Banff Venture Forum

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In the meantime, take a look at our 2018 program schedule below.

 

Joint Sessions & Meals: Cascade Ballroom

Breaks & Receptions: Riverview Foyer

Information Technology: Alberta Room

Sustainable Technology: New Brunswick Room

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

13:25-17:30

BVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Back by popular demand, the BVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp is happening September 19! Register for this FREE session and gain valuable insight on:

  • The Fundamentals of Raising Capital
  • Attracting Cash from Investors
  • Leveraging Federal Funding
  • Forecasting the Latest Investment Trends
  • Learning What It Takes to be Fundable

Register Today!

 

Last year’s program was SOLD OUT. Limited seating is available and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. If you are a registered #BVF2018 delegate and want to attend, you must still register for the Bootcamp using the button above.

18:00-19:30

Pre-Conference Cocktails

Mt. Stephen Hall – The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel 

All #BVF2018 delegates are invited to join us for pre-conference cocktails! Make the most of your conference experience, grab a drink, and let the networking begin. The reception is open to all registered #BVF2018 delegates AND Bootcamp participants, we look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:30-8:15

Exhibition Set Up & Registration

8:15-8:30

Opening Remarks

8:30-9:15

Panel Session "Meet the Investors"

This Forum favorite provides delegates with the opportunity to hear from key players from some of the most active venture funds from across North America. Listen in as they lend insight into what they look for in a compelling investment opportunity, and what’s on their radar. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or otherwise involved in the technology sector, this session will offer detailed insight into current investment trends.

9:15-9:30

Stretch Break

9:30-10:00

Start-Up Spotlight & Investor Feedback Panel

The Start-Up Spotlight gives the hottest early stage companies an opportunity to present in front of experienced investors. Each presenter will have five minutes to give their quick pitch to an audience of venture capitalists, angels, and corporate strategics. Following each presentation, the investor feedback panel will have five minutes to provide the presenters with feedback on their pitch.

With Investor Feedback From
Start-Up Spotlight Companies

10:00 - 10:30

Fireside Chat: "Why Artists Make Great Founders"

10:30-11:00

Coffee & Networking Break

11:00

Delegates Move to Presentation Theatres

Information Technology Company Presentations: Alberta Room
Sustainable Technology Company Presentations: New Brunswick Room

11:00-12:00

Information Technology Company Presentations

11:00-12:00

Sustainable Technology Company Presentations

12:00

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

12:15-13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15-13:45

Fireside Chat

13:45 -14:30

Keynote Speaker

14:30 -14:45

Delegates Move to Presentation Theatres

14:45-15:45

Company Presentations

Information Technology Company Presentations: Alberta Room
Sustainable Technology Company Presentations: New Brunswick Room

14:45-15:45

Information Technology Company Presentations

14:45-15:45

Sustainable Technology Company Presentations

15:45-16:15

Delegates Move to Main Theatre

16:15 -16:45

Panel Session: What Defines Success?

Silicon Valley often defines success by ‘The Unicorn’ standard. However, there are countless steps to reaching that status, and each individual company will recognize different degrees of success during their journey. This panel will explore what it means to be successful at various stages of company development and seasoned professionals will share some key lessons learned on how they truly achieved success.

16:45 -17:45

Full Conference Reception

Friday, September 21, 2018

8:00-9:00

Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:45

Panel Session "Engaging the Corporate Strategics"

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is playing an ever increasing role in the venture funding ecosystem. Companies are turning to CVC as an alternative to the traditional venture funding model, and internally, CVC is stepping in to ensure that there is a viable, healthy emerging tech ecosystem to feed their corporate parents’ long term needs. Listen in as our panel of key players discuss the current opportunity landscape and how to successfully engage with the broader CVC community.

9:45-10:15

Networking Break

10:15-11:15

Company Presentations

Information Technology Company Presentations: Alberta Room
Sustainable Technology Company Presentations: New Brunswick Room

10:15-11:15

Information Technology Company Presentations

10:15-11:15

Sustainable Technology Company Presentations

11:15-11:30

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

11:15-11:30

Presenting Company Awards

11:30-12:00

Fireside Chat "Voice-Enabled Technology: The New Digital Disruption"

12:00-13:00

Networking Lunch

13:00-13:30

Keynote Speaker

13:30-13:45

Closing Remarks