Event category: BetaKit Keynote Stage

Events

November 17, 2021

03:35 PM - 04:15 PM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 40 MINS

Why Every SaaS Organization Will Be a Fintech Company

In the next decade, it has been predicted that nearly every company will significantly boost revenue by offering new financial services.  In this session you’ll hear from three fast-growing SaaS companies, Hopper, Lightspeed  and Ceridian, and learn how they have taken advantage of customer needs to add new financial services and drive explosive revenue growth.

Moderator

MEAGAN SIMPSON

Senior Editor

Betakit

JD ST-MARTIN

Chief Revenue and Customer Officer

Lightspeed HQ

JOOST OUWERKERK

Co-Founder & Head of B2B Engineering

Hopper

WARREN PERLMAN

Chief Digital Office

Ceridian

12:50 PM - 01:35 PM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 45 MINS

AWS PitchFest – Round 1

The 4th annual SAAS NORTH PitchFest presented by AWS is back for another epic year! This year only 8 finalists will be selected by our judges to pitch live at SAAS NORTH!

Four of the finalists will present to the official SAAS NORTH judging panel each day, in front of the SAAS NORTH audience. A winner from day one and two will be selected, culminating in an exciting grand-finale at the end of Day 2. The two winners will compete head-to-head in a dramatic winner-takes-all rapid  pitch-off!

The SAAS NORTH audience of leading SaaS investors and entrepreneurs will decide the grand prize winner by live people’s choice voting! 

Moderator

PATRICK WHITE

Managing Director

L-SPARK

ANTHONY MOUCHANTAF

Director of Venture Capital

RBCx

ÉLÉONORE JARRY

Principal

Brightspark Ventures

SCOTT LOONG

Partner

Panache Ventures

09:25 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 35 MINS

Exclusive SaaS Data: 250 Valuation Data Points with Nathan Latka

Over the past 5 years 15m SaaS founders and investors have listened in as Latka interviewed 3,218 SaaS founders for his podcast “The Top Entrepreneurs”. In this session, he’ll share recent data points driving SaaS economics and predict what the market will look like in Q1 2022: SaaS founders getting 40x revenue multiples are optimizing for this 1 metric (hint: not revenue growth), IPO watch: 6 SaaS companies likely to IPO in next 6 months and fastest growing: These 9 SaaS founders broke $10m in ARR, growing 100%+ yoy. Here’s what they’re doing.

NATHAN LATKA

Founder

Founderpath

08:55 AM - 09:25 AM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 30 MINS

How Trulioo Took Advantage of Skyrocketing Demand to Build a $2 Billion Rocketship

Trulioo’s CEO Steven Munford shares extensive insights for leading companies through rapid growth and operational excellence.

Under Steven’s leadership, Trulioo has raised 476 million CAD and reached unicorn status with a $2.1 billion valuation.

Steven will explore Trulioo’s growth opportunities which are a result of vast digital transformation and include building out AI/ML capabilities and global expansion.

Moderator

ANDREW LUGSDIN

Co-Founder & Partner

Framework Venture Partners

STEVE MUNFORD

CEO

Trulioo

08:50 AM - 08:55 AM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 5 MINS

LEO LAX

Executive Managing Director

L-SPARK

08:45 AM - 08:50 AM EDT

BetaKit Keynote Stage 2021-11-17 5 MINS

AYDIN MIRZAEE

CEO + Co-Founder

Fellow

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

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-16 30 MINS

A Recession, Lower Valuations, Investment Pullback. What’s A Founder to Do? Three Seasoned Investors Weigh In

The investment frenzy we all witnessed in the fall of 2021 has suddenly come to a standstill. Investors are pulling back the reigns to re-evaluate their portfolios and investing strategies. The fallout of this free-for-all has seen SaaS start-ups downsize and brace for lower valuations.

Many startup founders are asking: what’s the path to weather this economic downturn? We curated three seasoned investors to convey their perspectives on the state of the market and what this means for valuations, resource allocation and raising money during this precarious time.

Moderator

MEAGAN SIMPSON

Senior Editor

Betakit

MICHELLE YU

Investor

Georgian

LAURA LENZ

Partner

OMERS Ventures

ALEEZA HASHMI

Investor

Bessemer Venture Partners

November 17, 2022

04:05 PM - 04:35 PM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-17 30 MINS

Global Scale & Entering New Markets: Top Things to Consider

As your SaaS companies grows, it becomes increasingly important to identify expansion opportunities. Global expansion is a huge opportunity for revenue growth. But with many cultural, financial and practical differences to consider, global growth depends on careful strategy and commitment.

In this session, join executives at Hubspot, Clio and Stripe as they talk about their approaches, challenges and global expansion strategies. This session will cover everything from readiness, commitment and resources as well as measuring success and the return on investment.

Moderator

MEAGAN SIMPSON

Senior Editor

Betakit

NATALIE ARCHIBALD

VP People, Employee Success

Clio

JIM LAMBE

General Manager

Stripe Canada

SAHER GHATTAS

Country Sales Director

Hubspot