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Where Founders & Funders Unite

To explore non-dilutive funding for Atlantic Canadian companies.

Why Attend?

 

Very-early stage to mid-stage founders will have the opportunity to hear from and meet Canada’s non-dilutive funders, discovering new ways to leverage non-dilutive funding while continuing to work with angels, VC investors, and other equity-based funders.

Over 2,000 startups, investors, service providers, mentors, researchers and entrepreneurial minded students have attended our event in the past, and over 560 companies have been funded.

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Entrepreneurs

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You will have the opportunity to learn how to leverage non-dilutive and dilutive funds to help you grow while keeping more of your idea and company yours. You’ll hear first-hand accounts of experienced entrepreneurs who have already taken this path, in addition to active funders in this realm. You will hear how this new wave of financing can be accessed and used with dilutive funding, and how you can discover the best mix for you, your shareholders, and your company.

 

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Investors

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You will have the opportunity to explain your pivotal role in Atlantic Canada’s funding landscape while showcasing your products and services to an enthusiastic audience of startups, founders, entrepreneurs, researchers, post secondary students, and your fellow funders and our event partners. Interested in joining us as a Partner? Click here!

 

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Startup Support Organizations

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As legal counsel, accountants, post-secondaries, accelerators, incubators, and government agencies, you will have the opportunity to showcase your organization while learning how non-dilutive funding impacts outcomes.

 

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Who Is Attending?

+ Non dilutive funders

  • Government Programs
  • Funding Agencies
  • Banks
  • Financial Institutions
  • Boutique Funders

+ Investors

  • Angels
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Syndicates

+ Founders

  • Very Early Stage to Mid-Stage
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs

+ Support Organizations

  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Service Providers
  • Universities & Colleges
  • Accelerators & Incubators
  • Governments

+ Support Community

  • Startup Team Members
  • Support Groups
  • Mentors
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 Entrepreneur Track – Agenda


September 17, 2019

8:30 am
REGISTRATION OPENS


9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PITCHCAMP TRAINING WORKSHOP
PitchCamp offers pitch coaching workshops to a limited number of startups and early-stage companies looking to build an effective pitch. Startups can apply online to be one of the 30 applicants to be selected and receive a free 2-day pass to Funding Founders.


12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FUNDING WORKSHOPS (hosted by FF Partners)
The afternoon is packed with 45 minute specialized workshops for early to mid-stage startups. You’ll hear from a variety of non-dilutive and dilutive funders and service providers as they provide insight into the funding and assistance programs.


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
ICEBREAKER RECEPTION- CASINO NS
Its time for all founders, funders and partners to enjoy a down-east reception on the edge of Halifax harbour.


8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BY INVITATION FUNDERS & STAKEHOLDERS’ PRIVATE DINNER

September 18, 2019

8:30 am – 9:30 am
EARLY STAGE FUNDING
CONCEPT – IDEATION
In this session Funders and Founders will share their first-hand experiences of structuring non-dilutive deals.
Guest Founders:
Chuck Lienaux, CFO & Co-founder, HannaTech
Guest Funders:
Craig MacMullin, Pres & CEO, CEED


9:30 am – 10:30 pm
NON-DILUTED VS DILUTED FUNDING
PRE-SEED – MVP
A comparative discussion of both options and how they compliment a startups requirements for funding in Atlantic Canada.
Guest Founders:
Julia Rivard, CEO & Co-founder, Squiggle Park


10:30 am – 11:00 am
HEALTH BREAK / NETWORKING


11:00 am – 12:00 pm
DEVELOPING YOUR MARKET
COMMERCIALIZATION – MARKET DEVELOPMENT
This session will identify the Funders’ programs designed to assist companies as they commercialize their product and look to develop markets. Founders will share the stage to provide insights and their experiences.
Guest Founders:
Chris Burns, Pres & CEO, Novonix


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
KEYNOTE LUNCH
This inspiring entrepreneurial keynote will zero in on their sales experiences in building a successful startup while using a timely mix of non-dilutive and dilutive funding.


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
SCALING UP
EARLY GROWTH – SCALE
These local startups will enlighten the audience with their stories of how a mix of non-dilutive and dilutive funding impacted their growth while maintaining more control.
Guest Founders:
Kevin Rimmer, Head of Strategy, Tenera Care


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
NETWORKING / REFRESHMENT BREAK


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FUNDING TRENDS – GROWTH, EXPANSION, & SUCCESSION
EXPANSION – GROWTH
This caps off the day’s learnings with insight into Canada’s non-dilutive funding trends for Founders to be better prepared for their next stages of growth, expansion, & succession.


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

KITCHEN PARTY- Volta
The wrap-up party where founders, funders et al collide at Saint Mary’s Space at Volta.


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
BY INVITATION FUNDER DINNERS

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Past Speakers