Feb
27
Feb 28

Cyber Security 2017: Securing the Smart City of the Future

Cities. They are the engines of the Canadian economy as well as the place that the majority of Canadians call home. And they’re continuing to grow: according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) City Science Initiative, cities will soon account for 90% of global population growth, 80% of wealth creation, and 60% of total energy consumption.

As Cities in Canada and around the world continue to evolve, many municipalities are looking towards a future of Smart technologies, with the goal of improving efficiency, accountability and public services. By 2030, two thirds of the world’s populations will live in Smart-enabled mega-cities.

Cyber Security 2017 will take on these questions and many others, with the goal of creating a shared vision for the Smart City that is secure, sustainable and entrepreneurial—a city that protects not just its infrastructure, but also its people, its economy, and its future.

Mar
1
Mar 2

The 12th Annual Invest Ottawa Corporate Hockey Challenge

Celebrating its 12th season, the 12th Annual Invest Ottawa Corporate Hockey Challenge will provide Ottawa’s business community with a unique chance to get together for good times on and off the ice.

Want a great opportunity to network with other firms, suppliers & partners? This two day tournament offers the opportunity to do just that, while rewarding staff with a fun, team-building event! Those that don’t play are encouraged to come out and cheer on company representatives in the stands or from the overlooking Stanley’s Restaurant & Bar!

This event will be run at the best facility in the nation’s capital, and put on professionally by a group with an incredible reputation for the best hockey tournaments anywhere!

Click here to register your team here.

Mar
2
5:30 pm17:30

Journey to the Top: The What, Why and How of Scaling

Join Kirk Dando for an exclusive presentation on the “What, Why and How of Scaling”, targeted specifically to CEOs of Ottawa tech companies. Kirk will discuss the predictable three stages that every business goes through as they grow and the 12 warning signs that your high-growth company may be close to stalling. This talk is short on theory and full of real-world practical solutions and stories Kirk has gathered from helping thousands of growth-hungry leaders like you.

Following Kirk’s presentation, network with other CEOs and founders from across Canada as well as with other members of the Ottawa tech community over food and drinks.

Click here to register for this free event. 

Mar
4
9:30 am09:30

HTML [500] Ottawa

Are you ready to take the first step towards learning to code? Don't miss the HTML150 when it comes to your city in 2017! The HTML150 brings together local organizations, startups and eager learners like you for a crash course in HTML & CSS. Join Lighthouse Labs and 149 of your new best friends and start your coding journey today.

Click here to register for the free event. 

Mar
7
5:30 pm17:30

The Ottawa Bootstrap Awards 2017

The Bootstrap Awards are being presented by the Ottawa Network and hosted by Wesley Clover. 

The awards honour entrepreneur and intrapreneurs from the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The Bootstrap Awards celebrate enterprises that are self-capitalized. Venture Capital funded startups get a lot of attention, while hard-working entrepreneurs that start with virtually nothing are mostly under the radar.

Mar
8
8:30 am08:30

Women in Business Conference 2017

International Women’s Day, a transformative day to attend the WIBC’s ‘From the Voices of Women,’ is a full-day conference of thought-provoking speakers and inspiring stories by women leaders who have made their mark in business and society. From the corporate boardroom, entrepreneurship to social enterprise, our distinguished speakers will inspire, educate and challenge you to invest, network and reach your goals.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Mar
13
12:00 pm12:00

Starting Your Business Information Session

Every business in Ontario needs to follow certain steps. In this 2 hour information session, we cover the basic rules and regulations you will be required to follow in order to start your business in the province of Ontario. We also provide you with some resources that help guide you through the process of starting a business in Ottawa, Ontario.
Topics covered include:

  • the different forms of business organization, the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • acquiring a Business Number with the Canada Revenue Agency – do you need one How to you get one?
  • municipal licensing
  • resources

Click here to register for this free event.

Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

Startup Finance Bootcamp

Join us in Ottawa on April 26th for an interactive Startup Foundations Bootcamp, to learn where you stand financially, how to manage cash flow, track your business finances day-to-day, and how to leverage this information to plan for your future.

