AWS Startup Day Toronto on August 21

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About the event

Launching a successful startup takes more than building on the most flexible, reliable, and scalable infrastructure available today. At AWS Startup Day, you will learn from startup experts about best practices that go beyond designing your infrastructure.

There will be one business track and one technical track running in parallel. In the early stages of building your company, you manage a variety of responsibilities, so we encourage you to attend sessions in both tracks. Whether you’re the CTO, CEO or CXO, this day is dedicated to you, the founder, and all the ways Amazon can help your startup succeed.

Who should attend?

Early stage entrepreneurs who are pre-seed or bootstrapped and interested in learning how to grow their company through practical business and technical guidance.

Why you should attend
  • Hear from entrepreneurs who have built successful companies, VCs on what they look for in funding, and how you can partner with AWS.
  • Get inspired and share ideas with other startup leaders in your area.
  • Prepare for the challenges you'll face as you start to scale on both the business and engineering side.
  • Learn about some of our newest services from AWS to ensure your infrastructure is scalable and reliable.

Date

Tuesday,
August 21, 2018

Time

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location

MaRS Centre, 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

Agenda

Time Session
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast + Registration
Sign in and mingle with new friends over a continental breakfast.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jim Routh, Sr Manager, VC Business Development, AWS
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM The State of the Startup Industry in Canada
Victoria Lennox (Co-Founder & CEO, Startup Canada)
10:45 AM – 11:30 PM Getting off the Starting Blocks: Securing capital, talent and customers as an industry upstart
Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMX
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Panel Discussion: The VC for Me
Moderator: Jim Routh, Sr Manager, VC Business Development, AWS
Panelists: Janet Bannister, Partner, Real Ventures; Sergio Escobar, Super Angel & Limited Partner at BCF Ventures; Sid Paquette, Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures; Eric Bukovinsky, Partner, Yaletown Partners
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
Business Track Technical Track
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM VC 101: How & Why VCs Do What They Do (and the Key Things You Should Know as a Founder)
Dr. Sean Wise, BA LLB MBA PhD, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University, Partner, Ryerson Futures' Seed Fund
The Best Practices and Hard Lessons Learned of Serverless Applications
Raj Chilakapati, Solutions Architect , AWS Solutions Architecture
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM [We] Power Tech: Building Your Startup Team with Inclusion in Mind
Caitlin MacGregor, Co-founder & CEO, Plum.io
Keeping Your Infrastructure Costs Low
Neeraj Verma, Solutions Architect, Canada, AWS Solutions Architecture
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break  
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Building & Selling AI-Powered Enterprise Solutions
Sudip Chakrabarti, Partner, Madrona Venture Group
Launching your Application the Amazon Way
Raj Chilakapati, Solutions Architect , AWS Solutions Architecture
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Accelerate or Incubate? Making the Right Choice
Dean Hopkins, Chief Growth Officer at OneEleven
Securing Customer Data from Day 1
Neeraj Verma, Solutions Architect, Canada, AWS Solutions Architecture
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks + Happy Hour
Jim Routh, Sr Manager, VC Business Development, AWS


About the event

Launching a successful startup takes more than building on the most flexible, reliable, and scalable infrastructure available today. At AWS Startup Day, you will learn from startup experts about best practices that go beyond designing your infrastructure.

There will be one business track and one technical track running in parallel. In the early stages of building your company, you manage a variety of responsibilities, so we encourage you to attend sessions in both tracks. Whether you’re the CTO, CEO or CXO, this day is dedicated to you, the founder, and all the ways Amazon can help your startup succeed.

Who should attend?

Early stage entrepreneurs who are pre-seed or bootstrapped and interested in learning how to grow their company through practical business and technical guidance.

Why you should attend?

  • Hear from entrepreneurs who have built successful companies, VCs on what they look for in funding, and Amazon about how you can partner with us.
  • Get inspired and share ideas with other startup leaders in your area.
  • Prepare for the challenges you'll face as you start to scale on both the business and engineering side.
  • Learn about some of our newest services from AWS to ensure your infrastructure is scalable and reliable.