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Raising Series A with Innovate Edmonton Sponsored by Williams Engineering

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Catherine Warren
Innovate Edmonton, CEO

Living and working in Canada, the US, UK and Europe, Warren has served as a C-suite executive for publicly traded companies, academic institutions and government-business enterprises.

Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Economic Commission, she led the team in attracting $3B in foreign direct investment to the region, with a portfolio including the Vancouver Film Commission, the world’s largest animation and visual effects sector, smart cities technologies such as AI, 5G and quantum computing and the green and impact economies.

In more than two decades as a tech advisor, Warren’s track record includes mergers and acquisitions for digital distribution and digital IP, raising capital and liquidity events for tech companies, consulting to national media funds, hedge funds, crowdfunds and coaching executives on strategic growth and monetization. Earlier in her career, she was the start-up COO of a broadcast software company that she and her partners took to the Nasdaq and grew to a $300M market cap.

Warren has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on climate change, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she did her original thesis work onsite at MIT covering the launch of its digital Media Lab.

Andrew Chau
Neo Financial, CEO

Andrew is the Co-founder of SkipTheDishes, the largest food delivery network in Canada. Skip was acquired by Just-Eat in 2016 for $200M. 

Now he's building Neo Financial from the ground up. Neo just announced a $64 million Series B fundraise from top-tier investors to disrupt Canada's legacy banking industry. 

Colin Bramm
Showbie, CEO and Co-Founder

Colin Bramm is the CEO and Co-Founder of Showbie, the hybrid learning platform for managing classroom workflow and delivering personalized feedback to students of all learning abilities on any device. A computer engineer turned entrepreneur, Colin has nearly 20 years of experience in how technology can support classrooms to build a meaningful connection between teachers and students. In 2020, Showbie raised over $12 million in Series A funding that has propelled them to become a global company.

James Neufeld
samdesk, CEO

James is the Founder and CEO of samdesk, James has a background in technology, broadcast and media. During his career, he has worked across 5 cities in 4 countries helping organizations make sense of social media signals to tell stories to keep people safe. James is a self-taught product designer and entrepreneur and has served in a variety of roles and teams. He has had the honour to build three teams from scratch, including the wonderful team here at samdesk.

He previously held the position of Vice President of Marketing at Molden Media GmbH along with senior leadership roles at Never.no and IAM TV.


Let’s talk about Money! For startups, raising capital is a beast of a task. It’s daunting. It’s endless hours of work. But you aren’t alone.

Hear about raising Series A funding from those who have successfully been through the process! Learn about the ins and outs of raising big money.

Joining the panel to share their stories are: 

This top-notch panel will be moderated by Catherine Warren, CEO of Innovate Edmonton. Don’t miss out!


Startup Week's Series A Panel is made possible thanks to the support of Williams Engineering.

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Attendees (87)

Maggie Barton Baird
Maggie Barton Baird
MB & Company, Principal
CC
Chase Christensen
RBCx, VP, Relationship Management
Rob Ziola
Rob Ziola
Innovation Canada, Innovation Advisor
Cory Sellar
Cory Sellar
Innovate Edmonton, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Harvest Builders
Harvest Builders
Harvest Builders
XZ
Xiao Zheng
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Program Coordinator
Dawn Newton
Dawn Newton
Innovate Edmonton, Head of Accelerate Edmonton
Allan Waine
Allan Waine
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator
Noah Fast
Noah Fast
Economic Development Winnipeg, Business Development Officer
Barbara McKenzie
Barbara McKenzie
Innovate Edmonton, Director, Strategic and Operational Growth
Sarabjit Brar
Sarabjit Brar
uLearnify Inc., Founder
Erin Gobolos
Erin Gobolos
Innovate Edmonton, Director, Marketing & Communication
Shamelle Pless
Shamelle Pless
Innovate Edmonton, Manager, Brand & Digital Presence
Catherine Warren
Catherine Warren
Innovate Edmtonton, Chief Executive Officer
Christian Idicula
Christian Idicula
KASTx Ventures, Director, Operations
BE
Bill Eadie
Eadie Oil Inc., President
Daniel Saraolu
Daniel Saraolu
Canadian Entrepreneurs, founder and CEO
DC
Don Crippen
Innovation Canada, Senior Innovation Advisor
Clinton Senkow
Clinton Senkow
Senkow Ventures, Managing Director
MB
Mark Benning
Sprout.vc
Seanna Baxter
Seanna Baxter
Innovate Edmonton, General Admin
Anna Knight
Anna Knight
Startup Edmonton, Program Coordinator
SM
Shalon McFarlane
Innovate Edmonton, Manager, Research
Corinne Ferguson
Corinne Ferguson
NYX Media Corporation, Founder & CEO
senay yemane
senay yemane
BDC, Account Manager
Jean Bruce Koua
Jean Bruce Koua
Elev, VP Finance
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