Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM (COT)
Venue: Aird & Berlis LLP, Brookfield Place
Address: 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800, Toronto, ON M5J 2T9
6:30pm – Networking and Food
7:30pm – Fireside Chat
8:30pm – Networking
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
George Babu, OMERS Ventures
In his role as Director at OMERS Ventures, George Babu is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors, with a particular interest in human-computer interfaces, hardware platforms, mobile and enterprise software. An accomplished entrepreneur, George’s past experience includes senior roles at successful startups and established technology companies. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, George acted as general counsel and head of U.S. operations for Stockholm-based social gifting startup Wrapp, where he negotiated key partnerships and built out the U.S. team in New York and San Francisco. As co-founder and head of finance and operations at social performance platform Rypple, George gained significant experience raising capital, recruiting for key positions, and executing the company’s sale to Salesforce.com in 2011. Earlier in his career George spent nine years at Research In Motion on the Intellectual Property and Radio Frequency Research and Development teams. George currently serves on the board of AppHero as an Independent Director and the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. George holds a B.A.Sc. (Engineering Science, Electrical), J.D. and M.B.A. from The University of Toronto. He is a Registered Patent Agent in Canada and holder of two patents.
Michael Cayley, Director of Startup Grind Toronto
Hi I’m Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling (pronounced “seedling”), a platform that builds trust between investors, startups and mentors. I’m also Founder of the Ontario Cross-border Technology Innovation Ecosystem (OCTIE) Study. I’ve been doing the startup grind my whole career across Canada, the US, in Europe and China over the years. I hope that helps add some value to this conversation!
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Aird & Berlis LLP, a firm of 140 lawyers and rated the #1 Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer magazine, has worked with thousands of businesses, ranging from start-ups to major multinationals. It offers flat fee packages for startup companies.