Hack your way into Canadian Dream Summit 2019

#CanadianDream Online is your opportunity to connect with investors, clients and talent.

  • Winners will be invited to present live on stage to an audience of senior leaders in business, venture capital, and innovation.

  • High potential founders will be invited to attend – and inspiring videos will be featured – at Canadian Dream Summit 2019.

  • High potential founders will be invited to participate in Scale-up Engine™: Roundtable Lunch Sessions with investors, executives and other key stakeholders.

More than a competition

Amplify your reach within the innovation ecosystem. Attract the resources you need to build your business.

Post online by: November 30th, 2018 

Online Challenge

Post your pitch on social media.

Who are you? What are you working on?
This is entrepreneurship at its best.
Do whatever works. Share your vision.

What are you trying to achieve?
What problem are you working to solve?
What is your vision of the future?

Your closing statement should be a call to action.
Ask for social media or community engagement.

Write an interesting post with the hashtags
#CanadianDream #PitchChallenge


Welcome to 150,000 Social Media Impressions

Erica Pearson
Co-Founder, CEO at Vacation Fund

Stuart Campbell
Founder, CEO at Passen


Imran Mouna
Co-founder, InStage VR

Current & Past Judges

Christophe Bourque - White Star Capital - Venture Capital
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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.

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Business Development Bank of Canada - BDC Capital

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.

Andrea Drager - Azure Capital Partners - Canadian Dream Summit
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Christian Lassonde
Toronto, Ontario


Maor Amar
Montréal, Québec

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Impression Ventures

Stéphane Pilette

Montréal, Québec

Anges Québec

Karel Vuong - Francois Lafortune - Diagram Ventures - Portage3


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What is your #CanadianDream? 

Online Pitch Challenge

Post online by: Nov 30th, 2018