Event category: Fundraising & Exits

Events

November 16, 2022

04:35 PM - 04:55 PM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-16 20 MINS

The Evolution of a Company & CEO Through Chapters of Growth

Over the last eight years, Toronto-based B2B software startup Loopio has grown from 3 Co-founders to a 280-person strong company boasting over 1,400 customers. From 3+ years of bootstrapping, to being VC-backed for another 3+ years, and most recently, their Private Equity investment ($252 million CAD), Co-founder & CEO Zak Hemraj has had to constantly evolve himself and the company. In this session, you’ll learn about Zak's key takeaways from each distinct chapter of growth, how he's had to evolve as a CEO, and some challenges & failures along the way.

Moderator

APRIL FONG 

Executive Editor

The Logic

ZAK HEMRAJ

CEO

Loopio

November 17, 2022

02:55 PM - 03:30 PM EDT

Room 213/215 2022-11-17 35 MINS

The Things They Don’t Tell You When Buying & Selling Your SaaS

Hear from two CEOs + Founders who have recently exited and one Founder & CEO that bought a Saas. These Founder/CEOs will reflect on the process in the rear-view mirror. Let them help you build and broaden your frame of reference by sharing their own tales from the trenches.

You’ll hear, what goes into selling and buying a company, how and why founders decided to do it, what they wish they had known, their key learnings and what they would change, if you join another team, what it’s like to go from being in charge to being an employee? The emotional side of selling and what it’s like to walk away from something you put so much time and energy into building and what each founder learned from that experience of selling the company, how it helped them grow, and what you can learn looking at your own company’s journey.

Moderator

SAMI KABIR

Vice President, Investment Banking

IJW & Co.

LINDSEY GOODCHILD

Co-Founder & CEO

Nudge

DR. LINDY LEDOHOWSKI

COO

Wizeprep

MICHAEL LEVINE

Co-CEO

Cardata

12:30 PM - 01:20 PM EDT

Level 2 2022-11-17 50 MINS

Food for Thought

A 30-minute deep conversation with someone at a conference will set you up for years to come!

Food for Thought is designed around connections and discussions. Meet cool, highly relevant people, learn from your peers who have already solved the issues you’re working on and share your learnings with others!

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM EDT

Room 213/215 2022-11-17 35 MINS

The Rise of Private Equity in SaaS

Hear and learn from the very active, global PE players that write the big checks. What’s happening, the dry powder, the deals and more.

Moderator

SEAN SILCOFF

Business Reporter

Globe & Mail

STEPHEN JONES

Principal

JMI

LYNDSAY KERWIN

Vice President

Silversmith Capital Partners

09:30 AM - 10:05 AM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-17 35 MINS

Raising Your Seed Round & Beyond

In August of 2021, Kathleen Chan, CEO & Co-Founder at Calico raised a CAD $2.6 million seed round which included Serena Williams. Shortly after, in November 2021, Shawn Hewat, CEO & Co-Founder of Wavy, raised a CAD $2.5 million seed round. In this SaaS North session, Shawn & Kathleen alongside early-stage investor Eva Lau will sit down with Betakit’s Douglas Soltys to talk about raising capital. In this candid session, you will learn what investors look for, how to navigate the process of raising your first round and how to manage your investors afterward.

Moderator

DOUGLAS SOLTYS

Editor-in-Chief

BetaKit

SHAWN HEWAT

CEO & Co-founder

Wavy

KATHLEEN CHAN

Founder & CEO

Calico

EVA LAU

Early Stage Investor

Two Small Fish

November 16, 2022

02:30 PM - 03:10 PM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-16 40 MINS

Buying Companies to Fuel Growth: Secrets to a Successful Acquisition-Focused Growth Strategy

Acquisitions can generate tremendous value (and can add to your capabilities). But this approach to growth can be risky and if done poorly it can have huge negative consequences. Join this dynamic discussion and get a behind-the-scenes look at companies making acquisitions to fuel their growth. You’ll learn, the challenges of integrating products, companies, teams and cultures (and how to overcome them), what it took to close the deal, protecting and growing your asset after the deals close and how these acquisitions are impacting perceived valuations for the acquirers.

Moderator

NEELAM BRAR

Managing Director, Venture

Roynat Capital

MERYL ALMEIDA

Corporate Development

Inovia Capital

SHUBHAM DATTA

VP, Corporate Development & Ventures

Clio

SHIVALIKA HANDA

Partner

PwC

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM EDT

Level 2 2022-11-16 50 MINS

Food for Thought

A 30-minute deep conversation with someone at a conference will set you up for years to come!

Food for Thought is designed around connections and discussions. Meet cool, highly relevant people, learn from your peers who have already solved the issues you’re working on and share your learnings with others!

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-16 20 MINS

Founder Story Untold: Getting Acquired by A Publicly Traded SaaS Giant

In April of 2021, Autodesk, the publicly traded software company announced that it acquired Upchain, a Toronto-based startup offering a cloud-based product life cycle management (PLM) service.

In this behind-the-scenes tell-all from tech entrepreneur, John Laslavic, you’ll hear the learnings on how John built (and eventually sold) Upchain: what worked, what didn’t, and what he would do differently, building, scaling and ultimately getting acquired.

Moderator

LEO LAX

Executive Managing Director

L-SPARK

JOHN LASLAVIC

Sr. Director Business Strategy

Autodesk

07:15 AM - 08:15 AM EDT

Room 214 2022-11-16 60 MINS

L-SPARK State of SaaS Investor Breakfast [AT CAPACITY]

The SaaS Investment Landscape

Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director at L-SPARK will sit down with Aleeza Hashmi, Investor at Bessemer Venture Partner to discuss the current software landscape in both Canada and the US. Learn what is going on in the markets, trends, predictions, notable exits and more.

Moderator

LEO LAX

Executive Managing Director

L-SPARK

ALEEZA HASHMI

Investor

Bessemer Venture Partners