Wrapping up 2013-the biggest year in C100 history!

January 16, 2014 C100

Happy Holidays from the C100 team! 2013 has been a great year for the C100. Over 3000 entrepreneurs participated in C100 programs in Canada and the United States and 66 top Canadian companies were invited to participate in the C100's 48hrs in the Valley and CEO Summit. As of December 2013, companies that have been involved in the C100 network since our March 2010 launch have raised over 700 Million.

Highlights of the year included Jack Dorsey and Mike Serbinis at AccelerateTO, our annual CEO Summit and of course, 48hrs in the Valley. Thank you for supporting the C100, we're looking forward to next year 

All photos by Kris Krug

C100 2013 Events

CEO Summit: 

 On May 2nd, 2013, the C100 brought together a small, handpicked group of Canada’s top growth-stage tech CEOs with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful CEOs, CTOs and CFOs, late-stage investors and C100 Charter Members for the Annual C100 CEO Summit. The goal of this event is to create a high-value, intimate opportunity to participate in discussions of challenges pertinent to growth stage CEOs. Topics of discussion included: building a high performance team, generating triple digit annual revenue, achieving global market/product dominance and capitalizing growth.

The day began in Redwood City with a hockey match of Canadians who still live in Canada vs. Canadian ex-pats who live in Silicon Valley. Following the game, CEO summit companies, Charter Members and sponsors headed to Microsoft in Mountain View to hear from Sean Price, President of Success Factors, Don Mattrick, CEO of Zynga, and Sukhinder Cassidy, CEO of Joyus. To conclude the day, C100 Charter Member Don Listwin hosted our VC2VC reception at 
his home in Woodside. To conclude the summit, Ajay Royan, Managing Director of Mithril Capital, advised companies on his firm’s strategy with investments, hiring the right team and long-term strategies. We’re looking forward to the CEO Summit in May 2014!


AccelerateMTL: Accelerate Montreal connects the hottest technology companies in Montreal with leading Canadian and Silicon Valley investors and influencers to further accelerate the development of the Canadian start-up community. This year’s Accelerate Montreal was an invite-only event on June 5th. Montreal’s top emerging companies presented their pitches, an expert panel led on-point discussions and experienced mentors facilitated roundtable workshops. Guest speakers and mentors included Dax Dasilva (Lightspeed POS), Yen Lee (UpTake), Trevor Adey (Ericsson), Katherine Barr (Mohr Davidow Ventures), Geoff Lewis (Founders Fund) Jevon 
MacDonald (GoInstant) and Hicham Ratnani (Frank & Oak).

 AccelerateOTT: This June the C100 brought the Ottawa tech entrepreneur community together for a major event about building successful tech companies at high speed. This gave entrepreneurs a great opportunity to mingle and network with serial entrepreneurs, VCs and angels who’ve done it and want to support the next generation of amazing Canadian companies. 

Featured speakers included Chamath Palihapitiya (Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership), Jason Calacanis the founder and CEO of Inside.com, Tobi Lütke (CEO and founder of Shopify) and Jeff Swystun CEO of Swystun Communication). Highlights included startup showcases, pitch competitions and hearing from top tech leaders in Ottawa and Silicon Valley.

 48hrs in the Valley-June: 18 top Canadian companies joined the C100 for 48hrs in the Valley June 10th-13th for two days of mentorship, workshops and networking. We kicked off the program with a warm welcome from our co-chair Lars Leckie at the Hummer Winblad Venture Partners offices on Embarcadero in San Francisco.

 Day 2 highlights included “Voices in the Valley” at Microsoft with Charter Member speakers: Jonathan Ehrlich (Founder of Copious and Former Head of Marketing at Facebook), Ranjith Kumaran (Founder of PunchTab and YouSendIt), Lars Leckie (General Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners) and Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip). Day 3 brought us down to Google in Mountain View for a morning with Google’s Corporate Development VP, Don Harrison, Arif Janmohamed 
(48hrs Organizing Committee, Charter Member and Partner at 
Lightspeed Ventures) on Venture in the Valley, and C100 co-chair Katherine Barr (Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures) on negotiation. 48hrs companies wrapped up the day with VC pitch meetings on Sandhill Road. 

