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The 4th annual SAAS NORTH PitchFest presented by AWS is back for another epic year! This year we expect up to 100 companies to apply – but only 8 finalists will be selected by our judges to pitch live at SAAS NORTH!
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!
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Good News Ventures
Director of Venture Capital
When: Wednesday, November 17 & Thursday, November 18, Time TBD
Who: 8 SaaS companies / From startups to scaleups
Why: Get exposure to the biggest investors in SaaS in Canada and win $125,000 in cash and in-kind prizes!
Scott was a co-founder of Covera.ai (acquired in 2019), an InsurTech startup that used technology to automate insurance renewal shopping. Prior to that, he was a Principle and EiR at Ferst Capital Partners, one of Canada’s pioneering FinTech venture funds. Scott is a member of the Technological Innovation Advisory Committee which advises Quebec’s financial regulators on issues of innovation and Fintech and a startup coach at Concordia’s District 3.
Scott is a business lawyer and holds a masters degree in business administration (MBA) from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management as well as civil and common law degrees from McGill’s Faculty of Law."
Neha Khera is a Partner at 2048 Ventures, and has been an early-stage investor for nearly a decade. Prior to 2048 Ventures, Neha was a Partner at 500 Startups and invested in over 40 startups from around the globe. Neha was also co-founder of 500 Startups Canada, and led the fund’s investments in Applyboard, Mejuri, Fightcamp and Benchsci.
Neha has been immersed in the technology industry throughout her career. She started off as a software developer, and worked in circuitry design and telecommunications before making her way to leading tech innovation at one of Canada’s top banks.
Neha has published numerous research papers, and is an advisor to the Engineering Dean at the University of Waterloo. She is a strong supporter of women in technology, having launched and run Girls in Tech Toronto and a TEDx Women conference for a number of years. Neha obtained an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Mohan Markandaier is the Managing Partner at Good News Ventures, a pre seed/seed stage Venture Capital firm based in Toronto and investing in high growth technology companies across North America. Over the past 4 years, Good News Ventures has invested in over 30 companies with a few early successful exits. Mohan is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He co-founded his first company Pulse Voice in the Telecom software space which was later acquired by Enghouse in 2009.
Prior to joining Good News Ventures, he has been an active Angel investor as part of York Angels Investors. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering.
Prior to joining Brightspark, Éléonore worked in Assurance & Advisory at Ernst & Young LLP, focusing on alternative investment funds and private equity firms. She also co-founded Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-run venture capital firm.
Éléonore developed a passion for helping entrepreneurs and financing innovation while studying technology entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley as part of Stanford University’s immersion program for international students.
She holds a BBA from HEC Montréal and she is currently pursuing the CPA designation. Éléonore is involved with several startup initiatives around Montréal.
Kimberly Yeung is a Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC.
Kim has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector and worked in private equity investing in New York and Toronto. She began her career in both the investment banking and merchant banking divisions at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Kim holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
PATRICK WHITE is a seasoned executive in the high tech sector with significant experience in startups, entrepreneurship, and business development. Patrick comes from a long history with Wesley Clover International, acting as the point man on several projects aimed at enhancing research and innovation in the Ottawa region. Patrick also actively represented the company at key industry events and consultations, and was responsible for media funding applications.
An entrepreneur himself, Patrick founded Brookstreet Pictures, whereby he managed all the financial and staffing aspects of the business, as well as coordinated all sales and distribution channels.