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Wordcamp Ottawa 2013

Ottawa is having their very first WordCamp. This is a great event on April 27th 2013. Check out their website for further details.


They are planning 3 tracks of presentations,

“Content Creators” with presentations that will help users that create content in WordPress sites.
“Site Creators” with content for those who are more experienced users, but not necessarily designers or developers.
“Code Creators” will include presentations for designers or developers about site set-up, theme design, plugin development, best practices for development, and more.

This is open to anyone interested in WordPress. You do have to register to ensure a spot.

By Natasha D'Souza

DCentred : Showcase Event by prototypeD Urban Workshops

DCentred Showcase is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how prototypeD Urban Workshops can help businesses launch new products, build better brands, develop social and print media campaigns, and increase revenues by using design as a tool to build a better business.

The day is organized in two sessions, morning and afternoon.  The morning session will be of the most relevance to entrepreneurs.  Presentations will be made by Janak Alford, founder of prototypeD, who will will discuss how mixing technological development (rapid prototyping, data mining, visualization, and mapping) with traditional design (conceptual, artistic, product, industrial, and architectural) can result in new opportunities for businesses to develop quickly with lower overhead, smaller teams, in a modern cloud-based operating environment.  Omar Hashem founder of Picondo Homes and a client of prototypeD will then highlight how working with prototypeD accelerated his path to market, and ultimately resulted in a $1.2M development project in urban Ottawa.

The afternoon session of the DCentred Showcase is open to the public and will feature several demonstrations of the technology that is being pioneered at prototypeD and a few talks on how this technology is helping to change urban planning, artistic development, and how digital technology and social media are colliding with artistic movements. While less focused toward business, the afternoon sessions will be valuable to any entrepreneur or SME to gain a new understanding of opportunities in the competitive marketplace.

The workshop is FREE and includes lunch and coffee breaks.  Entrepreneurs are invited to come for any portion of the day, or to stay for the entire workshop however you have to register to attend.

You can download the entire day’s event schedule here:


By Natasha D'Souza

Lead To Win sessions starting Oct. 30th 2012

Are you (or someone you know) serious about establishing and growing a business?  Do you think you have the next killer idea/product/service but don’t know how to go about starting a successful, growth-oriented business?  Do you already have a business, but your growth has stagnated, and you need to figure out how to reinvigorate it?  If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the Lead To Win (LTW) Bootcamp is for you.


The LTW Bootcamp will provide company founders with:

  • The knowledge necessary to establish and grow a successful business;
  • The confidence, encouragement and motivation to succeed;
  • The foundation to sell to first customers, raise funds and attract talent;
  • Access to a large and diverse business network;

All tech founders are welcome, as well as founders starting businesses in any sector.

The next session of Lead To Win is scheduled for October 29-30-31 and  November 27-28-29, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The 6 days of training are free, but you must apply!




By Natasha D'Souza

[Next Wednesday]: Meet AppSumo CEO & former Director of Marketing at Mint, Noah Kagan

Register Now! [Free Event]

Join us on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7pm for a unique opportunity to meet and network with Chief Sumo Noah Kagan.

Noah is the Founder of AppSumo, former Director of Marketing at Mint Software (acquired by Intuit for $170M) and former product manager at Facebook. Noah has travelled all the way from Austin, Texas to check out the startup community in Ottawa.

We have reserved “Fox 2″, the large private room upstairs at the Fox & Feather on Elgin Street.

Register Now!

More about Noah (from Wikipedia):

In late 2005, Kagan joined Facebook as employee #30, where he served as product manager for eight months. During his time he is credited with pioneering the Facebook status update and it’s mobile application with Mark Slee. After Facebook, he then became Mint software employee #4 as the director of marketing in December 2006. At Mint, Kagan developed the initial marketing strategy for the launch of the website which now has over 7 million users.

After Mint, in June 2007, Kagan founded his first major company, KickFlip, a payment company for social games. Kickflip was the #1 Facebook app company of its time and would eventually become Gambit, which served over 40 million users, had $18 million in revenue, and was the #2 payments company for Facebook games.

