smooth transition to civilian life.”
– His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

POE is the only program of its kind in Canada, developed to address a gap in entrepreneurial resources for transitioning military.

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Upside Foundation

We enable early stage and high growth companies to give back by donating equity to charity. Supported by leading investors, influencers, and entrepreneurs, the process is simple: donate options or warrants, and when you have a liquidity event, that donation converts to cash for the charities you support. Join our community today and bake social responsibility into your company brand.