March Power Mixer featuring...From Startup to Standout

Event Details:

Date: March 31, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: 117 John Street (at Adelaide), Toronto, ON, M5V 2E2

Who should attend:

Network leaders, Partners, General public

Who might be interested in this event?

Professions: Multi-profession

Ethnicities: Multi-Ethnic

General public

Organized by:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 6:30pm
6:30-7:30pm – Registration
7:30-9:00pm - Moderated discussion
9:00-10:30pm – Networking

117 John Street (at Adelaide), Toronto, ON, M5V 2E2
Tel.  416.977.1900 |

Launching a new enterprise whether it’s a tech startup, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can against all odds.  A countervailing approach with the “lean startup” has emerged to streamline the process of starting a company while reducing risky. Favouring  experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional “big design up front” development, its “minimum viable product” and “pivoting” has quickly taken root in the startup world.  
From Startup to Standout will plug you into the lean startup insiders scoop of going from a kitchen napkin idea to a $37 million powerhouse.  Equip your entrepreneurial tool belt with strategies on growth hacking, VC funding, and virtual international rollouts; Develop an approach towards attracting entrepreneur rock stars like Sean Parker and Andreessen Horowitz to invest in your startup; Get a roadmap on propelling a startup with a disruptive technology to attract fast growth and media coverage. And finally, what's the difference between VC funding in the US and in Canada?  
Presenting Special Guests Panelists...
Matt Himel | Growth Manager, Canada -

Topics: Social Networking, Business Growth Strategies, Venture Capital, Recruitment is quite a success story in the crowdfunding space so far. It is now in US, Canada and is expecting an immediate entry in the UK market as well. It has raised 37 million so far, the investors include SV Angel, Sean Parker and Andreessen Horowitz. In the Canadian market, collects money every 3 minutes, and grows 90% on a month over month basis according to the most recent metrics released. Matt helps grow Tilt's Canadian operations, focusing primarily on growth through Professional School programs and Sports and Recreation partnerships.

Before joining Tilt, Matt was an associate at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto and a summer associate at Mayer Brown LLP in New York. While at Davies, Matt also co-founded Ontario Law Exam, an online Ontario bar exam preparation service. Matt is a graduate of a dual degree program at Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and Law School where he received his Honours in Business Administration (HBA) and Juris Doctorate (JD). Matt is an avid golfer, hockey player and traveler. He has never had a cup of coffee but enjoys a great artisanal tea.

Kevin Klages | CEO, Planitar 

Topics: Disruptive technology, Fund raising in Canada and US, Growing a technology company without a tech background

Kevin is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of international business experience working at an executive level. Kevin has held project management, design, research and development, manufacturing, cost management, government relations, sales and marketing responsibilities on design and construction projects throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Throughout his career, Kevin has been involved in creating and modifying the built environment. In 2012 Kevin began working on the Planitar project to solve a need for better, more efficient ways to document built space. The Planitar Mapping Camera quickly and efficiently captures on-site then elegantly weaves together floor plans with 360° virtual views to provide users with an enhanced 3D visualization and documentation of interior spaces. The company has already successfully closed funding rounds (exact numbers cannot be disclosed at this moment), and is entering the US market as well.

NAAAP Members:   $5.00 (Please login to your member account for NAAAP Member Promo Code |

Non Members: $10.00 Register Online in advance | promo code: naaapnonmembers

Regular registration fee $15.00 and at the door.  
Please print and bring a copy of your payment registration receipt or display an ecopy of receipt on your smartphone.

Mixer Includes:
* Complimentary hors-d'oeuvres served
* Attire: Business Casual-Urban Smart
* Remember to bring lots of business cards! 
Register Online in advance prior to Monday, March 30; 11:59 pm


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Registration Deadline:

March 30, 2015

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Questions, please contact; | Director of Events - NAAAP Toronto