Almost 50% of Canadian entrepreneurs have been rejected by an investor and one in two new Canadian businesses close before they turn five according to a recent Intuit Canada survey*. That's why Startup Canada and Intuit QuickBooks, in partnership with Startup Ottawa, are joining forces to help connect entrepreneurs, like you, to the training and mentorship to help you build a financially robust and fundable startup! 

To help you get off on the right foot, each participant will also receive a free one-year subscription to QuickBooks Online.

May
11
8:30 am08:30

AccelerateOTT 2017: Growth Hacking

AccelerateOTT brings together the city’s innovators, creators and inventors. Work in tech? Starting a business? Just want to dip your toes in the proverbial entrepreneurial waters? You’ll be surrounded by founders, mentors and venture capitalists (some from as far as Silicon Valley) providing strategic and sage advice.

Since 2012, Invest Ottawa, in partnership with C100, has ignited the Accelerate series in Ottawa, providing a conference that truly fuels the entrepreneurial fire. The day is packed with world-class speakers, power networking breaks and an epic after party!

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Co-Founder Finder

Want to be a part of something new and exciting but are still looking for the right people to do it with? 

Our Startup Ottawa Co-Founder Finder event is designed to help you discover people that have complimentary skills to help build a business that you can all get excited about.

Click here to purchase your tickets.


Feb
24
9:00 am09:00

Introduction to Discovery Driven Entrepreneurship

Startups and innovation initiatives are not a smaller version of an established company. Established companies execute on a known business model within a known market and have history as a guide. Fundamentally, startups and innovative entrepreneurs are dealing with the unknown. They don’t ‘know’ their market and may even be evolving their solution. They certainly have no history on which to base the predictions necessary for a ‘business plan’. It is time to look to a 21st century mindset and tools built on discovery driven entrepreneurship.

In this session, Michael Lachapelle will share thoughts on tools and processes that make up the discovery driven approach to entrepreneurship – business model canvas, customer development process, value proposition design, lean and other agile methods.

Click here to register for this free event.

Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

Capital Drinks: February Edition 2017

Capital Drinks is a monthly meet up for the entrepreneurial type in Ottawa! Whether you are already an entrepreneur, thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, work for yourself, run a startup, have a business on the side or just want to be more involved in the startup and entrepreneurial community in Ottawa, this meet up is for you! 

In partnership with Startup Ottawa, Capital Drinks aims to connect like minded individuals in a casual, social setting. If you are looking for a group of people that are passionate, creative, into trying new things, and love feeding off the energy of others - come on out to Capital Drinks!

Click here to register for the free event.

Feb
21
6:30 pm18:30

Interactive Entrepreneurs Networking

Join us for our 2nd Ottawa monthly networking event for all Entrepreneurs in Ottawa Since 2014 in Montreal we meet on a Monthly basis where two speakers give us tools, skills and strategies to grow our businesses. IEN Interactive Entrepreneurs Network is a monthly networking event. 

Join us for a great night of meeting new people making valuable connections and you never know who will be there. Men & Women Entrepreneurs welcomed!

Feb
15
9:00 am09:00

VO Workshop: Working with the Media

Does just the thought of calling a journalist make you sweat? And what about actually doing the interview? What will you say and how will you prepare for difficult questions?

Rest assured that journalists are actively seeking stories and actually welcome your ideas. But, they are being pitched stories from all sides. With careful planning your story idea will grab a journalist’s attention. By attending this training, you will learn:

  • Themes that make good media stories
  • How to handle a media request step-by-step
  • Top tips for doing interviews, including pre-negotiating and responding to tough questions
  • Examples and more examples

Click here to purchase your tickets. 

Feb
13
1:00 pm13:00

Intro to Google Analytics

Want to know the secret to making your website better than your competition's? It's not the code, it's not your online marketing, it's not even your design. Successful businesses spend time analyzing their web traffic stats, sources, page performance and so much more using Google Analytics.

