Schedule
November 21, 2013
07:30-08:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Start your networking early and mingle with your peers over breakfast.
07:45-08:25
Meeting Exchanges Over Breakfast
Be sure to book your face-to-face time using .Connect system with companies, investors, and key players who need to hear from you! The meetings are pre-booked and pre-qualified in order to allow people with similar aims to exchange ideas, evolve partnerships, and discover new investment opportunities.
08:30-08:50
Opening Remarks with the CIX Co-Chairs
Join the CIX Co-Chairs as they set the stage for a day of engaging conversations among the who's who of the Digital Media and Information Technology sectors at the Canadian Innovation Exchange and highlight the best and the brightest companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers who are actively looking for new deals and relationships.
08:55-09:25
Canadian Innovator of the Year Award: John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn
09:30-10:00
Growth: What It Really Means and What It Takes
Take some time to sit in on these intimate conversations with some of the industry's top trailblazers and gain full access inside the minds of these visionaries. They will take you through their triumphs and challenges during an in-depth overview of how they built a highly innovative product and achieved success.
10:05-10:35
Opportunities & Risks in Corporate Venture
Entrepreneurs hunting for capital can sometimes find significant opportunities working with corporate venture groups. Large technology corporations like to invest in emerging companies that can potentially become additions to their own technology platforms or that can be complementary for their customers. Some of these investors can add strategic value as well by providing their investee with visibility into new products and access sales and business development channels. So far, so good. But these valuable strategic investments can also come with strings attached in the form of exclusivity rights, first refusals, or other terms that can reduce longer term value or frighten off other potential investors, customers, and partners.
Come hear from leading experts on this panel to get insights you need to navigate the corporate VC tightrope.
  • How do you attract corporate VCs to your business? Is it different from financial investors?
  • Will the corporate VC attempt to influence the direction of your business to meet their business goals?
  • Can you still carry on business effectively with the competitors of your new corporate shareholder? What if one of their competitors wants to acquire your business?
  • What are the main goals for corporate VC programs: financial returns, toehold acquisitions, competitive insights?
10:35-10:55
Networking Break
Take a break from the exciting morning of programming and mingle with your fellow CIX attendees.
10:55-11:40
CIX Top 20 Live!
Five finalists from Canada's most innovative companies will participate in a live showcase to leading investors and companies. The Top 20 are chosen by an esteemed selection committee based on their product, growth, and merit. Make sure you take the time to meet the CEO's of each company throughout the day and at their booth located on the upper level near the registration desk.
11:45-12:30
CIX Top 20 Live!
Five finalists from Canada's most innovative companies will participate in a live showcase to leading investors and companies. The Top 20 are chosen by an esteemed selection committee based on their product, growth, and merit. Make sure you take the time to meet the CEO's of each company throughout the day and at their booth located on the upper level near the registration desk.
12:30-13:40
Networking Lunch
Enjoy a catered lunch and take some time to get to know the CIX Top 20 companies by visiting their booths located on the upper level near the registration desk.
12:30-13:30
Meeting Exchange
Be sure to book your face-to-face time using our .Connect system with companies, investors, and key players who need to hear from you! The meetings are pre-booked and pre-qualified in order to allow people with similar aims to exchange ideas, evolve partnerships, and discover new investment opportunities.
13:40-14:40
Meeting Exchange
Be sure to book your face-to-face time using our .Connect system with companies, investors, and key players who need to hear from you! The meetings are pre-booked and pre-qualified in order to allow people with similar aims to exchange ideas, evolve partnerships, and discover new investment opportunities.
13:40-14:10
The Role of Public Companies as Venture Capital Investors
The public markets have historically played a critical role in driving the growth of the tech sector and vice versa. Although Canadian markets have endured a long season of almost no IPOs and difficult times for many listed entities, there is growing evidence that the role of public markets as a vehicle for raising capital and liquidity in tech is beginning to develop.
  • As the fortunes of the resource sectors have waned, are investors seeking new growth stories in the tech sector?
  • What are the new models of investment ofr companies who act as early to growth-stage investors of technology companies?
  • How can the public's interest in crowdfunding and the pending arrival of equity-based crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.) assist general investors in discovering the next great startup opportunity?
  • Is there a natural role for public markets in providing access to such opportunities?
13:40-14:10
Startup Ecosystems: Fireside Chat with Lane Becker
The success of Silicon Valley is tied to the community and the culture. It's not the geography or the broader culture of the U.S. as a whole, but the region itself. But Silicon Valley doesn't need to be the only place producing successful startups time and time again. Join Lane Becker as he discusses the commoditization of the Valley culture and how to adopt it across the Canadian startup landscape.