 AccelerateAB: Accelerate Alberta brought the tech world to Calgary on July 10th and 11th, 2013. The goal of AccelerateAB is to put Alberta's leading tech entrepreneurs front and center and turn as much of the program time as possible over to our startups. Applicants were curated into the top 25 up and coming tech CEO's in the province and were paired with leading mentors, investors and thinkers from The C100The A100 and our event partners.

GROW: On August 14th-15th, the C100 headed to Vancouver for GROW, created by C100 Charter Member Debbie Landa and Dealmaker Media. Over 1,200 tech executives, founders and investors came together for what C100 Co-chair Lars Leckie likes to call “the best conference on the planet for entrepreneurs.” During the conference, the C100 invited founders to a private, invite-only roundtable session. VIP Roundtables provided companies with exclusive access to many of the speakers, founders, investors and Silicon Valley VIPs at GROW. Looking forward to GROW 2014!

 AccelerateTO: On September 19th, 700+ entrepreneurs, students and start-up teams from Toronto's vibrant tech community joined C100 for AccelerateTO, the biggest event in C100 history. We kicked off the sold out event with a fireside chat with Kobo founder and CEO Mike Serbinis and C100 Co-Chair Lars Leckie. Mike and Lars discussed how Mike has built a billion dollar Canadian company that serves readers worldwide in almost 200 countries.  

Keynote Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and Chairman of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, chatted with C100 Charter Member Chris Albinson. Jack and Chris discussed Jack’s journey with Twitter and Square as Dorsey explained that technology is his paintbrush of choice, with Twitter as a canvas for communications, and Square a canvas for commerce.

 Prior to AccelerateTO, C100 partnered with the University of Waterloo and Communitech to bring Jack Dorsey to the University of Waterloo. Enthusiastic students and entrepreneurs welcomed Jack to a packed theater of more than 500 people. 

C100  UK Launch: On September 25th and 26th, the C100UK hosted its first ever 48hrs in London. Eight of Canada's top tech start-ups spent two days in London learning from top entrepreneurs, investors, angels and mentors. 48hrs in London companies were: WifarerDatacraticMobovivoGnowitJostleCmaeonFundrazr and Busbud. Keynote speakers shared insights on how to scale businesses internationally, achieve global success, go from zero to $1 billion in revenue, raise money in Europe, launch in the UK and win European clients.   

48hrs in the Valley-December: The C100 welcomed 16 top Canadian companies to the Valley December 2nd-4th for the final event of the year. On December 2nd, we kicked off 48hrs at Bloomberg Beta with a fireside Chat with C100 Co-Chair Katherine Barr and Uber CTO Thuan Pham. On December 3rd, we headed to Adobe for “Voices in the Valley” where we heard from Sukhinder Sing Cassidy, founder of Joyus, Michael Litt, founder of Vidyard, Jeff Clavier, managing partner at Softech VC and C100 Co-Chair Katherine Barr. Afternoon highlights included one-on-one mentoring sessions at Zynga and culminated in our networking party back at Adobe.

Day 3 brought 48hrs companies to Palo Alto for Corporate Development sessions and VC pitches on Sandhill Road. During lunch at the Cooley law offices in Palo Alto, C100 Charter Member Jonathan Ehrlich spoke to companies about the importance of winning globally. He urged founders to be tenacious and to develop the intensity to always stay on the ball.  We wrapped up our whirlwind 48hrs with a celebratory happy hour at Cooley. 


Stay tuned for more details! 

April 9-10th: Accelerate Montreal 

April: Accelerate Alberta 

 CEO Summit

June 16-18: 48hrs in the Valley

August 13-15: GROW

October: Accelerate Toronto and Techtoberfest

December48hrs in the Valley  

Thank you to our partners for helping to make 2013 a great year for C100!

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