In this 3-hour Intro to Google Analytics class, you'll learn how to get Google Analytics set up and installed properly, create custom views, create segments to compare data and configure simple goals for your website. Discover how to generate reports that will give you valuable insight into your site's visitors and their behaviour, so you can help your website perform to its potential.

Click here to purchase your tickets. 

Feb
12
3:00 pm15:00

Showcase Sunday

You never want your first sales pitch, investor pitch, funding pitch, Dragons Den pitch or elevator pitch to come off shaky, confusing, unconfident or flat. You want your first big pitch to be practiced, polished and poised and the only way that happens is through practice and feedback! And you're in luck Ottawa startups, entrepreneurs and businesses - the Ottawa community is here to support you! 

This event is for people who need to practice their pitch, people that want to help startups by giving feedback, or who just want to learn about cool businesses being built in Ottawa - so basically, everyone should come! 

Here's the format: 

- Six Ottawa Startups Pitch: up to 10 minutes + 5 minute Q&A each (If you're trying to hit a specific pitch time length, let us know and we can time you!)
- The audience has score sheets to evaluate the pitch and give feedback anonymously
- Break out for open networking to chat with the startups, startups resources and each other!

Click here to register the free event.

Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Digital Marketing Meetup Ottawa

We're very excited to present our February meetup featuring guest Anil Dilawri, Managing Director of Save it Like Sully.

Anil is a presentation expert who helps executives and others deliver impactful and engaging presentations. 

The format will be slightly altered. We'll still be networking over apps and drinks, but the presentation portion of the evening will be quite different - more on this on the night of!

If you're ready to learn all there is to know about crafting that perfect presentation or pitch, join us on February 9!

Click here to RSVP to this event. 

Feb
9
9:00 am09:00

VO Executive Seminar Series: Turning your Strategic Plan into Operational Objectives

The Volunteer Ottawa Executive Seminar Series is designed exclusively for senior leaders of Ottawa-based non-profit organizations and charities. Come network with your peers and learn from thought leaders in the non-profit sector, what you need to know to keep your organization ahead of the curve in these changing times.

Each year senior management and the board of directors spends many hours setting out the future direction and priorities for their organization in a strategic plan. All too often this is considered a job well done that sets the bar and can be put into the quarterly and annual reports; however, for a truly effective organization this is just the beginning.

The next task is to translate the strategic plan into a concrete set of measurable operational objectives. An organization that can effectively measure progress toward its objectives will be able to adjust its course of action to meet targets and support the success that was so very carefully planned. This seminar will provide guidance and tools to effectively translate your strategic plan into operational objectives.

In this seminar, we will discuss how to:

  • Create an effective dashboard
  • Uncover some of the critical failures to obtaining your objectives
  • Understand three factors critical to helping your organization reach its objectives

Click here to register for this event. 

Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

Networking For Nerds - Ottawa!

HOLD THE PHONE! We're back and bigger than ever!

The networking event you've been waiting for is here!This trivia for prizes, VR gamin, board game playin', tech demoing, nerdtastic, exciting evening of astonishment will set your networking line up on fire! Want to grow your business? 

Tell 'em all you're going to Networking For Nerds where business is the most fun you'll ever have!

You can click here to purchase your ticket or just show up and pay at the door. 

Feb
7
10:00 am10:00

Leveraging Linked-In Basic/Free Edition and other free social tools to reach your audience

In this seminar, speaker Gary Van Donkersgoed will focus on how to leverage LinkedIn Free Edition and other free tools from a Sales, Branding and Recruitment perspective. You will learn tips and tricks on how to maximize LinkedIn without spending a dime. Gary will bring real world practical training to this event, as he lives on LinkedIn and these Free Tools every day to expand his business reach, brand and engage top talent in a noisy digital world. Seminar should be of value to those in sales, marketing, HR roles and recruiters or simply to improve one’s personal brand and impact.

Click here to register for the free event.

