Sunday, October 5th to Friday, October 10th

New York, NY


1-Week NY Market Accelerator Program for Canadian Tech Companies

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Startups, Eh?

On October 8th we invite you to our third Canadian one-week accelerator program for some of the most kick-ass Canadian startups!

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From October 5th to October 10th we are hosting VentureOutCanada, our third one-week NY Market Accelerator program for Canadian tech startups!

On Wednesday, October 8th, we invite you to Startups, Eh? (Canadian tech showcase), featuring our impressive delegation of tech companies and our esteemed investor panel.


The Program


We are seeking the 15 most promising Canadian tech startups to take part in our one week NY business expansion program that features:


  • Cap Intro: Introductions to esteemed venture investors and accelerator programs, i.e. Gotham Ventures, ff Venture Capital, and ERA

  • Workshops: Educate and assist with visas and immigration, U.S. business formation, sales and marketing strategy, accounting, hiring, and more

  • Networking: Events with 150+ members of NYC’s tech community

  • Pitch Night: Demo to investor panel and NYC tech leaders

  • Tours: Visit successful tech companies in the NY tech community i.e. Etsy, Huffington Post, AOL, Sailthru, and Big Spaceship



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The Main Event


On Wednesday, October 8th, we invite you to Startups, Eh? (Canadian tech showcase), featuring our impressive delegation of tech companies and our esteemed investor panel.

Keynote Speaker

John W. Mullins

Author, The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance, or Grow Your Company with Your Customers’ Cash (Wiley 2014)

John is an award-winning teacher and scholar at London Business School, John Mullins brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth retailing firms, including two ventures he founded and one he IPO’d.

His 2009 book, the critically acclaimed Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model, co-authored with Randy Komisar, partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was named to “Best Books of 2009” lists by BusinessWeek and INC Magazine.

John has been a director of numerous fast-growing entrepreneurial companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

John’s talk, based on the seldom-heard stories of some remarkable 21st century entrepreneurs, will bring to life five distinct and distinctive customer-funded models that today’s entrepreneurs – and their angel investors – can, and often should, put to work to fund their start-ups or finance and grow their companies.

Past Speakers and Investors

David Teten

Partner, ff Venture Capital

David is a Partner with ffVC. He serves on the board of Whisk and formerly served on the board of Ionic Security. He has advised in the past Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), and Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund). He is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the second largest angel network in New York. Early in his career, David lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro as a strategy consultant for Mars and Co.

Joshua Schwartz

Founder & Managing Partner at East Wind Advisors

In 2002, after 14 years of combined investment banking and corporate law experience at leading Wall Street firms, Josh formed East Wind Advisors, LLC with a view towards bringing “bulge bracket” – quality services to emerging growth, lower middle-market and late stage venture companies. Prior to forming East Wind, Josh worked for over seven years as an investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. From 1998 to 2001, Josh was a Managing Director in Bear Stearns' Media & Entertainment Investment Banking Group, where he initiated and led the firm's education & training practice and advised companies operating in various sectors of the media industry, including broadcasting, programming, and cable. From 1994 to 1998, Josh worked in Bear Stearns' Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group, where he led teams responsible for raising over $1 billion of capital for Latin American companies, many of which operated from Brazil. From 1987 to 1994 Josh was a Corporate Associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Josh’s firm, and its principals, periodically make equity investments in areas of interest.

Albert Wenger

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and an early hosted data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.

Angela Lee

Founder, 37 Angels

Angela is an educator, entrepreneur, and angel investor. She has started several companies in the education sector. Currently she teaches Leadership and Strategy courses at Columbia Business School and is their Executive Director of Teaching Excellence. She has 15 years of experience in marketing strategy and innovation. Her work has been featured on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, Forbes, and CNBC. Angela has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Past Company Tours


Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you!


Etsy is a website that focuses on handmade and vintage items, as well as art and craft supplies. The items include art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, quilts, and toys. Etsy is modeled after open craft fairs that give sellers personal storefronts where they can list their goods. The company charges users a flat listing fee (of 20 cents per items), and takes a commission of 3.5% off all items sold.
Since its launch in June 2005, the site has continually added new widgets and features, and has seen corresponding growth.


Sailthru, the leading provider of personalized marketing communications technology, is driving a major shift in how companies engage with their individual customers and optimize their revenue opportunities. Through the automated analysis of large data sets, Sailthru Smart Data generates and delivers personalized, omnichannel digital brand experiences. Sailthru-powered 1:1 relationships with consumers drive higher revenue and conversion for more than three hundred enterprises including Fab.com, Thrillist/Jack Threads, Everlane, Huffington Post, and Business Insider.
Founded in 2008 by Neil Capel, Ian White and Chris Chapman and headquartered in New York City, Sailthru is recognized for its industry-leading practices promoting consumer privacy and security by the Online Trade Association (OTA) and is on their 2013 Honor Roll.

ERA Accelerator

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is an early-stage seed fund and technology accelerator created by New Yorkers, for New York. It is committed to helping build the next generation of great New York technology companies. ERA looks for companies that are best able to take full advantage of the NYC opportunity as a starting point to successfully enter the market for their product, service or application.
ERA runs two four-month sessions per year, each with 10 companies. Startups receive $40K, free office space, free legal and other services. Additionally, companies receive free hands-on help from a team of 200+ mentors, who are experts in their respective fields.

Big Spaceship

Big Spaceship is a Brooklyn-based digital creative agency that creates connected experiences, products and platforms. Founded in 2000, Big Spaceship’s culture and crew have been profiled by Harvard Business Review and recognized among Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media” three years in a row. In 2011, Big Spaceship was named among Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies.”
Big Spaceship has worked with clients including Adobe, Chobani, Crayola, Google, YouTube, GE, HP, Shake Shack, and Wrigley, and has a growing IP portfolio including Corpsify, Pretty Loaded, Taco Finder and The Most Awesomest Thing Ever.

The Ladders

With more than 6 million members, TheLadders is the premier online job-matching service committed to finding the right person for the right job since 2003. Its groundbreaking iPhone app generated more than 100,000 downloads in its first week. Originally recognized as the leading job-matching site for high-earning professionals, TheLadders expanded its services in fall 2011 to all career-driven professionals. In doing so, the more than 43,000 employers and recruiters that use TheLadders to source qualified candidates now have access to professionals at all levels, free of charge. TheLadders is headquartered in New York City.

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