Join us at the Vancouver Island Technology Park on November 18th for an informative all day session focused on start-up companies and how to grow. This seminar is suitable for C-level executives and senior management in technology companies. Speakers include: Rob Bennett – VIATec Program Director, Simon Philp – Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy and Grant Wallace – Director of CIBC Mid-Market Investment Banking.

The focus of this discussion is on the key stages of a technology company’s life cycle and the schedule looks like:

Part 1: START-UP

10:45am – 11:45am “Tectoria Angel Panel” moderated by Rob Bennett, VIATeC Program Director

  • Product validation
  • Market validation (Early traction)
  • Market penetration (Focus on sales)

11:45am – 12pm Open Mic 

12pm – 12:45 Lunch at the Link Lounge (sponsored by Hewlett-Packard)

Part 2 & 3: GROW AND SELL
Moderated by Jason Sikora, Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy

12:45pm – 1:30pm Financing  with Simon Philp, Director, CIBC Commercial Banking

  • Developing a plan for financing
  • Strategies to finance growth
  • Advice on buy, hold, sell or build; options to take advantage of favourable market conditions and opportunities

1:30 – 2:15pm Sale of a Business with Grant Wallace, Director, CIBC Mid-Market Investment Banking

  • Canadian M&A activity and trends for 2014
  • How does a sale process work
  • Top 10 criteria buyers are looking for
  • Action items to prepare for sale and maximize value
  • Valuation trends for technology companies

2:15pm – 2:30pm Open Mic 

2:30 – 3:15pm Social at the Link lounge

Lunch is being provided by our sponsor HP Advanced Solutions, and spots are limited to 30. Please RSVP by emailing meet@vitp.ca and include your Company Name, Title and your contact information.