Feb
7
8:00 am08:00

#CyberForum613

Registration is now open for #CyberForum613, a Cybersecurity in Defence Procurement Forum organised by Invest Ottawa, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) and The Capital Hill Group. The event will take place Feb 7th, 2017 at the new Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards in Ottawa, Ontario. 

#CyberForum613 will feature panels, speeches, and breakout sessions and B2Bs showcasing some of the top minds and influencers in Canadian Cybersecurity and the Defence industry. Network opportunities will be encouraged with the B2B sessions to be held in the afternoon.

Click here to register for the free event. 

Jan
31
1:00 pm13:00

Creating Social Media Content to Make Your Business Stand Out

The key to Social Media success is great content. Join us as we review ways to create, share and find great content for your Social Media Strategy. Some of the topics we will cover: What not to post, Quality vs. Quantity, Company and Industry posts, How to find users to read your posts, Best time to post, multiple posts and sharing content across multiple channels.

Click here to register for the free event. 

 

Jan
28
2:00 pm14:00

Sprott Marketing Conference

"Welcome to the 2nd annual Sprott Marketing Conference! On January 28th join the Ottawa marketing community at Britannia Yacht Club for a full day of networking, panels and more! This conference will help you "find your way" in the marketing industry with over 10 marketing professionals speaking on their experience."

Included with your SMC ticket; a bus to and from the event (leaving Carleton University), 3 panels, a case competition, dinner, a networking hour, prizes, gifts and a ticket for a night out downtown Ottawa!

Click here to purchase your ticket. 

Jan
26
1:00 pm13:00

Camp Tech – SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

We all want to drive more traffic to our websites, but how can we do it without having to spend money? In SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website we unveil the tools and insider tricks to optimize your website so potential clients can find you faster. Learn how to target keywords, what to include in your content, how to elevate your social media SEO, and how to create good website content so people can find you online. It’s important to reach a wide audience on the Internet, and the easiest and fastest way to do that is with good SEO tactics!

Note: Laptop computers aren’t absolutely necessary for this class, but we recommend bringing a laptop to follow along.

Click here to purchase your tickets. 

Jan
26
11:30 am11:30

Discover Hub

What is Impact Hub? Find out for yourself and discover our inspiring community of 350+ creative and entrepreneurial changemakers, from freelance designers and artists to public servants and non-profit professionals.

Impact Hub offers more than just space to work out surrounded by other purpose-driven individuals and organizations. It is an ecosystem for networking, learning, and collaboration that provides something invaluable - a deep connection to a like-minded community all working to do good better.

Join us to learn how being a Hubber can help you:

  • Reduce costs and increase productivity
  • Find connections and opportunities
  • Build relationships across diverse fields and sectors
  • Gain personal insights into best practices
  • Test or scale your business or service globally through our network of over 80 Impact Hubs

Click here to register for this free event. 

Jan
26
10:00 am10:00

Entrepreneur Series-Startup Roller Coaster: The Ups & Downs of Startup Life

George Borovec is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, advisor, mentor, and startup specialist. He’s well known in the startup eco-system, a lover of all things tech and enjoys connecting with other founders and entrepreneurs both here in Ottawa and in Silicon Valley who look to help grow, and make the world’s startup eco-system one.

Come spend a couple of hours learning with George as he shares his time and at times funny stories in an intimate fireside chat Q&A setting with host Shannon Conheady on topics like, what its like to go from idea/concept to building your team, a prototype, managing work/life balance, raising money, getting to market as well as thoughts on demystifying Silicon Valley and all the up’s and downs in between.

While George’s experience is tech-focussed, lessons learned and shared are applicable to any entrepreneur!

Click here to register for the free event.

Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

HackerNest Ottawa January Tech Social

  • PageCloud

HackerNest Tech Socials are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech community. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch), and brimming with Ultra Smart People. 

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, hi-5 us in person!

The typical Tech Social agenda:  

- folks arrive, grab drinks, socialize  

- quick announcements, thank sponsors  

- back to chatting  

- head home, exhilarated from great conversations!  

