Event category: Fundraising & Exits


November 16, 2023

02:15 PM - 02:50 PM EDT

Room 210 2023-11-16 35 MINS

A Nuts & Bolts Guide to Early-Stage Startup Funding

Whether you're a first-time founder or an experienced entrepreneur seeking to fine-tune your funding strategy, this session is your roadmap to financial success. Don't miss your chance to learn from like-minded innovators, ask burning questions, and leave with a concrete plan to fund your startup dreams. In this session, you’ll learn critical fundamentals, gain insider knowledge and hear stories from seasoned entrepreneurs who have successfully secured funding for their startups.

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Room 214 2023-11-16 35 MINS

Alternative Financing and Secondary Transactions

Join us for an insightful discussion on alternative financing and secondary transactions. Our esteemed panel of experts will draw from their firsthand experience of successful bootstrapping and a combination of primary and secondary financing to provide insights into the ever-evolving landscape of alternative financing. You'll learn effective ways of securing capital, and gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities presented by secondary transactions. This session is your gateway to unlocking the secrets of alternative financing.

November 15, 2023

03:40 PM - 04:10 PM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2023-11-15 30 MINS

Funding Women-Led Tech Companies

This session will explore the world of women-led tech companies and the unique challenges they face in securing funding. Our speakers will share their expertise and insights into the complexities of funding women-led tech ventures. Gain insights into the strategies, successes, and roadblocks faced by women leaders in tech. This session is a must-attend for entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone passionate about advancing women in tech and innovation. Be inspired by these trailblazing women as they discuss the challenges, opportunities, and future of women-led tech companies.

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM EDT

2023-11-15 60 MINS

RBCx State of SaaS Investor Breakfast

Co-sponsored by Polymath and Ignited by L-SPARK (RSVP Opening soon)

An in-depth review of the Canadian SaaS investment landscape and to discuss everything from funding and exits to market trends and predictions.

November 18, 2021

02:05 PM - 02:45 PM EDT

Room 214 2021-11-18 40 MINS

How To Find Your Investor Soulmate and Raise Your Series A, B and Beyond

You might get the opportunity once in your career to build what can truly be a VC-backed company.   What metrics suggest that you have a venture-scalable company? Why do some early-stage ventures fail to grow beyond seed-stage? 

In this session you’ll hear learnings from very fast-growing companies that have successfully moved from bootstrapped to VC-backed. 



Vice President & Head

Roynat’s Technology & Innovation Banking



iNovia Capital


Managing Director



Founder & CEO


11:10 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Room 214 2021-11-18 35 MINS

Two Year Countdown to Launch Your IPO Rocketship

2021 has been a banner year for public market recognition of SaaS in Canada.  The recent rush of IPOs is frothy by any standard.  Mark Shulgan, Head of OMERS Growth Equity (OGE), shares his unique insights on scaling businesses from growth to IPO-readiness. An IPO holds companies to a higher standard — for finances, disclosures and delivering to plan, therefore setting it up for a stronger future. It would seem that many of the next generation of SaaS Founders may exit via IPO. 



Director, Technology & Innovation Banking Group, Western Canada

Roynat Capital/Scotiabank


Managing Director and Head

OMERS Growth Equity

10:25 AM - 10:55 AM EDT

Room 214 2021-11-18 30 MINS

How Fellow App Prepared for its $24 Million Series A Fundraise

Canadian companies are raising growth rounds left and right, and it’s so exciting to see Fellow’s $24 million Series A round added to that list. While COVID-19 tailwinds helped the company close a round in just two weeks, Aydin, CEO and co-founder (and 6x SAAS NORTH emcee) credits the company’s intense 30-day preparation process as a huge factor in their success. Take a look inside how Fellow prepared for its Series A fundraise and learn the steps that you can follow too. 



Business Reporter

Globe & Mail


CEO + Co-Founder


November 17, 2021

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM EDT

Room 210 2021-11-17 40 MINS

Navigating the Capital Conundrum: A Discussion on When, How and Why to Raise Capital to Grow your Business

It is a challenge for bootstrapped entrepreneurs to know WHEN the best time is to raise capital and to evaluate the different capital options available to determine what is best to drive growth.  The Canadian tech ecosystem is flush with liquidity at present and lenders, VCs and other investors alike are competing for the best businesses. Hear from lenders and entrepreneurs about their practical experiences navigating these challenging waters and exploring different sources of debt and equity financing opportunities.



Managing Director, Central & Wester Canada, Technology & Innovation Banking

National Bank


CEO & Founder



President & Co-Founder



Associate Partner, Private Debt

FirePower Capital