In March of 2010 Kagan founded AppSumo, a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods. Today, the website has over 700,000 active subscribers and is particularly popular among the startup community.

By Aydin Mirzaee

TiEQuest 2012 – $150k in Cash Prizes – Deadline in 5 days!

If you’re a startup looking to raise some startup capital, then it might be a good idea for you to start participating in a few Business Plan Competitions. TiEQuest 2012 is accepting registrations for another 5 days and they are giving away ~$150,000 worth of prizes. On top of all of the prizes to be won, you’ll also benefit from getting some visibility with investors (VCs & Angels), potential partners and customers.

TiEQuest is a great opportunity for startups and is less restrictive in it’s requirements than most business plan competitions…You don’t have to have students on your team and don’t have to have a “tech” business in order to participate in TiEQuest… i.e. lifestyle businesses are welcome to apply as well.

TiEQuest is also well known for doing a great job at assigning mentors to teams that participate. They have a large pool of mentors to choose from and will do their best to match your team to a mentor that is experienced in your industry.

You only need to submit a registration form in order to be entered into the first round by January 31st – i.e. you can have the rest of your entrance material ready by a later date – so if you have 15 minutes to spare, I would highly recommend participating in this contest!

Learn more about TiEQuest & Register Today!

By Aydin Mirzaee

Bootstrap Awards 2012 – Deadline Midnight Tonight!


It’s that time of the year again and the Bootstrap Awards are almost here! If you’re a startup, then you should apply as the deadline is tonight! The award ceremony is great fun as there are always amazing speakers and the whole process is an opportunity to get some visibility in the community (investors, media/blogs, prospective customers)…

If you haven’t applied yet, click here to apply now!

By Aydin Mirzaee

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 is celebrated during the week of Nov. 14th-20th 2011.


There are various events in the National Capital Region and the OCRI website has details on some of them.

Lead To Win will be celebrating their successes on Thu. Nov. 17th from 4-7pm. To follow the conversation follow the hastags #leadtowin #GEWnews on Twitter.

Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management program are also hosting an event for their students and those interested in attending the program.

Are you having an event? Let us know when and where.

By Natasha D'Souza

CCSR Conference – Tuesday, November 15th 2011

Corporate and Community Social Responsibility

As some of you may have already heard, the annual Corporate & Community Social Responsibility Conference will be taking place next Tuesday, November 15th. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mario Pilozzi (former CEO of Walmart Canada).

I’ve been to the Gala Dinner for the past few years – it’s a great networking opportunity and there’s an awesome 3 course dinner as well. If you’re interested in attending any of the CCSR Conference events, make sure to check out the registration page . Group pricing is also available in the event that you want to treat a few people at your company for an evening.

By Aydin Mirzaee

Are you going to GROW?

A question every entrepreneur should be asking themselves.

Well next week is the GROW conference in Vancouver, which brings together inspiring successful entrepreneurs and – more importantly? – investors who are writing checks to Canadian entrepreneurs.

If you’re trying to build the next world class startup and are looking to grow – through connections or funding, I highly recommend you go.

Oh, and if you’re already going, please leave a comment so that we can hook up while we’re there and promote each other’s companies!

By Scott Annan

New Startup Calendar – See All Cool Events in Ottawa

Vrinda from Accounting for Less just sent us a note to tell us about a new initiative that he started in order to keep track of startup-relevant-events that happen in Ottawa (Thanks Vrinda!). You can see the calendar by clicking on the “Calendar” tab at the top of the site. Vrinda has generously donated a few hours of an employee’s time to update this calendar.

Because this is a google calendar item, make sure to add it to your Google Apps calendar and monitor it as you monitor your own schedule – nice!

Here it is embedded below as well:

If you want your event listed, please email ottawastartupevents [ - @ - ] gmail [ - . - ] com

By Aydin Mirzaee