A landmark event will be descending upon Ottawa next week, exposing international strategic investors to the top entrepreneurs and innovators from the Canadian startup community.
The event, Axis Ottawa 2014, is a two-day conference, combining startup pitches with investor feedback and keynote presentations on subjects ranging from the startup future in Canada to mobile monetization.
“Events like Axis Ottawa are integral to supporting our startup ecosystem, and the growth and prosperity of our entrepreneurs, and future business leaders,” says Steven Tover, CEO, Stage 2 Partners, and key organizer of Axis Ottawa. “Having access to strategic investors helps to further expose these entrepreneurs to the international startup community.”
Confirmed investors for the event include IBM Venture Capital, Teres Capital, SanDisk, Motorola, Qodeo, Huawei, Docomo Innovations, DCM, Apex Investment & Co., and White Star Capital, Accenture, and TATA Teleservices Unlimited.
“Ottawa’s reputation as Canada’s high-tech hub has come from decades of homegrown talent that has grown to succeed on the global scale,” says Kevin Carroll, Managing Director of Innovation, Invest Ottawa. “Axis Ottawa will be a great opportunity to further showcase this talent, and provide opportunities for further market expansion through networking and interacting with renowned global investors.”
Entrepreneurs and startups are the cornerstone of Canada’s economy. According to Industry Canada, 48 per cent of Canada’s total workforce is employed through 1 million small businesses. These small businesses are also responsible for 25 per cent of total exports, and 30 per cent of the total GDP.
Not only a key contributor to innovation, investment can be an integral driver of future business success. There were 139 angel investments made in Canada in 2012, a 96% increase from 2011. These investments totaled $40.5M, a 13% increase over 2011, according to National Angel Capital Organization.
Axis Ottawa 2014 will be held at Algonquin College, September 9th and 10th, 2014. The event will host pitches from specially selected Canadian startups, an investor pitch competition, feedback and advice from expert panelists, and keynotes from Claudia Fan Munce of IBM Venture Capital Group, Dixon Doll of DCM, and Internet pioneer Jeff Pulver. The event will also serve as an opportunity for general networking and one-on-one meetings with investors.
“Mentorship and investment are paramount in the evolution of global innovation,” says Ed Frank, CEO, Axis Innovation. “Our vision is to join these investors with strategic opportunities that will also benefit the entrepreneurs and propel them onto the world stage.”