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Raiz It

January 26, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Raising Your Startup

Hear personal experiences from these amazing entrepreneurs:

Ben Zlotnick: Ben is the founder of Incubes one of Canada’s leading Accelerators. His grooming of executives & building of early-business infrastructure, results in success. Having launched several startups along with a number of traditional businesses, he’s made the prestigious Canadian Profit100 for 5 consecutive years. As both a startup founder & angel investor, Ben brings connections to both Investors & Startups. He has created one of the largest networks between technology hubs from around the Globe, having launched the Incubes International Exchange Program. Through his network he has the ability to bridge the gap between Startup companies and large brands to create synergies and business opportunities. Most recently he has launched is latest company www.edenapp.com.

Shelby Taylor: Start-up Earth to Kids is aiming to make meal time a lot easier on moms. Focused on the development of healthy, natural, nutrient-dense, organic, non-GMO and gluten-free foods, Collingwood native Shelby Taylor is set to produce and market organic food in Ontario and Quebec health food stores and then across Canada in grocery stores. Her first product is organic chickpea shell, fusilli and mini-penne pasta, called Chickapea. Realizing that dream just got a little easier, with Earth to Kids being awarded a grant through Ontario Centres of Excellence’s SmartStart Seed Fund.

Duane Homick: A husband and father of three living just outside Barrie, who loves sports, fitness, technology and startups.  Duane has worked at Amazon.com in Seattle, did 5 years at Sandvine in Waterloo, started hisown company called Homick Labs which joined with Five Mobile to form Zynga Toronto in 2010, and recently left in April 2015 to launch his latest startup, GymNext.  GymNext is dedicated to bringing innovative technology to recreational sports and fitness to enhance the experience of coaches, trainers, officials, athletes and spectators.

Chris Adams:  Chris is gShift’s co-founder and CTO. He is fully committed to building a world class content marketing software platform, along with inspiring an awesome engineering and product team.  hris loves when all aspects of great software design converge to produce an unparalleled user experience. Chris’ philosophy is that great engineering and product teams are built on talent and agility, and that truly listening and understanding the needs of each gShift user and partner is crucial to success.  These beliefs are core to the success of Chris’ previous start-ups, including Hot Banana Software, a web content management system, and cgk Technologies, an Internet marketing and development company.

Panel Moderator:

Marc Castel: CEO of Maintenance Assist, serial entrepreneur and mentor at Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center

Join us Today!


January 26, 2016
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm