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 and include your Company Name, Title and your contact information.