Banff Venture Forum

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Joint Sessions & Meals: Cascade Ballroom

Breaks & Receptions: Riverview Foyer

Information Technology: Alberta Room

Sustainable Technology: New Brunswick Room

Health Technology: Ivor Petrak Room 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

13:25 - 17:30

BVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Back by popular demand, the BVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp is happening October 2! 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 #BVF2019 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 #BVF2019 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 #BVF2019 delegates AND Bootcamp participants, we look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

7:15 - 8:30

Exhibition Set Up & Registration

8:30 - 8:45

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:30

Reverse Pitch Session | Meet the Investors - Reimagined

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.

9:30 - 10:15

Networking Break

10:15 - 11:00

Industry Session | Making it BIG: Canadian Tech Titans

What does a Fintech company with a $537 Million exit, a robotics company that just raised $33 Million in their Series B round, and a CSR software company boasting clients like Telus, Nike, Apple and Google in 2018, all have in common? They are Canadian, they are tech titans, and they are speaking at the 2019 Banff Venture Forum!

Get the inside scoop from these Canadian Titans as they break down their paths from startup to industry-quaking success. In this fireside chat, seasoned entrepreneurs from Benevity, Wave, and Attabotics, are defining success and exploring their most prominent lessons learned along the way!

11:00 - 11:45

BVF Startup Hive Networking Session

11:45 - 12:45

Presenting Company Pitches

Information Technology Company Presentations: Alberta Room
Sustainable Technology Company Presentations: New Brunswick Room
Health Technology Company Presentations: Ivor Petrak Room

12:45

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:30

Keynote Session

14:30

Delegates Move to Presentation Theatres

14:30 - 15:30

Presenting Company Pitches

Information Technology Company Presentations: Alberta Room
Sustainable Technology Company Presentations: New Brunswick Room
Health Technology Company Presentations: Ivor Petrak Room

15:30

Delegates Move to Main Theatre

15:30 - 16:15

Keynote Session

16:15 - 18:30

Official Networking Reception

Friday, October 4, 2019

7:45 - 8:45

Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30

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.

9:30 - 10:15

Industry Session | Canada's Next Venture Builder: Accelerating Prairie Scale-Ups

From grassroots in the prairies to skyscrapers in big cities, this collaboration of industry heavy-weights is bringing real experience from across the tech spectrum to BVF as they talk scalability and the next big thing for Canada’s venture ecosystem. Featuring the ingenious minds behind the Saskatchewan-born food delivery empire, SkipTheDishes, the managing partner of a $250 Million innovation fund, and Alberta’s tech investing jack-of-all-trades, this panel is not to be missed!

10:15 - 10:45

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30

Presenting Company Pitches

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

11:30

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

11:30 - 11:45

Presenting Company Awards

11:45 - 12:15

Success Story

Taking Flight: A $265 Million Canadian Exit

Dave Kroetsch

Founder & former CEO

Aeryon Labs, a Canadian-founded, world-class drone manufacturer, builds high-tech drone systems for demanding applications in public safety, critical infrastructure and defense market. Aeryon started building drones in 2006, long before most people know what drones were – playing a key part in defining the market for small drones. In early 2019, FLIR (a company known for its thermal camera systems) acquired Aeryon for $265 Million.

Check out Aeryon Labs founder and former CEO, Dave Kroetsch, as he shares stories from the 13-year journey from the garage to this remarkable Canadian tech exit!

12:15 - 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 - 14:00

Keynote Speaker

14:00 - 14:15

Closing Remarks