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HackerNest Tech Socials are Entry by Donation - any amount appreciated, but $5 suggested. No amount is too little! If a cash donation is too restrictive, please join us anyway – just let us know at the door.

Click here for more information.

Jan
25
1:00 pm13:00

Camp Tech – How to Use LinkedIn Like a Pro

LinkedIn is the world’s largest business networking site. Do you know what to publish to create a strong presence? In this class, you’ll learn how to use LinkedIn like a pro, whether you’re job hunting or just looking to grow your professional network. We’ll cover what to post (and what NOT to post), the proper etiquette for making quality connections and key ways to help convert business without being sales-y. The class will focus on individual LinkedIn pages, but will touch briefly on business pages as well. You’ll walk away feeling confident and have actionable steps you can implement right away to dominate as a thought leader in your industry.

Click here to register for this event. 

Jan
24
9:00 am09:00

Building a Culture of Innovation

It’s not hard to see why everyone is talking about innovation these days. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and even the best businesses are just trying to keep up. In order to get ahead, any business, large or small, needs a strong culture of innovation.

Yet, despite understanding that there’s a need to innovate, there is often a lack of understanding about how to innovate. In many cases even simple questions such as, who is responsible for an organization’s innovation? and, what can individuals do to increase the innovative capacity of the organization? are left unanswered.

Building a culture of innovation answers these questions and many more by building on other level 1 courses in Spring2Innovation’s signature interactive and dynamic course structure.

Click here to purchase your tickets. 

Jan
21
Jan 23

Arlene Dickinson at Carleton University

To close the month of January, Hatch, CUSA, and the SEO will be playing host to one of Canada's most prominent female entrepreneurs, Arlene Dickinson, to educate and inspire the young, entrepreneurial minds of Carleton University.

Prior to Arlene's keynote, Hatch will be hosting a networking event where Carleton student entrepreneurs will be in attendance to speak on their experience starting up a business in university. They will be available to answer questions about their businesses, their experience as part of the Hatch program, and their continuing journey through Lead to Win. 

Those who sign in between 6:00 and 6:30 will be entered into a raffle for a signed book by Arlene Dickinson and an exclusive photo following her speech!

Click here to register for this free event. 

Jan
20
9:30 am09:30

Internet of Things - What You Need to Know

The Internet of Things (IoT) age is upon us and with it the biggest disruption in technology, society and economy since the printing press. It will touch us all irrespective of our sphere of endeavour or way of life. It’s poised to deliver great benefits, but with it also cautionary side effects.

So what does IoT mean to you, and for you?

You have no doubt heard of IoT, but what is it – really? How can you take advantage of it? What do you need to know and do to capture its benefits for yourself and others? And, what are those side effects, and how do you mitigate.

The workshop will answer these questions, whether you are new to IoT or need to close gaps in your understanding to see it’s full breadth. Learning about IoT is important if you are

  • In a business or organization pursuing efficiency improvements,
  • Policy analyst seeking to balance public benefit against side effects from new technologies,
  • Entrepreneur or product leader hunting for new investment or revenue opportunities,
  • Social entrepreneur or activist looking to elevate social good or minimize social disruption from new technologies.

Click here to purchase your ticket. 

Jan
20
9:00 am09:00

Introduction to Discovery Driven Entrepreneurship

Startups and innovation initiatives are not a smaller version of an established company. Established companies execute on a known business model within a known market and have history as a guide. Fundamentally, startups and innovative entrepreneurs are dealing with the unknown. They don’t ‘know’ their market and may even be evolving their solution. They certainly have no history on which to base the predictions necessary for a ‘business plan’. It is time to look to a 21st century mindset and tools built on discovery driven entrepreneurship.

Click here to register for the free event. 

Jan
19
8:00 am08:00

Ottawa Autonomous Vehicles Summit 2017

"Join us on January, 19th, 2017 at The Brookstreet Hotel as we explore the latest market conditions and activities in Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and Connect Cars (CVs). 

With Provincial and now City of Ottawa support, the climate is right for technology companies to leverage their know-how and technology for the AV and CV market.  Autonomous and connected vehicle technologies offer huge opportunities for Ottawa-area tech companies to enter the $10 Trillion global mobility market. 

