January 18, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration & Refreshments at 5:30pm
Blind Duck Pub
READY – SET – PITCH!
Innovation in Mississauga is moving forward at an incredible pace. On January 18th, ICUBE is excited to host it’s second annual Pitch Competition, bringing innovators, entrepreneurs and all lovers of tech together to see the great things happening in technology! In the past these pitch competitions have been a great way to showcase teams to investors and organizations that can propel these start-ups forward. Our finalists have gone on to raise $300K on Kickstarter, operate in 13+ countries, have valuations over $12M and more!
$3,000 legal services Ridout & Maybee
- Michelle BrooksVP Human Resources, SOTIMichelle BrooksVP Human Resources, SOTI
Michelle Brooks is currently a Human Resources Executive at SOTI. She has a proven track record of building high performance teams to propel organizations into high growth by building engaging cultures, robust learning and development programs and talent acquisition initiatives. Michelle is a results-driven leader that thrives in environments of rapid change by striking a balance between measured process and servant leadership.
- Khaled IwamuraFounder, InSaugaKhaled IwamuraFounder, InSauga
Khaled Iwamura is the founder of www.insauga.com and www.inbrampton.com. He also hosts insauga's popular live TV show--which airs on RogersTV--at Celebration Square every Thursday night over the summer and in the studio in the winter season for the last 4 years straight.
Khaled has emceed major city events at Celebration Square including New Years Eve (30,000 people), Sound Bites Music Festival (25,000 people), Sauga Block Party (10,000 people) and Japan Festival Canada (40,000 people).
- Diana KraskouskayaCEO & Co-Founder - Dalriada TherapeuticsDiana KraskouskayaCEO & Co-Founder - Dalriada Therapeutics
Diana Kraskouskaya is currently the CEO at Dalriada Therapeutics, a Toronto-based start-up pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of innovative small molecule-based anti-cancer therapeutics. She is also a Senior Research Associate for the Gunning Group at the University of Toronto. Her research aspirations are to bring innovation to drug discovery through bridging chemical and biological approaches.
- Just VerticalJust Vertical
Unleashing the Urban Farmer
Our goal is to eliminate 8 billion food miles before the 8 billionth person is born. We are doing this by empowering urbanites to grow their own food at home with our FarmWall. We offer a full package service where the customer only needs to water their plants and watch the system grow up to 40lbs of fruits and vegetables a month.
We have a goal of eliminating 8 billion food miles, saving 8 million liters of water, and growing 800 000 pounds of local sustainable food before the 8 billionth person is born. We are doing this by empowering anybody to grow anything anywhere in any space at any time of year. Whether it is in your kitchen or in the spare closet make your spaces productive.
Conner Tidd, Co-Founder
M.Sc (University of Toronto) B.A. (McGill)
Kevin Jakiela, Co-Founder
M.Sc (University of Toronto) B.Sc (Laurier)
Year Founded: 2017
- Brenda HoganSenior Investment Manager, Ontario Capital Growth CorpBrenda HoganSenior Investment Manager, Ontario Capital Growth Corp
Brenda is currently the Senior Investment Manager at Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. She sits on the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, and serves on the Research and Benchmarking Committee of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). With an MBA from Dalhousie University in addition to credentials from Ivey and Rotman, Brenda has worked on multiple projects within business and finance.
- Blair MabeeSenior Manager, Assurance & AdvisoryBlair MabeeSenior Manager, Assurance & Advisory
Blair Mabee is a senior manager in MNP’s Mississauga Office with a focus in public companies and the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Blair leverages over 10 years of audit experience in assisting his clients in meeting their financial reporting and operational needs. Blair is familiar with Canadian and U.S. reporting requirements and auditing standards.
Blair has worked with a broad range of industries including renewable energy, food and beverage, junior mining and technology, media and telecommunications. Blair has managed assignments that have a significant number of consolidated entities, operations in foreign jurisdictions and early stage start-ups and go public transactions.
Blair is an active member of MNP’s National Public Company Workgroup which involves researching new and proposed standards, reporting requirements and the potential impact on clients as well as preparing resources for the firm. Blair is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). He received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
- Susan SeneseInterim Chief Administrative Officer, UofT Mississauga
- Mohan MarkandaierEntrepreneur & InvestorMohan MarkandaierEntrepreneur & Investor
Mohan Markandaier is currently a Manager Partner of Good News Ventures, as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for both York Angel Investors and HTBASE. He is a dedicated entrepreneur with experience in technology, strategy, product development, marketing and sales, operations and client management. Mohan received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from University of Toronto.
- Christine HoDirector of Business, Legal & Community AffairsChristine HoDirector of Business, Legal & Community Affairs
PITCH is designed to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship at UofT Mississauga, our city and our region. Focusing an early and developing stage ventures, ICUBE brings together innovators from a variety of sectors. Join us to learn from amazing speakers sharing their experiences, network with great companies and sponsors, and be at the hub of where ideas grow at UTM!