Waterloo Innovation Summit

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What Drives Leading Innovation Ecosystems

Hear from those who know
Keynotes: Steve Blank | Mariana Mazzucato | Salim Ismail

Sept 16-18, 2015 in Waterloo, Canada

Why attend the Summit?

Join top business, academic and policy decision-makers in one of the world’s leading innovation ecosystems. Hear from influencers, share best practices with enablers and experience first hand what it takes to lift your region into global contention.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit is a partnership between the University of Waterloo and Communitech.

Speakers

See Steve's bio
Steve Blank

Steve Blank

godfather of silicon valley
@sgblank
See Salim's bio
Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail

global ambassador & founding executive director, singularity university
@salimismail
See Mariana's bio
Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex
@mazzucatom
See Feridun's bio
Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
@uwaterloopres
See David's bio
David Fransen

David Fransen

Chair, Waterloo Innovation Summit
@dwfransen
See Iain's bio
Iain Klugman

Iain Klugman

CEO, Communitech
@iainklugman
See Ajay's bio
Ajay Royan

Ajay Royan

Co-Founder, Mithril Capital Management
@ajayatmithril
See Audrey's bio
Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo

President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
@pittstechaudrey
See Blair's bio
Blair MacIntyre

Blair MacIntyre

Director, GVU Augmented Environments Laboratory, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
@blairmacintyre
See David's bio
David Cory

David Cory

Deputy Director, Research, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
@
See Lawrence's bio
Lawrence Mandes

Lawrence Mandes

Co-Founder, Galvanize
@ldmandes
See Suzanne's bio
Suzanne Fortier

Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
@

Agenda

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Guided Tour of the Waterloo Region Ecosystem

Up Close and Personal: An Insider’s View of the Waterloo Region Ecosystem
From the outer limits of pure research to the on-the-ground realities of tech commercialization, this guided tour takes you into the innovative heart of a globally ranked ecosystem. Meet the players and visit:

The Waterloo Region Innovation Ecosystem

Ranked in the Startup Compass report as one of the Top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, Waterloo Region is home to Canada’s most innovative university and a thriving entrepreneurial community. More than 5,000 leaders from around the world visit every year with a view to understanding the causes of its success. This makes Waterloo Region an ideal location to convene global leaders interested in building robust innovation ecosystems.

Jack Dorsey at Square’s
Waterloo Region location

“Waterloo has a similar energy to Silicon Valley. The thing that works in Silicon Valley is the sense of community, support and mentorship and Waterloo has that same sort of feeling.” — Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and founder of Twitter

“To actually see what’s going on here, it’s impressive, and it’s certainly not something I’m going to forget anytime soon.” — Alexis Ohanian, Reddit

“There are a lot of winners in this room. We’ve already invested in some of the startups we met with this morning.” — Roger Penske, CEO Penske Corporation

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo Region is approximately one hour southwest of Toronto and Pearson International Airport. We are a close-knit community of 550,000 people with more than eight million people living within a 200-kilometre (120-mile) radius. Major lifestyle and economic centres such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Detroit are all within a day’s driving distance.

map showing location of Waterloo described in accompanying text

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