Innovation Factory

Tech lessons for non-tech entrepreneurs

 

When: Tuesday January 24th 2017 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park (Conference rooms 1ABCD) at 175 Longwood Road South

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Cost: $10 general admission, $5 student or IF client

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/tech-lessons-for-non-tech-entrepreneurs-lunch-n-learn-tickets-30293938987

Details:

Please join us on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 for a Lunch ‘n Learn on Tech Lessons for Non-technical Entrepreneurs presented by our own Executive Director here at Innovation Factory, David Carter!

Technology is now so accessible that it’s easy to come up with an idea for an innovation and simply hire developers to execute your vision. As a result, non-tech founders are starting tech companies more than ever, and within corporations, department managers are upping their tech game by launching apps and cloud software to offer to their customers.

Of course you can recruit a technical co-founder, you can outsource, and you can hire a staff of developers. The problem arises in how you communicate that vision to them.

In this session, David will talk about how to document your product in a way that removes ambiguity for your tech team and sets the proper milestones and testing procedures. With that, both sides can agree on what needs to be accomplished and when a feature is deemed “done”. He’ll discuss how to iterate on your application design before you pay to have a single line of code written, and about how to mock up your vision and gain the support of your future customers and even pre-sell your product.

Agenda

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm – Factory 5 (TBA) and Keynote Presentation (David Carter)
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

About David Carter

David Carter is the Executive Director of the Innovation Factory (iF). iF is Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre with the mandate to be a catalyst for innovation in Hamilton. Appropriately, David’s career has been working in innovation since he joined the workforce. It started as a consultant in the burgeoning personal computer industry and then as an International Markets Analyst Toronto Stock Exchange in the late 80’s. At Microsoft he worked through the revolution in desktop computing and the internet in the 90s. In 2001, after 11 years at Microsoft he decided to start his own company. From 2001 until 2012 he and his partner took their start-up from a small office in Burlington, to a Boston based firm raising $20 million in venture capital. Carter is thrilled to support today’s entrepreneurs in Hamilton and to be a part of the larger Hamilton ecosystem.

Sales P2P – Planning for the New Year

 

When: Wednesday December 14th 2016 from 8:00am to 10:00am

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/sales-planning-for-the-new-year-ifs-december-sales-peer2peer-tickets-29335219431

Details:

New year, new sales strategy!

Join us for an interactive Sales Peer2Peer session Wednesday December 14 on Sales Planning for the New Year with Mark Elliott of Venture Accelerator Partners!

This interactive session will cover the creation of a sales plan around customers, prospects, offerings, people, forecasting, aligning sales and marketing, and creating a plan with goals.

It will be led by Mark Elliott, the cofounder of Venture Accelerator Partners. VA Partners has been in business for over 10 years and provides sales and marketing services to over 100 growing organizations. 

Tickets are limited so register today!

Nix Sensor wins Lion’s Lair 2016

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Nix Sensor (@NixSensor) took home the $65,000 top prize in cash and services at Lion’s Lair this week! Nix also won the “people’s choice” award, marking the first time that the attendees agreed with the lion’s (i.e. judges). Nix created a real-life PhotoShop colour eyedropper tool – just tap it on a surface, and it returns the colour of that surface!

Startup competition Lion’s Liar entered its 6th year with a line-up of startup companies markedly stronger than earlier iterations, showcasing the growth of the community. The finalists were well beyond “the idea” stage and were citing traction in terms of number of users, revenue, employee counts and funding received.

The Nix team’s prizes include: $15,000 in cash from: Cogeco, Mohawk College, McMaster University, RBC, McMaster Innovation Park and Meridian Financial Credit Union; $10,000 from VA Partners for Sales/Lead Generation consulting; $10,000 from Marketing CoPilot for SEO/Content Marketing assistance; $10,000 from Fresh Insights for market research; $10,000 from Biz Clip for photography and video development and an additional $10,000 from Communica for business coaching.

Nix started up in 2014 with a successful $70k crowdfunding campaign and has been a leader in the local tech startup scene ever since. Nix Sensor founder Matthew Sheridan cites his experience with the McMaster solar car project as vital, “The textbook skills aren’t going to help you in the real world,” he says, “but managing people on a team, raising funds from donors, figuring out how to run marketing campaigns and working 24/7 in the basement of the engineering building are all good lessons on how entrepreneurship works.””

Other winners included Nuts for Cheese, Laifa Baby, and 180 Drums.

 

Lunch ‘n Learn with Rover CEO John Combs

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When: Tuesday September 20th 2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Cost: $10 General, $5 IF/Forge client or student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/enlighten-lunch-n-learn-using-your-strengths-to-compete-with-large-enterprises-ft-500-startups-alum-tickets-26708575067

Details:

Please join Innovation Factory and The Forge on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 for a joint Lunch ‘n Learn session featuring John Coombs of Rover!

