DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS, TEAMS, GENES AND GEOGRAPHIES WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF VC IN 2018
Earlier this year, the wonderful Candice Faktor invited me and my partners to the Elevate Toronto Conference. Walking through the MaRS innovation district — a gleaming, government-funded conference center where AI tech and healthcare startups work alongside venture capital firms and research labs — it is clear that Toronto has all the magic puzzle pieces in place to become a deep AI cluster.
IT’S TIME TO CAPITALIZE ON TORONTO’S EARLY LEAD IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: U OF T EXPERTS
Thanks in part to research at the University of Toronto, Canada has emerged as an early leader in the artificial intelligence revolution – but truly reaping its rewards will require political vision, an ongoing commitment to diversity and an appetite for winning that, outside of hockey, is rather un-Canadian. That was one of the themes that emerged from this week’s Elevate Toronto festival…
DIVERSITY IS CANADA’S STRENGTH, ELEVATE TORONTO COFOUNDER SAYS
Like the vast majority of attendees at Elevate Toronto, Achievers Corp. founder Razor Suleman was born the child of foreigners. Before giving the new tech conference’s first-ever keynote, he asked the audience of around 2000 to stand if they were immigrants. More than two-thirds did.
ELEVATE TORONTO EMBOLDENS DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF INNOVATORS
What began as a pitch to Toronto’s Mayor 90 days ago has become the biggest innovation festival in Canada. Elevate Toronto kicked off its first year in fine form. Elevate’s inaugural year had some big numbers to show off: 5000 people, 100 speakers and 70 venues. Top that off with 96 different organizations contributing to its success, and you can say Elevate’s core ideal of collaboration is plainly on display.
ELEVATE TORONTO ADDS VINOD KHOSLA, AMANDA CREW AS SPEAKERS, $20,000 PITCH COMPETITION
As Elevate Toronto looms closer, the inaugural event is on track to hit 5,000 attendees with 95 community partners. Since BetaKit published its guide to Elevate Toronto, festival organizers have continued building the three-day celebration of Canada’s diverse tech ecosystem. As part of that mission, Elevate Toronto has announced new speakers and programs that highlight the importance of including a variety of perspectives.
The countdown to Toronto’s three-day tech festival: “Elevate Toronto”
Jodi Kovitz, CEO at AceTech Ontario, and Razor Suleman, co-founder & CEO at Elevate Toronto, join BNN to talk about “Elevate Toronto,” a three-day tech festival from Sept. 12-14 that celebrates the best of Canadian innovation with Toronto’s startups, investors and corporate innovators.
#ELEVATETORONTO launches tech festival to showcase best of Canadian innovation to the world
Mayor John Tory, who stopped by at Elevate Toronto’s launch, said that Elevate Toronto will become a major event for showcasing Toronto’s innovation ecosystem. “There is no doubt that Toronto is becoming a global centre for innovation and technology,” said Tory. “Elevate Toronto will become a marquee event for the city to showcase its innovation ecosystem, its talent, its ambitions and our undisputable leadership in areas like AI and FinTech.”
Razor Suleman’s latest project aims to help underrepresented tech voices
Razor Suleman, CEO of Elevate Toronto, joins BNN from Toronto’s CN Tower to discuss his hopes to empower the underrepresented voices in Canada’s tech community. “In Canada, we have 35 million people. We can’t afford to have half of the talent pool not engaged in our industry. We need to access every unique individual. They bring a different perspective. And if we’re going to win, we need to disrupt together.”
Toronto’s tech industry is booming and to celebrate and showcase it, the city is partnering with a bunch of tech-related organizations for Elevate Toronto, a three-day festival from September 12 to 14, 2017. Festival organizers are also focussing on attracting a more gender and racially diverse network of talent to the city.
Elevate Toronto seeks to celebrate tech diversity & attract global talent
Atop the CN Tower, former Achievers CEO Razor Suleman announced the launch of the event which seeks to attract a gender and racially diverse pool of talent to meet with technology companies and hear from industry leaders. Toronto is becoming an epicentre for emerging technology including blockchain, AI and fintech and Suleman believes it’s time to make the city a global destination for tech talent.
A massive three-day tech festival is coming to Toronto
Elevate Toronto will showcase the best of the Canadian innovation industry. Over the course of three days, Toronto will attract thousands of global tech leaders. Mayor John Tory welcomed the news of the Elevate Conference and was at the launch event on Tuesday.
Elevate Toronto to bring city’s startup ecosystem to global stage
While anyone looking out the windows on that foggy morning would have been correct that the festival’s organizers had their heads in the clouds, the event is anything but wishful thinking. Elevate Toronto aims to showcase the core values of the city’s bustling tech ecosystem: The diversity and inclusion present in Toronto businesses; the collaboration that is occurring between established business groups and startups; and the unique position the city is currently in thanks to local and federal initiatives.
“This is Toronto’s coming out party. We have many amazing things going on here. We’ve spent the last 30 years building a strong tech community, but the world doesn’t know about it.” said Alex Norman the co-founder of Tech Toronto an organization that helps tech entrepreneurs connect. “This is our desire: to claim a week to get everyone to join the party and see what’s happening. This is about getting our story out there.”
Elevate Toronto launches ambitious new technology festival
“Toronto is an amazing city and is incredibly well positioned to capitalize on the current wave of emerging technology,” said Razor Suleman, Cofounder & CEO, Elevate Toronto. “It’s our time – startups and corporate leaders are aligning with the government’s innovation agenda creating the perfect circumstances for accelerated growth.”