  • What does it mean, to be an "emerging regional startup ecosystem"?
  • Is it similar to Silicon Valley, or something different? Should regions strive to be the "next Silicon Valley"?
  • What are all the components of a successful startup ecosystem?
  • What does it mean for each region? How does it affect their future? What does it mean for the future of networked technology and technology as a whole?
13:40-14:10
Tax Credits for Digital Media: Cashing In On Your Investment
You've spent untold hours and resources on creating new and interactive digital media. It's time to cash in on your investment! Join us for an insightful crash course on Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credits (OIDMTC), a lucrative tax credit for companies across all industries that have created an interactive digital media product (such as an interactive website, mobile app, kiosk, or digital media game) whose primary purpose is to educate, inform, or entertain. You'll learn everything you need to know about OIDMTC tax credits, including:
  • What types of projects are eligible?
  • How to optimize your OIDMTC claims and which strategies to use to pass claim reviews with flying colours.
  • What are income and tax implications for applying?
  • How much do you stand to gain?
14:15-14:45
How Much Capital Do You Actually Need?
Without investment, there's no innovation. Investment fuels the launch and growth of companies and separates the ambitious from the flops. It has been said that funding is the single greatest determinant of a company's trajectory, shaping its rise and directing its future. Join this session and explore a variety of ways to get your company off the ground with an influx of capital.
  • How can you unearth key investors and funds and engage with them?
  • When can you get to cash flow neutral?
  • How can you mitigate risk while highlighting the upside to investors?
  • How can you ensure seed round is structured properly to effect the next round of funding?
14:15-14:45
Top 10 Common Legal Mistakes That Will Cost Your Company Value and How to Avoid Them
In this session learn from our expert corporate and IP legal team who work with companies and investors on a daily basis about the most common legal mistakes companies make in their rush to grow their business which can seriously decrease the value of a technology business and the assets and advice on the right steps to take and where to invest time and money to protect your assets and increase value.
14:15-14:45
Fireside Chat with Wael Mohamed, Trend Micro
Serial entrepreneur Wale Mohamed is one of the most influential executives in the security industry. Along with his team at Third Brigade he has created the world's #1 leader in virtual and cloud security solution for mission critical servers, an emerging billion dollar market category. Hear Wael's insights on:
  • What is the path to successfully building a category-defining company in an ultra competitive market?
  • What are the best strategies to win those first marquee customers and secure first adopters and key channel partners?
  • Where does the next innovation frontier lie in the broader security market for new startups?
  • How best to partner with Trend's Global Centre of Excellence for Cloud Server Security, which is based in Ottawa, to help accelerate the innovation landscape for security in Canada
14:50-15:35
CIX Top 20 Live!
Five finalists from Canada's most innovative companies will participate in a live showcase to leading investors and companies. The Top 20 are chosen by an esteemed selection committee based on their product, growth, and merit. Make sure you take the time to meet the CEO's of each company throughout the day and at their booth located on the upper level near the registration desk.
15:35-15:55
Networking Break
Take a break from the exciting day of programming and mingle with your fellow CIX attendees to discuss the highlights of the day.
15:55-16:40
CIX Top 20 Live!
Five finalists from Canada's most innovative companies will participate in a live showcase to leading investors and companies. The Top 20 are chosen by an esteemed selection committee based on their product, growth, and merit. Make sure you take the time to meet the CEO's of each company throughout the day and at their booth located on the upper level near the registration desk.
16:45-17:15
Building a World Class Company
It’s easier than ever to start a technology company these days. But what does it take to build a company large enough to be the leader in its industry? Come meet with some Canadian entrepreneurs who are doing this and learn what it takes.
17:20-17:50
Focused Strategic Deals: M&A
Record cash, disruptive change, aggressive new buyers, and rising valuations are making this the best time to sell in a decade. Many owners are taking advantage, but are they ready? The importance of strategic thinking and entrepreneurship is growing through acquisitions. The ability to think and act strategically are skills in short supply so join this session and learn to position, value, negotiate, and execute due diligence for maximum price and structure.
  • What are valuation methods and choice of structure?
  • What is the M&A outlook for 2014?
  • With deals taking longer to deliver, are corporate leaders more reflective about their approach? How are they re-assessing their corporate strategy, finding new alternatives to traditional deal structures, or revisiting underperforming ventures?
  • There has been an increase in the average value of transactions in most markets, what does this mean to a startup?
17:50-18:00
Audience Choice & Cocktails
The Top 20 Audience Choice companies will be announced after an exciting day of virtual trading with our stock ticker.
18:00-19:00
Closing Cocktails
Cheers to a day of enlightening sessions and newfound business connections and celebrate Canada's most innovative and forward thinkers.