Partially-autonomous cars are available now and fully self-driving cars will be available starting about 2020. By 2025, a significant percentage of the Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (VKTs) will be by AVs. How will we get there and lead the technology race of self-driving cars? As we enter the global innovation process around self-driving cars and driverless mobility, the accelerated rise of technology-driven disruptive trends will transform the auto industry and revolutionize the vision of the future."

Click here to register for the event.

Jan
18
9:00 am09:00

Social Media for Non-Profit Organizations

More than half of Canadians use social media. Does your non-profit make the most of free social media tools to recruit volunteers, serve clients, influence decision makers and motivate supporters to take action? By actively engaging in this training, participants will:

  • Learn about Facebook and Twitter’s role in an organization’s communications strategy.
  • Get tips to create great content that engages followers.
  • Be guided through free tools (e.g. Hootsuite) to use and measure social media.
  • Discuss social media policy best practices.
  • Examine current email blasts-tools and measurement
  • Learn through examples and more examples

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Jan
17
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Tune-Up

Are you looking to strengthen your application to Startup Garage 2017?

At the Startup Tune-Up, you will receive one-on-one guidance with your application from the Startup Garage team and supporting members of Capital Entrepreneurs. You will have the opportutnity to speak to 3-4 different mentors about your company, and better understand the information that the judges will be looking for in your application.

You MUST reserve your spot to receive one-on-one guidance. Only 25 startups can attend.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Click here to register for this free event. 

Jan
13
10:00 am10:00

Validating Your Business Idea

There are many great ideas, but do you have a great business idea? This session will discuss many of the factors you need to consider before you jump into business. In this 1.5 hour session, you will be introduced to a few different tools to help validate your business such as how to complete the Lean Startup Canvas.

It is important to develop a business model that clearly explains how your business could function and this session will help you take that first step. This session does not cover writing a business plan.

Click here to register for the free event.

Jan
12
9:30 am09:30

Financial Forecasting Workshop

No matter your business model, a lack of attention to financial information will hurt your business. This 2 hour workshop will help you understand how to develop sound financial projections and a working cashflow model, as well as interpret related financial statement components.

Click here to register for the free event. 

 

Jan
11
5:00 pm17:00

eSAX The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience - Ottawa Networking Event

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce.

Featuring: 

- The Honorable JIM WATSON (MAYOR OF OTTAWA)

West Ottawa Board Of Trade

Dr. Bruce Firestone (Entrepreneur, Founder; Ottawa Senators)

Bob Urichuk (Speaker, Trainer, Sales Guru)

Dylan Black (of Boom 99.7 FM & Daytime Ottawa) Master of Ceremonies

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Jan
11
10:00 am10:00

Email Marketing for Business: Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing

This session takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing:

  • What it really is (and isn’t)
  • What it can do for your business
  • The five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
    1. Grow a healthy list
    2. Create great content
    3. Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
    4. How to get your emails opened
    5. Tracking your results

From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys to email marketing.

Click here to register for the free event.

Dec
22
1:00 pm13:00

7 Things Top Networkers Do That Wins Them Endless Business...And How You Can Easily Do the Same

"Over the last 7 years, I've created and facilitated hundreds of networking events for the NYC Entrepreneurial Community. I've also been a prolific networker myself attending all kinds of events across the country.

I'm going to reveal the 7 Things Top Networkers Do To Build Huge Communities and Win Tons of Business. 

Once you know what these are, doors will open in place you now can't imagine. 

I'm also going to show you the most effective, most powerful ways to build a Huge Community and Win Tons of Business by using real examples...not theory, not made up stuff but real examples from some of the biggest networkers I know. 

And I'll share real examples of what members of my NYC Networking Community have recently done at our events with some extraordinary results!

I'd love to see you there! It will be time VERY well spent!"

- Kate Gaffin, Creator of 'Human to Human' Selling

Click here to register for this free event.