John is the CEO of Rover, a rapidly growing startup focused on location-powered mobile engagement. At our session, John will share firsthand knowledge on how to compete with large enterprises as a startup, and also touch on his experience as part of the 500 Startups accelerator in San Fransisco and his fundraising journey that raised over $1.1M for Rover this past year.

WHY YOU NEED TO BE THERE!

This is a can’t-miss opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to hear a success story that’s close to home – a young, Canadian founder who’s a great example of making opportunities pay off and who will speak candidly about his entrepreneurial experience.

ABOUT ROVER:

Rover is a mobile engagement platform that leverages iBeacon and Geofence technology to connect marketers with their customers at the right time. The platform serves hundreds of locations, in a number of key sectors including professional sports, retail, loyalty and tourism. As a leader in proximity marketing, Rover compliments the platform with industry insights and comprehensive campaign support. Customers are guided from pilot to full-scale rollout, ensuring they achieve a positive ROI from this powerful channel.

AGENDA:

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm – Factory 5 (TBD) and Keynote Presentation (John Coombs)
1pm-2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Lunch ‘n Learn sessions are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a catered lunch and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.

ELEV8 pitch night next week

ELEV8

 

When: Wednesday June 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/innovation-factorys-elev8-pitch-night-june-2016-tickets-25509804512

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)

Details:

Join Innovation Factory on June 29, 2016 for ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 is a new event by iF where companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present their company in an investment-style pitch presentation. It’s designed to help connect our partners, volunteer mentors and the broader Hamilton community with some of our up-and-coming startups.

ELEV8 Pitch Night is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to observe six 5-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers!

You may remember our Innovation Nights – well, we’re taking that concept and elevating it by having thriving startup clients pitch investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held in the conference rooms inside the Atrium@MIP.

IF Lunch ‘n Learn with Alex Sirota

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When: Tuesday June 28th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/transform-your-business-into-a-digital-workplace-innovation-factorys-june-lunch-n-learn-tickets-25509463492

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)

Details:

Please join iF on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for a Lunch ‘n Learn featuring Alex Sirota of NewPath Consulting!

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch

During this session, Alex will be speaking about Transforming Your Business Into a Digital Workplace. Alex will introduce business owners and their staff to an incredible wealth of information relevant to successfully transforming their conventional business into a digital workplace. A digital workplace is an organization where digital technology enables growth and scale and creates a competitive advantage.

In a digital workplace, business processes are made progressively more efficient, reducing dependency on manual labour and complex information technology projects while increasing the creative and innovation capabilities of all employees and staff. Detailed information on how to choose and orchestrate modern Cloud solutions is presented along with an introduction to further training options and government grants available to growing businesses.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch, and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.

 

Agenda

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking

Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (TBA) and Keynote Presentation (Alex Sirota)

1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)


Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1.00/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey – May Lunch ‘n Learn

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When: Tuesday May 17th from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/measurement-and-the-changing-customer-journey-innovation-factorys-may-lunch-n-learn-tickets-24777427954

 

Please join iF on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for our Lunch ‘n Learn session! This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch and learning something new. Please forward this to all of the innovators you know!

For our May session, Amy Gringhuis of Jan Kelley will be speaking about Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey. She will explore how consumer expectations and buying journeys have changed, why this is so important to understand and most importantly, how to build measurement frameworks in order to optimize and better enable the customer buying process. Amy will look at common business goals, measurement best practices as well a few case studies to see how this can be effectively implemented.

Agenda
11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (Eatable) and Keynote Presentation (Amy Gringhuis)
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Tammy Hwang wins DiFizen award

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Last night at Innovation Factory’s (@itbeginswithIF) annual Big DiF event Tammy Hwang (@tammyhwang) took home the Difizen of the Year award! The award recognizes one person who goes above and beyond for the innovation community in Hamilton.

There’s a lot of great people in the community working their asses off to make Hamilton a better place to innovate and grow companies, but it really couldn’t have gone to a better person than Tammy. I remember meeting Tammy just over 5 years ago at the first DemoCamp, and have worked together with her on various projects over the years (Startup Weekend, HIVE X, and now at CoMotion).

Tammy is one of those people who goes completely above and beyond their job description or expectations. You can get hired for a gig to help startups and do a great job, punching out after your 40 hours, and that’s wonderful. But you can also take it to the next level and make it something you live and something you lead, and that’s what Tammy does – whether it’s taking the lead role on bringing Startup Weekend to Hamilton, or making CoMotion happen. Tammy brings a wonderful Hamiltonian grit to everything she does too – when you’re going through the rapids, you’ll always be thankful that she’s on your team.

Big, big congratulations Tammy!